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Homemade savoury treats for lunch boxes

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ChancetoDance Thu 02-Jan-14 21:05:27

Since DS1 started secondary school his lunch box has deteriorated markedly. I used to be so proud of his snap full of home cooked goodies and fresh fruit and veg.

He loves his food and will eat most things but the issue we have is that lunch has to be eaten outside and at this time of year that usually means standing up. So, it needs to be something easy to eat with one hand. I have resorted to sandwiches, penguin type biscuits and crisps. Even homemade cake often comes home uneaten because it's too messy or crumbly.

Anyway, I am on a mission to reduce the sugar and processed food in our diets, Does anyone have some ideas to replace the "extras" without them being sugar laden/processed. ATM I only have cheese scones, which he loves....Not worried about being low in fat - if anything he could do with fattening up!

IHeartKingThistle Thu 02-Jan-14 21:48:22

ha I just came on to suggest cheese scones!

Ds quite often takes leftover stuffing balls in his lunchbox. Not super healthy though!

Anniemousse Thu 02-Jan-14 21:50:23

Why does he have to eat outside/standing up?

Sausage rolls

siblingrevelry Thu 02-Jan-14 21:50:44

'Homemade' sausage roll-packet of puff pastry, and quality sausage removed from skin, assembled and baked.

Anniemousse Thu 02-Jan-14 21:50:49

Spring rolls

Middleagedmotheroftwo Thu 02-Jan-14 21:51:54

What about little quiches? I make them in fairy cake tins. Or home made pasties?
My DDs prefer wraps to sandwiches, and they are pretty healthy and easy to eat.

Yoghurty Thu 02-Jan-14 21:53:59

Could you make little crustless quiches? Beaten egg, chopped ham, cheese etc all mixed together and baked in muffin tins?

Yoghurty Thu 02-Jan-14 21:54:20

Cross post with Middle!

ChancetoDance Thu 02-Jan-14 21:55:20

I know Annie, it's ridiculous. They eat in the "quad" (playground to you and me) or on the field in the summer. In the winter there's nowhere to sit that isn't wet. There isn't anywhere else unless you're having a school meal.

I love wraps Middle but I obviously do something wrong because they fall apart and are definitely not easy to eat. What's the secret?

5HundredUsernamesLater Thu 02-Jan-14 21:57:23

I think I would be having words at school to see why there's no facilities to eat lunch sitting in the warmth instead of standing outside like farm animals but that's your business.
What about a flask of soup that he can drink from a cup.

BerryBlast Sat 04-Jan-14 18:36:29

Chance in exactly the same position with my DD (she eats outside, think this is the norm at a lot of schools now - DS isn't at Prince Henry's, Evesham is he?)
DD will take those Warburtons square things with ham, cream cheese and cucumber (nothing "smelly" though smile ) sometimes chunks of cheese, baby toms,red pepper and carrot batons - just needs to be easy to eat.
5Hun a flask would be lovely, but when I mentioned this to DD she laughed and rolled her eyes smile. I think we'll just have to make sure they have a good breakfast and evening meal and accept the limited choices for lunch.

NoComet Sat 04-Jan-14 18:41:35

I've never asked DD2 where she eats lunch, DD1 eats in the library (she's a librarian) or I suspect racing to choir or in the art room.

Outside in Winter is hardly going to encourage healthy eating.

Neither does fitting sports practice into stupid 45 minute lunch 'hours' lots of DD2's food gets wasted.

krazipan Sat 04-Jan-14 18:46:38

Can the crust less quiches be frozen yoghurty?

ellaballoo Sat 04-Jan-14 18:50:20

Google 'lebanese borek ' .. they are little filo rolls with feta in .Very yummy.

dingit Sat 04-Jan-14 18:52:00

My dcs also eat outside at their secondary. They don't mind, but when it is wet, the only place they are allowed to eat is the canteen, and there is not enough room for everyone, so often they eat their lunch on the way home! Not good enough. Is hasn't happened often, but given the current weather, it looks like I will be emailing a complaint.

reup Sat 04-Jan-14 18:52:39

Cheese and vegetable muffins, there's lots of recipes online.

poopooheadwillyfatface Sat 04-Jan-14 18:55:48

not what you asked about I know but I would be livid at them bring expected to eat outside standing upangry that's a bloody disgrace

ellaballoo Sat 04-Jan-14 19:07:35

There is a cheesy muffins recipe I have been making for10 years on ..shhhh...netmums.

Onykahonie Sat 04-Jan-14 21:08:46

If he doesn't like halloumi, you could always swap the cheese, but my kids loves these mini halloumi tarts

DwellsUndertheSink Sat 04-Jan-14 21:14:24

lakeland do a mini pie maker - 4 or 8 pies, ready in 10 minutes apparently. Im tempted to make a batch of meat/chicken pies for my hungry teen (same issue with nowhere to sit here.)

spilttheteaagain Sun 05-Jan-14 14:44:38

Cold falafels/ sweet potato falafels/ bean burgers (sounds rank I know but my homemade bean burgers are gorgeous cold!)

I remember the misery of hanging around outside in the rain & wind eating my lunch at secondary school. Or we'd go in and find a staircase to sit on the floor of. But there was only seating for about 60 out of the 500 kids it was for school dinners only. I didn't think about it when a pupil but it's disgraceful actually.

Breadandwine Sun 05-Jan-14 23:15:18

These bread wraps (I call them sizzlers) are dead easy to make, freeze well and are very tasty.

You can make them for the following week together with your son on a Saturday morning. And he can choose what goes in them! smile

I also, however, agree he shouldn't have to stand outside to eat his lunch! Just what message does that send to our young folk!?? angry

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