Today kicks off a series of lunch box recipes. I find the best way to keep kids eating what is in the lunch box is to mix up what you put in there. As I am also trying to reduce processed foods with the kids, I am also trying to find more higher protein alternatives for the kids’ main lunch box item as well. So the recipes over the next few weeks will have this as a focus.
I have also created a PWK Community School Lunch Box Ideas collaborative board on Pinterest and would love to invite you to be part of it. This means you can pin lunch box ideas you love and share them with myself and others in the PWK community.
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The aim of the board is to use the power of the Planning With Kids community to curate a Pinterest board that offers a wide variety of healthy school lunch box ideas for kids.
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Sesame seed slice
I love sesame seeds and tahini so I adore this slice! The kids love it too and as it is nut free, it is perfect for the school lunches.
It is super simple to make mixing all the dry ingredients together, then the Pureharvest rice malt syrup and tahini together, then combine the two.
It does make only 16 pieces, so you could easily double the ingredients and use a larger tray to make it last for more lunches across the week.
- ½ cup linseed meal
- ½ cup ground chia
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- ¾ cup Pureharvest rice malt syrup
- ½ cup Pureharvest tahini
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
- In a medium sized bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix with a metal spoon. If there are lumps in the linseed meal, break them up by hand.
- Add rice malt syrup and tahini to a small bowl and whisk together
- Pour rice malt syrup mixture into seed mix and combine well.
- Line a tray with baking paper (size 29cm x 19cm)
- Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
- Allow to sit for 30 minutes in the tin before removing to a rack to cool. Allow it to cool completely before cutting.
Our Family Menu Plan For This Week
Some family favourites on the menu this week – the last week of school before the mid year holidays!
Week Commencing 23rd June
|Mon||Beef Stir Fry|
|Tue||Gluten free meatballs|
|Wed||Marinated Steak and Garlic Mash|
|Thu||Moroccan minted beef|
|Fri||Sweet potato hash, eggs and avocado|
|Sun||Slow cooker roast lamb
|Shopping List||Weekly menu plan shopping list 140623|
If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. You might like to also check out Planning With Kids Menu Planning App.
The kid friendly menu planning app allows you to:
- Create weekly menu plans quickly, choosing as many meals per day as you would like to plan for.
- Generate the shopping list for all the meals selected.
- Modify the shopping list to check off items you already have at home.
- Email the shopping list to yourself and/or others.
The most popular recipes from the blog have been included and more will be added on a regular basis. The app will notify you when new recipes have been added, so you will be able to deliver plenty of variety in your family’s menu plans. Each recipe lists the ingredients required, easy to follow instructions and a photo from the blog.
What have you been making for the kids’ lunches?