The first thought that comes to my mind every morning as soon as I wake up is what to pack in kids’ tiffin. Mornings at my end are usually hectic. I have to get my twin toddlers ready, make them eat breakfast, pack their tiffin, pack husband’s tiffin, myself get ready and drop the kids to school–all in the span of one to one and a half hour. Every minute from the morning hours looks precious and I can’t afford to spend too much time thinking what to pack in school tiffin. Sounds relatable?
Thankfully A&A’s school doesn’t have any strict regulation on what to include in the child’s tiffin. So I have the liberty to be flexible in terms of my choices. Since both my twins are still learning the concept of eating on their own from the tiffin, I mostly prefer packing finger food for them. Something they can eat quickly and easily without creating a lot of mess.
To save myself some time and energy, I have prepared a school tiffin schedule as per the days of the week and as per the food choices of my kids. I have categorized the usual breakfast dishes in broad groups. My mornings are now pretty sorted as now I don’t spend a lot of time brainstorming. I rather simply choose one dish based on the group of the day.
Sharing with you how I have categorized the school tiffin menu and prepared a schedule.
We all know the benefits of fermented food liked idlis, dosas, appams, etc. They have good bacteria that improves digestion and boosts immunity. For kids, I usually try to bring some variation to the standard idli or dosa by adding carrot or beetroot to the same. I use a pre-prepared batter, so it’s pretty simple to make in the morning. Kids can eat these as it is it or with sambar and chutney. You can also make ragi idlis and dosas if your child eats ragi.
I mostly stick to vegetable sandwiches when it comes to breads. It’s an effective way of sneaking vegetables to the kids’ diet. I usually pick a selection of vegetables like tomatoes, capsicum, onions, carrots (depending upon whatever is available at home), and make sandwiches using different dressings. Sometimes it’s plain cheese and veggies, sometimes hung curd or mint chutney. If not sandwich then I prefer bread poha by simply frying all the veggies in the pan and adding small pieces of bread.
There is a lot of variety when it comes to making Chillas. – besan ka chilla, suji ka chilla, oats ka chilla, moong dal ka chilla. I try to introduce a variety every week so that kids do not find it monotonous. Chillas are easy to make and delicious in taste. Apart from the basic spices, onion, coriander, one thing that I don’t forget to add is Flax seed powder in Chillas. It adds to the health quotient.
Thursdays are usually for pancakes- either sweet or savoury. Sometimes I use ready made Slurrp Farms batter if that’s available at home. Or make simple pancakes with whole wheat, ripe bananas and eggs. For savoury ones, I mix gram flour, semolina, whole wheat flour in equal amount with some water and add veggies to it.
Friday is for fried food. Cutlets, bread roll, french fries– all are kids’ favorite. Fried food isn’t bad especially if it’s just one day a week. I try to make it as healthy as possible by using sweet potatoes to make french fries and including a lot of veggies to the cutlets.
Categorizing and scheduling school tiffin menu this way not just saves me time but also helps in making proper prior arrangement at home. It helps maintain a uniformity, yet introducing a variety to the kids. As kids will grow, I will keep adding more dishes to this chart. For now, I prepared this list based on their tastes and preferences. After all we all want that kids come back home with an empty tiffin box, right?
In case your morning is also spent brainstorming what to pack in kid’s tiffin, try preparing your own schedule based on your child’s favorite. It will surely make your mornings easy
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