Back by popular demand: MORE of Sophie Grace Jones' lunchbox ideas. All on my list to try over the next few days :)
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Couscous and halloumi salad
Cook 1 cup of couscous, add 1 tbsp of butter and use a fork to fluff up. Leave to cool. In a separate bowl add half a tin of washed and drained chickpeas and 1 grated carrot. Mix well and add to the couscous. Meanwhile dry fry half a pack of halloumi cut into small chunks until browned and add to the couscous. My daughter loves a spoon of mayonnaise on top or pesto (pesto not for lunchbox though, as it contains nuts).
Sausage and cheese breakfast bagel
Slice a bagel in half and toast under the grill. Place slices of Cheddar cheese over the top for a minute until melted. Meanwhile cook your child favourite sausage (we like the Quorn vegetarian ones!) once cool slice into long strips and place inside the bagel. Cut into easy child size pieces. You could also use mashed avocado and cream cheese.
Egg fried rice
Boil 100gr brown rice, drain and set aside. Meanwhile in a saucepan heat a little olive oil and add 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped courgette, 5 chopped mushrooms and stir-fry until soft for a few minutes. Add in the rice and 1 egg and cook, always stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until the egg has browned.
Tuna and black olive pockets
Drain a tin of tuna and put into a bowl with 1 tbsp of mayonnaise, 6 chopped black olives, 1 small cucumber diced finely, a squeeze of lemon juice and mix well. Use Arabic bread or pitta breads and fill.
Banana and blueberry smoothie
In a blender add 1 banana, 1 cup of milk, half a cup of frozen blueberries, 2 tbsp of natural yoghurt and blend well. When my daughter is not taking this to school I would use almond milk or add in a large spoon of peanut butter for protein.
Thanks again, Sophie! xx
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Sophie Grace Jones
Sophie enjoyed working as a professional nanny in London and Dubai working with high profile clients. After having a daughter of her own, she decided to reach out to parents offering support, advice and to share her experiences through her online community Facebook page: Right Routine. Sophie has studied nutrition and has a huge passion for healthy eating and exercise, incorporating her learning into the recipes and ideas that she shares.