Lunchboxes

Lunchboxes

By
Matt Wilkinson, Sharlee Gibb
Contains
8 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743792896
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MRS: I actually love making lunchboxes in the morning, whether for myself or the kids. If you think about it, lunchboxes can be a part of our lives for a long time – from that first day at school right through our working lives until retirement – so this section is very much for kids and adults alike. When Finn started at school this year, we asked him what his favourite things were in his first week and he said playing with his friends and Mumma making his lunches. That kid!

I always made my lunch for school as a kid and pretty much always had the same thing – a few sandwiches, some bickies, a frozen juice box and an apple. Cold pizza or spinach and feta pie were very much treats to be added in when we had leftovers and, although I was envious of the kids whose lunchboxes contained chips and cheese sticks, little did I know my Mum was teaching us an appreciation for real food that would stick with me all my life.

It’s really hard to get vegetables into kids’ lunchboxes, particularly when you eat seasonally, but it can be done – I aim for fruit, a snack, a sweet thing and a main ‘lunch’ as the basic setup and try and get some veggies in there somehow. It’s also really hard to get enough variety, but I have found that the boys are pretty happy with a weekly rotation, which means I cook up a few goodies for the lunchbox on a Sunday and keep it consistent for the week before changing it up the following week. And speaking of changing it up, don’t feel restricted to just the recipes in this chapter either, as there are lots of other great recipes in this book that are lunchbox friendly – quesadillas, wraps, chicken noodle salad and zucchini bread can all be made up easily in the morning and are sturdy enough to be transported without problems.

Recipes in this Chapter

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