Ahh the good-old lunchbox, don’t you just love packing them? And the best part is unpacking them and cleaning out all the soggy leftovers. Bluergh. With the start of the new school year looming, here are some tips and tricks for spicing up the regular lunchbox. And I promise, these ideas do not take long and you don’t need an art degree! A lot of these bits I pick up in the discount shops. You can find some more ideas here 🙂
Get creative with your sandwiches. I don’t know about you but I really like to mix things up when making b a lunchbox. I get bored of plain old bread and I can’t stand soggy sarnies! It’s nice to try something different. Mix things up with different types of bread and maybe alternate them as below. We also like to “kebab” little sandwiches too 🙂 For some more ideas, check out this post.
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Swap bread! There are loads of other bready type things that make super sarnies. Why not try wraps, pitta bread, bagels or even crackers for open sarnie snacks.
Simple pasta salads. You don’t have to slave away in the kitchen for hours. With a bit of pre-planning you can whip up some tasty pasta salads in now time. Think pesto and roast chicken, tuna, red pepper and sweetcorn or cheesy pasta salad.
Ploughman’s lunch. Pre-b, mr D and I used to do loads of long country walks which typically involved a pub lunch somewhere. My fave pub lunch in the summer months is the trusty ploughman’s. Crusty bread, real butter and a good slab of cheese. Yum! And what makes it for me is the pickled onion! B absolutely loves pickled onions too. Things to pop in a ploughman’s, crackers, ham, cheese and pickle, celery, cucumber, apple and pickled onions. Yum yum!
Make your own lunchables 🙂 Why not use a round or square cookie cutter to shape your ham, cheese and bread. This makes things bite size for little ones and my boy especially loves things that are different shapes. So you can see below we cut cucumber, bread and cheese into small squares. B enjoyed gobbling up each layer!
Hummus and dippers. I love the supermarket mini pots of hummus. They make perfect lunchbox companions and are deal for dipping your fave veggie sticks. B loves carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers. Oh and you can’t go wrong with a breadstick or three can you!
So there you go, a few ideas for mixing it up when it comes to making lunchboxes 🙂 For more quick lunch ideas, take a look here. if you have a little more time and your hands and fancy making something super cool then check out these Thomas the Tank Engine and BB8 sandwiches!