Back to school: Healthy packed lunch ideas your children are guaranteed to love

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Yahoo Style UK

As children across the nation prepare for another school year, there’s a lot on a parent‘s to-do list from bagging a whole new uniform to helping out with any last-minute summer projects. So who’s even found the time to think about their packed lunches?

With nut-free policies in a growing number of schools and a few fussy eaters in every class, it’s proving harder than ever before to ensure your child doesn’t come home with half a soggy sandwich left in their lunch box.

But we’ve tracked down the recipes designed to make the nightly prep a little easier.

From last-minute wraps to moreish treats you and your family can enjoy baking, look no further for go-to inspiration this September.

We can guarantee you’ll be taking your own lunchbox to work after taking a look at some of these easy-to-follow recipes…

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<p>It’s a far cry from the days or turkey twizzlers, as this cheesy quesadilla and rainbow salad is something we wouldn’t mind taking to work… It takes just 15 minutes to prepare and is sure to keep kids tired of sandwiches content. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/cheesy-quesadilla-with-rainbow-salad.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tesco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tesco</a>. </p>
Cheesy quesadilla with rainbow salad

It’s a far cry from the days or turkey twizzlers, as this cheesy quesadilla and rainbow salad is something we wouldn’t mind taking to work… It takes just 15 minutes to prepare and is sure to keep kids tired of sandwiches content. For the full recipe, visit Tesco.

<p>If you’re looking to create healthy mid-afternoon snacks your family will all enjoy then look no further than these sweet potato and seed crisp bread stars. They’re great on their own or dipped in edamame houmous. For the full recipe, visit <a href="http://www.kiddieliciouskitchen.com/sweet-potato-and-seed-crisp-bread/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kiddielicious Kitchen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kiddielicious Kitchen</a>. </p>
Sweet potato stars

If you’re looking to create healthy mid-afternoon snacks your family will all enjoy then look no further than these sweet potato and seed crisp bread stars. They’re great on their own or dipped in edamame houmous. For the full recipe, visit Kiddielicious Kitchen.

<p>Homebaked jammie dodgers are sure to prove a hit with the kids (and parents). These alphabet-shaped biscuits take 15 minutes to prep – perfect for keeping the kids occupied after school. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/jazzy-jammie-dodgers.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tesco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tesco</a>. </p>
Jazzy jammie dodgers

Homebaked jammie dodgers are sure to prove a hit with the kids (and parents). These alphabet-shaped biscuits take 15 minutes to prep – perfect for keeping the kids occupied after school. For the full recipe, visit Tesco.

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<p>Did someone say pizza? Making the Italian favourite with your kids the night before school is the perfect opportunity for them to get stuck in and will undoubtedly prove a hit. Blogger Mandy Mazliah is an expert in hiding veg in her children’s school lunches so look no further if you fancy using a sauce packed with goodness. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://www.sneakyveg.com/easy-puff-pastry-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sneaky Veg" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sneaky Veg</a>. </p>
Easy puff pastry pizza

Did someone say pizza? Making the Italian favourite with your kids the night before school is the perfect opportunity for them to get stuck in and will undoubtedly prove a hit. Blogger Mandy Mazliah is an expert in hiding veg in her children’s school lunches so look no further if you fancy using a sauce packed with goodness. For the full recipe, visit Sneaky Veg.

<p>Cutting sandwiches into shapes will make school lunches a little more appealing. We recommend checking out this <a href="https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/turkey-sandwich-stars.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tesco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tesco</a> recipe which will work well with raw veggies and fruit. </p>
Turkey sandwich stars

Cutting sandwiches into shapes will make school lunches a little more appealing. We recommend checking out this Tesco recipe which will work well with raw veggies and fruit.

<p>Perfect for children with an egg allergy and low in sugar, these easy-to-make oat slices are a great lunch box addition. You’ll be adding these to your own work packed lunch too. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://mykidslickthebowl.com/easy-oat-slice/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:My Kids Lick The Bowl" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">My Kids Lick The Bowl</a>. </p>
Easy oat slices

Perfect for children with an egg allergy and low in sugar, these easy-to-make oat slices are a great lunch box addition. You’ll be adding these to your own work packed lunch too. For the full recipe, visit My Kids Lick The Bowl.

<p>These delicious coconut slices will prove the perfect treat for children. Low in sugar, they’re a healthier alternative to most baked goods and can be made gluten free. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://mykidslickthebowl.com/healthy-coconut-ice-slice/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:My Kids Lick The Bowl" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">My Kids Lick The Bowl</a>. </p>
Coconut ice slices

These delicious coconut slices will prove the perfect treat for children. Low in sugar, they’re a healthier alternative to most baked goods and can be made gluten free. For the full recipe, visit My Kids Lick The Bowl.

<p>Children’s nutritionist Jenny Edelstein recommends adding homemade cinnamon apple chips to your child’s school lunch box to ensure they’re getting one of their five a day. This particular recipe can be found over at <a href="https://www.freeyourfork.com/cinnamon-spiced-apple-chips/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free Your Fork" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free Your Fork</a>. </p>
Homemade apple chips

Children’s nutritionist Jenny Edelstein recommends adding homemade cinnamon apple chips to your child’s school lunch box to ensure they’re getting one of their five a day. This particular recipe can be found over at Free Your Fork.

<p>If your kids are tired of sandwiches then why not try out a pasta dish? This <a href="https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/chicken-pasta-salad.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tesco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tesco</a> recipe only takes a total of 30 minutes to prepare and cook. </p>
Chicken pasta salad

If your kids are tired of sandwiches then why not try out a pasta dish? This Tesco recipe only takes a total of 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

<p>Wave goodbye to soggy sandwiches and prep tortilla wraps for your children’s lunches. No need to fire up the oven, as these chicken and veggie delights will take a maximum of ten minutes to make. Simply mix together shredded chicken, sour cream or yoghurt with pesto. Layer a slice of cheese on each wrap before adding the chicken mixture then finish with red pepper and sweetcorn. Yep, they’re perfect for work too. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chicken-pesto-wrap" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BBC Good Food" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">BBC Good Food</a>. </p>
Chicken salad wraps

Wave goodbye to soggy sandwiches and prep tortilla wraps for your children’s lunches. No need to fire up the oven, as these chicken and veggie delights will take a maximum of ten minutes to make. Simply mix together shredded chicken, sour cream or yoghurt with pesto. Layer a slice of cheese on each wrap before adding the chicken mixture then finish with red pepper and sweetcorn. Yep, they’re perfect for work too. For the full recipe, visit BBC Good Food.

<p>For parents on the go, these mini cheese and bean pies are the perfect last minute addition to school packed lunches. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://www.sneakyveg.com/baked-bean-and-cheese-mini-pies-with-flora/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sneaky Veg" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sneaky Veg</a>. </p>
Mini cheese and bean pies

For parents on the go, these mini cheese and bean pies are the perfect last minute addition to school packed lunches. For the full recipe, visit Sneaky Veg.

<p>If your kid has a sweet tooth then make sure to rustle up some of these juicy choco-dipped tangerines. Simply dip half of each segment in melted chocolate then leave in the fridge overnight to set. For the full recipe, visit <a href="https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/choco-dipped-tangerines" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BBC Good Food" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">BBC Good Food</a>. </p>
Chocolate-dipped tangerines

If your kid has a sweet tooth then make sure to rustle up some of these juicy choco-dipped tangerines. Simply dip half of each segment in melted chocolate then leave in the fridge overnight to set. For the full recipe, visit BBC Good Food.

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