Most of the time, the idea of meal planning only revolves on dinner. For many moms out there, it’s challenging to whip up a quick lunchtime meal for their kids to bring to school. If you’re oftentimes caught up standing in front of the fridge, pondering what to make for your kid’s lunch, here are some easy lunch ideas that you can quickly whip up in a matter of minutes.
- Arnold Palmer Sandwich
Combine smashed boiled eggs and finely chopped pickles with mayonnaise and mustard, and then spread it on a slice of whole wheat bread. Create another tasty sandwich by combining drained canned tuna, chopped onions and celery, lemon juice, and mayonnaise, spread on another slice of whole wheat bread. Sprinkle with finely chopped basil leaves and pack with love.
- Turkey Salad Roll
If you have leftover turkey, dice it and combine with chopped toasted almonds, thinly sliced celery, halved grapes, and mayonnaise. Put it in an airtight food container, packed with a multi-wheat bun or loaves of bread for your kid to assemble.
- BLTA Wraps
Mach avocado slices with lemon juice, and then spread it on a wheat wrap. Top it with crumbled bacon, sliced romaine lettuce, and chopped tomatoes. Roll it all up and wrap it in a wax paper or parchment paper to secure.
- Stuffed Sweet Potato
This one can be really quick if you have a couple of sweet potatoes baked the night before. Cook two or three small sweet potatoes in the over until they become crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Pop them in the fridge, and then reheat them in the microwave the nest day. Slice open, fill with anything from the leftover tuna or Bolognese and mayonnaise.
- Banana-Peanut-Butter Wrap
Spread your kid’s favourite peanut butter on a toasted wheat wrap, sprinkled with crumbled bacon and drizzled with honey. Place a banana at the edge of the wrap and roll it up. Or you can also slice the banana and scatter it all over the wrap before rolling it up.
- Barbecue Chicken Burger
Toss shredded chicken barbecue and chopped carrots and tomatoes with barbecue sauce, and heat them in the microwave. Sprinkle the mixture with chopped parsley or cilantro and transfer it to an airtight food container. Throw in some burger buns for assembly at lunch.
Your kid’s lunch need not to be complicated. After all, what matters most for the little ones is the taste of the food, not the cooking techniques used to prepare them. With these six simple lunch ideas, preparing lunch for your kiddos early in the morning should no longer be time-consuming for you.