Outside of the lunch box ideas
It may only be the second week of school but my kids are already bored of sandwiches. And, thus, it’s time to think outside the lunch box and pull out the non-sandwich ideas. Here are a few ways to spice up the lunch box.
Wrap it up:
Swap from sandwiches to wraps. Essentially you can use the same fillers as you would with sandwiches but placing it in a wrap gives it a new taste and texture. Some interesting wrap combinations to try include banana and Nutella (if the school permits it), salmon and cream cheese and roast beef with dijon mustard.
Add dips and sauce:
Adding a small container of dip can mean the difference between your children eating their snacks or bringing them home. There are plenty of different combinations to try. Consider:
- Cocktail franks with tomato sauce
- Carrots with hummus
- Crackers with tzatziki
- Celery with cream cheese
- Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole
Bento boxes are too cute to resist and many kids will be much less hesitant to each their lunch if it is bite sized and packaged in individual colourful containers.
Rather than wedging ham and cheese between two pieces of bread, cut them into cubes and place them on a kabob. Fruit kabobs with grapes, strawberries and apple slices is also a favourite of my kids.
Consider scrolls and scones:
Do a big cookup on Sunday of scrolls or scones – both relatively easy and freezable. Some of the various flavours at my house include cheese and bacon, cheese and vegemite and pizza scrolls.
Go French with croissants:
Another staple in our house is to croissants. Croissants are often on special at the shops and freeze well. Add a bit of butter, a slice of ham and cheese and you’ve got a whole new twist for lunch.
Pick several simple snacks and rotate them:
Most parents will pack their children a sandwich, a piece of fruit and a few snacks on the side. This may include veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, yoghurts or muesli bars. Here are a few more to add to the list that are affordable and easy to store in a container:
- Veggie chips
- Dried banana, apple, mango or apricot
Share with us some of your outside of the lunch box ideas. We are always looking for more tips, tricks and recipes for kids.