A new school term calls for fresh ideas to boost brainpower and feed imaginations!
We all know how important it is for little learners to stay fuelled on the right foods to support their development, so it’s time to refresh those lunchboxes with a host of energy-boosting recipes from Annabel’s kitchen.
But healthy eating doesn’t have to stop at the school gate; we’ve got lots of brand new simple and healthy recipes for after school snacks and midweek meals.
This new school term, let’s liven up those lunchboxes, shake-up snack time, and put the ‘mmm’ into midweek meals.
Here are my Top 10 delicious & nutritious lunchbox fillers for you to try this Back to School season!
Chicken, Tomato & Veggie Stars
These chicken, tomato & veggie stars will be the star of any mealtime. Not only do they pass the kiddie taste test, but they contain a whole lot of goodness. Filled with lots of hidden vegetables, even the most discerning little veggie-phobe will be none the wiser! These colourful and flavourful stars are perfect for batch cooking and stocking in the freezer for a rainy day – or simply for when you’re lacking food inspiration.
Piccolo Pizza Faces
Don’t be fooled by the funny faces, there’s nothing funny about these muffin pizzas that are packed full of hidden veggies and good nutrients! Blend delicious Piccolo Chery Tomatoes into a moreish pizza base – these little gems are not only highly versatile but extremely nutritious.
Turkey & Vegetable Rice Salad
This Piccolo cherry tomato and turkey rice salad is so delicious your little one will be sure to gobble it up! Packed with protein from the lean turkey and delicious (and nutritious) tomatoes, this hearty yet healthy salad is guaranteed to become your new tomato go-to.
Veggie Packed Frittata Muffins 4-ways
These frittata muffins are so simple to make and very versatile, making them the ideal recipe for using up leftovers. Choose from Chicken, Tomato, Spinach and Spring Onion, or Tuna, Sweetcorn, Tomato and Broccoli, perhaps Potato, Pea, Tomato and Cheese is more to your little one’s taste, or you could pack in the Omega-3’s with the Salmon, Cheddar, Tomato and Basil version… or even better make up your own concoction!
Chicken, Tomato & Corn Fritters
You won’t want to fritter away any more time not making these delicious chicken, sweetcorn and tomato buttermilk fritters. This is the perfect quick and easy meal to use up that leftover roast chicken from the weekend!
Puff Pastry Pinwheels
Keep your little bakers busy in the kitchen with these delicious pizza pinwheels. Its super easy and a great addition to your little ones lunchbox. Not only does this recipe for kids teach classic baking skills, but it also results in a delicious, healthy snack, which they’re sure to love eating.
Orzo Rainbow Salad
You can make this tasty Orzo Rainbow Salad in 10 minutes. It is easy to prepare the night before you need it. All you have to do is toss in the dressing in the morning and pop it in your child’s lunchbox or, even better, put the salad dressing in a small pot and let your child add the dressing just before eating. For more creative lunch box ideas, click here!
Macaroni & Cheese Muffins
The kids will love these Macaroni & Cheese Muffins, a creative way of cooking mac and cheese! Macaroni is baked with a cheese sauce in muffin tins. Allow the muffins to cool a little before serving to let the cheese set. If you love these muffins, why not give these Cheese & Cherry Tomato Muffins a try!
Traffic Light Sandwich Stacks
Stacking sarnies, like these Traffic Light Sandwich Stacks, is a great way to get children exploring different flavour combos – an important step in getting children enjoying a variety of foods and flavours. Its super easy and a great addition to your little ones lunchbox. For another alternative super sandwich idea, you have to try Annabel’s Sushi Sandwich Rolls.
Cheese & Cherry Tomato Muffins
After a busy morning, hungry (or should we say ‘hangry’) tums will snap-up my savoury little muffins. Batch cooking at its best!