Back to school checklist and packed lunch ideas!

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Back to school….lunch box? Check, folders? Check, pencil sharpener…

We all know it’s challenging for schoolchildren to get back into the swing of things after the long summer break. As such we at Dream Doors have decided to compile a checklist of everything your little one will need, making sure they are prepared for the homework, assignments and exams to come.

We have even split up our list into Primary and secondary school, useful huh?


Back to School Checklist

And that’s it! Your little scholar should be ahead of the game next term, let’s hope for those A’s!

Packed Lunch ideas

Before we get started it should be noted that according to NHS choices a balanced lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods like bread, rise, 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.

With that in mind let’s have a gander at some good packed lunch ideas that are sure to give them energy and keep their brains active!



Sandwich Packed Lunch

The classic.

As much as we all love to be fancy with our food, nothing can really beat the good ol’ tried and tested method of sandwiches along with some fruit and snacks such as crisps and a chocolate bar, also, consider something extra for nourishment such as a cheese string or baby bell.

Packed Lunch

Couscous salad.

This easy to make and healthy alternative is perfect for both child and adult. Plus with all the bright colours the kids won’t even notice that it’s absolutely packed full of veg! Recipe here.

Packed Lunch

Tuna wraps.

Most kids love tuna and so they’ll relish this easy to make lunchtime meal. Add some zingy mayo or lemon and your child is bound to savour this delight. (Pssst you could even sneak some extra lettuce or tomato in there!) Recipe here.

Packed Lunch

Moroccan chicken salad.

It may take a bit more time to make this salad but it is well worth the effort, your kids will love it! This meal has the benefit of being delicious and expanding your child’s food palette; introducing them to new cuisines and flavours from around the world. Recipe here

Packed lunch

Spicy chicken kebabs

These little chunks of meat ae guaranteed to make the mouth water! With added herbs and rice this is the perfect meal for keeping that belly full! Want a healthier option? Add little bits of veg into the rice, the kids will hardly notice! Recipe here

Packed Lunch

Pasta salad

This meal can be custom made for your special little one. Simply include all the veg they enjoy and use a variety of sauces, perhaps add some cheese. This lunchtime treat is simple and scrumptious. Various recipes here


Those are just a few of the recipes possible, explore and experiment with different meals until you find the one perfect for your little one!

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