When Sam started school last year I had no reservations getting him signed up for a hot meal at lunchtime. The menu seemed varied and he has such a huge appetite I thought it’d fuel him better than a packed lunch.
I grew up loving school dinners, and I guess my nostalgia influences my decision.
I’m afraid I also have to confess I really
can’t be bothered haven’t got much enthusiasm to prepare a meal in a box every day – plus I’m not sure how cost effective it’d be. School dinners are only £2, and I think i’d be hard pressed to provide a tempting lunchbox for the same money day in, day out.
But now his best friend has a packed lunch and Sam wants to follow suit.
I’m considering trying it out once a week to see how it goes. And rather handily the folks at Innocent sent me a lunchbox full of their goodies this week, along with some funky stickers for Sam to customise it with.
He took to this task with glee, and then wrongly assumed this meant he was getting a packed lunch. Hmmmm.
So the Innocent challenge was to show what I’d put in Sam’s lunchbox – it was the perfect chance to see what I’d come up with.
As Sam’s a vegetarian and not mad keen on sandwiches I thought I’d give him a portion of leftover quorn stir fry with noodles. It’s delicious cold and a really nutritionally balanced meal packed with protein and vegetables.
There’s a lot to be said for using leftover dinner as a packed lunch the next day. I do it quite a lot for Matthew instead of making sandwiches or him buying things. Saves money and prevents food waste.
I’ve also included an apple, along with some of Innocent’s fab smoothies to get the fruit portion count up.
Treat wise there’s a pot of custard and a little cake bar as Sam is definitely a pudding man and burns through calories at an alarming rate. Had I had time to do some baking this week I’d have included a home made muffin – like the banana ones I made before I went to France.
What do YOU put in your kids’ lunchboxes? I’d love to hear your ideas! I may well do a snapshot of Sam’s if I start to do them more regularly to try and share some inspiration.
Thanks to Innocent for Sam’s lunchbox and smoothies!