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50 quick & easy lunchbox ideas

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quick & easy lunchbox ideas

A new school year is here, and with it comes the dreaded packing of lunchboxes! The same foods, heading off to school, only to return again in the afternoon – untouched and uneaten. It’s time to mix things up. We have put together a handy list of 50 quick & easy lunchbox ideas that you can keep on hand all year long to give you that much-needed inspiration. Enjoy!

Time to get packing! Browse through our handy list of 50 quick & easy lunchbox ideas – including Recess and Lunch – to give you the inspiration you need this year. We have even linked some handy recipes to help you out.


Banana Bites: Just 4 ingredients and 5 mins to prep!

  1. Fruit: just stock up on those in season.
  2. Vegetables: carrot, capsicum, cucumber, snap peas, frozen peas (that will thaw during the day).
  3. Edamame: you can even get frozen packs from Woolworths and Coles.
  4. Hummus (or any dip!) with veggies.
  5. Ants on a log: celery with goat’s cheese and sultanas.
  6. Cheese sticks, blocks or slices served with crackers.
  7. Bocconcini and tomato skewers (or just in a container).
  8. Egg: boil and pop in lunchbox.
  9. Stewed apple with yoghurt.
  10. Yoghurt. Freeze them in the summer and pop in a spoon!
  11. Bliss balls: there are so many recipes out there, but here are some favourites: banana bites, chocolate bliss, lemon & coconut, raspberry coconut,
  12. Homemade oat bars: blueberry oat bars, muesli bars, strawberry oatmeal, apricot and oat muesli,
  13. Rice cakes: these can be top with any spread you like! Or serve plain.
  14. Banana pancakes.
  15. Corn chips, veggie chips, baked apple chips, sweet potato crisps.
  16. Muffins: ABCD, strawberry, yoghurt and banana, carrot cake, basic muffin, peach, ricotta and vanilla bean,
  17. Cookies: strawberry coconut cookie, chocky rock cookies, oat choc cookies
  18. Roasted chickpeas


Sweet potato & bacon slice

  1. Sandwiches: can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned sandwich. Plenty of topics to choose from to mix it up.
  2. Meatballs: keep them in a thermos container to keep them warm.
  3. Soup: perfect option for winter that can also be kept in a thermos to stay warm.
  4. Cheesy pumpkin puffs.
  5. Wraps: again, so many fillings to choose from and you can mix it up a bit.
  6. Fritters: corn fritters, chicken and broccoli fritters, pesto vegetable fritters, vegetable fritters, zucchini fritters
  7. Muffins: there are plenty of savoury muffins out here to choose from, sweet potato, spinach & feta, broccoli and goat’s cheese muffins, butternut pumpkin,
  8. mac ‘n cheese muffins.
  9. Spinach, feta and ricotta parcels.
  10. Pita pockets with hummus, tomato, olives, falafels.
  11. Mini quiches: another great one you can mix up with mini quiches, pea and bacon, pizza quiches, quiche lorraine.
  12. Sushi: you can opt for the homemade variety, or simply buy some the day before!
  13. Slices: sweet potato and bacon slice, zucchini and pasta slice, spinach, feta and tomato, bacon, zucchini and corn.
  14. Rice paper rolls: a great way to use up your leftovers. Fill with chicken, noodles, veggies and more.
  15. Patties: meat patties, salmon and sweet potato patties, tuna patties, beef and potato.
  16. Pizza bagels
  17. Spanish omelette
  18. Risotto balls: tomato risotto balls, mushroom risotto balls, mozzarella risotto balls, pumpkin risotto balls.
  19. Deli meats: ham, chicken, salami, cabanossi
  20. Ham & cheese pockets.
  21. Sausage rolls: chicken and vegetable, sausage rolls, vegetarian sausage rolls,
  22. Lasagne roll ups
  23. Quesadillas
  24. DIY tacos
  25. Bites: broccoli cheese bites, cheddar cheese bites, couscous bites.
  26. Savoury pancakes with smoked salmon.
  27. Scrolls: cheese and vegemite scrolls, ham and cheese scrolls, spinach and feta scrolls.
  28. Salad: greek salad, noodle salad, pasta salad.
  29. Shredded BBQ chicken roll.
  30. Leftovers: take a look at what you cooked the night before and see if you can send it to school.
  31. Fried rice.
  32. Skewers: tomato and sausage, sandwich skewers, salami and cheese skewers.

Sandwich Skewers are a fun twist on the classic!

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