From picky eaters to veggie-avoiders, kids can be hard to please when it comes to school lunches. Here are a few ideas to make lunch this year easy, healthy and tasty.
When it comes to packing lunch for your little ones, you want to make sure it’s filled with all the goodness of essential daily nutrients needed for their growing brains and bodies. With these fun, tasty recipes, you can do just that without spending hours in the kitchen. Simply use your RCS Store Card to buy the ingredients and lunch box containers you need from any Checkers, Pick n Pay or Clicks store, and get up to 55 days interest-free on your purchases.
Here are 3 recipes to make your kids’ school lunch as easy as one, two, three:
COCONUT-AND-CASHEW DATE BALLS
Try these coconut-and-cashew date balls as a tasty, healthy snack:
60g Cashew nuts, toasted
10 Medjool dates, pitted
½ Cup desiccated coconut, plus ¼ cup for rolling
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
Place the nuts, dates, ½ cup coconut and oil in a food processor and pulse to form a chunky paste. Shape teaspoonfuls of the mixture into bite-sized balls, then roll them in the remaining coconut.
Tip: Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder for a chocolate version, or have fun rolling the balls in different ingredients such as toasted chopped nuts, cocoa powder or sprinkles.
These egg-in-toast cups offer a great protein boost – just what’s needed in the middle of a tiring school day!
4 Slices wholewheat, low-GI health bread
Butter, softened, for spreading
4 Small eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Using a cookie cutter, cut the bread into rounds (alternatively, you can cut the crusts off and use the bread as is). Press the bread shapes into a greased muffin tin. Crack an egg into the middle of each bread shape, then bake for five minutes until the bread is toasted and the egg is cooked. Remove and allow to cool completely.
CRUNCHY SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE BITES
Now, this is a totally yummy and fun way to give new life to leftovers.
Makes 8-10 bites
300g (3 Cups, packed) leftover spaghetti Bolognese (can substitute with any other long pasta)
2 Large eggs, whisked
½ Cup grated or finely chopped veggies (carrots, baby marrow, broccoli, cauliflower)
½ Cup dried breadcrumbs
½ Cup grated cheese
Olive oil, for frying
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Heat a little bit of oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Using a ⅓ cup measure, scoop up the pasta mix, pressing it into the measuring cup, then drop it into the pan. Repeat with the remaining mixture, but don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry for 2 minutes per side until golden and crispy. Drain on some paper towel and season with salt.
MAKE SCHOOL LUNCH THEIR FAVOURITE MEAL OF THE DAY!
With these tasty, healthy lunchbox ideas at your fingertips, you can ensure your little one looks forward to every lunch break. Simply pop over to your local Checkers, Pick n Pay or Clicks to top up on the ingredients you need, and use your RCS Store Card to get up to 55 days interest-free. Don’t have an RCS Store Card? Apply today.