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Children Bored Of Sandwiches? Five Days Of Alternative Packed Lunch Recipes

23/07/2013 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

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Packed lunches can become boring. Let's face it, there's only so many days of having sandwiches that any of us can stomach without crying out for something a bit more exciting - although of course there will always be the child who wants nothing but a ham sandwich for five years in a row!

But if sandwiches are not being eaten, you can come up with something different and a lot more fun.

For inspiration we've compiled five alternative lunch box meals – one for each day of the school week.

Children bored of sandwiches? Five days of alternative packed lunch recipesJackie Cosh

Day 1: Pesto pasta

Ingredients

100g pasta

Half a jar of pesto

Cheese or tuna

Boil the pasta, and strain when ready.

Add in enough pesto to taste and leave to cool.

When cold, spoon into a container and then add grated cheese or some tinned tuna on top.

Another alternative is to mix in roasted peppers cut up small.

Children bored of sandwiches? Five days of alternative packed lunch recipesJackie Cosh

Day 2: Sushi

This can be made using smoked salmon or vegetables. Cucumber or pepper are easy options.

Ingredients

300g sushi rice

330g water

One pack sushi nori

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

Smoked salmon, cucumber or pepper

1 bowl of water to keep hands wet while working with the sushi

Boil the rice in the water until it is cooked and all the water has evaporated. Leave to cool

Add a tablespoon of rice vinegar.

Put the nori under a preheated grill for about 10 seconds, just to soften it a bit. Then place on a sushi mat. If you don't have a sushi mat, a bendable, smooth table mat is fine. You need to be able to roll the mat.

Take a piece of nori and place it on the mat, then spoon on a line of rice. Put the filling in the middle.

Using the mat, slowly roll the nori so that you are closing the sushi. Keep rolling until you reach the end of the nori. Splash a little bit of water on the end of the nori and roll it again to close it properly. You should now have a cylinder shape. Take a sharp knife and cut into six to eight pieces.

Children bored of sandwiches? Five days of alternative packed lunch recipesJackie Cosh

Day 3: Chestnut sausage rolls

Ingredients

Puff pastry

400 g chestnut puree

1 grated onion

1 clove garlic chopped

2 tablespoon lemon juice,

2 tablespoon soy sauce,

150g breadcrumbs

375g puff pastry

Mix all the ingredients apart from the puff pastry.

Cut the pastry into rectangles 5cm long and 2 ½ cm wide.

Place filling in the middle of the strip and fold into sausage roll shapes. Make fork imprints at each edge to close properly.

Brush with milk and bake in the oven for fifteen minutes a 200°C/gas mark 6.

Children bored of sandwiches? Five days of alternative packed lunch recipesJackie Cosh

Day 4: Spinach and feta parcels

Ingredients

300g spinach

250g feta or similar type of cheese cut into small cubes

1 egg whisked

6 sheets of filo pastry

Pinch of nutmeg

Steam the spinach and let it cool, aiming to drain all water from it. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the cheese, nutmeg and the egg. Mix together.

Cut the pastry into strips 10cm long.

Place a spoonful of mixture on the top right hand side. Take the left hand corner and cover the mixture. You should now have a triangular shape.

Continue folding all the way down until you are left with a triangular parcel with no extra bits.

Repeat until all the mixture is complete. Brush with milk and bake for 15 minutes at 200°C/gas mark 6.

Children bored of sandwiches? Five days of alternative packed lunch recipesJackie Cosh

Day 5: Mix and dip

Children sometimes prefer to pick at different things. Oatcakes make a good base for a lunch as they are a healthy alternative to wheat products such as bread.

Make up a container of finger food. This could include oatcakes or rice cakes, cubes of cheese (or slices to put on the oatcakes), small pots of houmus, cherry tomatoes, celery, vegetable sticks. Make up a small container of plain yoghurt to use as a dip.

Check out our delicious recipes for nutritious, tasty and energy-filled after school snacks and lunch box treats.

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