I had lunch boxes packed by my mum for 14 years, that's 2,520 lunch boxes she made for me. Nearly every one of them was the same (she only did different ones for school trips) a marmite sandwich, an apple, a packet of crisps and a bun. I survived school years happily and now enjoy and full variety of lunches that I can choose but now I have 2 children of my own, concerned about the school dinners I find myself in a dilemma as to the content of lunch boxes and how to add variety and surprise. We’d love to hear how you fill your lunch box – please add a comment below.
Top tip- bake a double batch of the mixture then freeze half to enjoy on another day
Cooked school dinners are regularly in the news, one of my sons loves them but the other doesn't so I find myself having to pack a healthy, nutritious but filling lunch daily. This is tough but luckily my mum reminded me of a trick she used for years. Batch make buns (now called cupcakes) and freeze them. Making double quantity when baking adds hardly any time to the process but ensures you have plenty to freeze, to create a store. (A hand mixer will easily cope with a 4 egg mix which will make 24 cakes ) I have found even standard water icing is fine being frozen. Just take a cake out of the freezer the night before needed, or even in the morning, pop into the lunch box, it will be defrosted, fresh and a great sweet course for your child.
If your school is like mine no chocolate is allowed but with a cupcake you can provide a sweet treat without breaking the rules. You can mix up flavours, with lemon or banana. You could add some lunchtime learning by using alphabet cutters and spelling words out on top. There is a lot of pressure now on parents to add interest to all aspects of your children's lives but do not stress out too much, I still love a plain marmite sandwich.