Flora Lunchbox Challenge

The Flora Lunchbox Challenge

During term time conjuring up healthy lunch box meals for my picky teenagers is the absolute bane of my life…

So I was delighted to be asked to take part in the Flora Lunchbox Challenge in association with BritMums!

Having said that even though I don’t care for creating lunch boxes, I do try to pack my kids off with food stuffs from home mainly because in my opinion it’s far more budget friendly than purchasing school lunches.

My children’s secondary school uses a cashless pay system which, if you’re not careful over the course of a month be quite expensive.  The one thing I do like about this particular scheme is that you can see exactly what your child is eating in addition to how much you are paying for the connivence.

A Flora study shows only 1.6% of children receive a packed lunch which meets nutritional standards set for all school meals.

It has be said that my usual lunchbox regime is the well trodden path of plain ol’ cheese & ham sandwiches with a side of cheese strings, yogurts as dessert & crisps as the snack – you get the picture – it’s very basic, dull and quite frankly unappealing.

Therefore I was super happy to find some really easy to rustle up & very tasty sounding lunch ideas via the Flora website  which has inspiring ideas for new family favourites such as  –

  • Pesto Pasta
  • Chicken Mayo Pittas
  • Vegetable Frittata

This Flora LunchBox Builder provides a brilliant guide for creating a tip-top take-out meal!

Flora Lunchbox Challenge

With all these wonderful & newly inspirational lunchbox ideas I thought I would make the effort and bring a little pizzazz to my kids lunchtimes by trying this great recipe for Chicken Tikka Pittas

You will need

  • 4 chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 4 table spoons of Flora Cuisine
  • 2 table spoons tikka masala spice paste
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 8 button mushrooms (1 child of mine won’t eat mushrooms so I omitted them & used extra peppers instead)
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 4 pitta breads
  • Mix of salad or spinach leaves & extra uncooked red onion slices if you wish

Serves 4 – Prep time 10 mins – Cook time 10 mins

To Make

Pop the chicken pieces in a bowl with 3 table spoons of Flora Cuisine, tikka marsala paste & lemon juice.  Combine & cover with clingfilm & leave to marinade for as long as time allows.

Flora chicken

When you are ready to cook the chicken – heat remaining Flora Cuisine in a pan, add marinaded chicken & fry for 4 minutes or so.

Add mushrooms (if using), peppers & onions to the pan & continue to cook for a good 5 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through.

Flora cuisine

Meanwhile… gently heat pittas in oven before slicing open & filling with salad leaves & your cooked chicken tikka mix.

Flora cuisine

Works either hot as they are or when cold in lunch boxes.

Flora cuisine

With Flora in your corner – lunchtimes will never be the same again!

“This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here <http://www.flora.com/article/category/1104207/healthy-kids ”

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