The summer school holidays are met with dread by many parents, and with good reason – a house full of kids all day every day can be a shock to the system after 12 months of relative calm.
But for me, the prospect of six weeks without the arduous task of making school lunches makes every moment of chaos well worth it.
I’m one of those mums that make the sandwiches on a Sunday night in order to avoid the task for the rest of the week. And all lunchboxes are thrown together the night before to reduce the morning rush.
Problem is, my kids generally get pretty much the same average lunch. Every. Single. Day.
I’ve purchased the odd cook book aimed at children, but the prospect of dedicating an hour of time to combine a dozen different ingredients for one lunch that will most likely be left uneaten is simply too much for my head to handle.
The same applies to many blogs – Elsa shaped Sashimi just isn’t going to work for my kids. Or me.
So I took to Pinterest and while it is a minefield out there, with some careful hunting and culling, there are a few gems that offer fantastic food tips to help create healthy and creative lunches, without all the fuss.
Here is our top six.
As the name would suggest, the focus for this pinner is on easy which is what makes it so appealing.
Think ham sandwiches, fruit and homemade baked goods presented in a fun – but realistic - fashion.
There are also great tips for great at-home snacks as well as general parenting and back to school tips.
There’s a wide variety of ideas of suggestions here with a strong focus is on non-bread options.
You’ll find plenty of creative but simple lunch choices like ham salads, simple pastas and yummy wraps and pinwheels.