Cheesy Veggie Muffins

Cheese and Vegetable Muffins

My friend Susan from The Book Chook (and if you haven’t seen her blog, you should check it out) gave me this recipe YEARS ago, and I found it again the other day and decided to do up a batch for lunch boxes this week. They went down really well with my kids (3 out […]

Whole Food Lunch Box Ideas

Whole food lunch box ideas

School lunch boxes: over the years, I’ve changed my perspective from trying to work out how to fill them to looking at it as an opportunity to feed nutritious food to my kids. For me it stated with challenging myself to pack left over dinner items in the lunch box for a week (blogged about […]

Trying Hot / Cold Food in the Lunch Box

Lunch Box Food Ideas - hot food

I’ve been making school lunches for a decade and have a system now (read about it here). I have staples I fall back on and I also like to try different foods because I think variety is important (find a list of 100 ideas here).  I started testing hot/chilled foods in the lunch box to […]

Banana & Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Banana and Blueberry Muffins - these are great to freeze for the lunch box

Hi everyone! Amanda from Simple home cook  here and I have a great lunch box item to share with you. Banana muffins appear in our lunchboxes pretty often but this time I have added some blueberries. Not only are they moist, they taste great and kids love them. If you are not a fan of […]

Favourite Cracker Toppings

Favourite Cracker Toppings

I like eating cracker snacks, even for lunch some days. I like the texture and that crunch. There are certain toppings that were made to go together, and I’m sharing some of my favourites. Toppings Below are some favourites: Cream cheese & strawberry jam Cream cheese & blueberry Vegemite & cottage cheese Vegemites & cheese Tomato tuna […]

Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies

Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies

Back to school this week for my kids, and today I am sharing a great lunchbox recipe that I hope your kids will enjoy. Mine sure did but I didn’t tell them about the chickpeas until they committed to liking them. Make sure you process the chickpeas very finely, otherwise you might have a battle […]

Lunch Box Story Friends: Under the Sea

Lunch Box Story Friends - Under the Sea Theme - cute little messages to include in the lunch box

A new Lunch Box Story Friends is available to download. This time, the theme is under the sea with whimsical mermaid friends, dolphin, clam and clown fish with cute message on the other side. Fun for the lunch box, scrapbooking, card making or just play. Idea You could recycled the fish picture and make a Fish […]

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Scrolls

Easy Cinnamon Scrolls

It is obvious to anyone who follows the Simple home cook or ALDI home cook that scrolls are a favourite thing of mine, especially with the flour and yoghurt dough that requires no yeast or rising time. I don’t have the patience to wait for the dough to rise, punch it down then wait for […]

Review: Litter Free Sandwich Bags

Cute litter free snack bags

My nightly lunch box routine is down pat: a sandwich or roll of some description, veggie sticks, muffin or biscuit, fruit and maybe a savoury cracker and cheese.  The thought often crossed my mind, that my relatively healthy lunch box contained a lot of plastic bags.  I was also aware that packs of 50 or 100 […]

Lunch Box Story Friends – Woodlands

Lunch Box Notes - Story Friends

{Click the picture above for the PDF file} Back to school. Back to busy mornings. Back to organising bags. Back to making lunches.  I was thinking at the start of the year about how to inject a little fun into the process (without it being hard for mum), and I came up with cute little story cards […]

Choc Zucchini Muffins (refined sugar free)

Choc Zucchini Muffins (refined sugar free)

Chocolate muffins are a great lunch box filler for the kids and especially since these are packed with zucchini. My kids love these muffins but I made sure they ate them and told me that they loved them first – before telling them what the special ingredient was. They were very surprised but kept asking […]

Wholemeal Pizza Base (2 ingredients)

Wholemeal Pizza Bases

Hi again! Last week I posted a recipe for a vegemite & cheese pull apart and wanted to show you how versatile that dough recipe can be. I have used the same dough but instead used wholemeal flour and turned a pull-apart loaf into mini pizzas. They are great for a snack or lunch box […]

Lunch Box: Sandwich Wrapping Art

sandwich wrapper art

This is a cute and achievable idea for the lunch box! Amanda, artist and mum of two, wraps her children’s sandwiches in baking paper to keep them fresh, and decorates the wrapper with cute designs. Many of these pictures are easy enough for the non-artist too! You can follow Amanda’s Instagram feed for even more daily ideas @painterpw […]

Vegemite & Cheese Pull Apart Recipe

Vegemite and Cheese pull apart recipe

This pull apart certainly beats the old vegemite sandwich! The dough is super easy to make and doesn’t require any beaters, yeast or rising time. You can also change the filling and add whatever you like such as tomato paste, bacon, olives, capsicum, etc. It is a favourite is our house and a good one […]