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 […]

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: 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 […]

Fun Food Picks

Food picks - easy way to make food fun

If you want to make the lunch box fun with minimal fuss, food picks are brilliant! I’ve used them for years.  I don’t put them in lunch box every day…maybe once a week, depending on what I have packed for the kids.  They are great for things like cut up fruit, veggies and cheese squares.  There are […]

Lunch Box: Oat & Bran Cookies

Great for the lunch box - Oat and Bran Cookies

Now that school is back, I find filling the lunch boxes each day with foods that are healthy as well as satisfying for your children can be a bit challenging at times. Especially towards the end of the week when my fridge stores are running a little low. If you have a food processor, these […]

Muesli Bar Recipe (nut free)

muesli slice recipe (nut free)

Homemade muesli bars are a fantastic lunch box option and can be healthier than the store bought variety. At least you know what is going into them and you can alter the ingredients to suit the tastes of your children. You can add lots of extra goodness such as pepitas and chia seeds but I […]

Creating a Lunch Box System

Lunch Box Ideas

I’ve become a somewhat expert at school lunches after doing them for 8 years (so far).  My lunch boxes started out looking a lot like the picture below, with a lot of processed, pre-packaged food. I’m not here to make anyone feel guilty for throwing together pre-packaged lunches!  It’s just over the years, I’ve focused […]

Muesli Slice

Muesli Slice Recipe

This is an easy one for the lunch box. Muesli Slice Recipe Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup sultanas ½ cup desiccated coconut ½ cup self-raising flour ½ cup brown sugar 125 grams margarine, melted 2 tablespoons honey Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine dry ingredients. Add Margarine and honey. Press into greased 25cm […]

Lunch Box Idea: (Nut-Free) Trail Mix

Lunch box ideas - popcorn, pretzel & sultana trail mix

I have my lunch box staples: stuff I know the kids like. I also like to mix things up sometimes and try new things I can (hopefully) add to my lunch box food repertoire.  I found another one winner with my kids: a lunch box friendly (and nut free) trail mix.   Just three things in […]

Lunch Box: Temporary Tattoo Banana

Temporary Tattoo Banana - fun for the lunch box

I’ve used temporary tattoos to decorate boiled eggs around Easter time and they work on bananas too. This is fun for the lunch box or just to make the fruit bowl look uber cool.  Follow the packet instructions and apply to the banana just as you would skin. Corn & Cheese Scrolls (used this recipe) Sugar snap […]

Lunch Box: Scrolls (2 ingredient dough)

Ham & Mustard Scrolls (2 ingredient dough scrolls)

A little while ago, I shared how I make pizza scrolls for the lunchbox.  I make the dough from scratch in my Thermomix. Many asked about an easier way to do the dough so I’m sharing two different ways I do scrolls that are a little less hands-on. It’s handy to have these up your […]

Lunch Box Idea: Cheesy Toasted Sandwich Bites

lunch box idea - cheesy toasted sandwich bites

I saved bread shapes from the Egg in the Basket I made for dinner to use in the lunch box the next day.   It makes for an interesting change from a regular sandwich in the lunch box. Ingredients Bread Grated cheese Tomato sauce (optional) 1. Cut bread shapes out of bread using a cookie […]

Coconut Bread Recipe (only 4 ingredients)

lunch box ideas

I’ve been making this coconut bread recipe since I was a child and now I make it with  my own kids.  Ingredients 1 Cup SR Flour 1 Cup Desiccated Coconut 1/2 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Milk Method 1. Gently combine all ingredients with  a large spoon. 2. Spoon into a well greased or lined loaf […]