FOOD ON STICKS
Think chicken satays, beef skewers or sausage kebabs, packed on lunchbox sized sticks. (Use flat, blunt-edged bamboo sticks, not the pointy toothpick-like style)
Get a recipe: Pizza Pops and a Calzone Bonus
For more ideas for food on sticks please visit http://www.brit.co/100-on-a-stick/
Pack with: Rice, sliced cucumbers, sliced mango, and yoghurt covered pretzels
These can be a kid favourite and don’t have to be piping hot to be delicious.
Get a Recipe: Cheese Quesadillas
Pack with: Avacado slices or guacamole, pineapple chunks, pumpkin seeds or tortilla chips.
Rice paper wrappers (Chinese pancakes) or large lettuce leaves make great rolled-up meals that are fun to eat.
Get a recipe: Spring rolls
Pack with: Cubed meat or cheese, sliced red bell peppers, blueberries and chocolate squares.
DELI MEAT ROLL-UPS
Think outside the bun! Rolling up sliced turkey, ham or roast beef around cheese sticks, cream cheese and even greens can change the way your kids think about lunch meat.
Get a recipe: Deli Meat Roll Ups
Pack with: Whole-wheat pretzels, celery (optional sunflower butter filling), cinnamon sprinkled apple slices and coconut macaroon.
VEGETABLE SUSHI OR ONIGIRI
Use leftover rice and cooked fish from a previous meal, making sushi for the family can be as easy as making sandwiches – especially if the kids feel like helping.
Get a recipe: Onigiri Rice Balls with Salmon
Pack with: Sushi condiments, edamame, raspberries, homemade cookie
COLD NOODLE SALADS
Think soba noodles with black sesame seeds or plain udon noodles.
Get a recipe: Soba Noodles with Chicken & Vegetables
Pack with: Fruit salad – think kiwi, pineapple & mango, sugar snap peas and chocolate raisins
HUMMUS AND PITTA PLATE
Nine out of ten kids love a good smear of hummus, why not make it the star of the show?
Get a recipe: Quick Hummus
Pack with: Salami, olives, carrot sticks, baby tomatoes and sliced grapes. (Dipping is easier and less messy if you pack the hummus in a separate container)
Mix the meats, cheeses and veggies your child likes into plain quinoa and dress lightly with a basic vinaigrette.
Get a recipe: Quinoa Salad
Pack with: Tomato/mozzarella/basil lollipops, homemade popcorn, pear slices, baby brownie.
BREAKFAST FOR LUNCH
Make extra food if you have a special breakfast on a weekend and save the leftovers for lunches, think hard boiled eggs, leftover pancakes and left over sausages.
Get a recipe: 2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes
Pack with: Sliced strawberries, squeezable yoghurt (frozen yoghurt tubes also make great mini ice packs and typically thaw by lunch).
LEFTOVER PICNIC LUNCH
If you’d eat it for lunch on the weekend why not pack it in a lunch box? Nothing beats a cold chicken leg on a Monday.
Get a recipe: Cheese and Spinach Pasties
Pack with: Potato salad or coleslaw, watermelon, broccoli with yoghurt ranch dip.