Coming up with new ideas for the kids’ school lunchboxes can get exhausting day after day. So instead of the tried-and-tested, and totally boring, peanut butter sandwich, try out these simple ideas. They’re really yummy, completely healthy, and super easy to make. And the best part is, you can use them in your own lunchbox for work!

 

 

CRUNCHY SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE BITES

Now, this is a totally yummy and fun way to bring new life into leftovers.

 

Ingredients:

300g (3 cups, packed) cold leftover spaghetti (or any other long pasta) Bolognese

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

 

To make:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss well to coat. Heat a little bit of oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Using a ⅓ cup measure, scoop the pasta mix up, pack it into the measuring cup well, then decant 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 paper towel and sprinkle with salt to serve.

 

Makes 8-10 bites.

 

 

BUTTERBEAN AND YOGHURT HUMMUS DIPPER JARS

You’d be surprised by how much your kids love this incredibly healthy snack!

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 small garlic clove, skin on, lightly crushed
2 thyme sprigs
1 tin of butter beans, rinsed and drained

3 tbsp yoghurt

 

Carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, red pepper strips

 

To make:

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic and thyme for 2-3 minutes. Place the oil, garlic and thyme in a blender or food processor along with the butterbeans and the yoghurt. Blend until smooth. Divide the hummus into small jars and place the veggie sticks into the hummus.

 

Makes enough for five small jars, which can be stored in the fridge for up to five days.

 

 

CHEAT’S CHOCOLATE LAMINGTONS

Your kids will love getting these chocolatey surprises in their lunchboxes.

 

Ingredients:

½ loaf of stale white bread, unsliced
2 tbsp strawberry jam (or any other jam)
¾ cup milk

1 tbsp butter or margarine

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup honey

¼ cup icing sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla
2 cups coconut, toasted if desired

To make:

Slice the crusts off the loaf of bread, leaving it whole. Slice the loaf in half horizontally and spread one half with the jam before placing the other back on top. Cut into 5cm squares and set aside.


Combine half the milk with the butter and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and whisk over low heat until thick. Add the remaining milk, as well as the honey, icing sugar, salt and vanilla to make a sauce. Allow to cool slightly.  Dip the bread squares into the chocolate sauce using forks to coat the bread. Toss the coated squares in the coconut.

 

Makes six lamingtons.

 

GET THE INGREDIENTS AND GET GOING

School lunchboxes don’t have to be a scary thing every morning! All it takes is a little planning, some creativity with your leftovers and a few extra ingredients.

 

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