Thinking of new, interesting lunch ideas to keep little mouths fed can be hard. Which is why we've rounded up some ingenious ways to keep them full and fueled for the day ahead.
Whether you are homeschooling them or your little learners are back to school, pack the kids off with a tasty and balanced lunch they'll look forward to. Here's some inspo to get you started...
1. mini meatballs in pitta breads
Mini koftes are a great way of spicing up lunchboxes. Fill a pitta with salad, koftes and a little mayo and you're onto a winner. You can use this meatball mixture to make mini meatloaves in a muffin tin too. Batch-cook and freeze!
2. pea and sweetcorn filo tarts
These are the perfect snack for little fingers, and so fun to put together! The ready-made filo pastry also makes these yummy pea and sweetcorn filo tarts easy to assemble.
3. Kidney bean burgers
These veggie burgers are just as good cold as they are hot - making them perfect for lunchboxes! Serve with a dollop of guacamole or mashed avocado - just make sure to mix in a little melon or lime juice to stop the avocado going brown over time.
4. PEar and cinnamon crisps
Baked rather than fried, these sweetly spiced fruit chips seasoned with warming cinnamon are a delicious alternative to salty snacks.
5. Tzatziki dip with carrot battons
Colourful and crunchy, this tasty snack will give them something to look forward to come lunchtime. Taking just 5 minutes to make from scratch, this creamy dip is a fantastic, lower-fat alternative to houmous.
6. Coronation grilled chicken with mango dip
This flavour-packed baked chicken lunchbox is bursting with colour and fruity flavour thanks to the mango sweet chilli dip. For older kids, use this to make a burrito using a wrap - add salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and salsa to make it more substantial.