Easy healthy lunchbox ideas for kids and adults
Prepping food for the week can sometimes be challenging. With work, kids and everything in between, throwing together a quick sandwich and a packet of crisps for lunch often seems like the easiest option. But making lunchboxes doesn’t have to be difficult, stressful, or boring, and there are plenty of quick and healthy comfort recipes you can put together for you and the kids to enjoy.
Though we may feel like we sometimes don’t have time for cooking, carving out some time on a Sunday to plan out your meals can be a relaxing and fun activity. Popping on some music and getting the kids involved can also be a great way to make cooking more exciting. The key is to be prepared and avoid last-minute cooking in order to reduce stress and make the experience enjoyable. But remember, you don’t need to spend hours labouring away in the kitchen on a Sunday in order to make healthy lunchboxes for the week, you just need to find the right recipes.
RESCUE® has partnered with Divya Sharma, aka Doctor Bowl, to give you two delicious, easy and healthy lunch box ideas for kids and adults to add to your lunch variety and spruce up your week of eating. Dr Bowl is known on Instagram for her unique, stress-free and delicious recipes that the whole family will love – we hope you find inspiration and love them as much as we do!
Courgette and sweetcorn fritters
These fritters are the perfect thing to make when you know you won’t have much time and don’t feel like buying many ingredients. All you need are six ingredients and a frying pan and you’re good to go! If you’re in the mood for a little variety, you could make a few with courgette and a few with grated carrots, broccoli or cauliflower. It’s a great way to use up any veg you have left over!
- 1 courgette, grated*
- ½ cup plain flour
- 3 spring onions, chopped
- 1/3 cup sweetcorn, frozen or tinned
- Salt and pepper to taste
*Courgette could also be substituted with grated carrots, broccoli or cauliflower.
- Grate the courgette into a large bowl.
- Add the flour, spring onions, sweetcorn, salt and pepper, and mix very well - the water from the veggies will form a thick batter. If the batter is too dry, carefully add a little water.
- Place 1 tbsp of the mixture in a fry pan and quickly flatten it with the back of a spoon so you get a round fritter. Fry for a couple of minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Falafels provide a great source of protein and are so easy to make. This is the perfect recipe to make when you’re looking for something healthy and packed with flavour!
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 3 cloves fresh garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Pinch of cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- Preheat oven to 190C.
- Add all the ingredients into a blender apart from flour and baking soda. Blend until you get a slightly chunky texture.
- Then stir in baking soda and flour. At this point your mixture should be holding together quite well. If too dry, you slowly add some olive oil.
- Scoop spoonfuls of mixture out and form into small patties.
- Place on prepped baking sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes, flip patties and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until falafel are golden and cooked through.
- Serve with some chopped salad.
Once you’ve finished your delicious main course, make sure to supplement your lunchbox with some healthy snacks, such as cucumber or carrot sticks and hummus or some cheese and wholewheat crackers. For dessert, why not pop in a mix of strawberries, blueberries and dark chocolate chips, or cut up some apple slices and serve with a side of peanut butter?