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.
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
Make a classic fried rice packed with pork and eggs
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
Make a massive batch of low-Gi japchae to power your kids through the afternoon
Pack a nutrient punch with this hoisin chicken stir-fry loaded with green vegetables
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!
Squeeze virtuous fruit and vegetables into these tasty Vietnamese spring rolls
Pack crunchy iceberg lettuce cups with shredded chicken, herbs and vermicelli noodles for a fresh take on san choy bau.
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