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Simple & creative lunchbox ideas

Deciding what to feed our little ones to keep them satisfied, whilst at the same time being tasty and appetising, is always a conundrum for mums and dads when it comes to the dreaded packed lunch or lunchbox ideas. With the constant teacher scrutiny of the much-awaited pack-up lunchtime meal, it’s important that we try and include a quota of our five a day. But, perhaps more importantly, leave our children feeling full for the afternoon of learning ahead of them.

 

This is definitely where Piccolo cherry tomatoes come in handy! As part of a healthy diet, cherry tomatoes are the ideal snack or packed lunch addition – just remember they need to be quartered if serving on their own to avoid being a choking hazard. Including Piccolo cherry tomatoes as a healthy lunchbox addition is a way to get the necessary vegetables into the diet of your children.

Lunchbox Ideas with Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes

Macaroni & Cheese Bites

Macaroni & Cheese Bites recipe by Annabel Karmel

The kids will love this 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.


Rainbow Orzo SaladRainbow Orzo Salad recipe by Annabel Karmel

 

You can make this tasty 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.


Roasted Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes & Pesto Pasta

Roasted Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes & Pesto Pasta recipe by Annabel Karmel

Isn’t pesto one of the best foods ever created? The flavor is so bold and vibrant. This recipe makes for one of the easiest and best pasta sauces, plus it’s healthy! Toss with mini penne pasta and some sweet roasted cherry tomatoes.


Mini Cheese & Cherry Tomato Muffins

Mini Cheese & Cherry Tomato Muffins recipe by Annabel Karmel

If you’re looking for new ways to ‘super-fry’ your baby’s snacks then look no further than my mini cherry tomato & cheese muffins. You can also freeze these when cooked.


Piccolo Cherry Tomato Sushi Roll-upsPiccolo Cherry Tomato Sushi Roll-ups recipe by Annabel Karmel

There’s no reason why children can’t enjoy sushi! My sushi-style wraps are an ingenious way to get kids trying new ingredients, Replacing sushi rice with bread makes for a quick and inexpensive lunchbox pleaser. Chopsticks at the ready.


Sweetcorn & Tomato Rainbow Fritters

Sweetcorn & Tomato Rainbow Fritters recipe by Annabel Karmel

This recipe for Rainbow Fritters is super easy, add whichever seasonal vegetables you have to hand. A perfect finger food packed full of flavour!

Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes by Annabel Karmel

 

 

Grow your own Lunchbox Ideas

Giving a delicious natural sweetness, Piccolo cherry tomatoes are a truly great addition to any children’s meal.

What’s great about cherry tomatoes is that you can grow them yourself! Your children can then feel fully immersed in the farm to form a phenomenon with homegrown produce.

Remember, always store them at room temperature, that way all the vital nutrients and vitamins will be kept firmly locked inside.

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