Kids can get picky with their food sometimes and they usually shy away from healthy foods like veggies. If you are constantly stressing out on what to pack in your child’s lunchbox, these healthy and yummy kid-friendly dishes are perfect for you! You can even get them involved in cooking these fun-tastic foods.
There’s something about food on a stick that really attracts the kids. Maybe it’s the easy-to-eat factor or maybe it just makes the food much tastier. Luckily, this makes life easier for you, especially if you have a hectic schedule. All you need is a chunk of chicken (preferably the thigh, because it makes the skewers more flavourful) and some veggies of your choice.
Chop the marinated* chicken into chunks and thread them on a skewer, along with your other ingredients like red peppers. Then, simply grill them until totally cooked through. And there it is, an easy to cook dish that’s even easier to eat! This recipe is especially great if your kids complain about how short their recess periods are as its food that can be chowed down on the go.
*You can use any marinate you’d like, a simple marinate would be soy sauce. Let the chicken thoroughly soak up the marinate in the fridge for an hour before putting them on skewers.
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls
These mouthwatering spring rolls are delicious and visually stunning. Although the traditional version of these take longer to make (because it takes some time properly cook the pork belly), our take on this flavourful dish will require much less time and effort.
Simply boil some prawns, rice vermicelli and meat of your choice (you can opt to skip out on the meat as well). Then, soften the rice papers with water and start arranging the peeled and cut prawns, meat, lettuce, rice vermicelli, cilantro, grated carrots, grated cucumbers and mint leaves on the rice paper. Fold the top and bottom parts down and start rolling the wrap from right to left. Mix some hoisin sauce with peanut butter for a delectable dipping sauce. Ta-da! The fresh, healthy and delicious spring rolls are ready. Yes, it’s that easy.
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Terrific for Taco Tuesday, or any day of the week really, these juicy chicken tacos are sure to be a hit with the kids! Simply boil a chicken breast until it’s fully cooked and tender and shred it with two forks. Season the chicken with some garlic salt and pepper. Heat the tortilla on a pan for a soft taco or fry it in hot oil for a crunchy taco shell. Once these ingredients are ready, place the shredded chicken in the shells and voila!
You may choose to switch things up and use shrimp instead of chicken every now and then. Additionally, make some homemade guacamole by combining mashed avocados, onions, cilantro, green onions and chopped tomatoes. Add a small slice of lime on the side for them to squeeze on their yummy tacos during recess time!
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Pasta in a Jar
Probably the simplest recipe yet, this quick dish elevates the plain ol’ pasta in a lunchbox. Start by cooking the pasta of your choice in boiling salt water – we recommend penne and fusilli since it’s easier to scoop these up from the jar. Next, heat up the sauce on a pan and mix the cooked pasta in. Once you’re done scoop the pasta and sauce into the jar and place ingredients of your choice on top.
Whether you choose to go for seafood, chicken, pork or beef, throw in some colourful veggies for a brighter look. This colourful masterpiece is a refreshing take on traditional pasta and will have the kids inhaling the meal!
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