Have you ever found yourself staring into an empty lunchbox and just waiting…hoping…for inspiration? I hear you! It can be challenging coming up with new ideas and avoiding lunchbox boredom.
And that’s why I started my blog Goodie Goodie Lunchbox, so I could share inspiration and delicious recipes that my family love and make lunch packing that little bit easier. And today I am going to share my top three tips for lunch packing with you and some of my favourite recipes too.
My first tip is following a little formula to pack your kid’s lunchboxes. The formula which I use is to pack;
- one ‘main’ item like a sandwich or wraps;
- one to two savoury snacks like cheese and crackers or pizza scrolls;
- two veggie options, two fruit options;
- one ‘sweet’ option like a muffin, cookie or bliss ball.
This helps me pack lunches quickly as I already have a good idea of what I will pack before I get started.
My second tip is to pack your lunchboxes at a time you are not rushed. I like to pack lunchboxes in the evening when I have more time and can be a little more creative. And the great thing about the Little Lunch Box Co lunchboxes is that they are great at keeping lunches fresh so packing in the evening is no issue at all!
My third tip is to make and bake a range of lunchbox snacks and pop them in the freezer which means you will always have lots of options on hand to ensure variety in the lunchbox.
Here are some of our favourite recipes that are just perfect for school lunches.
My Apple Pie Bliss Balls are a delicious sweet treat, perfect for school lunches as they are nut free and packed with apple and oats. I love to make bliss balls for school lunches as they come together so quickly in a food processor and freeze beautifully.
⮕ In the Little Lunch Box Co bento three: rice crackers, grapes and mandarins, cheese, Apple Pie Bliss Ball, cherry tomatoes, croissant with lettuce ham and cream cheese.
I love to create recipes that taste fantastic but are also just that little bit healthier and these Chocolate Muffins with Sweet Potato and my Honey Roasted Carrot Hummus tick these boxes. The muffins are one of my daughter’s favourites and I love to make these mini size as they fit perfectly in the Little Lunch Box Co bentos.
⮕ In the Little Lunch Box Co bento three: Honey Roasted Carrot Hummus, rice crackers, Chocolate Muffin with Sweet Potato, sandwich sushi on stix with tomatoes and cucumber, mandarin and grapes.
Not only are sweet muffins fantastic for school lunches, savoury ones like these Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Muffins are sensational too! I make these both in regular size to replace the sandwich and snack size that would replace cheese and crackers or other savoury options. My Nut Free Chocolate Bliss Balls are another great lunchbox option too and something that is guaranteed to be eaten.
⮕ In the Little Lunch Box Co bento three: Nut Free Chocolate Bliss Ball, grapes and cucumber, Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Muffin, cherry tomatoes, mandarin, sandwich.
Childhood and cookies are pretty synonymous and I love to bake my own as I know exactly what’s in them. These delicious Seedy Oatmeal and Sultana Cookies are my take on the classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and they are so flavourful.
⮕ In the Little Lunch Box Co bento five: carrot sticks and cucumbers, strawberries, mandarins, cheese, Seedy Oatmeal and Sultana Cookie, rice crackers, wraps with ham lettuce and cream cheese.
These delicious Pea Feta and Mint Frittata are fantastic instead of a sandwich in the lunchbox and are super quick to prepare for school lunches. And all of my kids adore Pizza Scrolls and Chocolate Chip Cookies with Zucchini in their lunchboxes.
⮕ In the Little Lunch Box Co bento five: grapes, mandarin, rice crackers, Chocolate Chip Cookie with Zucchini, Pizza Scrolls, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, Pea Feta Mint Frittata.
I hope that you love these recipes as much as we do and you find my tips helpful!
Bernadette is the recipe developer and content creator behind Goodie Goodie Lunchbox. Bernadette lives in Brisbane with her family and loves coffee, wine and lunchboxes! You can follow Goodie Goodie Lunchbox on Instagram or Facebook for lots of lunchbox inspiration and delicious and nutritious recipes.