Seven Easy Lunchbox Ideas
When end of summer holidays came nearer and nearer, I realized that it was time to start planning his lunchbox. I had decided not to rely on Nutella spread anymore as the the moment he sees a jar of Nutella, that's all he eats! I also wanted to do something more creative and fun this year.
I saved this dish for the last as this is the dish I'am most proud of. The most proud of. Kebab may sound time consuming and difficult. But it really isn't. I marinated the chicken pieces and squared red and yellow bell peppers and zuchini a day earlier. All I had to do in the morning was to feed them on the skewer and throw them in my oven.
I kept the kebab with the skewer so that Talha knew what it was and hopefully get him excited. I did cut off the edges of the skewers just to be safe. I also gave him some plain yoghurt as dip, couple of sliced baby carrots and chopped mangoes. Everything, except yoghurt, came home empty. Hoorray!!! Recipe for the kebab can be found here.
I hope these seven dishes has given you some ideas. These dishes can be used in your or your spouse's lunchbox too. In J's case I switch white bread with brown bread. Rest of the things remains the same.
Being organized and getting creative are (the only) two ways to make lunchboxes fun and get our children eat more of healthy food. Almost everyday I pin a recipe or two onto my pinboard. Recently, I organized my pinboards and created several categories to find recipes easily. Every Friday when I sit down to make my grocery list, I go through my boards several times looking for inspiration and trying to remember the ingredients I had planned to purchase.
I will try and add more lunchbox ideas and recipes here. Until then, let us stay inspired and creative.
PS. This post has been in drafts for over ten days. Couple of days back we received a memo from Talha's school informing us that they have gone 'nut free', which means I cannot send anymore of those delicious granola or oatmeal cookies with him. Which, in turn, means, I've to get even more creative now. Fun days ahead!!