Kids Lunchbox Ideas


Are you finding it more and more difficult to come up with new ideas for your kids’ lunchboxes? Forget boring vegemite sandwiches! Here at swiish we’ve compiled a few fun and healthy lunch box recipes that your kids can enjoy and will be sure to eat.

Beef Burritos (makes 4):

What you’ll need:

  • Olive oil spray
  • 200g lean beef strips
  • 4 wholemeal flat bread (or other burrito wraps)
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled, coarsely grated
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

What to do:

  1. Lightly spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil spray. Place over high heat. Add one-third of the beef and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat in 2 more batches with remaining beef.
  2. Place the wraps on a clean work surface. Top with beef, lettuce, tomato, capsicum, carrot and drizzle with sweet chilli sauce. Wrap to enclose filling.

Potato, Corn and Tuna Patties (makes 12)

What you’ll need:

  • 500g potatoes (such as desiree), peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 x 185g can tuna in oil, drained, flaked
  • 1 celery stick, ends trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 100g (1/2 cup) fresh or drained canned corn kernels
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh continental parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 90g (1 cup) dried (packaged) breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Sweet chilli sauce, to serve
  • Salad leaves, to serve

What to do:

  1. Cook potato in a steamer basket over a saucepan of simmering water for 15 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Mash until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour to chill.
  2. Add the tuna, celery, carrot, corn, parsley and egg yolk to the mash. Season with salt and pepper and stir until well combined.
  3. Divide mixture into 12 portions. Shape each portion into a patty. Place breadcrumbs on a plate. Add the patties and turn to coat.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook 4 patties for 3 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with remaining patties.
  5. Serve patties with sweet chilli sauce and salad leaves.

Berry and Mango Buttermilk Muffins (makes 12):

What you’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 200g frozen mixed berries
  • 1 small mango, peeled, sliced

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.
  2. Combine flour and sugar in a bowl. Whisk buttermilk, oil and egg together in a jug. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until just combined (mixture should still be lumpy). Fold in berries. Spoon into prepared muffin holes. Top with mango.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre of 1 muffin comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.

So there you have it, some easy and delicious recipes that are perfect for your kids’ lunches. I suggest you sneak in a few of these tasty treats for yourself so you don’t miss out! Remember to keep up the fruit and water to ensure your kids get the right nutrition for the amount of activity they do.

*recipes courtesy of taste.com.au

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