We are already into Week 6 of the first term of School and I am struggling to find new and delicious lunchbox ideas for my eldest son! He is admittedly a little fussy but slowly over time and age we are breaking new ground and he now eats spinach, lettuce, basil, and he has even tried broccoli and liked it! Still working on tomatoes, avocado and capsicum and donâ€™t even get me started on fruit besides apple and rockmelonâ€¦
Both my boys were great eaters up until they were about 2 years old, whenÂ they of course learnt how to say â€śnoâ€ť. It has been struggle city ever since trying to get them to eat a regular amount of fruit and vegetables. Made all the more annoying, given that I am in fact a Vegequarian (I eat fish & seafood).
I have in the last few months been able to convince my eldest son to move on from cheese or honey sandwiches and we now have tuna, spinach, cheese and tomato salsa wraps for lunch! But I canâ€™t make them day in and day out for him as he will soon tire of them.
So I was quite relievedÂ to receive in the post a gifted copy of the brilliant â€śMunch Lunchboxâ€ť cookbook â€“ by Anna Bordignon & Michelle Kitney. I have searched high and low for a decent, no fuss, easy lunchÂ ideas for kids and I can honestly tell for ages 4+ years I haven’t found one, until now.
I am not much of a cook to be honest, baking yes, I love it but when it comes to cooking meals, I find it tiresome. Most likely because I have to cook at least 2 separate meals if I do a meat dish for the boys in the family and I do that 2-3 times a week. Just because I don’t eat meat, I don’t feel that my boys should have to follow my dietary habits.
But also I get sick of the arguments over dinner, don’t you? My youngest in particular says
” Arrrgh ( with a really excruciatingly dramatic whingey noise) do we have to eat this?”
“Yes, you do, I slaved away cooking Shepherds Pie for you and I don’t even eat meat! So yes you need to at least try it.” Â Then the tantrums and waterworks start. Ahh dinner time is so peaceful with kids isn’t it?!