Lunchbox Solutions for Kids
Who Like to be Creative
What’s tastier than take-out and fresher than frozen? Try homemade Pizza Pockets.
Simply slice open a whole wheat pita bread and invite your child to stuff it with pizza sauce, shredded cheese, leftover chicken pieces and his or her favourite veggies and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Once it has cooled off, keep refrigerated until it’s time to pack in your child’s lunchbox. You can even add a serving of salsa on the side for fun dipping. You can go for full-size or mini pitas, Canadian Cheddar or Canadian Havarti cheese, tomatoes or shredded carrots, leftover ground beef or pork, red, kidney or black beans – the possibilities are endless!
Are your kids tired of sandwiches? Have you thought about making wraps?
Using a tortilla wrap as a base, add your children’s favourite sandwich filling and roll-up. Pizza toppings, tuna or egg salad, burrito or taco filling – anything goes! You can either serve it whole or you can slice it into bite-size servings to present all of the layers. Add a side of guacamole or salsa for a bit of extra zing and it’s a wrap!
Have leftover rice? Why not create your own Thai wraps?
Keep rice paper on hand for these creative, simple lunch creations. Soak the rice paper one sheet at a time in hot water for approximately 10 seconds. Lay the rice paper flat on a plate or cutting board. Add a couple of tablespoons of rice in the centre of the rice paper. Add a small drizzle of soya sauce and julienned vegetables (i.e. cucumbers, carrots, celery, lettuce, peppers, etc.), grated or sliced cheese, cooked fish, chicken, beef or beans. Fold the bottom of the rice paper up and over the filling, then fold each side over and roll it up tightly. Once you start experimenting with ingredients, the possibilities are endless! Don’t forget the sweet red chili sauce for dipping.