From prepping uniforms and packing school bags, to ensuring lunchboxes are filled with goodness, going back to school is a busy time for kids and parents alike. To help reduce the stress of sorting out nutritious food options that are also fun for the kids, Tesco health ambassador, Jamie Oliver, has created a range of playful, lunch-time recipes that tick all the boxes.
Get all the inspiration from this beloved celebrity chef here…
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Tasting the rainbow
Sandwiches are a great and easy-to-make lunchtime option for any day of the week. By picking colourful veg and mixing it with protein, they can be easily made on a budget with just a few ingredients.
Bread: Wholemeal roll or tortilla wrap, or sliced bread Protein: Cheddar or hard cheese, left-over roast chicken or turkey, tuna in spring water Veg or fruit- 40g total: sweetcorn, grated carrot, red pepper, courgette, sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cress, iceberg lettuce, grated apple, sliced pear, grapes
Spread: 15g low-fat mayonnaise, natural yoghurt or nut-free pesto
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Mix and match to create rolls, wraps and sandwiches, such as:
Cut a roll in half, then drain the tuna and flake into a small bowl. Stir through the yoghurt, mayo, sweetcorn, tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber and cress. Spread the mix onto the roll before wrapping in foil or baking paper.
Spread the mayo or yoghurt over both slices of bread, then grate the cheese over one slice. Top with carrot and lettuce or mix sweet and savoury by adding apple and grapes. Top with the remaining slice of bread and cut into fun shapes.
Spread the yoghurt or mayo over the wrap, then spoon the pesto down the middle using the back of the spoon. Pile the chicken on top, keeping it in a neat line, and top with lettuce, courgette, sliced tomatoes and grated carrot. Tuck in the sides then confidently roll the wrap over the filling until tightly wrapped up.
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Making nutritious and fun lunches can be tricky to master. However, with this easy-to-follow snack idea, parents can inject excitement into lunch hour and put a smile on their kid’s faces. Plus, you can plan ahead and prepare a batch for the entire week.
120g of popping corn A teaspoon of oil Toppings: honey, cinnamon, Marmite, Cajun spice mix, red wine vinegar
Grab a handful of popcorn and put it into a small pan with a dash of oil. Make sure the lid is on to avoid a kitchen catastrophe!
While you wait for the popping to begin, pick an ingredient which your child loves, to use as a topping.
Stir in three teaspoons of Marmite to add a savoury tang, go for a bit of a kick with one tablespoon of red wine vinegar and three teaspoons of Cajun spice mix, or satisfy their sweet tooth with two tablespoons of runny honey and a large pinch of cinnamon.
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Full of goodness and easy to make, this updated muffin formula will help parents to pack more fruit and veg into their kid’s menu. What’s more, it will also make eating a portion of the five-a-day a bit more exciting.
Muffin mix: eggs, oil, wholemeal self-raising flour, baking powder, semi-skimmed milk
Star of the show ingredient: sultanas, honey, grated carrot and apple, grated orange zest, cinnamon and pumpkin seeds
Preheat the oven to 180 °C and put paper muffin cases in the holes of your muffin tray. Grate carrots into a large bowl, add eggs, flour, baking powder milk and oil as well as your key ingredient e.g. apples or sultanas and beat well with a wooden spoon until mixture is even.
Bake for about 35 mins and voilà, the mouth-watering lunch snack your kids have been waiting for is here.
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