Kids’ budget lunch ideas

Keep little ones powered up with these kids budget lunch ideas. These affordable recipes use up storecupboard essentials in wraps, soups and curries.

Mini pizza quiches

Give little ones an energy boost with these tasty afforable lunches. Our recipes keep costs low with storecupboard ingredients like tinned tuna, dry pasta and canned veggies. 

Kids will love our classic lunchtime favourites like fish fingers, pasta salad and wraps. 

For more inspiration, see our kids' lunchbox collection.
 

Tuna & sweetcorn slice

Tuna & sweetcorn slice
Use up storecupboard essentials with this super simple tuna & sweetcorn slice. Roll out a sheet of ready-made pastry or make your own with our puff pastry recipe. Blind bake the pastry then top with crème fraîche, cheddar, tinned tuna and sweetcorn. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown, then sprinkle with chopped chives. 
 

Crispy cod fingers with wedges & dill slaw

Crispy cod fingers with wedges & dill slaw
Take classic fish fingers to the next level with our crispy cod fingers with wedges & dill slaw. This colourful dish is low in fat and full of fresh flavours. Toss sweet potato wedges in oil and seasoning, then bake for 30 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Make a crunchy slaw with red cabbage, cornichons, yogurt and dill. Coat slices of cod fillets in egg, then breadcrumbs and grill for seven minutes until cooked through.
 

Chicken & sweetcorn ramen

Chicken & sweetcorn ramen
Upgrade the instant noodles sitting in your cupboard with this chicken & sweetcorn ramen. Cook instant noodles on the hob with chicken stock. Add some leftover sliced chicken and tinned sweetcorn or frozen peas. Boil an egg for six minutes, then divide in half and add to the ramen. Finish with a dribble of sesame oil, if you like. 
 

Mini pizza quiches

Mini pizza quiches
Get little ones involved in the kitchen with these mini pizza quiches. Kids will love helping to assemble these quiches for a scrumptious meal. Line muffin tins with tortilla wraps then fill with beaten eggs, salami and cherry tomatoes. Feel free to swap salami for any deli meat or add extra veggies. 
 

Lunchbox pasta salad

Lunchbox pasta salad
Raid the storecupboard for this easy lunchbox pasta salad. Combine cooked pasta with a few tablespoons of pesto, Greek yogurt and mayonnaise. Add any fresh veggies you have to hand, cherry tomatoes and some leftover protein – chicken, ham, hard-boiled eggs and prawns all taste great. Top with some cheddar, if you like.
 

Super-salad wraps

Super-salad wraps
Little ones can pack in some of their five-a-day with these super-salad wraps. Kids can help make the wraps by spreading hummus on a tortilla and topping with crunchy veggies like cucumber sticks, shredded carrot and lettuce leaves. Top with a few tablespoons of tomato salsa and a sprinkle of grated cheddar. Roll up the wrap and cut in half or bite-sized pieces. 
 

Creamy lentil & veggie curry

Veggie curry
Make a big batch of this freezable creamy lentil & veggie curry to get ahead. Combine red lentils, sweet potatoes, veg stock, canned tomatoes and curry powder for gentle spice. Add green beans or any veggies you have in the kitchen, and a can of chickpeas to make it extra filling. Stir through some Greek yogurt and scatter with coriander. 
 

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Theresa Cooke's picture
Theresa Cooke
2nd Apr, 2020
some good ideas. need to update my repertoire!
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