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 Top 10 School Lunch Box Ideas

  Last Updated : Oct 26,2018

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Top 10 School Lunch Box Ideas, Quick Lunch Box Recipes

Making your child eat is the toughest task any parent would face. They are fussy and picky eaters but, it is also necessary to make them feed all the nutrients for a normal growth and development. Know your child’s preference and prepare meals revolving around those ingredients.

Recess is the most interesting part of the school hours, children eagerly wait to open their tiffin and gorge on the food. More than eating, they are interested in peeping into each other’s dabba and share what they have all brought together. The kid with the most exciting snack takes pride and it then becomes the mother's duty to send the most interesting snacks.

Sandwiches are the easiest snack to prepare and pack. Combine together colorful vegetables or paneer and cheese, add some seasonings and toast/grill it. Cucumber Cheese Sandwich is a refreshing and filling snack that doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to prepare. Also, you can make this Besan Chila Sandwich by stuffing bread with a traditional vegetable chilla. If your child is a fan of chatpata food then this Masala Corn perked up with chaat masala, chili powder and lemon juice will be a perfect snack for tiffin. Chatpata Pomegranate with tongue-tickling spice powders is a sure-shot hit with the kids.

Most kids are fond of pasta but, it does get difficult to prepare the sauce, boil the pasta and cook everything in the morning. Also, packaged foods contain hidden fats and unhealthy ingredients, so we have got you an amazing pasta recipe. Penne Aglio Olio is easy to make pasta tossed in herbs and crunchy vegetables, which stays fresh for over 5 hours. If you are looking for a healthy alternative then paratha and stuffed paratha are the best options to carry in tiffin. These Broccoli Paratha with a brilliant flavor of mixed herbs, chilli flakes and pepper require no accompaniment.

Does your kid love pizza? Are they always pleading to go to the pizzeria? Surprise them with this Pizza Rice an irresistible treat that will surely get you clean tiffin boxes. We just made your life easier by providing you with some quick recipes for getting your tiffin box ready. The recipes are also easy to follow and we would love to hear from you how you liked them.

top 10 school lunch box ideas quick lunch box recipes

 by Tarla Dalal
Your kids will not want anything to accompany this tasty dish. This unique Broccoli Paratha has the brilliant flavour of mixed herbs, chilli flakes and pepper. While the flavour is out of the world when served fresh, it fortunately stays nice in the tiffin box too for at least 4 to 5 hours. So, on some days, you can serve this hot and fresh for breakfast or after school, while on some days you can pack it as a tiffin treat! Also pack refreshing Minty Nimbu Paani ( Tiffin Treats) in a thermos flask, so it will be nice and cool to sip on while munching the paratha.
 by Tarla Dalal
Um, Masala Corn, one of kids’ favourite roadside snacks! Interestingly, it can even be sent to school in their tiffin box because it remains nice and fresh for at least 4 hours. One might think that it will release water over time, but our experiments show that it is nice and tasty at lunch time. This version of Masala Corn is perked up with chaat masala, chilli powder and lemon juice to make it yummy. You can also adjust the spiciness according to your kids’ taste, so they will enjoy it thoroughly. Also pack some Herbed Makhanas ( Tiffin Treats) in another tiffin for a perfect short break combo.
 by Tarla Dalal
Maggi is a huge hit with kids. They just love to stash the long, chewy noodles into their mouth, sucking it in with a fun, whooshing sound. By adding loads of colourful and crunchy veggies to it, you can turn their favourite treat into a satiating tiffin. Here, we have sautéed the veggies and the Maggi masala first, to enhance the flavour. Plus, the little oil used to sauté the veggies also keeps the noodles from clumping up when cooled. If you take care to cool the Vegetable Maggi completely before packing in a tiffin box, it stays fresh for around five hours. Do try other recipe with maggi like Maggi Bhel Maggi and Baked Beans On Crackers , Herbed Maggi Fritters , Vegetable Maggi Cutlets and Open Cheese and Herb Maggi Sandwich . Enjoy how to make Vegetable Maggi recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
Red pumpkin is an ingredient popularly used in continental cuisine, in the preparation of not just soups, but also sauces, dips, toppings and sandwiches too. Here, in this mouth-watering creation, it is used to make a creamy, herby sauce for penne. You might think that pumpkin is not your kids’ favourite, but they will love it in this form, because it makes the dish pleasantly colourful and creamy, without the addition of cheese or cream. The Penne in Pumpkin Sauce also stays fresh in the dabba for more than 4 hours, so your kids can open their boxes for a lovely surprise in the afternoon. Pack Chocolate Chip and Mango Muffin ( Tiffin Recipe) for a sweet ending to the lunch break.
 by Tarla Dalal
Kids love Pasta and often fondly request moms to pack some in the lunch boxes. However, there is always a nagging worry about how the ingredients will react after so many hours, would the cheese become chewy, will the pasta get rubbery, and so on. Now, you can confidently brighten your kid’s smile with this foolproof Penne Aglio Olio recipe, which stays fresh for over 5 hours. You will be amazed by how the vibrant flavours of the chosen veggies and herbs remain the same after such a long time too!
 by Tarla Dalal
Um, never met a kid who does not like pizzas nor one who can resist any other pizza flavoured treat! You might have tried topping bread or even rotis and rolls with pizza sauce, but now here is a totally unique tiffin of rice perked up with all-time favourite pizza sauce, colourful veggies and sweet corn too! Not only is the Pizza Rice delectably tasty, it is easy to prepare in the morning’s bustle and also stays good for over 5 hours. All this makes it a perfect choice to pack in the tiffin box. A combo of Pizza Rice and crunchy and delicious Crispy Pasta Snack ( Tiffin Treats) make a yummy lunch break treat.
Imagine packing a nice, satiating dip in your kids’ snack box. Along with something refreshing like cucumber or carrot sticks, it would transform their break into a very jolly and relaxing time. The Spinach Hummus is the perfect choice for this, because it is colourful, healthy and filling too as it is loaded with chickpeas and spinach. Apt ingredients like green chilli paste, curds and lemon juice impart an exciting flavour and perfect texture to the hummus, which stays fresh in the tiffin box for around 5 hours. To save time, you can cook the chickpeas the previous night itself. If doing so, add a little more water when blending the chickpeas the next morning. Also pack some Chatpata Popcorn ( Tiffin Treats) in another tiffin for a perfect short break combo.
Semolina always lends a nice grainy texture to a dish, and when toasted it gives out a wonderful aroma and a rich flavour. This Rava Toast capitalises on these wonderful qualities of semolina. A mixture of semolina with finely chopped veggies is used as a topping on wheat bread slices, and the whole arrangement is toasted till perfectly crisp. A dash of curds lends a bit of tang to the recipe, and also helps roasting, while a sprinkling of chilli powder adds some spice to this tiffin treat, which stays good in the dabba for over 4 hours. Also do pack some Shakkar Para in another tiffin to munch in the short break or on the way back home.
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a tasty and convenient alternative to bread sandwiches. In this delicious Bread Snack, cubed whole wheat bread slices are sautéed with crunchy, juicy veggies and tongue-tickling spice powders. While garam masala is a standard addition to such dishes, adding a dash of pav bhaji masala makes this snack quite different! With the pleasing aroma and flavour of their favourite snack, kids are sure to gobble up this tiffin treat within minutes. Allow to cool completely before packing, otherwise it will tend to sweat out and become soggy. If packed at room temperature, it will stay fresh and tasty for 4 hours. Also pack Minty Nimbu Pani ( Tiffin Treats) in a thermos flask for a perfect short break combo.
Simple though the sandwich might seem to you, it continues to be a hot favourite with kids of all age groups! Perhaps it is the handy sumptuousness of a sandwich that makes it so lovable, or its versatility, but the fact remains that it is one of the most popular tiffin treats across the world. This refreshing and filling Cucumber Cheese Sandwich stays fresh for at least 4 hours, and is a very quick fix-up that you can easily prepare in the mornings. Just make sure that you slice the cucumber very thinly so that the sandwich stays together. Also pack Bourbon Milkshake in a thermos flask for a perfect short break combo. See detailed step by step photos and video of Cucumber Cheese Sandwich recipe below.
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