5 Quick Lunchbox Ideas For School Going Kids
Making your kid eat is one of the most difficult things, especially when it comes to nutritional food. Kids always want to have those junk foods but hate to eat nutritional food and when it comes to packing their lunch for schools, things become all the more difficult.
At home of course you can keep an eye on your kid and make him/her eat, but at school when you are not around the lunch needs to be tempting enough, so that your kid eats it on his/her own.
To make things easier for you, I am here to share the 5 quick lunchbox ideas which have nutrition, are less time consuming and I am sure you kid will finish the lunch. The ideas that I am sharing are very open to experiments, so you can always do things your way.
So you had leftover idli and woke up late in the morning, the school bus is about to arrive… Oh damn…. That’s kinda rush. Why not use the idli and prepare lunch for the kiddo.
4-5 idli pieces or as required
Chaat masala or pav bhaji masala or red chilli powder or idli podi as required (For kids is would say chaat masala is better or the idli podi powder)
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry or shallow fry the idlis
Method & Preperation:-
Cut the refrigerated or day old idlis into fingers.
Heat oil in a pan till medium hot. Add the idli fingers and deep fry till light they are in golden color.
Ideally, the fried idli pieces should be crisp from outside and soft from inside.
Remove the smaller pieces first as they will get fried quickly. Put the fried idlis on paper towels to remove excess oil.
Sprinkle chaat masala or idli podi on top and some salt. Give it a quick mix so that the masala is coated evenly.
Pack the fried idli with coconut chutney or tomato sauce.
Poha is an ideal breakfast that provides for your kids’ active days and constant growth. Bright yellow poha, with tomatoes for added brightness and lemon juice for a refreshing tang, makes for a perfect tempting lunch.
2 cups thick beaten rice (poha)
1/2 cup soaked and boiled kabuli chana (white chick peas)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp green chilli paste
1/4 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
Method & Preparation;-
- Place the poha in a sieve and hold it under running water for a few seconds. Keep aside for 2 minutes for the water to drain out completely.
- Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the turmeric powder, tomatoes and kabuli chana, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes,while stirring occasionally.
- Add the green chilli paste, chilli powder, salt and 2 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
- Add the soaked beaten rice, sugar, lemon juice and coriander, mix well and cook on medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
Vegatable Kathi Roll:-
Katthi Rolls are perfect for on the go snacks/breakfast for kids and are ideal for lunch box.
Whole wheat flour – 1 1/4 cups
Maida – 1/4 cup
Salt – to taste
Oil – 1 tsp
Milk – as needed to knead the dough
- For the stuffing:
Mixed vegetables(Use carrot,capsicum and beans) – 3/4 cup (Chopped lengthwise)
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Garam masala powder or chat masala – 1/2 tsp
Ginger green chilli paste – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Green chutney – few tbsp
Onion -1 finely sliced
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
To prepare the parathas
Mix salt, wheat flour and maida. Add milk slowly to form soft dough.
Keep covered and let it rest till the stuffing is done
To prepare the stuffing
Heat oil, add onions and saute until golden brown.Add ginger chilli paste and saute for a min then add all the veggies, saute for 3mins or until cooked till the veggies are crunchy.
Add turmeric, garam masala powder and lemon juice mix well. Cook keeping lid closed for 2more minutes and switch off.
To make the kathi roll:
Pinch a lemon sized ball from the dough and flatten. Dust flour if needed.
Heat a skillet, once it is hot place the rolled parathas and cook on both sides. Likewise prepare all the parathas and keep aside. Add little oil and toast the prepared parathas.
Then spread 1/2 tbsp tomato ketchup, add a heaped tbsp of stuffing.
Now gently seal it from the bottom then close it tightly from the both the sides, so as to form a roll.
Then wrap the lower part of the parathas with butter paper/silver foil and pack it for the lunch.
Vegetable Fried Rice:
Vegetable Fried Rice is a tasty and is an all time favorite treat for kids. The crunchy veggies add the much needed splash of colors and also lure the kids to finish the tiffin.
1/2 cup finely chopped spring onions whites
1/4 cup finely chopped capsicum
2 tbsp finely chopped french beans
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup shredded cabbage
2 cups cooked rice or leftover rice
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1/4 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup finely chopped spring onion greens
salt and to taste
Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
Add spring onion whites and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
Add chopped capsicum, french beans, carrots and cabbage and sauté on a high flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
Add soy sauce, tomato ketchup and bean sprouts and sauté on a high flame for 1 minute.
Add rice, spring onion greens, salt and pepper, mix gently and cook on a high flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
Allow the rice to cool and pack it for the lunch.
Cream Cheese Sandwich: Sandwiches are always considered to be kids favorite and they indeed are.
2 pieces of bread
Whipped cream cheese
1 tbsp of finely chopped onion
2 tbsp finely chopped cucumber
¼ cup grated carrot
A pinch of black pepper powder
Salt to taste
In a bowl mix all the ingredients together except the breads.
Spread the mixture on bread and make a sandwich.
Cut them diagonally.
Note: As an alternative you can also add cottage cheese instead of whipped cream cheese.
These were the yummy and easy lunchbox ideas for your kids. Try these out and let me know how you like them.
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