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The lunch boxes and lunch bags my kids will be using this year for their school lunches.

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  • Tracy

    I only have one left at school. He still uses the Tupperware sandwich boxes, even at 15yo. In winter he literally throws just that into the dark, scary depths of his school bag. In summer I insist on him taking an insulated box and an ice brick wrapped in some fabric to stop it condensing all over the place.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    Hi Kat

    Of the 3 you mention, which would hold the most food?



    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Definatley the go-green, it’s a lovely big lunchbox, easy to open. However you couldn’t add a banana to the lunch bag, you would have to slice it up and place it into the lunch box compartments. It seals tight, so apples wouldn’t go brown.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    We’ve used the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus over the past 3 years for our (now almost-7yo) twins &, although the actual lunchbox is excellent, the lunchbags fall apart before the year’s end. We also have the Shikiri (from Little Bento World!) which is good & fun for bento-style lunches. This year we’ve bought the Yumbox Panino. We’ve also bought both the medium Fridge-To-Go & the Apple & Mint lunchbags to try as I couldn’t decide on one or the other! Plus, it’s always good to have a spare. I’ll be interested to see if they really DO stay cold for up to 8 hours, as advertised, in our 40+C heat here in Perth!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My girls love the Yumbox Panino, they think it’s really cute and were disappointed on the days I hadn’t washed it up :) Let me know if it does stack up to the 40+ heat, would be good to know :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My kids have been using the medium fridge to go bags for the past 4 years and we will not go back – they are fantastic. They really do keep the food cool all day, so even on a hot day, they can safely eat anything left over when they get peckish after school.

    I use the fridge to go ice bricks in my cooler bag for food on the go or shopping on really hot days – they are sensational.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Mine will be using fridge to go again. Will be 8th year for my oldest, although definitely not the same bag!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I was just about to ask if it was the same bag for 8 years… good to know though they are that good you are using them year after year… the brand, not the bag :)ReplyCancel

      • Sandra

        I have boys and my oldest did who knows what with his things at school when he started and although serviceable they needed replacing every year. Last few years we have gotten 2 years from a bag. Also helps he changed colour favourite to black! Bonus is we have many spare bricks.
        Haven’t found anything that compares with how bag keeps cold and have had uneaten lunch come home as cold as it was when it went to school.ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Bummer! I’ve mulled over lunchboxes for weeks and only ordered them a couple of days ago. I’ve gone with the yumboxes too but missed your discount!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Bugger Skye, are you signed up to my newsletter, you get an email each day with the latest blog post and it also had the discount code in it :)ReplyCancel

  • wanita

    hi, I really love all your lunchbox ideas! I thought I saw an insulated yogurt pot in one of your back to school sections but now I can’t find it? would love to know what it was.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlee

    Hi Kat, i just went to order on little bento world and they are sold out until April/May :( do you know if your lovely discount will still be able to be used then? Thanks!ReplyCancel

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A healthy kids lunchbox idea, to help inspire you to fill their lunchboxes for school.

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  • I love your picture of a rubbish free lunch box. So much healthier for the children and the environment.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thanks Jen.:) I think it makes it so much easier for the kids too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    hi, just wondering what brand is the blue lunchbox?

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is Tupperwares Sandwich Keeper Plus.ReplyCancel

  • I would like to know the company brand for the blue lunch box with divisions. A brilliant design.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes it’s the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper PlusReplyCancel

  • lisa

    The blue lunchbox looks very much like Tupperware to me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lisa, yes it is :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jacko

    I’m a year eight student and I want to bring lunches to school, but mum leaves really early in the morning and I’m lazy and never know what to put in them. I like something sweet, salty, I love fruit but I’m very picky with most foods, however red meat is my favourite food. Do you have any idea as to what I could make either in a 25 minute time frame in the morning or the night before, or both, for a school lunch?ReplyCancel

A kids lunch box idea to help create some variety in the the school lunch boxes.

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  • Karen

    How do you keep lunch cool. Do you place the lunch box into a bag with freezer brick? If so which bag do you use?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karen, I use an ice brick in the kids lunchboxes. Keeps everything nice and cool on those hotter days.ReplyCancel

  • I needed this inspiration. Thank you! Will be making a zucchini bread I think!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The kids love the zucchini bread and it is perfect for their lunchboxes.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great ideas Kat. I sometimes feel as though I give hubby boring lunches!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL i know the feeling Lorraine, i like to mix it up for hubby and the kids.:)ReplyCancel

26 hot school lunch ideas for kids to take to school in their thermos. Hot food in insulated jars are a fun alternative to sandwiches in winter.

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  • Anne

    This is brilliant!! I love this idea. My partner is always complaining he can’t take leftovers to work as the microwaves are never available and by the time he gets to it, lunch time is over. I will be using this idea for him going forward.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Your ideas are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oohh thank you, Anne.:) It is such a great idea for hubby’s and they too get a nice warm lunch.:) Hope your hubby enjoys it xReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you! I use a lot of the kids lunch ideas for myself as an adult to take to work :) Our toastie machine is extremely neglected so it’s hard to find something yummy to bring to work to enjoy on a cold day (like today)!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Hannah, nothng better than taking a nice warm lunch on these oh so chilly days.:)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Love the idea for winter school lunches but wondered if the lids are easy enough for young ones to open if they say you must secure the kids tightly??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wendy my kids haven’t had any issues with getting the lids off, i think they should be fine for younger ones too. I don’t tighten them overly tight either.ReplyCancel

      • My son is 4.5 and will only eat hot foods. We’ve been using a thermos all preK. Chx nuggets, mac n chz, soup, etc have been our go to bc his school is peanut free.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      My youngest has trouble with the lids but the teacher always helps :)ReplyCancel

  • OMG! Do you know that I just realised THAT’S how you use a thermos??? I didn’t realise you have to fill it in with hot water to set the temperature first! No wonder the food in my kids thermos didn’t stay hot for long. We’ve abandoned the thermos (sitting in my cupboard) but it looks like it’ll be out again!! Thank you for sharing that tip.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Norlin don’t worry i didn’t know either! The ones from Kmart don’t come with instructions. You are not alone xReplyCancel

  • My kids have a hot lunch at least 3 times a week. We started this when we stopped eating sandwiches for lunch. Most days it’s leftovers from the night before, although we do also do lots of fried rice, it’s a family fav. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I think it is nice for them to have something warm in their bellies on those really cold days too Nicole.:)ReplyCancel

  • These are all such great ideas and I’ve never seen a lunch thermos before… My little toddler is still a little young for these treats but so perfect to remember for the future xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutley Caley.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    My son doesn’t like sandwiches so hes been enjoying taking a thermos of hot food. Today meat and vegetables soup just like his Nana makes, with a bread roll.
    Thanks for some new ideas, I’m sure he will enjoy them over the next few weeks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds like a delicious lunch, Rebecca! I must say my kiddies get over sandwiches tooReplyCancel

  • I’ve never thought of doing this for hubby but I might have to start given how cold it is here in Sydney! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes i imagine it is freezing down there, Lorraine! It has been so cold on the Gold Coast the last few days. I am sure hubby will enjoy his nice warm lunches.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liisa

    I’ve never had any success with keeping nuggets warm/hot & not going soggy or rubbery. Any tips? The only things my kids would probably take in a thermos are nuggets, sausages or meatballs, but even the sausages went cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm i’m not sure on how to stop the nuggets from going soggy, great question Liisa!
      Quick question did you heat the thermos up first? Pouring boiling water in and leave for 10 minutes, it should them stay hot most of the day.ReplyCancel

      • Liisa

        Yes, I always heat with boiling water first. It may just be that Nuggets are unsuitable, as when the steam leaves them but is contained in the thermos, it makes them soggy. If anyone finds a solution is love to know!ReplyCancel

        • Alex

          Piece of bread in the bottom to absorb the moisture!ReplyCancel

        • Alex

          slice of bread in the top &/or bottom to absorb the moisture :)ReplyCancel

        • Hayley m

          Wrap them in paper towel & foil?ReplyCancel

      • Lexx

        I think I actually read somewhere if you put a paper towel on the bottom it helps soak the moisture instead of going to the nuggets, or maybe less. I havent tried it since I dont pack my baby lunch yet, I will soon try it though lol.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Great tip thank you Lexx :)ReplyCancel

    • Shae

      I HAVE discovered how to make the nuggets from going soggy, and it’s very easy.
      Just put your piping hot water in the thermos for about 5 mins or more, like usual, then do a quick wipe inside with a paper towel and then take a new, dry paper towel (I use 1 sheet from the select a size types) and wad it up and put it in the bottom of the thermos, then add your cooked chicken nuggets on top of the paper towel. The paper towel absorbs all the moisture and leaves the chicken nuggets moist, but not soggy, just like you made them at home.
      My daughter LOVES them and says they are not soggy at all :)ReplyCancel

      • Liisa

        Awesome! That makes sense. I’ll definitely give the paper towel a go. Thank you!ReplyCancel

      • Olivia

        Thanks, I will give this a try!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Great ideas, we have been doing hot lunches for a few weeks as already brrrr, cold in Sydney. I love the fried rice idea – just tend to stick to mince and soup, the kids will be thrilled to have me expand my repertoire…I have the thermos range and they are super…I do recall from my Boarding School days on The Coast that it can get mighty chilly up there too, stay warm..xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Monique.:) Yes the mornings are super chilly.:) My kids love fried rice in their thermos, soups are a big hit too. Just a nice variation and to give them a break from sandwiches, i can’t blame them i tend to get a tired of sandwiches too.:) xReplyCancel

  • Leah

    One thing my girls love are marinated chicken wingettes and drumettes. Taste great hot or cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds delicious, what a yummy lunch to take to school.:)ReplyCancel

  • You have inspired me to make extra dinners and send it warmed up for the kids school lunches seeing that its cooking down so much. I’m excited to get this happening! (But I need to buy a thermos). The Bento website says that theirs are out of stock just now. What is the best one to keep the food warm/hot and what size would you recommend for an 8 year old? Looks like it comes in the 240 and 500ml size ..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emma, the Bento ones are great! You can pre order them but i also know that there is another shipment arriving this week, i would get the 500ml thats the size my kids take.:)ReplyCancel

      • OK. Thermos (x2) all purchased. Gave some leftover spaghetti Bolognese a try today – was a HUGE hit. I think I might try your curried sausages next. I have a quite few recipes on my site that would be good too – some pasta bakes, mild lamb curry, meatballs etc. Thanks for the inspiration Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    wonderful idea! I’m just wondering would it still keep the food at a safe level to be eaten hours later? Would be for a toddler so don’t know if you have to be a little more cautious? Also any experience with particular brands that seem to hold the heat better? Thanks so muchReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sarah, i haven’t had any worries with any of mine. The Kmart one is also great too. The food stays lovely and hot most of the day so even when eaten at lunch time.ReplyCancel

  • Chontell

    This is great!
    I’ve used the Kmart brand for the last 2 years for my girls (now 10 and 12). They LOVE having a hot lunch. Devilled Sausages are a big fav, and the both really enjoy Chicken and Chorizo Stew. I also use them in Summer, to send smoothies for them. I keep them in the freezer, fill with the smoothie, pop back in the freezer, and they grab them on the way to school.ReplyCancel

  • Chantel

    i love this!! Thank you so much for the ideas and the change of thought process. My three kids are starting at a new school this year that requires us to pack a lunch every day. I have wanted to have some new ideas so lunch isn’t totally boring. ThanksReplyCancel

  • I love the idea of putting the prepared food into a thermos to satay hot. This way they can still eat their pack lunch hot and fresh.ReplyCancel

  • randi michelle

    This is perfect!!my kids do not like the schools food but I hated the idea of them eating sandwhiches daily!! Now they can enjoy a hot meal!! Thanks ladies!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      glad these ideas can help :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Other ideas: Chili. Risotto. Pad Thai noodles.ReplyCancel

  • Ethena

    This question may sound like a,”duh” but I have to ask: ” do you make the hot lunch the night before and put it in the container or wait until the morning to warm and then fill the container”? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Ethena

    This question may sound like a,”duh” but I have to ask: ” do you make the hot lunch the night before and put it in the container or wait until the morning to warm and then fill the container”? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Ethena

    This question may sound like a,”duh” but I have to ask: ” do you make the hot lunch the night before and put it in the container or wait until the morning to warm and then fill the container”? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Ethena

    This question may sound like a,”duh” but I have to ask: ” do you make the hot lunch the night before and put it in the container or wait until the morning to warm and then fill the container”? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Ethena

    This question may sound like a,”duh” but I have to ask: ” do you make the hot lunch the night before and put it in the container or wait until the morning to warm and then fill the container”? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Olivia

      We reheat leftovers in the morning typically. You will want to put hot food into a hot thermos to send in the morning, so either cook it in the morning or reheat.ReplyCancel

  • Evangeline

    I recently started doing this again for my kiddo. I cook a few meals over the weekends and freeze them in 1 or 2 cup containers. I take one out to thaw in the fridge each night, and heat it up for his thermos lunch each morning. He loves it! Thanks for the different food ideas! I’ve been sending the same 3 or 4 dishes for awhile now and we needed something new.ReplyCancel

A few strategies for packing the kids a healthy lunchbox, it shouldn’t take too much time and effort. Plus ideas to create variety in allergy friendly lunch boxes.

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  • Jac

    Those chicken and corn frittata’s look good, my kids don’t have allergies, but I think they really enjoy these.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so good, Jac! We all love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • These look so good, I’d like them in my lunchbox!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha super delicious, Nicole.:) Yummy with a side salad too xReplyCancel

  • San

    Do the rice crackers/grain squares become soggy when placed in the fridge?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      San, they shouldn’t but maybe try first to see.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Can I please ask where you got the bento lunch box from. Also is it dishwasher safe and BPA free? I have been looking for these for my kids for ages!
    I love your lunch ideas. Actually I love your whole website. I have been an avid follower for years :) ThanksReplyCancel

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Bento lunches are fast becoming a popular way of creating a healthy school lunch in a fun and exciting way for both parents and children. And it isn’t hard to do!

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  • Fantastic idea. Bought some Bento boxes in Japan and also a tiffin container. Kids love it, gobble up their lunches AND as you say, it is quick! MxReplyCancel

  • Cool these look great. I am a newbie to the lunchbox gig. I bought an egg model, just need to use it now to see if it works without me destroying the egg.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    love the whole idea of creative bento lunches but haven’t really tried much. Mainly because to fit in the school bags our lunch boxes need to sit on their side. Any tips to overcome this problem so I can let my inner-bento go mental???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Meg, I do understand what you are saying! Mine sit on the side of the kids bags too. They have never complained though and they do eat all their lunch.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • This looks like a brilliant way to pack lunch. I like the variety. I’m so old school, I normally just pack a sandwich, some fruit and a muffin or biscuits.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Looks great. ….interested on how apple doesn’t go brown???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      A use a little lemon juice to stop the apples from going brown ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Alysha

    Does anyone know where you can buy the plastic sushi rice presser like in the videoReplyCancel

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series A reader of our wonderful community has a dilemma:   I’m looking for some healthy toddler lunchbox ideas. My preschool has a strict NO DAIRY, NO EGG, NO NUT, NO STRAWBERRIES, NO SUGAR AND NO SALT, policy. They also will NOT HEAT […]

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  • Priscilla

    Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food and The Raw Food Store have great cookbooks for kids too. Also check out Great treats etc that are free of refined sugar. Just to note coconut and seeds may be prohibited too as it is at my son’s daycare, along with nuts. Be worth checking this along wiith what they mean by no sugar. Is it just refined sugar or only fructose allowed? There is an egg replacer on the market and honey, maple syrup etc are good sugar substitutes too if permitted. Good luck!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Priscilla, I too love that book.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Thanks for this wonderful website. DS has egg allergy and we are grateful for any new ideas for the lunches. Great help. I will continue to be an avid follower.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Thank you so much for this thread – my son is allergic to milk, egg and nuts so lots of tips here for me!ReplyCancel

    • Amanda

      Found a great cookbook today, all very simple, fast foods, not fussy at all, but all egg, but and dairy free. Called the No E.N.D Cookbook. By Emma Carter, Maureen Hatcher and Donna Wilson. Our family eats very plain simple meals and I want to cook absolutely everything in this book!ReplyCancel

      • Amanda

        Grrr silly auto correct … Egg, nut and dairy free NOT egg, but and dairy free!ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Wow thank you Amanda! This is really helpful for so many readers.:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Megan.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marney

    I just spend the last hour and a half typing up loads of ideas wih links to the sites and other recipes and computer crashed and lost it all aaaggghhhh. so here is my abridged version

    You need to check if it is only refined sugar free. If so there are loads of better alternatives including rice malt syrup, coconut sugar/nectar, maple syrup and if allowed honey.

    Guacamole with veggies (make sure you use lime or lemon to keep from going brown)

    Stuffed Tomatoes – scoop seeds out of largeish cherry tomatoes and fill with hummus (needs to be home meade and like a thick paste)

    Make meatballs and replace the eggs with chia seeds and dairy milk with rice, soy or even coconut if making a thai style chicken meatball.

    Roasted sweet potato chips

    Check out she has loads of recipes that have options that can be made dairy, egg, nut, sugar free (usually listed at the bottom of the recipe). We eat alot of her recipes – i am dairy and sugar free and my son is sugar free and at daycare we need to be nut free as well.

    The Lunchbox Revolution ebook has some good recipe ideas for rice paper rolls and salads. where they add nuts to a salad, replace for sunflower seeds and pepitas.

    Check out super healthy kids facebook page – they have some great recipes and snack ideas have an email they send out weekly has some very yummy recipes another great site.

    Make a delicious and nutritious smoothie to take, shake and drink:

    coconut water
    banana or mixed berries
    flaxeed meal
    chia seeds
    sunflower seeds
    spinach or kale
    coconut kefir

    Hope this is helpfulReplyCancel

  • Allison Mascurine

    Thankyou for this extensive list. While our kindy only has a nut free policy, my daughter is a strict FODMAP free child. No gluten, lactose, fructans, (onion, garlic)’ fructose (honey, apple, pear, watermelon & stone fruit, plus several other fruits). She can have half a serve of allowed fruit every second day, provided her gut is holding up, and no seeds, whole grains or legumes.There are also some vegetables she can’t eat, and most she can’t eat a lot of raw. They are only allowed water to drink, so no protein packed smoothies either.

    Her lunchbox usually contains:
    a rice paper roll, rice cakes or sushi
    A small salad or fritters
    Gluten free pretzels, popcorn or small gluten free muffin

    Sometimes she’ll take curry & rice in her thermos pot, or soup & GF soldiers. To give variety I also do GF chicken nuggets, sticky chicken win getters, meatballs & GF pasta. These are always served cold, as the Thermos pot only seems to be good if there’s a fair bit of liquid.

    I’m looking for a proper Japanese bento thermos pot. Great for keeping a more varied meal hot. Unfortately lost mine some years ago.

    For fruit time I’ll be sending a cucumber, a capsicum & a tomato, which she is expected to share with the others. I’ve got to ensure there is sufficient veg there that she can get her fill while it gets shared across 4 plates. She’s a big eater though, normally she’ll half a capsicum, half & cucumber, a slice of lactose free cheese & 6-7 rice crackers.

    I concentrate on a high protein breakfast & afternoon tea.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Thank you for this. My daughter is anaphylactic to egg and my 7 month old has been recently diagnosed with allergies to dairy, nuts and wheat which I have cut from my diet while he is still feeding. This gives me a lot more ideas to try as I was quite stuck with the new allergies.ReplyCancel

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series A few days ago I shared my tips for freezer lunchbox baking and some of my favourite go-to freezer recipes, here are some other recipes I make for the lunchbox, that can’t be frozen. Homemade Strawberry Rollups Apple Fruit Leather.  Also try […]

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  • There are so many yummy recipes here, I don’t even know where to start!!! I love your Apricot Balls and have followed your shredded chicken instructions a zillion times – it always works out perfectly! xxReplyCancel

  • We also swear by energy balls too, they are highly versatile not to mention being absolutely delicious. They are small and easy to bring on-the-go in tiny storage boxes.ReplyCancel