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    • archiesdad
    • By archiesdad 5th Oct 09, 8:58 PM
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    Kids Lunchbox ideas
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    • 5th Oct 09, 8:58 PM
    Kids Lunchbox ideas 5th Oct 09 at 8:58 PM
    Hi all

    Am trying to become more OS and as part of my quest need to get ideas for packed lunches for my son who goes to school full time as of next week.

    He is not a big fruit fan but will take a banana or raisins as his mid morn snack. Am trying to avoid the crisps and choc bar routine.

    So far I am thinking of making cakes/traybakes etc so any recipes that can be frozen or keep well would be gratefully apreciated.

    was gonna alternate between sandwiches, pittas, cheese and crakers and maybe small sausage roll and was also going to put in a yog every day

    I know a lot of you don't by crisps and junk so what do you give your kids?

    He won't eat dips and carrot sticks and the like but loves couscous and rice do you think at 4 he is to young to sit and eat these at school?

    Any ideas greatly appreciated as need to go shopping tomorrow.

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  • billy858
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    • 5th Oct 09, 9:12 PM
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    • 5th Oct 09, 9:12 PM
    My girls are a bit older but every day they get
    Filled roll - I find rolls better than sandwiches, no crusts to be left.
    Piece of fruit.
    Something savoury like a samosa or savoury egg.
    Rice cakes or bread sticks with a dip or hummous.
    Tray bake.
    Small chocolatey treat (the bite size ones), although not all schools allow this.
    As someone who used to be a midday supervisor I would advise against yoghurts. I lost count of the amount of times there was a yoghurt explosion in someones lunch box which ruined the sandwiches (even the pouch ones do this). I dont even eat yoghurt any more because the smell gets to me now because of this. Also if you are putting in something like a satsuma or kiwi fruit please send it ready chopped up in a little pot- children will eat it if it is no hassle for them. I used to peel them even when my two got older because they just want to eat luch as fast as possible then go out to play!
    For the very young lots of different 'little bits' are better. Couscous and rice are great if they are in an easy open pot. I used to send my youngest(messy eater) with a baby wipe in a small poly bag to keep damp, or a piece of kitchen roll in the lunch box.
    Hope this helps.
    • pretz
    • By pretz 5th Oct 09, 10:16 PM
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    ok my DD is 3 and has just started full time pre-school where crisps and chocolate are not allowed at all, she takes in her lunchbox a cream cheese or ham sandwich, cucumber and cherry tomatoes, 2 hm flapjack cut into 1x1 squares, hm yogurt and stewed fruit (found a brill tub in asda its the size of a fromage frais tub for 35p and it has a screw on lid), normal a piece of fruit like melon, apple or grapes (bannanas just get smoshed) and either a chicken drumstick or sausage rolls.

    hope this gave you some idea but i just send in what she would normally have for lunch at home.
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 6th Oct 09, 6:01 AM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 6:01 AM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 6:01 AM
    If you have a look here at this post from the indexed collection you will find loads of threads on the subject of 'lunch'. Also if you do an advanced search of titiles only using the words 'packed lunches' you will find a number of threads.

    There's also this recent thread.
    • archiesdad
    • By archiesdad 6th Oct 09, 7:25 AM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 7:25 AM
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    Thanks all that helps a lot anyone know any good traybake recipes?
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 6th Oct 09, 7:33 AM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 7:33 AM
    There's bound to be something on this thread

  • LJM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 9:18 AM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 9:18 AM
    my girls have a sndwich,yoghurt and a jelly on fridays,fruit,they love cheerios so they take these in a little pot,chopped peppers,drink,rice cakes,extra fruit for breaktimes usually apple/banana or apricots and some cheese cut up or grated
    Is loving life right now,yes I am a soppy fool who believes in the simple things in life
    • nuttybabe
    • By nuttybabe 6th Oct 09, 12:42 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 12:42 PM
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    My ds is 5 and has packed lunch every day. He usually has a sandwich or wrap, a piece of fruit, a frozen frube, packet of snack a jacks and a home made cake or biscuit. He usually only eats the sandwich, frube and cake and eats the rest on the way home.
    • plzhelpmesave!
    • By plzhelpmesave! 7th Oct 09, 8:37 AM
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    • 7th Oct 09, 8:37 AM
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    • 7th Oct 09, 8:37 AM
    I have 2 boys aged 5 & & and my DD aged 3 at nursery on packed lunches.

    I give them sadwiches, rolls, pittas, wraps - with tuna sweetcorcm cheese & cuecumber, chicken etc - one fruit a day, a yoghurt and something else, e.g. flapjack, raisins.

    I have bought little thermoses for them and as it gets cold will give them soup, rice & pasta so they can still have a hot lunch. They do generally eat all of their lunches every day.

    I stock up on lunchboxy type things,e.g. frubes, cheesestrings when they are on offer at whichever supermarket or homebargains!
    • angie_baby
    • By angie_baby 7th Oct 09, 9:11 AM
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    My DS (7) has packed lunches,

    Its usually a choice between

    Sarnie/Roll/wrap or Pasta Salad

    x2 fruit portions, 1 is usually raisins

    Flapjack or Twinks hobnobs or slice of tray bake - for a tray bake i usually throw what ever fruit is in the freezer in it

    Chicken drumstick / cheese wedges

    Over the summer he had a mini ploughmans, crackers / cheese / ham / sliced toms, etc

    But now the weather is getting colder the thermos will come back out for HM soups and a plain roll or bread

    I strangly really like making his lunches! I usually cook up on the weekend and freeze the cakes etc into lunch box sizes and then pop them all in a small plastic that i keep in the freezer. Also the same if i see any reduced rolls or bread i make up plain cheese / ham sarnies and freeze them, great if i dont have time to make bread!
  • grandmabea
    Hi, my 4 year old granddaughter recently started school and started full time this week and has packed lunches and had them in nursery too. She eats practically anything, loves home cooked food the best and doesn't eat much junk food so as I do the lunchboxes in our house, I know she is easily pleased with whatever I put in. She loves spaghetti bolognaise and any pasta dishes, so when I am making it, I do extra and then whatever it is, when cold I pot it up into small pots and freeze them. They just need taking out the night before to defrost and then put into her lunchbox and she will eat it cold and loves it. I do the same with puddings - she loves apple crumble and custard and I make small pots up of that and freeze them too and just defrost and put them in her box. You could also make up a jelly, either plain or add fruit to it, and pot them for a couple of day's puddings in the lunchbox. They are another different item to add to the list of lunch box fillers. I also do small salad boxes with the usual items, shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber and celery with grated cheese and grated carrot, or ham, chicken and cooked cold potatoes added to it. She loves that. She hates crusts so I usually use a small shaped biscuit cutter to make them look nice and it is just the nice soft sandwich that goes into the box and everything is eaten from it. If your children like Marmite, I cut the crusts of a slice of bread and make marmite rolls, butter the bread and spread a very small amount of Marmite on it, roll it up into a long tube shape, and then cut them into small pieces or whatever size best suited. Rather than yoghurts as previously mentioned which can burst, I put in those little bottles of yoghurt drinks as they are simple and easy. There are also those nice little packets of yoghurt coated fruit pieces you can buy, about 35p and fruit sticks as well can be bought from the supermarket, which all add to the range of food you can put into the lunch box to differ it every day.

    Sorry to have waffled on here - but I hope it all helps.
    • LooniesMum
    • By LooniesMum 7th Oct 09, 1:18 PM
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    Children's lunchboxes
    I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old, both boys. Their school encourages healthy lunches but my two are always telling me which children get chocolate with their lunch! I've never given them crisps and they only get a light chocolate wafer bar as a very rare treat. If I put anything unhealthy in their lunch then they will eat that first and never get round to the sandwich! They are hungry, energetic, tall boys and I find I have to make sure they get enough carbohydrate (bread, oat cakes etc) and some protein (cheese, ham, tuna) or they just end up tired and grumpy. School provides fruit as a healthy snack and I include fruit and salad (tomatoes, cucumber etc). Although they would eat more fruit than I put in, I find they then fill up on fruit, leave some sandwich and come out so weary and cross that I can't get them out the school gate without giving them something unhealthy as a snack!!

    They also have yoghurts (packed separately from their sandwiches) and the eldest one will also eat cold pasta. If your 4 year old would happily eat rice, I would let him take it; he'll soon tell you if he can't manage to eat it within the time allowed. Chopped dried apricots is nice in cold rice and would provide some extra nutrients like iron.

    I find if I vary the bread (brown, white, 'tiger bread' muffins) and have one day that's something else instead (dips, pasta, rice), they don't get too fed up.

    My youngest will eat an apple with his lunch but only if I've chopped it up for him - I do it in the morning and he doesn't mind if it's gone a bit brown!

    I tell mine that chocolate and crisps don't contain the vitamins they need to fight off all the school germs or the energy they need to do really good work!!
  • GeordieJim
    Kids Lunchbox Ideas
    Hi - I shop at Heron's Foods - I know they're in Scotland and North of England - not sure about South. You can get great deals - eg 6 bags of Cadbury's fruit clusters for a 1, or 4 or more yoghurts for a 1. Best buys are usually drinks - eg cartons of Del Monte fresh orange juice 4 for 1. Also brilliant for good quality meat (eg lunchbox ham or chicken) at cheap prices, and they sell the mini boxes of raisins really cheap too. Also buy "after school" snacks (eg Rustler burgers or ready meals) for usually about 89p.

    My son is teenager, and doesn't take a lunch box. Prefers a carrier bag, so he can put all the rubbish in and throw away in school bin. Not very eco-friendly but saves on washing up, mess, and risks to schoolbooks!
    • archiesdad
    • By archiesdad 7th Oct 09, 1:55 PM
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    Thanks all, I wish my son ate as healthy as your kids! the only fruit I can get him to eat is bananas and raisins and the occasional apple if cut up. He won't eat salad of any description.

    I suppose its my fault as I eat very little fruit myself, I just don't want to get in the rut of sandwich, bag of crisps and a chocolate biscuit. Just trying to be a better mum.
  • LJM
    thats good though,not alot of schools now allow crisps/chocolate etc and they tend to let you know that things such as the yoghurt coated raisins and the fruit sticks are full of sugar.our school doesnt stop the kids bringing it in but they do healthy lunch box meetings and checks just to let peeps know,as some as i found out actually dont
    Is loving life right now,yes I am a soppy fool who believes in the simple things in life
    • Chell
    • By Chell 8th Oct 09, 8:15 AM
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    Someone mentioned Twinks hobnobs, I make those with half the quantity of sugar but add some raisins or sultanas.

    Once a week we have a tomato/veg pasta for dinner, both children (4 and 6yrs) take a small pot to eat cold for their packed lunch the next day.

    Humzingers or School bars go down well but can be expensive. Morrisons sometimes reduces School bars so I stock up then.

    Pizza whirls - bread dough rolled out into a big rectangle. Spread over tomato puree and herbs or a HM tomato sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese and pizza toppings. Roll it up like a big swiss roll and slice. Lay the slices down on an oven tray (remember they will raise so leave a gap) and bake in the oven. I then freeze these and defrost one each day as needed.
    Nevermind the dog, beware of the kids!
    • Samphire
    • By Samphire 9th Oct 09, 8:12 AM
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    DS1 has just started school full time too. He likes a hard boiled egg in his lunchbox, and a tub of cold pasta (I just put some olive oil on it to stop it sticking together). Cucumber, tomato, carrot sticks or bit of pepper generally go down well too. I'm trying to vary things so he doesn't get bored. Yesterday I put in a "ham kebab" which went down really well - rolled up bits of ham with a drinking straw stuck through the middle of them. I was going to alternate cubes of cheese with the bits of ham, but when I tried to put the straw through the cheese it split - I may try that again if I can find something a bit sharper to make a hole in the cheese with first, of maybe use less crumbly cheese.

    I've tried him on cold fritata without sucess, but may try that again next time I've got some in the fridge. I tried a cold cheese toastie (he eats them cold at home), but that didn't get eaten either - think it may have gone a bit hard in the fridge overnight. Cold pizza sometimes gets eaten, but my beautiful hm breadsticks were rejected (he likes the tescos ones though). I think hm popcorn would go down well - may try putting parmesan on it as a savoury snack, though I'll see if he likes this at home before I send him to school with it! I did think of cold chicken, but I haven't given him any meat on the bone yet so I'll have to introduce him to drumsticks at home first or he'll try to eat the lot!!
  • happymummy24-7
    hi guys.....have a look at this thread on kids lunch ideas....but beware its adictive ( i have just had new kitchen fitted and have 2 cupboards dedicated to bento,lol) even if you dont like the bento idea it does help with ideas of things to feed the little'uns!!!
    xxx laura.
    it takes more energy
    to hate than to love...
    love and relax!

  • lougarry
    This is my favourite brownies recipe for kids, which my 4 year old enjoys cooking and eating. Uses sunflower marg instead of butter for less saturated fat, cocoa powder and plain chocolate for iron, and chopped hazelnuts (optional) for essential fatty acids and minerals.

    100g plain chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
    2 tbsps milk
    125g sunflower margarine
    200g unrefined caster sugar
    2 eggs, beaten
    50g unsweetened cocoa powder (Green & Black's organis fairtrade is good)
    75g SR flour
    50g chopped hazelnuts

    You'll also need an 18 cm square baking tin, lightly greased and completely lined with non-stick baking parchment

    The recipe says this makes 9 squares, but I get 16 out of it - it's quite rich so that's more than enough for a child's lunchbox. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week or wrapped and frozen for up to a month.

    Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees C (325 degrees F, gas mark 3).

    Break the chocolate into small pieces & put in a heavy based saucepan. Add the milk and heat gently, stirring until the choc is melted & smooth. Remove the pan from the heat & cool slightly.

    Put the marg & sugar in a large bowl and beat with a hand-held eletric mixer or wooden spoon till the mixture is light & fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition, till blended. Sift the cocoa powder into the egg mixture & stir gently till mixed. Pour in the melted chocolate & stir well.

    Gently stir in the flour and hazelnuts (if using - they are the best bit for me, but beware of nut allergies) - don't beat or overmix or the brownies will be dry. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin & smooth the top. Bake for around 25 mins (20 mins if using a fan oven like mine). To test if they are cooked, insert a skewer into the centre; it should come out almost clean with a slightly sticky feel.

    Remove from the oven & cool before marking into squares.

    Hope you like them too!
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