Thursday, 8 January 2009

Lunch Boxes

The children got a laptop lunchbox each for their Christmas this year, and I got a book about healthy lunches. Here's what we've come up with so far.

A spaghetti frittata (good way to use up left over spaghetti), lettuce and cherry tomatoes, tortilla chips (i made them myself) and tomato salsa to dip them in and a fruit salad.

BBQ tofu baguette, carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes (underneath the carrot sticks), apple wedges and toffee to dip them in and a fruit salad with blueberries, strawberries and kiwi.

Sausage & barley salad (made with veggie sausage, barley, garlic, tinned tomatoes and oregano), a boiled egg (made star shaped with my egg mold), grapes and a clemintine and some strawberry yoghurt.

Pizza calzone - bit too big for the lunch box! (made with veggie mince, carrots, red peppers, onion, garlic and mozzarella cheese), a carrot and raisin salad, chopped apricot and cherries and a mini packet of sweets (not at all healthy!).

This one has been partially scoffed! This was for the baby - who decided he'd rather have a nap than some lunch so he ended up leaving most of it. It was a mini piperade pitta (scrambled egg with tomatoes, pepper and spring onion, a pesto pasta salad (made with pasta, pesto, broccoli and cheddar), spicy popcorn (i popped some corn and sprinkled cajun spice mix on it) and a selection of melon. The little turtle pick thing was for picking up the melon.
These lunches have taken quite a long time to prepare. If I was more organised I could make some of it the night before. Everyone seems to have enjoyed them though. I'd been making different foods at a lot of meals for my picky eater - age 4, but I decided just to make him a lunchbox the same as everyone else. He's been doing quite well with it. I try to encourage him to try a bit of everything. So far he has discovered that he actually likes boiled eggs and he likes cherry tomatoes and cheese - but only cheese cut into chunks! If he doesn't like part of it then there are other parts that he can eat.
The baby is enjoying the different selection too. He can get bored quite quickly at meal times, but the lunchboxes seem to hold his attention quite a lot longer. He tends to go for the fruit first then any of the sweet sort of stuff, but he'll usually come back and eat bits of the rest.
I need to make a shopping list and plan what we are going to eat next week. I've also got a very exciting sewing project to do!


Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring said...

Beautiful lunches, Sarah! Love your creativity. Thanks for sharing!

Vanessa said...

What a great idea. Nice job.