School Lunchbox Ideas

Almost two months into school and sometimes it’s hard to think of anymore lunchbox inspired recipes. I’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite lunchbox meals, snacks and treats. With three of the four children at school we use A LOT of lunch containers. I choose stainless steel and glass over plastic. The brands we use (no affiliation) include Lunchbots, Planetbox and widemouthed Thermos containers.

Traditionally lunch is the biggest meal of the day- a time when our digestive heat is at its peak and our hunger is strongest. Whenever I can I like to offer my children something warm to eat with their lunch- even if it’s not the main meal- a cup of tea, hot cocoa or some warming broth is enough some days. I usually freeze in individual portions, defrost the night before and then heat up in a pot on the stove or in the oven on the morning before school (we don’t have a microwave).

Hot Lunch in a Thermos

Rice Bowl with Scrambled egg, seaweed and kimchi
Mild Chilli with Bread Rolls
Quinoa Pasta with Pesto or Simple Tomato Sauce
Chicken Soup with cooked rice or noodles or zoodles
Roast Root Vegetables on a bed of Millet with Tahini/Lemon Sauce
Beef Stew
Quiche Lorraine
Miso Soup
Lentil Stew
Meatballs with pasta sauce
Pumpkin Soup with a Scone
Left-Over Anythings: pop them in the oven in the morning and dish into the thermos.


Not Much Food in the Fridge Kinda Lunch:

Rice crackers, cut up cheese, dried fruit, hummus, olives, boiled egg
Frittata with vegetables and/or ham and cheese
Scrambled Egg on Rice
Buckwheat Noodles with Broth and Veggies


Make it with the Breakfast:

Savoury pancakes or crepes
Smoothies in kids thermos
Easy high-protein muffins
Yoghurt parfaits
Vegetarian Sushi


Snacks and Treats to Prepare in Advance:

Homemade granola (to be served with yoghurt + berries)
Homemade granola bars
Homemade dehydrated fruit rolls
Left-over oatmeal cookies
Sunbutter Cookies
Savory Scones
Homemade jelly candies
Kale chips
Be sure to freeze individual slices of left-over birthday cakes, muffins, brownies etc.


Prepare the Night Before:

Almond butter + jam sandwiches
Turkey + cheese sandwiches
Quinoa or rice salad with fried fruit, beans or nuts, fresh herbs or spinach and salad dressing
Left-over grilled meats on rice, quinoa or millet
Chicken or tuna salad
Left-over grilled meats refried with stir-fry vegetables and tamari
Bean Salad



Garden salad with halved grapes and cherry tomatoes, toasted nuts and or cheese and dressing on the side
Cut up fruit that won’t brown
Veggies and Hummus or Pate
Dried Fruit with Cheese
Bone Broth
Rice Balls

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