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Brilliant lunch box ideas for fussy kids

Wished there was a way to get your kids to eat the food that you’ve packed in their lunch box? Well, it helps if the food looks good! Here are a few yummy lunch box ideas to get you started.

Dress up that plain old sandwich

Think peanut butter and apple sandwiches made with a toaster waffle (lightly toasted), goldfish crackers and grapes or a banana. You may also wish to substitute cheddar cheese for peanut butter.

Go for tortilla wraps instead of a sandwich

Here are some great stuffing ideas for your wraps:
1. Deli meat, cheese and mustard
2. Diced chicken, shredded cheese, lettuce and honey mustard
3. Turkey, mayo, raisins or dried cranberries, chopped walnuts and chopped apples

Throw in a fruit with the wrap

Pack the wrap with an apple or peeled orange.

More yummy ideas

The great thing about lunch boxes is that you can literally pack anything your kid fancies eating. Here are some more ideas to inspire you:
1. Yogurt, granola or berries and a bagel with peanut butter
2. English muffins or bagel halves spread with pizza sauce, cheese and other favorite pizza toppings that have been toasted
3. Fruit salad made with berries, melons, apples, mandarin oranges and/or pineapple chunks
4. Cinnamon bagel with cream cheese

Pop-in-your-mouth sides

Add some crunch to the lunch box menu with bite-sized portions of carrots, celery, apples, blueberries, snap peas and/or melon with granola.

Tips to make packing lunch easier

Handy sauce packets like this help to add flavour to your kid’s lunchbox!

If you are eco-conscious, you’ll want to use a reusable lunch box. You can also make your lunch packing easier through the following methods:
1. Saving the extra salt, ketchup or dipping sauce packs you get at fast-food joints
2. Don’t forget the napkins
3. Use wax paper or foil instead of plastic (it’s safer for your children and the environment)
4. Don’t pack drink boxes filled with sugary drinks or food.
5. Make sure your child is capable of opening everything you send with them

Easy lunch box recipes
Here are some simple meal ideas that you can pack for your child’s lunch box:

Quick and easy noodles

Kids love noodles! Here’s a great way to sneak in some meat and vegetables to their favourite dish and make it a complete, balanced meal. The best thing is, it packs well into lunchboxes.


Whip up a quick and easy noodle dish for your child’s lunch box.

You will need:
200g fine rice vermicelli (or beehoon), soaked to soften, then drained
100g lean pork, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoon Canola oil
½ of a small onion, peeled and finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
50g French beans, thinly sliced
30g carrot, cut into thin strips
100g bean sprouts
Salt and ground white pepper to taste

1 tablespoon vegetarian mushroom sauce
½ teaspoon sesame oil
Salt to taste


  1. Bring some water to boil in a large pot. Place rice vermicelli in to cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain rice vermicelli, then rinse with cold water and drain again. Set aside.
  2. Combine ingredients for marinade in a bowl. Add pork and mi well.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and stir-fry onion and garlic until fragrant. Add marinated pork and cook until done. Add French beans, carrot and bean sprouts, and cook for 1-2 minutes until vegetables are tender but still crisp.
  4. Add rice vermicelli and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, and continue to stir fry until done.
  5. Dish out and serve hot.
Source: Smart Food for Tweens by Anna Jacob and Ng Hooi Lin

Peas and rice

This one-dish meal looks pretty and tastes yummy! Dry and light, it packs well into lunchboxes so your kids can have a hearty and nourishing meal in school.


Sneak in some peas in this yummy rice dish!

You will need:
¾ cup long grain white rice, washed and drained
1 ¼ cup water
2 tablespoon rice bran oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 roll fish cake, cut into cubes
1 cup frozen peas
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt to taste


  1. Place rice and water in a rice cooker and cook until done. Leave to cool.
  2. Heat oil in a work and stir-fry garlic until fragrant. Add fish cake and rice, and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add peas and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt.
  3. Create a space in the centre of rice and add egg. Allow egg to set, then scramble. Mix rice and egg well. Dish out and serve hot.
Source: Smart Food for Tweens by Anna Jacob and Ng Hooi Lin