Healthy lunches

Lunch ideas for all

Butcher Advice

Best cuts for healthy lunches recipes

Lamb eye of shortloin/backstrap is a lean cut that can be cooked in the oven or pan for a healthy tender meal
Grilled lamb with tahini sauce & pumpkin taboulli
Lamb salad of rocket, cucumber and tahini

Lean mince can be purchased from any retailer, just check the label for fat content
Mini Meat Loaves with Plum Sauce
Meatball and roasted veggie wrap

Lamb rump steaks are lean, tasty and ideal for serving warm in a salad or cold in a sandwich or wrap.
Lamb rump steaks with red lentil salad
Lamb & veggie wrap with sweet chilli sauce

Sirloin steaks are deliciously juicy and a favourite for barbecuing, pan-frying or under the grill.
Wholemeal sourdough bruschetta
Open face steak sandwich

Buying tips

  • Today, there is a wide choice of trimmed red meat cuts available in supermarkets and butcher shops.
  • When trimmed of visible fat, red meat has less than 4% saturated fat, earning it the Heart Foundation’s Tick of Approval.
  • You can also  trim red meat at home before cooking, use a sharp knife and cut away any visible fat.

Tips & Techniques

Lunch box essentials for the kids: 5 + WATER

Recess and lunch provide a ‘pit stop’ for kids to refuel their energy levels. A healthy and inviting lunch includes a variety of foods from the different food groups.

Aim to include at least one serve from each food group:

• Protein-rich foods – such as beef, lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, tofu and legumes, provide protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega 3.
• Fruit – a variety of fresh, canned or dried
• Dairy or soy – cheese, milk or yoghurt
• Vegetables – a variety of different coloured vegetables,
• Grain and cereal foods – wholegrain bread, crackers, rice, pasta and noodles
• Plus Water – it’s the only drink kids need

Food safety

When packing lunch for yourself or for the kids it is important to ensure that you:

• Cook food thoroughly. Make sure there's no pink left in cooked meats such as mince or sausages
• Cooked roast or steak can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Once cooled, slice the leftover roast or steak immediately and trim any excess fat. Stack slices into a sealable plastic container lined with clean paper towel. Place paper towel between each slice and on top. This will keep the meat fresher for longer.
• Cooked mince, casserole or curry dishes can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. After cooking, wait until there is no steam rising from the dish and place in the refrigerator immediately.
• If making lunches ahead of time, such as the night before, keep them in the fridge until leaving for school.
• Pack lunch in an insulated lunch box and include a small freezer brick or add a half-filled bottle of frozen water. Top up the half-filled bottle with cold water before school so there's liquid to drink.
• If the lunch is not refrigerated, it should be discarded if not eaten by the afternoon.

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