Super easy kids lunch box idea – kids pasta salad that squeezes in three lots of fruit and veggies!
Kids Lunch Box Ideas
We’ve teamed up with Iceland using the #PowerOfFrozen to create a quick and easy kids lunchbox pasta salad.
Once the kids start back to school, family life becomes hectic but I still like to squeeze in time to make nice lunch.
This quick kids lunchbox pasta salad recipe using frozen peas and corn, alongside tinned pineapple chunks, means I can pack 3 portions of fruit and veg into this really simple lunchbox recipe.
Kids Pasta Salad Ingredients
- 50g dried pasta shapes – we used fusilli
- 50g frozen peas
- 50g frozen corn
- 50g pineapple cubes
- 1 slice ham – chopped into bitesized pieces
- 2 tsp sun dried tomato pesto
How to make kids lunchbox pasta salad
- Put the pasta, peas and corn into a pan of boiling water – bring the pan back to the boil and cook for around 10 minutes until the pasta is soft.
- Drain the cooked pasta, peas and corn in a colander then run them under a cold tap to cool them down quickly.
- Put the cold pasta, peas and corn into a mixing bowl.
- Tip the pineapple cubes in with the pasta and stir in gently.
- Tip the chopped ham into the pasta salad.
- Add the sun dried tomato pesto to the mixing bowl and stir everything together gently to coat all the ingredients in the pesto.
- Tip the pasta salad into lunchboxes and serve.
Make Kids Pasta Salad Recipe Your Way
- don’t fancy ham, use Iceland chargrilled chicken strips instead, just defrost and they’re ready to eat.
- go veggie and add mini mozzarella balls or a handful of grated cheese.
Ways to Serve Pasta Salad
- great for school lunchboxes
- turn into after school pasta snack pots, make up a few pots and they’ll keep in the fridge for a couple of days ready for the kids to grab when they get home from school hungry.
For more #PowerOfFrozen lunchbox recipes try….
- The Crazy Kitchen – 5 Fun Back to School Lunchbox Ideas
- Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen – Easy Chicken and Vegetable Pasties
- Hijacked by Twins – Lunchbox Rice
- Munchies and Munchkins – Back to School Lunch Ideas
- Feeding Boys – Sausage Wheel Flatbreads
- Everything Mummy – Cheesy Vegetable Muffins
Lunch Box Snack Ideas
Kids are always super hungry by lunchtime so it’s a good idea to add in a couple of lunch box snacks – try
- Piece of fruit – banana, apple, pears, berries, melon slices.
- Homemade scones
- Homemade cookies
- Veggie sticks with hummus or salsa dip
- Crackers with cheese
- Cheese sticks
- 50g fusilli pasta
- 50g frozen peas
- 50g frozen sweetcorn
- 50g pineapple cubes
- 1 slice ham
- 2tsp sun dried tomato pesto
- Put the pasta, peas and sweetcorn in a saucepan of boiling water - bring the pan back to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the pasta is cooked.
- Drain the pasta and vegetables in a colander and then rinse them under cold water to cool them donw quickly.
- Tip the pasta and vegetables into a mixing bowl, add the pineapple cubes, chopped ham and pesto and mix everything together gently.
- Tip into lunchboxes
This will serve 1-2 children depending on appetite.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 633Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1504mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 8gSugar: 13gProtein: 48g
Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.
We’ve got a two week menu plan of packed lunch ideas for kids that are easy to make, delicious and healthy to eat.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Iceland, for full details of my disclosure policy please read here.
Disclosure – the Joseph Joseph nesting bowl set used to make this recipe was gifted for review in November 2017 – you can read the Joseph Joseph nesting bowl review here.