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Lunches that are Kid-Approved + Mum-Friendly, too!

Oh where did the summer go? Kids are going back to school which means it's that time again... Time to be organized and pack lunches, Mama! My twins get tired of certain foods easily, so I switch up their choices often to keep lunch interesting. Here, I am sharing my best ideas + favourite recipes for school lunches. And they're super easy, too! #dontstressit

DIPS: Hummus Dip + Pita bread + Vegetable sticks

Dips are fun to eat, and they are a nice change from the regular sandwich. My kids' favourite one is hummus! If you're open to trying a new hummus recipe, my twins love this one by Slow Food Beirut. It’s very simple and perfectly balanced. Complete your lunchbox with a banana and a pot of sugar-free jelly

SANDWICHES: Toast + Cream Cheese + Tomatoes

Sandwich is the first that comes to mind when packing a lunchbox. To keep it interesting, add a little twist to it. Heart-shaped bread and veggies make it look fun and yummy. Check out this cute idea by Mums in Beirut

WRAPS: Spicy Chicken and Salad Wrap + Homemade Popcorn + Berries

Wraps are a good alternative to sandwiches. There are plenty of options here. I usually go with chicken and vegetables. To complete the lunchbox, add some cookies, homemade popcorn, and fresh fruit and berries.

PASTA SALAD: Rainbow pasta salad + Veggies

Pasta salads are easy, and they're not just for kids. When I whip these up, I know I can grab one out of the fridge for myself, too. Time-saving and delicious. Here, you will find several  recipes I have on rotation. Rainbow Pasta Salad is my go-to one.

FRITTERS: Corn or Zucchini Fritters + Plain Yogurt + Tomatoes and Carrots

Fritters are nutritional and loaded with goodness. My favourite recipe is these wholefood corn fritters by Additive Free Lifestyle. They are gluten-, dairy- and wheat-free. These are amazing cooked in some ghee and olive oil, but you could use coconut oil too. Alternatively, here's a more traditional zucchini fritters recipe by Hadia Lebanese Cuisine that my kids also like. Add some plain yogurt and veggies, and lunchbox is packed.

COOKIES: The Healthy Version

Who said cookies can't be both nutritious and delicious? I add cookies to my kids' lunch quite often and do not feel guilty about it! Just stick to the healthier versions, like these raspberry and banana cookies by My Lovely Little Lunchbox.

ALL THINGS AVOCADO: Avocado Toast, Puree, Slices, etc

Hands down, avocado is filling, healthy, and packed with goodness. But sadly, it's not the prettiest veggie and it often comes home uneaten... How do you pack avocado toast without it getting all mushy and brown? A splash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt and sesame seeds do the trick! When you're done, just wrap it up so it doesn't stay exposed to air. Check out this video to see how:


source: One Hungry Mama

BONUS RECIPE: When Nothing Else Works

Raw Almond and Coconut Bars

This is my go-to recipe when everything else fails! No cooking needed, and this bar only takes 5 minutes to make. Just give it some time to set in the fridge. It’s a great little guilt-free snack! The recipe is by Jo and Tracey from Additive Free Lifestyle.

Ingredients

Method

200 g medjool dates
80 g raisins (or sultanas)
50 g desiccated coconut
1 tsp. vanilla paste
25 g cacao powder
100 g slivered almonds
  1. Place everything, except the almonds, into a blender or food processor and blitz 10 secs/high speed then place into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add almonds to mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Press into a lined square cake tin and place in the fridge to set.
  4. Cut into slices and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Have an amazing day and enjoy the back-to-school season!

Love,
Stephanie Hanna
Creator of Essmak Labels

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