What may seem like a simple task to others actually takes up so much of your time – from planning a menu to waking up earlier than usual just to have enough time to cook. That’s why it can be really disheartening when you find that your kids have left their food untouched at the end of the day.

 

Maybe it’s time to step up your baon game and prepare a packed lunch that is delicious, healthy, and of course, easy-to-prepare. Here are some ideas to help spark your kid’s appetite at school:

 

Pinwheel Bites

 

Sandwich is an easy and popular baon for kids but one of the main issues with it is that it sometimes gets too soggy come recess time. It can also get a little repetitive and boring in the long run which puts off a lot of kids. Put a little twist in this staple by turning it into something more palatable and bite-sized.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 slice whole-wheat bread

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 slice ham

1 slice cheese

 

Procedure:

 

  1. Flatten bread with a rolling pin or a clean drinking glass
  2. Spread mayonnaise on top with ham and cheese.
  3. Roll up tightly then cut crosswise to yield 4 pinwheels.
  4. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap

 

Additional Tip:

Alternatively, you can also cut up sandwiches into fun and interesting shapes like a star or heart to make it more interesting for your kids

 

Spam and Veggie Fried Rice

 

Fried Rice incorporates meat, veggies, and carbs in one bite which makes it a very convenient and healthy choice for your kid’s baon. The best part about it is that it is also easily customizable depending on your child’s favorite food.

 

Ingredients:

 

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

3 eggs, lightly beaten

 1 can of luncheon meat, cut into small cubes

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups white rice, cooled

1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce

½ tablespoon fish sauce

¼ teaspoon sesame oil

White pepper, to taste

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

 

Procedure:

 

  1. Heat ½ tablespoon oil in a pan. Pour in beaten eggs and cook, stirring to make scrambled eggs. Slice into thin strips then set aside.
  2. Heat remaining oil in a separate wok. Cook luncheon meat until golden brown. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add cooked rice. Season with soy sauce, fish sauce, and sesame oil. Toss to mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add mixed vegetables and cooked eggs.

 

Additional Tip:

If you have extra time, make your fried rice more pleasing to the eyes with a little styling. Research on the art of bento to help transform this humble meal into cute animal faces and more!

 

Fusilli with Grilled Chicken and Brocolli

 

Sometimes, healthier options are sacrificed for easy to cook – meaning, fried – food for convenience. However, it doesn’t have to always be that way. Combine veggies with their favorite meals to make sure they get their recommended dose of nutrients while having lots of fun.

 

Ingredients:

 

250 grams chicken

Salt, to season

¼ cup olive oil, divided

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup broccoli, diced

200 grams fusilli pasta, cooked according to package directions

 

Procedure:

  1. Marinate chicken in salt, pepper, and half of the olive oil.
  2. Heat remaining olive oil in the pan. Fry chicken until golden brown on both sides. Slice and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, melt butter. Add broccoli. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add cooked pasta and toss with sautéed broccoli.
  5. Transfer to a lunchbox container and top with chicken.
  6. If you find this oil-based pasta dish too dry, try adding a spoonful or two of bottled pesto.

 

Additional Tip:

Spinach, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin are other kid-friendly veggies you can easily add to your children’s meals. Once they’re used to it, you can start mixing in more kinds of vegetables to the list.

 

All featured recipes are from www.yummy.ph.