It’s not easy to prepare a healthy and creative lunchbox when it has to be portable, nut-free (school policy) and liked by fussy eaters. A great deal of preparation is required that includes shopping for ingredients and night-before arrangements. I often prepare Georgie’s lunchbox about the same time I make dinner which tends to lighten the morning load. I also like to set aside an afternoon or morning during the week and weekend when I can cook/bake/prepare a dish that can be stored in the fridge for a few days. These dishes include pasta, boiled eggs and roasted chicken.
Fruitbox: Sliced organic strawberries, roasted chickpeas and half an oat bar.Lunchbox: Spaghetti with homemade pesto and parmesan cheeseFruitbox: Sliced apple, cheddar cheese cubes and cheerios.Lunchbox: Orzo aka kritharaki with parmesan cheese and broccoliFruitbox: Sliced mango and strawberries.Lunchbox: Brown bread sandwich with tuna and mayonnaise, snow peas and popcornFruitbox: Sliced strawberries, banana and dry bran flakes.Lunchbox: Butter croissant with melted cheese, organic salami and kidney beans.Fruitbox: Banana bread and sliced strawberries.Lunchbox: Brown bread roll with smoked salmon and cream cheese and sliced cucumbersFruitbox: Fruit yoghurt and cheerios with blueberries.Lunchbox: Chicken nuggets with ketchup and baby spinach leavesLunchbox: Boiled egg, cheese blocks and toasted and buttered brown bread.Fruitbox: Blueberries, strawberries and mini breadsticks with cream cheese.Lunchbox: Spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce topped with parmesan and a carrot.Fruitbox: Green apple, plain popcorn and coconut milk.Lunchbox: Grilled shredded free range chicken breasts, organic lettuce and ketchupFruitbox: Banana and cheerios with strawberriesLunchbox: Wholewheat bagel with butter and organic ham, snow peas and a slice of cheddar cheeseFruitbox: Two plums with organic crispsLunchbox: Sushi rolls made with wholewheat tortilla wrap, butter and organic ham and carrot and cheddar cheese blocksFruitbox: Sliced strawberries and pomegranateLunchbox: Organic tofu hot dog in a bun with snow peas.Fruitbox: Tangerine, dried cranberries and one organic honey waffle biscuit.
Most fruit and almost all vegetables are purchased from Be Natural Health Food store in Agladjia, Nicosia as are any other products stated as organic. The rest can be found at local supermarkets. Bagel is from Qboo Bakery in Nicosia but available at Be Natural too.
Please excuse the quality of the photos. All are taken at roughly 6.30 in the morning when there’s barely any light in my kitchen and there’s barely any energy in me.
You can find more ideas from last year’s Georgie’s lunchbox post.