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10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids and Grownups

Gone are the days of a squashed butty, bruised apple, questionable looking cheese string and a packet of crumbs crisps for our typical packed lunch. Whilst this doesn’t actually sound all that terrible, it could be so much better for your health and that of the planet! Think back to said packed lunch, the sandwich would be in clingfilm or aluminum wrap, the cheese string would be in its vacuum packed sleeve, the crisps- in their packet, once you’d finished eating, you’d be left with a heap of garbage that would likely have ended up in a landfill. A bit of a somber lunch now you think about it.

Luckily, our friends at Kilner have brought us a simple solution once again, the Fresh Storage collection! This collection is the best way to keep foods fresh without the need for any nasty plastics. Make life simple with the unique stackable set, made from durable Borosilicate glass, the range is freezer, oven and microwave safe. Meaning you can create, bake, store & enjoy. No fuss, no stains, no BPA, this is a planet-friendly alternative to plastic that can be used throughout the cooking process, from conception to consumption.

Shop the Kilner Fresh Collection here!

So, now you’ve got the storage-ware to transport your lunch in, you need some delicious healthy recipes! Well here you go, our favourite 10 Sandwich-Free lunch ideas for school packed lunches and grown-up lunches! These recipes are from our friends at The Kitchn.

1. Food on Sticks

Think chicken satays, beef skewers, or sausage kebabs, packed on lunchbox-sized sticks for kids. Because everything is more fun on a stick. (For young kids, use flat, blunt-edged bamboo sticks, not the stabby toothpick-like kind.)

2. Quesadillas

They’re kid favorites for a reason — and contrary to our adult biases, they don’t need to be piping hot to be delicious.

3. Spring Rolls

Rice paper wrappers or large lettuce leaves make great rolled-up meals that are fun to eat. Fill them with tofu, pork, or shrimp; try our rainbow rolls; or let your kids branch out using their own ideas.

4. Deli Meat Roll-Ups

Think outside the bun! Rolling sliced deli turkey, ham, or roast beef around cheese sticks, cream cheese, and even greens can change the way your kiddos think about lunch meat.

  • Pack with: Whole-wheat pretzels, celery (optional sunflower butter filing), cinnamon-sprinkled apple slices, coconut macaroon.

5. Vegetable Sushi or Onigiri

Using leftover rice and cooked fish from a previous meal, packing sushi for the family can be as easy as making sandwiches — especially if the kids feel like helping.

6. Cold Noodle Salads

Think soba with black sesame seeds, or plain udon.

7. Hummus and Pita Plate

Nine out of 10 kids love a good smear of hummus. Why not make it the star of the show?

  • Get a recipe: How To Make Hummus from Scratch
  • Pack with: Salami, olives, carrots, baby tomatoes, and grapes. (Note that dipping is easier and less messy if you pack the hummus in a separate container.)

8. Quinoa Salad

Mix the meats, cheeses, and veggies your kids like into plain quinoa and dress lightly with a basic vinaigrette.

9. Breakfast for Lunch

Make extra food when you have time for a nice breakfast on the weekend, and save the leftovers for lunches —think hard-boiled eggs, leftover pancakes, and leftover sausages.

10. Leftover Picnic Lunch

If you’d eat it for lunch on the weekend, why not pack it in a lunch box? Because nothing beats a cold chicken leg on a Monday.

There you have it, we hope you’ve been inspired to create some exciting lunches for your little ones and/or yourself this term! Stay tuned for more recipes inspired by the New Kilner Fresh Storage collection. Shop the range here.

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