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 Scrummy swaps 

We have included lots of recipes for you to try for your child’s lunchbox. We understand that everyone has their own likes and dislikes and dietary needs. 

Please swap any of the foods in the lunchbox recipes for whatever you fancy or have at home.


Here are some ideas for some swaps you can make, to make every recipe delicious and healthy, but also work for you and your family


 Vegetable ideas  

  • Courgette

  • Aubergine

  • Sweetcorn

  • Tomatoes

  • Cucumber

  • Beetroot

  • Carrot

  • Pepper

  • Lettuce

  • Spinach leaves

  • Onion

  • Celery

  • Green beans

  • Olives

  • Peas

  • Sweet potato

  • Butternut squash

  • Broccoli

  • Sun dried tomatoes


 Fruit ideas  

  • Melon

  • Kiwi

  • Nectarine

  • Blueberries

  • Strawberries

  • Raspberries

  • Grapes

  • Raisins

  • Sultanas

  • Dried apricots

 Additional ingredient ideas 

  • Tinned salmon or tuna

  • Tofu

  • Bacon

  • Sausage

  • Mixed beans 

  • Ham or vegetarian alternative

  • Cooked chicken

  • Cheese (grated or chunks)

  • Chickpeas

  • Boiled egg


 Salad dressing ideas 

  • Cream cheese

  • Salad cream

  • Mayonnaise

  • French dressing

  • Caesar dressing

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Plain yoghurt

  • Pesto

  • Olive oil

  • Lemon juice and Olive oil


 Vegan swaps 

  • Tofu instead of eggs

  • Lentils and beans instead of meat

  • Jackfruit instead of meat

  • Quorn or vegetable protein substitutes instead of meat

  • Houmous instead of mayonnaise 

 Gluten-free swaps  

  • Potatoes

  • Bread made with gluten-free flour

  • Rice cakes

  • Flat breads made with chickpea flour or maize flour

  • Gluten- free tortilla wraps

  • Rice or quinoa

  • Rice noodles

  • Gluten-free pasta

 Dairy-free swaps 

  • Instead of cows milk, try oat milk or soya milk.

  • Instead of dairy cheese you could use a dairy-free cheese substitute or try using avocado. 

  • Another idea is adding nutritional yeast to dishes like pasta. This will give acheesy flavour but is dairy-free.

  • Instead of butter you could use a dairy-free spread.

  • Instead of a cheese or yoghurt dip, try buying or making houmous 

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