I’ve been asked this question a few times lately. What do the kids like to eat, what does Sonny eat for lunch at school? To be honest this always intrigues me about other kids too. When I’m putting Sonny’s lunch into his classroom fridge I just want to have a sneak peek at what’s on the menu for the other kids that day!
Both my kids have been raised vegetarian so far and eat pretty (what I would consider) healthy. We’re currently tossing up the idea of introducing fish to their diets so if anyone has any advice on that subject please leave a comment below!
It can be a struggle at mealtime some days. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to feed them before or as they are getting hungry otherwise they’ll lose interest or be tired and won’t want to eat at all, ahh the frustration!
So I thought I’d share some of our most successful foods for the kids;
First off there’s the favourite – Sushi
A great way to hide vegetables or meat. Sonny loves the classic avocado roll, but it’s so easy to sneak other things such as cucumber, capsicum, carrot, tofu and sun-dried tomatoes. Make it for dinner then put a few extra rolls aside to send for school lunch the next day. It’s actually so easy to make as it’s mostly raw but the rolling may take a few goes to get perfect.
Every child likes Pasta
Sonnys personal favourite is Ravioli, so we just jam pack the sauce with veggies such as mushroom, zucchini, capsicum, tomatoes and eggplant. That’s always a school lunch leftovers winner. Basil pesto is also awesome for hiding extra greens and getting them to eat some nuts.
Hide the vegetables in Bakes
In the cooler months a quinoa bake was a staple item for dinner and lunches. I’d make up a huge batch of quinoa in the rice cooker (makes life so much easier) steam up potatoes and broccoli. Then make a tomato based sauce with onion, garlic and grated zucchini, mix all together and bake with cheese on top. Super easy and healthy :) Also there are some great macaroni and cheese recipes that are made from boiled veggies and cashew cheese. Another easy way of hiding veggies for fussy eaters.
Sonny attends a no nuts or egg school so ‘no egg’ or mashed pumpkin is a great option if you need something to bind your creations. Pretty straightforward ingredients; grated potato, zucchini, corn kernels, onion, garlic, steamed pumpkin flour and egg or no egg. Yummy with some fresh avo, chopped up tomato and lime on top.
Your kids may surprise you and love curry like ours do. You can get a lot of mild curry pastes or powders, then steam up a bunch of veggies, make a coconut rice, some pappadums, some yogurt and that’s a huge dish with lots of left overs. Great way to incorporate beans, lentils and chickpeas into their diet as they can be tricky ones to get kids to eat. Just be sure to check if your paste contains nuts or not if you’re planning on sending it as left overs ;)
Then there’s just whole pieces of Fruit
At Sonnys current age he’s really into being able to do things all on his own, so he likes his food to be whole instead of cut up most of the time. A little apple, banana, kiwi fruit, strawberries, peeled mandarin or orange always make him feel important., independent and he’ll usually eat almost all of it.
Daisy would live off plain avocado if I let her, we just spoon feed her out of half an avo and she’s happy.
All these meal options are very straight forward and I’m also no nutritionist so these are just a list of some of the things that work for us :) I love new food ideas and inspiration so please leave below some of your kids favourite foods!
Sonny also loves his multivitamin in the morning. You can get some yummy tasting vitamin c, zinc and multi vitamins for kids now which can be used as a ‘treat’.
But you can win Sonnys heart with a piece of cake, typical kid!