Kids care less about nutrition and more about taste. Therefore, satisfying their taste buds 365 days in a year can prove to be an outlandish task. Moreover, our kids may not appreciate the effort that goes behind every dish. So navigating through the kitchen to meet their insatiable afternoon appetite can sometimes make you go mad at them. We all hate to disappoint our kids. However, serving the same boring stuff can turn them off. So, let’s uncover some flavorsome lunch ideas for your insatiable kids.
Tuna Crescent Rolls
From start to finish, this dish will take only 15 minutes of your time. So, you can get the meal ready while your kids are still changing their clothes after returning from school. The best part is that you only need a few ingredients to prepare this yummy dish. So, let’s get started. All you will need is 1 can (8 oz) of crescent rolls, 4 slices of American cheese, and 2 cans (180 g) of Tuna. We will use refrigerated crescent rolls to save on the prep time. Also, we will go for Solid White Albacore Tuna over the traditional chunk light tuna because of the quality difference.
Begin by heating the oven to 375°F. Start separating the dough into triangles, and place half slice of cheese on top of the wider end of each triangle. Place the tuna over the cheese by dividing them evenly among the triangles. Then, roll the triangles and place them on a non-greased cookie sheet. Let them bake for about 10 to 15 minutes till they turn golden brown. There you are! Serve them warm as soon as they walk in the door to gain all the accolades you truly deserve.
Homemade Potato Smiley
This meal is certainly going to be a hit with your kids. They not only taste great, but they also look great. With just a few ingredients, you are sure to win their hearts during lunch hours. With crispiness on the outside and soft on the inside, they are sure to brighten your kid’s day. Begin by peeling the potatoes. Once done, cut them into cubes and place them in a bowl. Fill 3/4 of the bowl with water and let it boil for around 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
The next step would be to nicely mash the potato cubes with flour, bread crumbs, cornstarch, pepper, and salt. Add one whole egg and mix it well. Now, the dough is ready. If you feel that the dough is moist, you can add more bread crumbs or flour to dry it out. Now, take a plastic wrap and sprinkle it with some flour. Place the dough on it and sprinkle more flour on the top of it. Place another plastic wrap on the top to cover it up.
Roll the dough inside the plastic wrap until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Once done, carefully get rid of the plastic wrap. Make use of a circled shape cookie cutter to cut the dough in circles. You are almost done, but how do you make the smiley face? Simply use a straw to make two holes in the dough for eyes, and you can use the spoon to make the dough smile.
With their face designed, they are ready to be fried. Fry them in a pan filled with at least two inches of oil at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes until you find them crispy. In between, flip them once. There you go! Delicious smiley potatoes ready to be served. Just make sure to place them on paper towels to let them drain before they are served to the kids.
Vegetable Pizza Sandwich
The regular sandwich can be a bit boring, so why not give it a twist and make pizza sandwich for lunch. It will have the health benefits of a sandwich and the yummy taste of a pizza. So, the kids will get the best of both the worlds. Plus, you will stay immune from the lunch hour tantrums. Moreover, it’s a great way to put the leftover bread to good use. Therefore, you can’t really go wrong with this dish. So, let’s get started with the ingredient list.
Ingredients: Two tablespoons of chopped onions, two tablespoons of capsicum, two tablespoons of sweet corns, two tablespoons of tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, dried basil or oregano, and around 50 grams of mozzarella grated cheese. Instead of tomato sauce, you can also use pizza sauce. Moreover, you can add more veggies of your choice. Have all these ingredients prepped up so that you can have the lunch ready in just about no time.
Take two large bread slices, preferably brown bread because they are a healthier alternative to white bread, and butter them nicely. You can also use olive oil instead of butter. Spread the pizza sauce or the tomato sauce on them. Place grated mozzarella cheese over them, and sprinkle some dried oregano or fresh basil. Now, place the chopped onions and capsicum along with the sweet corn on the bread slices, and cover them with the remaining bread slices.
Place them carefully in a preheated sandwich maker. Make sure that you do not press the top of the sandwich maker too hard or else the ingredients will spill outside. Grill them till they turn into golden color. This way, you can be sure that they are crispy enough. Cut them into triangle shapes, and they should be ready to be served hot or warm to your kids.
With a little bit of planning ahead of time, lunch hours can be so much less stressful for the parents and more fulfilling for the kids. With these delicious and easy to make recipes, you don’t have to be stuck with traditional lunch boxes that your kids have tried and tested countless times till saturation. By pursuing tasty foods, they aren’t asking for more. So, give them a much-deserved break with these flavorsome lunch ideas that will go a long way in pleasing your insatiable kids.