Kitchen Tips

Out Of The Box: Our Best-Ever School Lunches

If you don’t want your kids dreading lunch hour at school, ditch the tired sandwiches and try these out-of-the-box school lunch ideas. These easy Asian recipes are packed with the protein, carbs and nutrients they need for lethargy-free learning. Don’t forget to hold the nuts, and switch peanut oil for allergy-friendly canola or sunflower oil.

Satisfying rice bowls

2017 is all about bowl foods, so why not translate this culinary trend into your kids’ lunchboxes? Simply steam some rice (try brown rice or wild rice for a healthier option), then top with a range of ingredients.

Use this Korean bibimbap recipe for inspiration

bibimbap
Toss tinned tuna, quartered boiled eggs and edamame beans with a light soy and ginger dressing

Make a classic fried rice packed with pork and eggs

chinese fried rice recipe

Nifty noodles

Noodles are another lunchbox superstar, thanks to their easy portability and ability to hold their shape.

Send this somen salad cold with an added boost of brain food, courtesy of smoked or canned salmon

Warm Somen Noodle Salad
Make a massive batch of low-Gi japchae to power your kids through the afternoon

Korean Japchae - Stir-fried Glass Noodles
Pack a nutrient punch with this hoisin chicken stir-fry loaded with green vegetables

hoisin chicken with instant noodles

Wrap stars

Another failsafe lunch box option is the good old-fashioned wrap. This year, ditch the soggy tortillas and tired pita bread pockets for Asian-style wraps your kids will love.

Get creative with sushi fillings and let the praise roll in!

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Squeeze virtuous fruit and vegetables into these tasty Vietnamese spring rolls

Vietnamese Summer Rolls Recipe
Pack crunchy iceberg lettuce cups with shredded chicken, herbs and vermicelli noodles for a fresh take on san choy bau.

San Choy Bao

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