It’s that time a year again when we have to think about what to put in our child’s pack lunch box, so we checked out the BBC Good Food website for a bit of inspiration. They state that according to the NHS a healthy lunch box should contain:
Starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes or pasta
Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans
A dairy item, like cheese or yogurt
Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit
If your kids like a good old bread sandwich, they suggest making double-decker sandwiches, and putting tasty fillings such as salad, chicken and so fourth. Here is their recipe on a Green Club sandwich http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/420617/green-club-sandwich. If your kids don't like the crusts, then cut them off and put them in a freezer bag in the freezer, and keep adding to the same bag each time you make another sandwich, you can then either defrost and blitz in a blender to make breadcrumbs or toppings or save them up to make your bread sauce at Christmas.
Other sandwich swap ideas they suggest are:
Cheese and apple
Mix their favourite grated hard cheese with grated apple, chopped spring onions, a squeeze of lemon and a little mayonnaise. Delicious with wholemeal bread or rolls.
Creamy smoked mackerel
Skin and flake smoked mackerel fillets,then mix with a little mayonnaise and Greek yogurt. Spread onto thick wholemeal bread and top with crisp lettuce leaves.
Try Marmite, grated cheddar and sliced cucumber in a crusty baguette or ciabatta roll, they'll either love it or hate it.
Instead of just using bread to make up your kids packed lunches, choose other carbohydrates such as wraps, pasta or bean salads. Check out this store cupboard pasta recipe.