Unfortunately for many, it’s time to go back to school. For many people around the globe back to school can mean one thing. Boring lunches. Your bog standard squashed sandwich (always better than normal sandwiches), a chocolate bar, crisps, and a bit of fruit chucked in from the fruit bowl. I have an inkling that lunches can be way more exciting than this, and still super easy to make!
Having a funky lunch is great because it gives you something to look forward to if you know you have something delicious and different to eat.
There are so many different things you can make a super quick and easy lunch from! Just have a quick search on Pinterest for lunches if you’re still super stuck. Just don’t look too many cat pictures while you’re there (it’s hard I know). I have a whole board on lunches here!
Here are 4 different lunchboxes that you could make this year, feel free to mix up the components to make your perfect lunchbox!
The Leftovers Lunch
Having pasta for tea the night before school? Why not put the leftover pasta in a Tupperware tub and when it’s cool mix with some salad and seeds, and fresh tomatoes. Seal up and pop in the fridge the night before to make sure it stays fresh. Or even if you have sausages or chicken the night before, you can cut it all up, cover it and pop in the fridge. Then mix the cold meats with a salad and it will be perfect for lunch. The meats won’t last very long though so make sure to eat the leftovers within 1-2 days.
Add some fresh fruit and a treat like a little bag of mini pretzels to your lunchbox and away you go. Make sure to have a drink as well, you can jazz up your regular bottle of water by adding fresh berries or lemon slices!
This is something I saw on Pinterest, and I thought it was a super fun inventive idea! Basically, it is a bagel split in half with some tomato passata and a sprinkling of cheese. Add your favourite toppings like some mini pepperoni slices, or some pineapple chunks on top. Then cook in a hot oven until the cheese is melted and golden, and the bagel is crispy. Here is a recipe that is quite helpful.
Add one or two of these to a lunchbox with some fresh fruit, a flapjack/snack bar, and some raisins/nuts. You can chop and change what you put in with the bagels to suit what you or the person you’re making lunch for likes.
Homemade Pot Noodle
It’s no secret that pot noodles are not the best for you, and probably aren’t the best choice for your lunch. How about making your own pot noodle with your favourite veg? For this recipe, you do need access to about a mugful of hot water. My Dad saw this idea on River Cottage, it is really versatile and quite filling too!
Here is the recipe that I use:
A handful of frozen sweetcorn
A handful of frozen peas
1 carrot chopped into chunks
A handful of egg noodle (or more if you like lots of noodles)
A veg stock cube
A sprinkling of mixed herbs
A pinch of Cajun spice
Enough boiling water to cover the all of the veg and noodles
1. Put all of the ingredients into a small mason jar except the water.
2. When it comes to lunch time pour the boiling water into the mason jar, make sure to cover all the ingredients with the water.
3. Leave to cook for 3-4 minutes and stir to make sure the stock cube is dissolved. At this point, you can drain out the water or enjoy as it is!
Squashed sandwiches are great, but probably not every day for however long you are in school for. That’s why in my house we mix it up and have wraps with a variety of different fillings. Wraps are probably even quicker to make than sandwiches, and more nutritious if you add a combination of fresh veggies.
In a wrap you need a filler, so something bulky that is going to spread throughout the wrap. Just so you aren’t left with 80% wrap to 20% filling because no one wants just a mouthful of disappointment when you were expecting loads of fresh flavours. I tend to use salad, and a drizzle of ketchup or mayo to hold things together.
My favourite wraps are;
- Cheese salad wraps with tomatoes
- Cold chicken and mayo wraps
- Breaded chicken sweetcorn and salad.
If you have leftover sausages you can chop them up and put them in a wrap with some ketchup