When it comes to sending my loved ones out of the door to school and work I want to make sure that they have a healthy and filling lunch with them which they look forward to eating. However, as any parent knows, pleasing everyone is never an easy task. Here are a few winning solutions that I have discovered over the years that have resulted in the return of empty boxes and a feeling of satisfaction.
A batch of rice is easy to cook ahead of time and store in the fridge. For those of you looking for even greater convenience, you can buy pouches of microwavable rice to make your life even easier. See the rice as your base to which you are going to add the things you know each member of the family is going to enjoy. Adding those all important healthy veggies cooked meat and seasoning to suit each person is effortless once the rice is cooked and cooled. Just don’t forget to give them something to eat it with, otherwise you will not be popular when they return home with a still full box and an empty belly.
Homemade granola that suits the tastes of your lunchbox diners is super simple to make, yet super satisfying and healthy. Collect together grains, seeds, nuts and dried fruit and mix them to suit the tastes and preferences of each of your family members. A small pot of yogurt (with a splodge of jam for those who like it) is all that is needed to make a healthy and hearty morning snack.
With a pack of ready made pastry (or your own homemade if you have the time) you have at your fingertips the means to make a whole array and assortment of tasty bites. Simply use a pastry cutter to cut the pasty into rounds before placing it into a greased cupcake tray – and let the magic begin! The only limit to the number of different varieties of tart you can make is your imagination (and the fussiness of your customers). In our house we love the classic brie and cranberry pairing, and the little ones love simple ham and cheese. Pop the loaded pasty into the oven for ten minutes and you will be rewarded with bespoke and varied tarts that will keep for up to a week in the fridge.
These tasty little treats are guaranteed to win you the title of lunchbox legend, and yet they are shockingly simple to make. Melt together sugar, butter and oats before dropping spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking sheet and popping in the oven for 10 minutes. You even have the option of rolling the cooked and cooled bites in melted chocolate and desiccated coconut to make them even more show stopping.
When it comes to the lunchboxes, there is far more to cheese than the curled and dry sarnie that you are imagining right now. Chunks of cheese are the perfect accompaniment to a whole host of foods. Think grapes, nuts, onions and even chocolate. There is no limit to the number of possible flavour combinations when it comes to cheese. So, go on, get creative and send them out into the world feeling well loved and well fed.