So the Autumn is creeping up on us. Shorter days, chillier mornings and Back To School! We’ve been busy in the YDS kitchen cobbling together some alternative lunch box ideas for your little ones to enjoy.

 

Mini Me Yogurt Pots 

If you’re looking for a healthier, more filling alternative to your average yogurt, why not try our Mini Me Yogurt Pots? Very quick and easy to put together, and they can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.

 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: Nil

Serves: As many as you like!

 

Ingredients:

Greek yogurt

Granola

Honey

Cinnamon

Fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.

 

Method:

You will need little pots with lids, as many as you wish to make up in advance. I use the Sistema Mini Bites 3 Pack. They are a great size for little tummies and have an easy twistable lid for little fingers.

Start by washing and slicing your fruit into bite size pieces.

Then get layering; a layer of Greek yogurt, followed by granola, more yogurt and top with your fresh fruit pieces – as many as you can squeeze in!

Finally, finish with a drizzle of honey and a shake of cinnamon.

Twist on your lid and store in the fridge til you’re packing those lunch boxes.

You can play around with these pots as much as you like using different ingredients. I use the Lidl granola as it’s handy (ready-made) but you could go the whole hog and make your own granola from scratch.

Or for a bit of an alternative crunch you could add banana chips to the yogurt. You could even get your little ones to help make up their own pots – a great way to get them involved making their own lunches.

 

Cheesy scones!

I made these on our Instagram stories recently and decided to jot down the recipe as it was so easy and handy for the dreaded return of the lunch boxes. No weighing scales required.

I am using 250 g of ingredients but it really doesn’t matter just use the same amount of flour to yogurt and if it’s a bit wet feel free to chuck in a bit more flour.

If you were feeling super fancy and wanted a more grown up version, you could add in extra things such as olives, anchovies or stronger cheese. Now get the real butter to spreadable temperature and get the oven on!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12 approx.

 

Ingredients:

250 g natural Greek style yogurt

250 g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

150 g grated cheddar cheese

50 g grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp English mustard

2 tsp of Chia seeds

2 tsp sesame seeds

 

Method:

Turn the oven to 180 degrees. Get a large mixing bowl. Tip in the flour, sprinkle in the paprika and the baking powder.

Chuck in the cheddar and the mustard. Lastly add in the yogurt. Mix everything together to form a dough.

As I said above, if the mixture feels too wet add more flour til it feels like a proper dough. Flatten it out on a floured work surface. Don’t use a rolling pin and try not to handle it too much. In the wise words of my beloved Jamie Oliver, “Use your fairy fingers!”

Cut the scones out with a cookie cutter or glass. Lay them flat on a floured tray. I sprinkle a mix of sesame seeds and Parmesan on top. It just gives a lovely bit of texture. Pop them into the oven. Give them a good twenty minutes, a bit longer if they are bigger.

And there you have it! These are a big favourite in my house, so now I make double and keep half in the freezer. Take them out the night before and they will defrost perfectly for the lunch box.

 

Pizza Rolls

These are super duper easy. So much so, that you could get the kids involved. They are more likely to eat it if they make it, and it’s always nice to let the kiddos cook a bit. Pizza rolls are a staple in our household and once you have tried one you will see why!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12

 

Ingredients:

1 pack of ready-rolled puff pastry (Tip: Make sure the pastry is at room temperature as it won’t roll if it’s too cold)

150 g tomato paste

100 g cheddar cheese

1 tsp dried oregano

 

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Lay out the pastry sheet flat.

Release your inner Van Gogh and paint your beautiful pastry canvas with rich tomato paste. Don’t use a paintbrush though, a spoon will suffice!

Sprinkle on the oregano and smother with cheese.

Now time to roll it all up like a giant Swiss roll. Then cut into small rolls about one inch thick. Turn them on to their sides and lay flat on a baking tray. Bake for about 20 minutes until crispy and smelling delicious!

There you have it. 3 easy, no-fuss-to-prepare lunch alternatives that will pass the healthy lunch box policy at any school.

Plus, kids just gobble these up! So hopefully empty lunch boxes when they come home from school. (Well, empty bar the mini yogurt pot that they didn’t put the lid back on and now it’s everywhere!!)