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Back to School Lunch Ideas

Dip and vege sticks

Chop up any combination of carrots, celery, cucumber, capsicum, cherry tomatoes into each to hold sticks and send along with a store-bought dip or even a homemade avocado dip.

Mash a whole avocado and stir through 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce (or to taste), a table spoon or sour cream, a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Savory muffin

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line a 12 cup muffin tray with muffin sized patty pans. Mix together 2 cups self-raising flour, 3/4 cup grated cheese, ½ cup sliced ham, a diced capsicum ¼ cup chopped mushrooms.  In a jug mix together 1 egg, 150g melted butter and 1 cup milk.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix  just combined. Pour into patty pans and bake for 15-20 minutes.

You can mix and match this recipe with whatever you have in the fridge! Use spinach, corn, salami, feta, sun dried tomotoes – whatever needs to be used!

Rice or pasta salad

Rice salad

Make the dressing first: Mix together in a small bowl; 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tblsp brown sugar and 1 tsp white vinegar

Combine all the salad ingredients together: 2 cups cooked rice, 1 pink lady apple, finely diced, 1/4 red onion, finely diced, 1/2 cup currants, 1/4 cup chopped unsalted pecan nut, toss the dressing through just before serving.

Pasta salad

Make dressing first by using some store-bought French or Italian dressing (LOL!!!!) or make this easy dressing: 1.5 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp honey, 1/2 tsp mixed herbs, 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard.

To make the pasta salad: 250g of bow pasta – or any shape pasta, then add any combination of the following ingredients that you can get your kid to eat! Toss through the dressing.

Cubed carrot, tinned corn, cooked frozen peas, chopped red capsicum, spring onions, cooked or fresh chopped mushrooms, cooked frozen veges, roasted veges: eggplant, zucchini, artichoke, olives, red onion, small cubes of tasty cheese, meat of any kind: ham, stras, chicken breast, bacon, tinned tuna

Wrap of some kind

Using any kind of wrap try out one of these to get your kids on board:

Ham wrap:

2 slices good quality ham, 2 slices Jarlsberg cheese, grated carrot, 1 tsp mayonnaise

Egg wrap:

2 hard boiled eggs chopped and mixed with 1 tablsp mayonnaise, lettuce

Salad wrap:

Lettuce, sliced cucumber, grated carrot, sliced or grated cheese, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or mashed avocado.

Tuna + mayo wrap:

1 small tin tuna, 1 tsp mayonnaise, small tin corn (mix together) put into wrap with lettuce and sliced cucumber.

Fruit salad and yoghurt

Cut up any combination of fruit; watermelon, rockmelon, pineapple, aple, orange, grapes and berried and dollop with your choice of natural or flavoured yoghurt.

Finger food

This is a great idea for kids who like to ‘be in charge’ of what they eat or don’t like foods combined, A segmented lunchbox is a great way to send along a variety of different bits and bobs’ to let take control.  It’s a great way to get some protein and vegetables into them, the items don’t even have to ‘go together’!

Boiled eggs
Plain Crackers
Rolled up or sliced cold meats
Dried fruits (sultanas, apricots, figs, apple)
Cut up vegetable sticks
Cheese cubes or rolled slices
Pretzels
Small portions of fresh fruit, berries, pealed mandarin, grapes
Dip and cut up turkish bread or natural corn chips
Olives
Small squeeze yoghurt
Pieces of sushi