Kayleigh and Ethan are fussy eaters, there is no hiding that fact.
You give them any fruit and they will eat it no questions, anything else and expect a full-blown barrage of questions as to whats in it, where does it come from and then it’s usually followed by the line “I don’t like that”.
Before they’ve even tasted it….
This has led to bot Kayleigh and Ethan having pack lunches ever since they were in preschool as neither would eat a school lunch. However we have learnt to pick our battles and now give them a pack lunch which they can pick their own items as long as they follow the simple rules:
- Pick a sandwich – they don’t like wraps or thins so we don’t tend to have much choice.
- Add a yogurt
- Add a cheese item
- Pop in a Peperami
- Select a bit of fruit – This one we are lucky on as there are no fruits that they wont eat. So we have the usual in the house such as apples & satsuma. Then we purchase other fruit depending on the season.
- Pick a cartoon of pure apple or orange juice
- Select your bag of crisps
Now we know that everyday the lunch boxes will come back empty & tummies full.
Flora recently commissioned a survey which showed that only 1.6% of children’s lunch boxes are meeting food nutritional standards, an improvement of just 0.5% in the last 10 years. What’s more only 17% of lunch boxes contain any vegetable or salads (guilty here of that!)
However when it comes to nutritionally balanced lunches the kids have a much better lunch that I do and get so much more from their food than me. I am afraid I am the eat my lunch at my desk sort of employee that tends to have the quickest food going. So your instant pot meals or pasties, I’m not a fan of salads or sandwiches that are sat in the fridge for hours either.
So when I got the chance to try out one of the recipes from the Flora site for my lunch I decided to try something a bit different and make sure I give my body some good food for a change! I tried out the pasta tossed with tuna and fresh herbs.
I am a big fan of pasta and with this dish packed full of great ingredients including Flora. Every Flora tub contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils. Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children.
- 350 g short pasta shapes
- 55 g Flora Original
- 1 red pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
- 115 g button mushrooms, thickly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 198 g can sweetcorn
- 200 g canned tuna in water, drained and flaked
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 2 - 3 tbsp chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill, coriander
- Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
- Meanwhile, melt the Flora in a large pan, add the red pepper and mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally until soft and starting to brown.
- Stir in the sweetcorn and tuna, cover and cook very gently until piping hot.
- Drain the pasta and gently toss with the tuna mixture and the herbs.
- Serve immediately, or allow to cool and pack in tomorrow’s lunchbox.
- Season to taste.
This was delicious and perfect to put in the fridge for the next day too. If you would like some more lunch box inspiration make sure you check out the recipes on the Flora site. They also have some great tips for making great lunch boxes as well as dealing with fussy eaters!
This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here