Here at Bacofoil we know the start of the new term can be a stressful and emotional time.

So to relieve any worries around lunchtime we’ve worked with a food and nutrition writer, Phil Mundy, to develop 5 tasty recipes that you can prep, serve and even store for later for less than a fiver!

In fact, the total for all five meals comes in at £4.61*. And, for savvy parents who want to bulk prep for the days ahead of for hungry siblings, our reusable Zipper Bags are the perfect tool!

See Thursday’s recipe below for more details.

*based on unbranded produce

Ingredients

50g pasta shapes (uncooked weight)

40g (3tbsp) soft cheese

1 tbsp pesto

8 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 pepper, diced

Served with…

1/4 cucumber, cut into sticks

2 slices wafer thin ham

2 breadsticks, broken into shorter lengths

1 piece fruit

Preparation

Cook pasta in boiling water according to pack instructions. Drain and rinse under cold running water, drain again and leave until completely cooled.

In a bowl, mix together soft cheese and pesto, stir in the cooked pasta, tomatoes and pepper. Spoon into a lunchbox and chill.

PREP AHEAD:

Cooked pasta will keep in the fridge for 3 days in a Zipper® Bag or can be frozen for up to a month. The finished pasta salad will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge.

TIP:

Swap ham for any other cooked meat, veggie alternative or a hardboiled egg.