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Including sandwich filling ideas and wrap recipes
Trying to find school lunch ideas that the whole family will eat isn’t easy. Finding lunchbox ideas that are budget-friendly is even harder.
Packing your family lunchbox for school or work doesn’t have to cause a family argument.
These sandwich wrap recipes can also be adapted for the whole family. Meaning you can still stick to your normal meal plan but please the whole family as well.
According to NHS Choices, a balanced lunch box is:
Starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes or pasta
Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans
A dairy item, like cheese or yogurt
Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit.
So based on this, here are 19 simple, fast and budget kids lunch sandwich and wrap ideas.
These don’t have to just be for the kids. Everyone can enjoy them!
Some of these may seem a bit novelty but it does get everyone to eat a healthy lunch once in a while.
Looking for toddler lunch ideas? Then try our 5 Budget Toddler Lunch Ideas That Cost Under £1 that include simple wrap and sandwich fillings including cheddar cheese and pasta salad.
Cream cheese and tortilla chips are staples in all lunch boxes!
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If you need help bringing your grocery shopping bill down further or are struggling to find things for the family to eat then try:
Wrap Fillings and Sandwich Ideas
All these sandwich and wrap recipes are easy to make. They can be done the night before and are perfect for the whole family.
Low Carb Herb Turkey Egg Wrap
Ranch Chicken Wraps with Dried Cranberries
Egg Salad Spinach Wraps
Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps
Paleo Pesto Chicken Salad Wrap
Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps
Philly Cheesesteak Rollups
Chicken Alfredo Rollups
Roast Beef Wraps
Bacon Turkey Club Wrap
Chicken Ranch Wraps
BLT Chicken Wrap
Almost Zero Carb Low Carb Wraps
Apple Cheddar Turkey Wraps
Summer Chicken Taco Wraps
Healthy Turkey & Cucumber Lettuce Wrap
Chicken Bacon Avocado Wrap
Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels
Roasted Mushroom and Pepper Wrap
Sandwich Filling Meal Plans
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Sandwich Wrap Recipes
Think about your menu for the week, what can you use to double in your kid’s lunch? If I’m making pizza, can I make pizza bagels with the leftover base and sauce? Is there any Gammon left from Sunday lunch? Then that’s Monday’s filling.
Leftover eggs? Use them. Everything counts!
Search your kitchen staples, is there anything that you can bung together to help bring the cost down? For a full list of my recommended kitchen staples, CLICK HERE.
Can you make more to freeze? So those hectic mornings aren’t so stressful. Think about food pooling with your neighbours.
Totally stuck? Then use our 7 Family Meal Planner Templates When You Need Inspiration and fill your plan.
You don’t have to buy 8 different fruits and 7 different vegetables for 4 or 5 days’ worth of lunch.
What does everyone like? Could you swap and change depending on what’s on offer or on the Super Six? (if you shop at Aldi.)
Buy only what you’re going to use at home too.
Buy Snacks EVERYONE Enjoys. Don’t. I repeat: Don’t go out and spend twice as much on different snack foods just because one kid likes cheese and one kid doesn’t.
Find common ground and use it, even if the combos are a bit weird.
I have seen lots of adorable lunch boxes that are made with tons of different cookie cutters, sandwich presses, plastic character toothpicks and even toothpick moustaches. While they’re so cute, they also cost money!
Use what you have at home already from cookie cutters to basic glass cup rims to match sticks. Everything and anything that makes lunch fun!
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If you’re currently going through the dreaded toddler fussy eating stage then hang on in there. It’s not fun when the kids only want to eat beige food.
Try out list of 27 easy and kid-friendly budget recipes for fussy eaters that the whole family will enjoy. If the kids love something then make extra and pack it for lunch. At least they are eating something and you aren’t throwing it away.
You can almost see the pound signs when you have to chuck food away. It’s not easy when the kids suddenly change their mind on what food they like.
We try and use everything from taking the crusts to work for our lunch to smoothies when we have leftover fruit.
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If you enjoyed this post and would like some more family friendly budget recipes or meal plan ideas, then head over to the budget food section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 30 cheap posts dedicated to helping you cook and shop wiser for less. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family food Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to eat well and spend less; Family Meal Plans on a Budget, Budget Family Meals & Budget Slimming World Recipes for Families.
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