ARE your kids’ school lunchboxes looking a bit lacklustre?
During lockdown, mum-of-three and Instagrammer Lucinda Baxter, came up with a savvy way to impress her little ’uns.
She says: “I theme the boxes around cute animals, football or Pokemon. It means they always eat their lunch.”
Here are Lucinda’s top tips to create a lunchbox masterpiece on a budget . . .
GET CREATIVE: Lucinda says: “The centrepiece of the lunchbox is usually rice. I mould the rice into shapes using cling film and then add the little details with sushi seaweed sheets. I also have tons of small cookie-cutters in different shapes, for the cheese and ham. To begin with, I layer the box with spinach, add the rice animal on top and finish off with smaller foods.
My tip: The Range has a great collection of shaped mini-cutters, from £1.49.
TIME IS MONEY: It costs roughly £1.50 to make up a lunchbox and takes 20 minutes to an hour. To save time, pre-cut cheese, ham, cucumber and fruit and pop it in tubs for the week. You can also use cookie-cutters to mould rice.”
My tip: Storing fruit and veg in sealed containers in the fridge helps it last longer. Dunelm has affordable food storage containers, so pick up four one-litre tubs for £2.
LITTLE DETAILS: I use seaweed for the eyes and smiles and they take the longest time to cut out, so I usually pre-cut them and store them ready to use.
My tip: Tesco sells Yukata Sushi Nori seaweed sheets, £1.80 for five sheets.
TOP TIPS: Focus on the healthy foods that your child likes. Fruit and veg such as cucumber and carrots are inexpensive.
Shop from the end of the aisle in the fruit-and-veg section, for variation and low prices.
This week, Lidl has Gala Apples for 79p, down from £1.15, and red seedless grapes for £1.09, usually £1.39.
- Go to @Lunch_Lady_Lucinda on Instagram for tutorials
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The 50 per cent off deal starts today and ends October 28.
I LOVE McVitie’s Ginger Nuts, above, but they are £1 for a 250g pack. That’s why I was delighted to discover the 300g pack of Tesco Ginger Nuts, below, which taste very similar but cost just 45p.
SAVE: 55p, get 50g more
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