Raising children is a lot of work, and throughout those crucial first years of their lives a big part of this is feeding them nutritious meals. Creating amazing family dinners for your loved ones can be fairly easy and once you get into the swing of things big batches can be made to satiate your family.
Lunch however can be a little more tricky and often a little bit of a challenge. That’s why today we want to share some simple and healthy lunch options for your child.
Whether your child goes to public or private school, it’s important to provide them with healthy and simple meals they can eat for their lunches to help them grow big and strong.
If your child is homeschooled or they have facilities to warm up their lunch, this is the perfect warming meal that will pack them full of energ as well as vitamins and minerals. This is also suitable for batch cooking and freezing.
- 200g spinach and ricotta tortellini
- 300g chopped butternut squash
- 1 chopped carrot
- 1 chopped bell pepper
- 1 chopped zucchini
- 1 chopped eggplant
- 1 tbsp mixed herbs
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 250ml tomato sauce
- Parmesan cheese
- Add all of your chopped vegetables to a baking sheet and season with salt, pepper, and mixed herbs. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 200C for 45 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce to a pan with tortellini and bring to a simmer, cook for 5 minutes.
- Add your cooked vegetables and mix to warm through.
- Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Cauliflower fried rice
This meal can be eaten hot or cold and is packed full of amazing flavour as well as plenty of nutrition. This is particularly good for your child’s digestion.
- 250g cauliflower rice
- 1 chicken breast
- 150ml hoisin sauce
- 50g cashew nuts
- Half a head of broccoli
- 1 shaved carrot
- 100g beansprouts
- 5 spears babycorn
- Place your chicken breast on a foil lined baking sheet. Add half of the hoisin sauce and wrap up the chicken. Bake for 40 minutes at 200C. Pull apart.
- In a large frying pan or wok, add your cauliflower rice and sautee in oil for 4-5 minutes until slightly golden.
- Add your veggies and stir fry for a few minutes.
- Add your nuts, chicken and sauce and stir.
- Serve into a small container.
Salmon is great for the brain as well as joints, and these fishcakes are super easy and tasty.
- 2 salmon fillets
- 2 large eggs
- 1 spring onion
- 50g broccoli, shredded
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 potato, boiled and mashed
- 100g golden breadcrumbs
- Oil for frying
- Place your salmon fillets onto a baking sheet and bake at 200C for 20 minutes. Mash.
- In a bowl, beat your eggs, and add your chopped spring onion, broccoli, salmon, potato, flour and breadcrumbs. If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of milk.
- Mix into small patties and then chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Heat up a frying pan with some oil and then fry for 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Serve with a dipping sauce and a side of salad.