Here are some meal ideas that are almost always “winning”, even for the most difficult children!
1. Rolled pizza
Garnish a whole wheat tortilla with tomato sauce, grated cheese and your choice of garnishes (tuna, diced cooked chicken, vegetables, olives, etc.), and bake for a few minutes, long enough for the cheese melts. Then roll the pizza. It will be enough to reheat it for thirty seconds in the microwave oven at mealtime. For a full meal, add: baby carrots and celery sticks, yogurt, a drink and snacks of your choice.
2. False nachos
Cut into wedges and grill whole wheat tortillas (can be done in large quantities in advance). Serve with a legume dip (hummus or black beans, for example) and homemade or store-bought salsa. For a full meal, add: peppers and cucumber sticks, a few diced cheese, a drink and snacks of your choice.
3. Quick Egg Sandwich
Perfect for late mornings: just cook a beaten egg in the microwave for 1 min and garnish an English muffin or white bread. Add a slice of cheese, a salad leaf and a little mayo (or other condiment to taste). For a complete meal, add: raw vegetables of your choice, a few dices of cheese, a drink and snacks of your choice.
4. Box of surprises
For difficult children, lunches made from a variety of ingredients are always appreciated. Place in a compartmented box: crackers, diced cheese, slices of cold meat of your choice, grapes and tangerine wedges (or other fruits), raw vegetables (baby corn, carrots, cherry tomatoes, etc. .). For a full meal, add: a drink and snacks of your choice.
5. Super macaroni
To your favourite macaroni and cheese recipe, add canned tuna and cooked vegetables of your choice (frozen corn kernels and peas, carrot slices, colorful pepper cubes). For a full meal, add: a drink and snacks of your choice.
6. Soup Meal
When you have portions of soup left after the evening meal (or a can of condensed soup), extend them by adding frozen vegetables of your choice, leftover meat or fish (chicken, shrimp, etc. .) and a small handful of rice. Cook until vegetables and rice are tender (it should take as long as it takes to clear and do the dishes), and put in a thermos or microwave-safe container. For a full meal, add: soda crackers, yogurt, a drink and snacks of your choice.
7. Mexican salad
To a leftover cooked rice, add canned red beans, corn, diced cheese and colored pepper, and house or store-bought dressing. For a full meal, add: a drink, cut fruit, and snacks of your choice.
8. Revisited hot dog
Sprinkle a pita bread with grated cheese and add a cooked sausage of your choice (chicken, Toulouse, tofu, etc.). Roll and spend a few seconds in the microwave or in a panini press, so that the cheese melts and the roll stays well. Just warm it up for lunch. For a full meal, add: raw vegetables and cut fruit to taste, a few diced cheese, a drink and snacks of your choice.
9. Potato salad
Make the most of your leftover baked or boiled potatoes: dice them, add ham or chicken, sliced pickles (or 1 spoonful of relish), and a little mayonnaise or vinaigrette of your choice. For a full meal, add: raw vegetables and cut fruit, a few diced cheese, a drink and snacks of your choice.
10. Economic salmon bagel
Garnish a toasted bagel with cream cheese flavored with smoked salmon, lettuce and tomatoes. For a full meal, add: raw vegetables and cut fruit, yogurt, a drink and snacks of your choice.
It is normal for children to be disgusted with eating the endless sandwich … We are too! But as we can see, it is not so difficult to create quick, healthy and varied lunches.