Every mother is very apprehensive about serving nutritious meal to her kids, especially when it comes to school lunch. It is a challenge getting up early and a Herculean task thinking about nutritious lunch for my children. Taking the opinion of these tiny tots is a futile task, the only suggestion I can hear is about something “JUNK”. Children spend 6-7 hours in school, it is pertinent that we serve something tasty, nutritious and fun. Here are my top 5 favourites:
1. VEGETABLE WHOLE WHEAT MACRONI/ PASTA IN BUTTER
Macaroni can be substituted with other types of pasta like penne, fusilli, rigatoni etc. The addition of veggies makes the pasta more wholesome and adds some crunch too. We cook the vegetables in a pan, but they can be steamed or sautéed or roasted and then added to the macaroni pasta.
The macaroni pasta is made in an onion-tomato masala and so the tangy taste of tomatoes is felt in the macaroni recipe. Apart from the spice powders, we also add some dried mixed herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, parsley) in the macaroni. The addition of dried herbs simply elevates the entire flavour and taste of macaroni pasta.
2. SPINACH CORN PANEER SANDWICH
Spinach is a great source of folate, vitamin K, calcium, dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, all of which are good for bone health. To prepare the stuffing, to a heated pan with butter add spinach, corn, chopped garlic. Add grated paneer, cheese and spices to the mix. Grill the sandwich with this filling.
3. STUFFED PARANTHA
Stuffed parantha is the staple diet of Indian households. We can have many varieties of stuffings like matar, methi, aloo, ghobi aloo, muli, pyaaz, mixed vegetable, lachha, coconut etc. You can keep changing the stuffing to keep the kid excited about lunch.
4. SUJI UTTAPPAM/ IDLI
Sooji uttapam is an extremely popular south Indian dosa variety made with semolina and vegetable toppings. The choice of toppings can be varied.
5. PLAIN PARANTHA SERVED WITH DRY VEGGIES
A plain jeera parantha with dried veggies can be given to children. We should opt for dry veggies for convenience of carrying. We should keep rotating the veggies to keep their taste buds alive. We have variety of options like gobi aloo/ jeera aloo/ bhindi/ arbi/ beans/ ghobi matar etc.
Since the meal cannot be served hot, we need to make sure that it is healthy, tasty and easily digestible. Post lunch kids usually crave for biscuits, chips, chocolates etc. Make sure you give your child some fruit which can be carried easily like apple, orange, guava, banana etc which can be easily eaten without hassle.
“We all want the best for our child and we are all trying our BEST!!“
About the Author
Mrs Rimpy goel, a Graduate from Bharti college, Mother of 3, an avid painter and a full-time dedicated mother. Her interest in cooking has paved her way to discover new and innovative ways to feed healthy and nutritious food to her children. She actively posts recipes on our YouTube channel as well as writes various food blogs.