Pack Mentality: 10 Kid-tastic School-Lunch Recipes
Whether they're digging into their lunch boxes for fresh salads, fun sandwiches or tasty snacks, kids need sustenance to keep them going through math tests, soccer games, drama class and everything in between. Learn more from Canada's Food Guide about how to make sure your child gets the nutrients he or she needs, and check out these fun recipes.
Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Apricots
Kids will gobble up this colourful and naturally sweet nutritious salad of dried fruit and protein-rich quinoa tossed in a citrusy vinaigrette. Toss in some leftover chicken for an even greater protein boost.
West Indian Sweet Potato and Chickpea Roti (pictured above)
This yummy wrap of hearty vitamin-dense sweet potato and chickpeas is seasoned with cumin, cinnamon and coconut milk; just omit the hot sauce unless your kid can handle the heat!
Croque Monsieur Pizza Pocket Toast
For an occasional lunchtime treat, this tasty pizza-meets-grilled-sandwich hybrid is a hit at room temperature or it can be popped into the microwave for extra meltiness.
Cucumber Wagon Wheels
This healthy lunch will help keep those wagons rollin' all afternoon. Switch it up with your family's favourite deli meats to keep it tasting new.
Crunchy Pita and Chickpea Salad
Protein-packed bite-size chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) give kids an afternoon boost. Chunks of cucumber keep this salad fresh and light, while pita crisps add fun crunch.
Meat Loaf Sandwich
Use leftovers from your classic meat loaf or try ours in these satisfying next-day sandwiches: meat loaf slices, cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes and crunchy coleslaw all housed in a thick Calabrese bun.
Baked Autumn Vegetables with Barley and Wild Rice
This big-batch recipe is perfect to pop into lunches a couple of times a week for folks big and small. Hearty chunks of sweet potato, squash and parsnip hit the spot!
Millet Oatmeal Cookies
This super-easy snack gets its crunch from healthy millet and its sweetness from raisins and a touch of brown sugar. It's a classic cookie that's crucial in every lunch box (yours, too!).
Tropical Fruit Salad with Lychees
Everyone enjoys a little something sweet, especially kids! Mango and pineapple mixed with canned lychee fruit and syrup make a quick lunchtime fix.
Mash-Up: Baked Kale + Chocolate
Superfood kale is a nutritional powerhouse! It's also a fun treat for kids when baked up crispy. In this recipe, a drizzle of chocolate practically makes it dessert.
Photography, Natalie Sorichetti (West Indian Sweet Potato and Chickpea Roti).