04 Feb School Lunchbox Ideas
Are your kids’ bored of their lunchbox contents? Let them tour the world with these different cuisines.
Noodle Lettuce Cups
A quick and healthy sandwich alternative.
70g rice vermicelli noodles
4 slices roast beef, chopped
1 small carrot, grated
1 small cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced
1 tbs sweet chilli sauce
1 tbs lime juice
4 small iceberg lettuce leaves
Place noodles in heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for five minutes, then drain. Rinse under cold water and squeeze out excess water. Use kitchen scissors to roughly chop.
Combine noodles, beef, carrot and cucumber. Stir sauce and juice together and add to salad; toss to combine.
Divide between lettuce cups and pack in airtight lunchboxes. Keep cool with an ice brick.
Note: You could use shaved chicken, thinly sliced tofu or tuna as alternative protein. Add bean sprouts and mint or coriander.
Tip: Make the salad the night before and keep refrigerated.
A little handful packed with flavour!
Make a nut-free mix using your favourite dried fruits and some crunchy elements. We used goji berries, raisins, dried apricots (cut in half), roasted coconut chips and banana crisps. You could also add cereal pieces.
Check labels – some brands of crisp dried fruit (such as the banana) have a lot of added sugar.
Words by Tracy Rutherford