Give little ones an energy boost with these tasty affordable lunches. Our recipes keep costs low with storecupboard ingredients like tinned tuna, dry pasta and canned veggies.
Tuna & sweetcorn slice
Use up storecupboard essentials with this 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
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.
Crumpets aren’t just for breakfast anymore- they make a great base for sandwiches and even pizzas. Help younger children make these easy crumpet pizzas for lunch, or let older kids put them together themselves. Use whatever veg you have in the fridge for the toppings, we used olives, peppers, tomatoes and sweetcorn.
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 cut in half and add to the ramen. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil, if you like.
Hummus rainbow wraps
Make these colourful rainbow wraps, with hummus, beetroot, carrot, feta and baby spinach for a quick and easy veggie lunch for the whole family. They’re a great way to introduce new veggies to younger children. They’re super-filling too – half a wrap should be enough for little ones.
Broccoli pasta shells
Kids will love this healthier take on pesto and pasta, with broccoli upping their veg intake to get their five a day. Try making a big batch of these broccoli pasta shells at the beginning of the week, then splitting it up into daily lunches. It only takes 20 minutes to make, plus it’s low in calories.
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.
Omlette in a bun
Make this tasty vegetarian omelette bun for lunchboxes, or a quick and easy dinner for kids. Make a simple omelette with hearty potatoes, cherry tomatoes, leafy spinach and a handful of crumbled feta. Add the cooked omelette to a wholemeal bun and serve with a side 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.
Mini chorizo, pea & potato frittatas
These simple mini chorizo frittatas are perfect for eating on the go and packing in school lunchboxes. This easy recipe calls for minimal ingredients – just combine eggs with new potatoes, chorizo, frozen peas, grated cheddar and a few springs of parsley.
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
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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