When P1 first started school she was a packed luncher. She loved it but I absolutely hated trying to find new, filling ideas to put in them each day. She ended up eating chocolate spread sandwiches, some fruit and crisps each day. So as soon as the Government gave free school meals for Key Stage 1, we switched to school dinners.
Bernard Matthews, who have excitingly asked me to extend my time on their Family Panel for 2016, challenged my daughters to create three meals they’d love to put in their lunch boxes using the Bernard Matthews cooked meats. P1 was the one with the brains and decided she wanted to make pasta with chicken & cheese, a chicken pitta and a cheese & ham muffins.
P2 has been climbing the walls lately with the weather taking a turn for the worse so I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for her to have a go at making some lunch. She’ll be three in February so I obviously was keeping a very close eye and supervising the whole thing. For this recipe you’ll need: 1 small bowl of Pasta, Grated Cheese & 1 pack of Bernard Matthews Roast Chicken Breast Pieces.
Boil a small saucepan of water, add the pasta and cook for around 10-15 minutes or until soft. Drain pasta, mix chicken pieces into the pasta and top with grated cheese. You can eat it fresh or pack it up into a pot and pop into your child’s lunch box. You can even add some Tomato & Basil sauce for a bit more flavour, just heat in a saucepan and stir in.
Our second recipe was a little harder than the pasta one so P1 assisted me. We made Cheese & Ham Breakfast Muffins using:
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp honey mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 5 cups cubed whole grain bread
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup diced deli ham
- 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
You simply have to whisk the milk, mustard, eggs and salt & pepper together. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin pan, or into cupcake cases pressing down gently. Press 2 halves of tomato onto each muffin. You should make 12 from this recipe but make them as big or small as you wish. Bake in a preheated oven (180c) for 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. These little breakfast muffins are best served warm but can be refrigerated for 2 days, or frozen for 2 months which make them a perfect batch cooking which saves so much time when making your child’s lunch. They are really handy sized too.
I don’t think you can go wrong with a wrap or some pitta bread. Especially when it comes to children’s lunch boxes. All you need is a pitta bread, some iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and Bernard Matthews BBQ Chicken Pieces. You could also add some sauce in there too like some Mayo or ketchup depending on your child’s choice. Both P1 and P2 got handy with this one. I chopped the ingredients and they pushed them inside. These can be eaten warm from the toaster or chilled from the fridge.
So there’s my 3 recipes that I think are fantastic to pop into your child’s lunch box. It’s really important to get your child involved with their lunches to make them exciting otherwise like I said at the start, they can get very boring!! Oh and definitely take a look at the Bernard Matthews website, they’ve had a slight new look which I personally think is beautiful.