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Lunch Ideas for Kids

Updated on February 11, 2013

School's are open and everybody including the children are on a busy schedule. While the adults are trying to run after their schedules and bringing their children to a routine, they also want to keep a check on what the children are eating and getting the much balanced diet for their proper growth and nutrition.

I also sail in the same boat and have brought about some healthy and quick alternatives for packing a quick lunch for our kiddos.

Cracked Wheat with Vegetables

1. Take a cup of Cracked Wheat

2. Roast it with some oil until it is brown.

3. Add 1/2 cup of vegetables such as carrots/peas/ corn or whatever is their favorite vegetable.

4. Add Salt, turmeric

5. Add 2 cups of water. (For richer content, could add 11/2 cups of water + 1/2 cup of milk)

5. Pressure cook it for ~3-4 minutes. Enjoy it with a dash of coriander leaves.

Couscous with Vegetables

1. Boil 2 cups of water. Add 1 tablespoon of oil.

2. Add 1 cup of couscous. Switch off the gas and cover the pan.

3. Keep the lid covered for ~5-10 minutes.

4. In a pan saute some vegetables such as peas, corn, carrots, red bell pepper, tomatoes, onions. Once Sauteed, add turmeric, salt, spices according to your taste.

5. After 10 minutes, lift the cover of the pan containing the cooked couscous and add that couscous to the pan containing the vegetables. Mix it well.Sprinkle some coriander leaves over it.

Lunch is Ready!

Grilled Sandwich with Cottage cheese and Vegetables

1. Cut Red Bell pepper, onions, asparagus into small pieces.

2. Add Cottage Cheese to it. Sprinkle salt, black pepper according to taste.

3. Taking 2 slices of bread, put a layer of mayonnaise and put the above mixture in it.

4. Grill the Sandwich and voila your lunch is Ready.

So far the above 3 recipes have worked wonders in my household. Hope it does for you as well. Good luck!



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      Annie 6 years ago

      Hi, I never thought of eating cracked wheat so could not think of giving it to my kids...will give it a shot with vegetables...thanks for such a nutritious recipe!

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      you are welcome Annie :)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      That's a nice healthy recipe. They might not like it the first time, but after a while, they'll get used to it and stick to eating healthy. :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      yes Lady_E. I try to put in a dash of cream which softens the cracked wheat and couscous and that makes it soft and nutritious as well...so far, it has worked for my family :)

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment...appreciate it!

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      Devi 6 years ago

      Nice recipes :).. I've tried the cracked wheat, but not couscous. Love the sandwich recipe :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Devi..thanks a bunch for reading through and commenting although I am not good with exotic cooking like yours and am trying to fascinate my family with your recipes on your blog :) Thanks for sharing it.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Recently Nepal government banned junk food in the school compound and now Nepali mothers are under pressure to prepare lunch for their school children. I'm sharing these recipes with the mothers I know.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hello Vinaya,

      Sure, share it.

      Btw..cracked wheat is daliya (hindi)

      cottage cheese is paneer (hindi)

      couscous is persian so, dunno if available in Asia.

      Cheers!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I don't know about other countries in Asia but I can easily find these things in Nepal.

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Interesting Recipes! Voted up and shared on twitter.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruchira, what excellent tasty and healthy ideas for the lunchbox - great for adults too!!

      Voted up

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      These are some wonderful alternatives to what I normally pack for lunch for my kids. I bet they would love the cracked wheat with veggies. Heck! I would love that too hahah maybe with dinner tonight... Great Hub Ruchira!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      This is so great for everyone. Thanks for the ideas. Voting up and up.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      your recipes sound yummy, don't know if I can get my kids to go for couscous but I love it! And I have never thought of cottage cheese on a grilled cheese, but it's probably so yummy! I love cream cheese on grilled cheeses, you should try that, too. voted up and Shared!

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      CreateSquidoo 5 years ago

      The food for me sounds delicious.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Anamika for sharing and appreciating it :) Cheers!

      Thanks Lesley. I am glad to get your vote of confidence :) Yes, we all relish these recipes in our family and they are simple and easy to prep and yet tasty. thus, is a win win situation in all...cheers!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Ardie. I am sure the kids will love it. My kid loves corn so, try to give him corn and peas with the cracked wheat/couscous.

      Thanks Tarajayaram. I am delighted to know that you love the above :) cheers!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Amberd, Welcome!

      Thanks amberld for your vote of confidence. Yes, grilled sandwiches are yummy and if used cheese and cottage cheese then it's swell :)

      thanks for sharing and voting :) will check out your hubs soon!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks CreateSquidoo & Welcome!

      I am glad you like the above...cheers!

      will pay a visit to your hubs soon!

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