When it comes to feeding the kids, it’s so easy to fall into a rut of feeding the same things over and over. And I totally get why! 1. It can be hard to think up new choices all the time (that kids will actually eat), because we all know 2. Kids can be picky at the best of times. And there is nothing worse than spending precious time making food that gets turned down and wasted.
But the problem is, over time kids aren’t getting much variety in their diets that way. It’s pretty common to feed the kids cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and then pasta for dinner. Wheat, wheat and more wheat! So I’ve set out to give you a few ideas of foods that kids tend to love, that are a little different to the usual suspects.
I got sent a big box of Kurrajong Lavosh after approaching them at a food trade show last year. I used the lavosh to make a video on How to Make a Stunning Entertaining Board in 8 Steps . But I have found I have been using the lavosh in so many other ways! They are really versatile and the kids love them as snacks or part of their lunch. “We love lavoshes” as my two say!
1. Green Eggs & Ham – a couple of boiled eggs and a slice or two of ham, rolled up. Then everything green on the side! I went for cucumber, celery sticks and grapes. Make up this simple Avo Hummus by blending a can of drained chickpeas with 1 avocado and 1/2 tsp salt. Make sure to add the juice of 1/2 a lime which stops the avocado from browning. For dipping I went for LavoshBites Sharp Cheddar flavour – so yummy! These are also good on their own with a light cheesy taste.
2. Cheese Plate, Mate – my kids LOVE cheese. I like the idea of giving them a little cheese plate like the adults get (minus the wine though!). So I say make it really nice, just like a cheese plate you might make for yourself. Two types of cheese, some fruit (dried and fresh always nice with cheese), olives and how about some crunchy seeds?
These Sweet & Salty Roasted Seeds are SO crunchy and tasty!
Simply spread an even layer of mixed seeds (I went for sunflower and pumpkin seeds) on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, then drizzle over 1T maple syrup and 1T Tamari or low sodium soy sauce. Mix through, then spread out again. Roast for 20 minutes at 180C/350F. Stir once or twice in that time. Allow to cool then store in a jar or airtight container.
LavoshSnacks (shown below) come in a handy stay fresh packs, so can be opened as snacks later in the day, or conveniently dropped into back packs.
3. Lucky Dip – This dip couldn’t be easier. I just added a small dollop of vegemite on top of some cream cheese, then swirled it through with a toothpick. I’m sure some of you out there will be much more artistic with this than me! Then I added lots of crunchy veggie sticks, some cherry tomatoes, fruit and Lavosh Bites – original flavour this time, which has nice little poppy seeds inside.
4. Sushi Surprise – I love that kids love sushi! It’s honestly a lot easier to make than you think. Simply take a piece of nori seaweed paper and roll it up with your fillings of choice. Rice is a good binder so that it all sticks together. In my example, I suggest quinoa for added health benefit, and because it isn’t as sticky as rice, just add your tuna mayo filling right in with it to help it bind together. Then I added edamame – find these in the frozen section of the supermarket. They are usually already cooked, just need popping into boiling water for a couple of minutes to de-frost. Kids love to pop them out of the shells!
Check out this video to learn how to make Sushi Sandwiches:
You can buy Kurrajong Lavosh in any of the big Australian grocery store retailers. They are under $4 and really crispy and delicious. I have to admit that I do love them with cheese and wine on a Friday night! But we wanted to create this post to show that they are also great snacks for the whole family.
I’d love to hear about your lunchboxes and what you like to make for your kids! Please send me a comment on this post or on my Instagram or Facebook page.