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Old 03-05-2005, 9:57 AM
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Not sure if this is the right place for this :confused:

My daughter is 10 and quite fussy with food etc.

For her packed lunch I normally give her a sandwich/roll with either marmite, cheese, ham or choc spread(once a week max). She also has a piece of fruit, squash, low fat crisps and raisins in a bag. Reading all your suggestions-Im now unsure whether this is a healthy packed lunch

She eats well at home and eats her 5 portions of fruit and veg a day etc, we dont have take aways and I make everything from scratch. All meals are what I call "normal" meals, roasts, chops, toad in hole, spag bol, curry, chilli, cheesy pasta, etc, etc. Normally all meals are served with potatoes and at least 2 veg, unless pasta or rice etc.

I was thinking about cooking up some chicken pieces and doing rice/pasta & chicken for her packed lunch, but unsure how I should store this, can I freeze it etc etc???? Also, was thinking about making some HM sausage rolls & quiches-but have never made these before and was wondering again-how do I make these and how should they be stored??? Also the cheese straws???

If anyone can suggest any other ideas-I would be truly grateful!!

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Old 03-05-2005, 10:24 AM
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You are doing OK! she has a very good diet what with a the fruit and veg and good home cooking. I don't think that you have anything to worry about but if you want to make the extras like the sausage rolls etc I think that there will be someone along soon with the recipes but all the new things you mention are quite fatty so maybe not too good for everyday. I think that the cooked chicken and rice or pasta salad will be a very good idea but you might need to think about putting an ice pack in the lunch box unless they get put in a cold room at school
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Old 03-05-2005, 10:41 AM
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Hi Penny Pincher

The only thing I wondered about the packed lunches is could you introduce some salad occasionally in th sandwiches & what about fruit juice instead of squash sometimes? Nothing too dramatic but would add a bit of variety maybe? Oh, and my mum used to put chicken drumsticks & cherry tomatoes in mine for a special treat!

On the sausage rolls & quiches, here is what I do :

Sausage Rolls
Ready made puff-pastry
sausagemeat/skinned sausages/mince of choice
Flour for rolling (lots for the sausagemeat as it's sticky!)
Beaten egg to galze
For variation you can add a little dried stuffing mix, fried onions, grated carrots or even grated apple to the sausagemeat if you want.

Basically just roll the pasty out, cut into strips abotu double the width of a sausage roll, put rolled out sausage meat into centre, brush beaten egg white down one side to form a seal & fold over. Cut into sizes as desired, put slits in top & put on greased baking try, glaze with beaten egg & cook at about 180 degrees for 20 mins or until golden. Allow to cool & store in an air tight tin or freezeer.


Quiche
Shortcrust pastry base (either bought or beacuse we are old style home made) & partially pre baked to ensure cooked all the way through, although lots of people would probably not bother partially pre-cooking.

Eggs
Milk or cream
Hard grated cheese like chedder or similar
Onions
Any combo of : ham, onions, sliced cooked sausages, cooked chicken, spring onions, asparagus, chopped bacon, sliced tomatoes, cooked chopped courgettes, cooked chopped aubergines, sliced peppers, crumbled goats cheese, smoked or tinned salmon, tinned tuna (works well with tinned pineapple chunks!), cooked brocolli florets. Or pretty much anything else you can think of!
Seasoning, sprinkle paprika or curry powder on top to colour & flavour if desired.

Fill pastry base with eggs/milk/cheese/onion mix & add selection of other flavourings as chosen, arranging some nicely on the top for presentation, cook for about 35 mins at about 170 degrees until fim but springy itn eh centre. Can be eaten hot or allow to cool & slice, store in fridge or freezer.

If you leave the cheese out it's a savoury flan instead of a quiche!

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There are lots of good ideas for packed school lunches here too:-
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Have you considered school dinners even just one day a week. Often fussy eaters try food they wouldn't normally try at home because their friends are eating it. Ask the school for a menu - usually 3 weekly so you can decide.
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ASDA Healthy Living - Packed Lunch Ideas

BBC h2g2 - Perfect Packed Lunches

Four Week Menu Plan of Packed Lunches - FSA

Another FSA 4 week packed Lunch menu plan (includes average cost)

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I was thinking about cooking up some chicken pieces and doing rice/pasta & chicken for her packed lunch, but unsure how I should store this, can I freeze it etc etc???? Also, was thinking about making some HM sausage rolls & quiches-but have never made these before and was wondering again-how do I make these and how should they be stored??? Also the cheese straws???

Chicken and pasta can be frozen, you can defrost the day before or over night, and add mayo or anything else when defrosted. )I like sweetcorn, mushrooms, onions and carrots in my pasta salads.

Lillibets receipes look scrummy,

You can also add veggies to the sausage meat if you want, pre-cook it and mix it in well
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I often send my eldest son off with cooken chicken or a pasta salad. I've brought smallish thermos insulated plastic snack pots which can keep the food cold or warm - although I've only ever used them cold. I place the contents in the pot and place it in the fridge the day before ready to put in his lunch bag in the morning. The pots also have a foldable spoon with a lidded area to keep it and any sauces etc. I genreally wrap up frozen pittas or flour tortilla wraps for him to fill himself come lunchtime.

I brought mine from the Great Little Trading Company, pack of two for 8.99 from www.gltc.co.uk item number G8576.

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That sounds a decent packed lunch to me. My kids have similar but drink water not squash. I often put a little tub of cheese 'n' pineapple, fruit salad or homemade rice pudding in as well. My biggest bugbear is that the boxed are kept at room temp or even worse by the heater so I'm sure whatever you put in is foul to eat by lunch time.
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Hello

Thanks for the replies!!

Daughter only likes lettuce and she has a glass of apple or orange juice with her breakfast.

The school she attends wont let you have dinners occasionally-you have to have it for the whole term and they need to know in advance

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.................. My biggest bugbear is that the boxed are kept at room temp or even worse by the heater so I'm sure whatever you put in is foul to eat by lunch time.
Yup, mine too!!! The way I get around this is to put a cool box ice block in the lunch bag.
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...............Yeah, you can get lovely mini ice packs, especially for lunchboxes. I think most of the supermarkets sell them.
You might want to consider dried apricots if she's coming up to puberty as they're good for the iron content.
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Try mixing a beef oxo cube in with your sausage meat when making your HM sausage rolls. Mmm
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make up squash or freeze mini cartons of juice the night before. they defrost by lunchtime,keeping the food cold and provide fa lovely icy cold drink in the summer.

how about homemade scotch egg or pitta bread fingers with a tuna mayonnaise dip
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