School Lunchboxes

On our recipe page you will find recipes that are aimed at busy families. They can all be prepared the night before, and with a little forward planning can serve several different meals. They can all be adapted to use any spare or leftover vegetables and cold meat. They are all easy to make and most children will enjoy helping to prepare them and having an input into their chosen ingredients.
The most important thing is to have fun with food. Allow your children to explore tastes and textures, and to try putting different foods together, tasting all the way through.
I have tried all of these recipes on my 5 year old daughter, though sometimes hesitant at trying different food, I remind her of the fact that: “YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU LIKED CHOCOLATE UNTIL YOU TRIED IT!”
This statement has become very common at home and in the schools we visit. Feel free to tell it to your children!
I hope you enjoy trying the recipes, most importantly remember - FOOD IS FUN!
Tami (co-founder/co-creator of Food is Fun, and busy mum!)

We recommend the following ingredients for giving your child a healthy lunchbox:

Bread

Wholemeal Bread

Brown/White Soda Bread

Brown/White Bread Rolls

French Sticks

Pitta Bread

Scones

Crackers

Crispbread/Rice Cakes

Fillings

Chicken

Ham

Turkey

Corned Beef

Egg & Onion

Cheese

Tuna/Sardines/Salmon

Fruit & Vegetables

Mandarin

Apple

Banana

Strawberry

Kiwi

Pear

Grapes

Salad veg., e.g. lettuce, tomatoes

Vegetable sticks

Drinks

Milk

Water

Yoghurt

Homemade Soup

Unsweetened Fruit Juice

Sugar Free Squashes

Choose one item from each group Use butter and mayonnaise sparingly

 

Daily Lunchbox Ideas

The following table shows a recommended series of daily lunchbox ideas that conform to the School Food Trust's standards for school food. Each day's lunchbox should cost no more than £1.50 to make (2010 prices).
Week 1Main courseDessertDrink
MondayTuna mayonnaise sandwich
Cucumber chunks
Carrot and apricot cake
Handful of Grapes
Flavoured milk drink (200ml)
(should contain at least 90% low fat milk, and less than 5% added sugar or honey)
TuesdayRice salad with turkey
Red pepper strips (1/4 pepper)
Fruit fromage frais
1 Apple
Water
WednesdayMeatballs (2) and mixed salad in a wholemeal pitta
Celery sticks (1 trimmed stick)
Seeded flapjack
1 Pear
Flavoured milk drink
Thursday Chicken pasta salad (see recipe page)
3 cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato
Chocolate bran flake slice
1 Banana
Water
Friday 3 x pizza fingers (purchased)
Carrot and pumpkin seed salad
Low fat rice pudding pot
2 dried plums (prunes)
Water
Week 2Main courseDessertDrink
MondaySliced beef and mixed salad in a roll
3 cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato
Crème caramel
1 Kiwi fruit
Water
TuesdayCouscous salad with diced lamb and apricots
Celery sticks (1 trimmed stick)
Low fat fruit yogurt
1 Banana
Flavoured milk drink (200ml)
WednesdayCheddar and coleslaw In a wholemeal pitta
Carrot sticks (1/2 peeled carrot)
Banana and Date Loaf (see recipe page)
Slice of fresh pineapple
Water
ThursdaySmoked mackerel sandwich
Cucumber chunks (2.5cm)
Seeded flapjack
1 Apple
Flavoured milk drink (200ml)
Friday Potato and egg salad
Yellow pepper strips (1/4 pepper)
Uniced fruit cake (purchased)
2 Clementines
Water
Week 3Main courseDessertDrink
MondayPork sausage in a bread roll
Coleslaw (purchased)
Fresh fruit salad (kiwi, orange and grapes) Flavoured milk drink (200ml)
TuesdaySweet potato and mushroom Spanish omelette
Carrot and pumpkin seed salad
Blueberry muffin (purchased)
1 Banana
Water
WednesdayPasta salad with pork and peas
Celery sticks (1 trimmed stick)
Strawberry trifle (purchased)
1 Tangerine
Water
ThursdayBeef and beetroot sandwich
3 cherry tomatoes
Low fat fruit yogurt (purchased)
1 Apple
Water
Friday Chilli chicken and red kidney bean tortilla wrap
Mixed green leaves
Cheddar stick
Raisins (14g box)
Flavoured milk drink (200ml)