Banish boring sandwiches by introducing your kids to an array of exciting international flavours with these inspiring ideas for school lunches.
Multicultural lunch box ideas for kids
Before the invention of the internet, school lunches were a staple diet of soggy sandwiches, a piece of fruit and, if you were really lucky, a biscuit or two. Now, with the internet loaded with creative ideas from across the world, there are no excuses for boring lunches. Why not go global and get internationally-inspired?
Tasty vegetarian falafels teamed with fresh garden lettuce, diced vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion and feta cheese in pita pockets are a fun Middle Eastern twist on the boring sandwich.
A traditional Indian favourite, bite-sized samosas don’t have to be overly spicy. Use lamb or beef mince and oven bake them — a healthier alternative to deep frying. They are delicious with a sweet tomato relish.
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Crispy corn shells filled with your choice of filling — beef, chicken or red kidney beans, topped with lettuce, diced tomato and tasty cheese — make a mouth-watering Mexican feast.
Sushi doesn’t have to mean raw fish. You can get creative with fillings — tuna and mayo, marinated tofu, cheese or chicken; the options are endless. This super-fun Japanese treat is not complete without soy sauce and chopsticks.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned English scone. A modern twist: Add diced ham, garden herbs, cheese and onion. How about a hint of sweet mustard or even dried apricots?
Originating from Poland, the humble bagel makes a delicious alternative to bread for a monster-sized sandwich. Stuff them with salad and keep growing kids satiated.
Vietnamese rice paper rolls
Wrap slices of capsicum, carrot, cucumber, snowpeas and shredded chicken in rice paper for a healthy Asian-style treat. Kids will enjoy dipping these in a mild sweet chilli or sweet and sour-style sauce.
American hot dogs
Quick and simple, frankfurter sausages or vegetarian sausages can be topped with onions, mild American mustard and tomato sauce. Use wholemeal rolls for a healthier alternative.
Quiche comes from the German word “kuchen”, meaning cake. Fill them with your child’s favourite fillings — salmon, tuna, bacon, cheese and tomato — and cook them in muffin tins for cute bite-sized portions.
These are a good old Aussie favourite, despite originating in Wales. They take a few minutes to whip up, but if you’re feeling super lazy, pre-made pikelets are available from your supermarket. Team them with fresh fruit or your child’s favourite spread.