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!
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
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.
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.
Meanwhile… gently heat pittas in oven before slicing open & filling with salad leaves & your cooked chicken tikka mix.
Works either hot as they are or when cold in lunch boxes.
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 ”