I read a few family food blogs. I read them for inspiration but more for admiration. I love looking at the perfect little lunches they serve their small people. They use shapes to create cute sandwiches and add little notes and flags and smoothie pouches and turn them into crazy scenes and wild animals. I love that stuff. I don’t do that, though. What I do is put together foods I know my little person loves. It looks similar every time, but she doesn’t seem to mind.
When reading these blogs I have noticed that they get a lot of criticism around the ingredients they use (organic is too expensive, non-organic is unhealthy), or the quantities (too much food or not enough food), or not covering all the food groups. I’m not a nutritionist. I’m just Mama Fearse, setting out to feed Little Fearse food she loves that is mostly healthy and nutritious. Every one of these lunches also comes with a bottle of water and a smoothie (usually banana or mango if it’s in season).
Our last post, 30 days of Day Care Lunches for a 12 Month Old has been our most popular by about 1000 views. Parents out there are looking for ideas for food to feed their kids. I hope our new list gives you some new inspiration.
- Biscuits with vegemite and cheese (a good back up if you’re not sure if your wee one will eat the other foods you’ve offered – Little Fearse is a little fussier now she’s getting older and more determined)
- Celery and peanut butter sandwiches
- Lemon risotto
- Home made Baked beans
- Oatcakes (Little Fearse likes these plain as much as she likes them with vegemite or peanut butter and they are pretty easy to make at home.)
- Twirly slinky apples (after some debate on our Facebook page we bought one of these gadgets second hand…we have used it several times a day since purchased.)
- Mini apple pies (stew apple with cinnamon, no sugar needed – puff pastry again)
- One eye (bread with the centre cut out (BP uses cute animal cookie cutters) and fried with an egg in the middle -better warm, but still fun cold)
- Sultanas, the ultimate sweet snack (or other dried fruits)
- Fried rice
- Kidney beans, diced capsicum and corn with guacamole and lime juice [to keep it fresh] – add some plain corn chips for the full nacho experience
- Banana salad with yoghurt and honey
- Mini lasagne pin-rolls (thank you Pinterest)
- Eggplant Pizza
- Cheese and grated apple sandwiches (the apple goes brown, but it still tastes good and she doesn’t seem to mind)
- Vegemite and cheese OR spinach and cheese triangles (puff pastry…easy!)
- Flatbread roll ups with chicken, cheese and spinach leaves (or whatever combination you like…she tends to dissemble these anyway!)
- Mini cheese and vege pizzas on English muffins
- Rice and tuna casserole
- Home made cheese twists (use puff pastry for this, too) and hummus
- Home made chicken nuggets and wedges with guacamole
- Plain yoghurt topped with stewed fruit / berries / berry coulis (if you find some cheap overripe berries)
- Chicken drumstick with peas (be sure to check for small bones, there is at least one sharp bone in a drumstick that we like to remove first – of course you may like to remove the chicken from the bone yourself)
- Left over roast meat and veggies in a wrap.
- Banana bread (or zucchini bread, or bread made from whatever you have a lot of at the time)
- Tuna or salmon patties (made with mashed potato, bread crumbs, herbs and lemon juice)
- Pikelets with a little jam or peanut butter
- Jacket potatoes (topped with veggies and cheese and tomato salsa)
- Fruit crumble (made with whatever is in season – we do a lot of apple and rhubarb crumble over the winter and peach in the summer)
- Pop corn (unseasoned)
- Egg and bacon pies
- Fruit and yoghurt balls (I buy these at the market and will occasionally give Little Fearse one or two in her lunch as a special treat)
- Home made dips with broken up wraps or veggie sticks (or papadams or biscuits or whatever) – one of the big changes since our last entry is that LF now has the motor control to manage a spoon or dipping foods into other foods.
I’d love to hear from you, too. What do your kids love in their lunches? What have we forgotten, or not thought of yet?