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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Find below some inspiration for your kids school lunch box ideas.  Click links below to read more post I have shared about kids lunch boxes: more lunch box ideas for kids very popular 2 ingredient lunchbox scrolls recipe 50+ freezer friendly lunch box ideas a guide to choosing the best lunch box for kids healthy school […]

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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 http://www.sugarfreekids.com.au. 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 http://thecraftingchicks.com/2015/01/20-healthy-snacks-to-keep-you-moving.html

    Check out thehealthychef.com.au 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

    wholefoodssimply.com have an email they send out weekly

    iquitsugar.com has some very yummy recipes

    lovingearth.com.au 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
    Olives
    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

 This post is sponsored by Coles Soon we will all be back into routine of preparing delicious and nutritious school lunches for the kids.  Crafting together a variety of choices so they don’t get bored with the ‘everyday’ food, as we don’t want it returned and our little treasures going hungry.  Ensuring we give them enough so they don’t starve […]

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  • Jaclyn

    My little one was in prep last year. I have always struggled with coming up with ideas for his lunchbox, they were always quite boring and the same foods. I’ve just recently found your blog and love your simple ideas and this guideline makes complete sense to me and will make packing lunches easier, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jaclyn, Welcome!.:) So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. 2015 is going to be a big an exciting year for us. We look forward to sharing more recipes/ tips and much more.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Hondris

    Just love your website and tips. Thanks for all your encouragement and ideas. Yes I’m getting my hair done tomorrow, can’t wait!
    And your inspiration – J U S T S T A R T – love it, blessings Shirl.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Shirley.:) You enjoy getting your hair done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I put my tomato and cucumber in between to slices of day old bread let sit for a couple of hours and then put on sandwich the day old bread soaks up all the juice no more soggy sandwichReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic tip! Thank you for sharing Kim.:)ReplyCancel

    • Kim Zerafa

      Similarly, I lay the slices on one side of a piece of paper towel and fold over the other side, gently patting out the excess juices. New to this site so must say thank you. Miss Five begins school next week and is my fussy eater. The coming year will be a challenge of obstaining from Vegemite & peanut butter rolls! X 😀ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My son starts Prep this year and I have dreaded the thought of having to pack lunch for him everyday. Your guidelines make it so easy – great idea. I have already tried two of your recipes from the freezer baking article and they were a hit with my boys. Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Danielle!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful compilation of tips! Bookmarking this.
    Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome Farzain, glad you like the collection :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Where’s the yellow & grey water bottle from? Or what brand? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat, wow thanks so much for an extensive list of lunch items. I am always overwhelmed with making lunches, your list breakdown is great. I can now look at it to give me ideas, instead of thinking what am I going to pack. I always pack healthy lunches no prepackaged convenient snacks, I always baked and I halve already packed the freezer with some of your recipes, and will do a further bake…One lot of baking has already been eaten which was supposed to be for lunches lol..I am going to paste your list and place it on the pantry door so so it makes it easier. Your an amazing mother and woman…HugsReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Great post. Where are the split containers from please? The little pink one and the bigger one with green lid? That’s my hardest challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Love your site!!!! Always visiting thankyou for all of your wonderful ideas! Just thought I would mention that peckers brand crackers have MSG in the unfortunately but Sakata are a great alternative with no added MSG :) just thought I’d share.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Olivia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leilani Byrum

    I love your site! Thank you so much for the list of lunch items. Now I can plan a variety of healthy lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Best

    I love this site! As a busy young mother to 2 adorable kids under 3, I find all the tips so helpful. Have started cutting up all my veges on shopping day and it has been a godsend! Saves me so much time. I’m turning into an organizational nazi!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL you gave me a laugh, Melissa!.:) Well done to you! You sound like you are on to it.:) Looking forward to sharing much much more.:)ReplyCancel

Loads of freezer friendly lunch box ideas. Plus tips on how to freeze and defrost. This will save you so much time when packing lunches for the kids.

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  • Vonni

    Tupperware are selling Freezer Mates at the moment. I had a party last week and mine arrived last night. Your blog post was very well timed Katrina. I’ve not frozen my baking before so I plan to do a trial run before the kids go back to school.

    http://www.tupperware.co.nz/product-gallery/product-categories/storage-%E2%80%93-freezer

    I purchased the family size set. If these ones work as well as they say, I will definitely get more.ReplyCancel

  • Waverney Brooks

    Great collection. I’ll be keeping this for future reference. And just to clarify, Tupperware FreezerMates are back in regular range.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thak you Waverney, I didn’t realise, the container I have wasn’t from the Freezer Mate range I don’t think, was just a special offer from the specials catalogue many moons ago :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Thanks for the great ideas. The peanut butter rice bubble slice is not school friendly with the no nut policy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes your right Alison, all schools have very different restrictions. Actually my kids are going to a new school and I haven’ read the restrictions in their literature yet, must look into it!ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        My school is allowed nuts, the only things we are not allowed are prepackaged foods or lollys, chips, soft drink, cordial, chocolate or high sugar foods.ReplyCancel

    • Theresa

      You could replaced the peanut butter with sunflower butter or other nut butter replacements. Just a thought…ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      Not every school is nut free though, so for me this recipe was great as I like the kids to have a range of nuts in their diet.ReplyCancel

      • Theresa

        So true it was just an idea. I don’t have nut allergies but I do like to switch up different type of nut butters just for the flavor difference. :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Thanks so much for all these recipes and ideas. Now I just have to make room in the freezer. I have never bought all these prepackaged instant snacks eg. muesli bars. So this is great it gives me a bigger choice of sweet, savoury snacks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s what I am trying to do too Yvonne getting close to it nearly being empty-ish enough to fill up with some baking!ReplyCancel

  • This year with two at school I vow that I AM going to bake ahead – great list, thanks Kat! I think I need more containers though!ReplyCancel

  • Del

    Hi. Do the muffins stick together when frozen? How do you get just one out? I love freezing baking but I thought you had to wrap them individually in glad wrap or baking paper to stop them sticking . . . .ReplyCancel

    • Jade

      I was wondering the sameReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Del, No i’ve never had any stick together, They break apart fine.:)ReplyCancel

  • kylie montgomery

    Do you cook the vegemite scrolls on the day of use or cook then freeze? Wondering if freezing if they would go doughy on thawing? Hope you can shed some light so I dont have to test.

    Thanks for all the great tips. Looking forward to a easy breezy return to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kylie you can cook them on the day or they freeze great too, A big hit with the kids.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Hi, Thanks for all of the awesome recipes! Busy saving them all ready for back to school :)

    You mention you put them in the lunchbox frozen in the mornings and I am wondering if this would also work where lunchboxes are kept in fridges at school or if I should get them out the night before?

    Thanks again!
    Natalie.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Natalie, i would probably take them out the night before if they keep lunchboxes in the fridge at school just so they are ready for them to eat at morning tea.ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    Just wondering if there is anything you’ve found that goes soggy when defrosted?ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    Lots of yummy ideas.

    I have a close friend who can’t eat gluten (wheat etc flour). Some flour free suggestions for freezing –
    mini meatballs or rissoles based on a bread & flour free recipe,
    mini fish cakes,
    pieces of fresh pineapple (guilt free iceblocks),
    gluten free mini muffins,
    flour free bubble and squeak,
    little rice puddingsReplyCancel

  • FleurC

    Hey there Katrina, I am so so sooooo happy I stumbled across your site. My 5yo starts prep tomorrow and he is a terrible eater, I am talking an hour to eat a sandwich or a banana and thats with A LOT of encouragement!!!!! There are so many things that you have listed here that I think he will just love. Not to mention the fact that I had no idea you could freeze baked things without them going all yuck!!
    Thanks again for sharing :)
    Cheers FleurReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fleur, Ooh that is wonderful! So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. I hope your son has had a great first day of school and enjoying your baking.:)ReplyCancel

  • I have meal left after making nut milk and use them to make what I call ‘power balls’. I process them with coconut oil, cocoa powder, dates and nuts, then hand roll them into balls. Very filling and absolutely delicious, you can make ahead with varieties such as jam in the middle of the ball, or with dried fruits. Apart from Tupperware and Sistema I find Lock N Lock storage boxes great as freezer storage boxes too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Audrey they sound absolutely amazing!! And super healthy too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks again – See more at: http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/02/how-to-start-a-freezer-club/#comment-17180ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Peggy

    Looks brilliantReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      .:) The kids really enjoy them.ReplyCancel

  • Kaz

    Great ideas. I’m going to try it!
    Do you know how long you can keep muffins etc. in the freezer? (before they get frosty etc) thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I would say easily 3 months, depending that you have a good airtight containerReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Wonderful list- thanks for sharing, Kat! We’ll be done with school in two weeks, so I’ve been looking for recipes to freeze for summer break lunches. My girls are old enough to at least pull something out of the freezer and heat up for themselves without much supervision. I miss my babies, but there are definite advantages to having slightly older kids, too!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hi Katrina what a wonderful list of baked goods for lunchboxes that can be frozen. You have motivated me to start a big bake up today! Thank you! Also loved your school holiday job list & ideas to keep the kids busy when they are bored. Love your blog xxReplyCancel

When my kids come grocery shopping with me, every time they ‘try’ and get me to add something I don’t normally buy to the cart (I’m positive we all have that same issue!!).  There are some great products on the shelves that so appealing to the kids eyes, but typically most are full of sugar […]

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  • Vonni

    Hi Karina.

    Are they the 100ml pouches you are filling with yoghurt? How well do these fit in your Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes? Thanks for the back to school series. Love it!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I used the 100ml for the yoghurt, they fit perfectly just ontop of the sandwich in the SKP. Lay a piece of baking paper between the sandiwch and the pouch so the condensation from the pouch doesn’t make the sandwich go soggy :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanja

    Those pouches are a great idea! Just placed an order for them. My kids have one of the ready made ones with yoghurt each day for school and these will save me a fortune. Hopefully they remember to bring them home! Thank you for posting the link and info for these!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, that is the trick Tanja and a few on facebook are saying their kids lose the lids, so remind them to place the lids back on too!ReplyCancel

  • Whilst I love the use of reusable pouches, I try to purchase a plain Greek yoghurt with no additives or preservatives. Then I am free to flavor with what I see fit, for example some honey, fresh fruit, and even add some vital greens powder.
    Even buy doing this you will be saving a lot of money and knowing your kids will be having a much healthier lunch.
    Feel free to check out sinchies at http://www.effortlesseco.com.au they come in a variety of sizes for big and little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia

    I’ve been wanting someone to invent these for ages. Hooray. I always buy a small tub of Greek yoghurt and mix it into the big tub of vanilla valia yoghurt I buy and the kids don’t know its there. You can’t even taste the difference but I like knowing I’ve watered it down a bit. I put water into all the juice bottles in the house too, and soda water into any soft drinks. If the kids knew they would go nuts but what they don’t know doesn’t hurt them! Ps. Joined this blog three days ago. You are my saviour. thanks xo PPs. Cleaned my handbag yday! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Welcome to the blog Georgia. That’s the bonus, knowing what we are putting into our kids. I’ve seen some horrid pictures on facebook recently of people using store purchased pureed fruit or veg pouches and they were mouldy inside. Many of the brands are reputable, but it just comes down to you know how fresh the contents are inside if you make them yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Can you freeze these with yoghurt? I’ve also done apple purée and filled some by scooping out a tray of mangoes that were very ripe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I haven’t but absolutely, I would imagine too that the yoghurt would be that little bit colder too for the kids for school, actually love that idea!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Lisa, they freeze with yoghurt very well. You will find that they are a thinner consistency when defrosted. My kids just give them an extra squish to mix it all in before eating!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    How does everyone clean their pouches? The dishwasher wasn’t a success for me and when I hand wash I can’t get a scourer into the corners.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cath, if I didn’t rinse them straight away the dishwasher won’t clean them properly. I use a brush I got many years ago from Tupperware to clean the drink bottles, it’s like a bit toothbrush and it works perfectly…. in fact just a regular toothbrush could work great I would suggest!ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Cath 😀 My Lil Pouch has a very wide opening which makes filling and cleaning easier. I find blowing into the pouch and expanding it as much as possible before opening it for the dishwasher or using a bottle brush means they come out squeaky clean!ReplyCancel

    • Louise

      We hand wash ours first and use the bottle brush, thats usually enough, but we will throw them in the dishwasher too!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I *love* these! I freeze yoghurt in them for school lunchboxes and it separates a little but a good squish and it’s good to go! So easy to fill and clean too with the ziplock top :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Karen! They are fantastic.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Hi Katrina, what size pouches are these please and thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • What an excellent idea for kids, i also like these for kids http://ow.ly/HlCDHReplyCancel

  • Renae

    Hi I love this idea and refuse to buy the pouches of yoghurt at the shops due to their expense. Just wondering which size is best 140ml or 200ml. My kids are nearly 7 and 9. Also is the spout on the side annoying to put in lunch boxes or fits in fine or can be folded back to fit. ThankyouReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Renae, we find that our 100ml pouch is the perfect size for lunchboxes as it is a little smaller than most sandwiches! You can also fold the spout in a little if needed!
      The 100ml pouch is also a great size for most hungry bellies that have a piece of fruit, biccies as well during morning/afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Hi katrina do the sip lock at the top open when you squeeze them?ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Vicki – all of our pouches have a strong double ziplock seal across the opening. We find it to be very robust and durable.
      With the side spout design most kids hold the pouch with one hand at the top and one hand at the bottom directing the pressure away from the ziplock anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Fern Warren

    We used reusable pouches in our lunchboxes all last year and they are BRILLIANT!! We put fruit and vegie purees, yoghurt, custard, sago pudding, coconut chia pudding, etc in ours. We found after one of the boys lost a lid once, that attaching the lid to the pouch with a thread of dental floss (I know it sounds weird!), so that you can take the lid off and on but it dangles there still attached while not in use, that all our lids have come home since! We use dental floss instead of string or anything else as it is very strong and waterproof and won’t harbour germs like string might! Hope this helps!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Natalie Atgiaras

    Hi I’m just wondering where do I get these reusable pouches from? I haven’t seen them anywhere.ReplyCancel

    • Kerry

      I get my pouches from Sinchies, the original reusable pouch, designed by an Australian mum, they’ve been around for about 3 years. All their pouches are clear which is awesome so you can see for cleaning which I love!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I use My lil pouches all the time, I have to say from ordering through to delivery their service is amazing.

    I have been using these for 12 months, they are great, I have made several orders as I used them as easter gifts last year (filled with mini eggs), ordered some for my sister in the UK for her daughter, My little man who is almost 3 is very fussy with his yoghurt, so I buy the bug tub of his fav and use these for preschool, going out and about in snack bag, I use them for custard for my older son, smootheys, your options are endless. I did buy the labels, and the biggers caps for my boys too. They love love love them.

    I am now 6 months pregnant with our surprise number 3, and I am so not wasting money on shop bought pouched foods now, I will be using these for our new addition with home-made goodness when the time arrives.

    For those of you are not sure, just buy a small pack to start, Honestly they are worth the money and savings are there in the long term.

    I am one happy mummy and I have two very happy boys with these pouches.

    LouReplyCancel

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  • Sally

    I have a teenage boy who does not like sandwiches or anything cold other than fruit as long as it’s not messy or in a container, ie an apple. Looking for lunch ideas for him to eat some thing healthy but do that he is still ‘cool’.ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      What about savoury muffins? They can be healthy & are less boring than sandwiches & can be cooked ahead & frozen.

      I must get a few batches of these done before school returns, I use them as a back up when I’m out of bread or my daughter & husband are getting bored with their lunches.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Belinda, I do the same, have savoury muffins in the freezer or rice cakes in the pantry for end of week lunch ideas when I have run out of bread.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sally I’ll share some ideas in the coming weeks during the series for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I am in love with the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes (My boys are 7 & 9 and there is still plenty of room for the amount they eat). My only issue was that I couldn’t fit certain brands of yoghurt in them as the single tubs were too tall. Then I discovered that the Sistema small size snack containers (with the clips on the sides) will fit in the main compartment. I just cut the sandwich in half and put it in the biggest of the snack compartments to make it all fit. It’s cheaper to buy the kilo tubs of yoghurt and to portion them yourself. Problem solved.

    I didn’t like using the Sistema and Nude Food lunchboxes with all those little compartments and lids. Too much of a hassle to clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that tip Vonni, yes I found quite a few tub didn’t fit, if you use the sectioned section at the back they fit a little better than the front. But yes I sometimes too cut the sandwich in half and put to the side.

      You may also like me My Lil Pouches for your yoghurts, portion them out all ready to go for school lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Thank you – great reviews of lunch boxes. We used the Nudie ones last year. Great idea and style but never again! I think my 3 children went through 3 each during the year (yes, you would think I’d learn, but towards the middle if the year and beyond, it was very difficult to find any other alternatives!) They break so easily and are impossible to clean.

    Trying to work out which ones to try this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      All these are available online and pretty certain all through out the year too :)ReplyCancel

    • Maryanne

      We had these break on us too! We are trying sistma Klip It – Large split. It is 2 litre size one side is big enough for two sandwiches cut in half if just a spread or 1.5 sandwiches of salad etc. The second side fits fruit, snack and biscuits. Hoping for a better outcome this year.
      Good luck on which ever box you decide on!ReplyCancel

    • Shane

      we had the nude food movers break on us too – I contacted them & they replaced them – along with a bonus of the insulated covers. Unfortunately the new ones broke too & I’ll never buy them again.ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      Yes! I used Nude Food Movers this year and what a pain. Difficult to wash and both broke during the first term. Never again.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Cool reviews on all these lunchboxes. I also use the Tupperware sandwich keeper plus containers and have since my kids were at kindy (now 5 & 7). I don’t like that they don’t fit a banana in easily (unless I get small ones, but even then they don’t fit most of the time). My son doesn’t like his banana getting squashed and bruised. Otherwise I love them! Katrina, just wondering what lunchboxes you are going to use now that you need bigger ones?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kirsty, I am tossing up between the lunchbots, there is a range of different sizes, I liked they are smalled and sectioned so I can put in a muffin and fruit and then sandwich, fruit and snack. Or the fliplid, still haven’t made up my mind, but I should do it soon.ReplyCancel

      • Mel

        What about the go green it’s big enough for a whole banana and it’s a decent size and quality.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i should add I do have some of the easyLunchboxes here too and they are great, I can’t wait till Little Bento World gets them in the bright colours too.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    As a relief teacher, I have to keep my lunch with me so here is what I use. I bought a FridgeToGo from Howard’s Storage World. This fits my NFM lunchbox in it perfectly. When I need to clean the lunchbox, I take the lids off the little compartments and wash. Then they simply click back in. I have tried other types and ways of taking my lunch, and this has been the way I have done it for 2014, and I will definitely be using it again in 2015.ReplyCancel

  • J

    What’s your take on the planetboxes? Is there anywhere in Australia you can buy them?ReplyCancel

    • Mel W

      These guys sell Planetbox in Aus: http://www.biome.com.auReplyCancel

    • Eva

      There is now a stockist in Australia but they are $80 for a set…..I am very keen to find out what they are like as I have been coveting these boxes for my children for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      J, i think they are more suited for little kids rather than primary school aged children. Only because they don’t seem to hold enough food for bigger school aged children.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I need a lunch box that is easy for my four year old to open at pre school. Any recommendations?ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Dick

      Hi. I have both the Yumbox and Fuel Bento and my 4 year old had no problem opening either.. I just had to dhow him a couple of times. I got mine from Munchbox Mini online :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Help! I have two teenage boys that won’t eat at school?ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    I travel a lot for work so it was important for me to buy something that kept my food cold for hours. I bought a Fit&Fresh Lunch to Go Kit from Store&Order and it’s the best lunchbox ever. It has 2 levels, 3 compartments and an ice pack in the middle. It would be great for kids too. I also bought the Skip Hop Butterfly bottle & lunch bag from them too for my little girl. She loves it and it makes her so much more excited to go to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds great Deb!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hilary

    Easy to open is another important component for me. As a kindergarten teacher it is really helpful if your child is able to open their lunchbox and food containers on their own. Some lunchboxes are so tough there is no way little fingers can get into them and by the time the teacher gets around to all the children who need help a lot of eating time can be wasted. It’s a good idea to practice in the holidays before school starts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Really good tips, Hilary. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Hi,
    I have asked and i am sorry but i cant find the original post,

    I saw you had cut up water melon in one of your posts about tupper fridge mates (with the broccoli etc)

    How long would Watermelon stay good to eat in the tupper containers

    Thanks
    (note to self, click notify me of follow up unlike last time)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    That’s fine Lauren. It should last 5-7 days, but being precut and so easy to access we usually eat it much quicker than that.ReplyCancel

    • Lauren

      Ok great!
      After reading this I purchased 2 flipLid lunch boxes. Can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    Which lunchbox should I get for 8 and 10 year old? It would be nice to have lunchbox, ice brick and water bottle somehow fit together so it’s all there each night. Also, my 8 and 10 yo usually have 2 sandwiches, fruit and a snack. Which size would I need?ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    Hi Katrina – don’t suppose you checked out the Planetbox lunchboxes? I know they are now selling from a stockist in Australia but at $80 a pop I am not too sure whether I want to spend so much without first knowing what they are like?

    Quite like the look of the greenlunch box though – researched these as well as the planetbox.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Eva, Yes i have heard of the Planetbox. I personally don’t think they are bigger enough. Maybe for a small child but i don’t think they would grow with the child. Much prefer the Greenlunch box.:)ReplyCancel

      • Eva Lavelle

        Cheers for that comment Katrina – do you know the cup capacity of each? Only asking because they look very similar in size to me (Go Green seems a bit deeper but Planetbox bigger). I couldn’t find any indication of capacity for either. Also – are there any other places that sell the Go Green because Trendy Little Treats seem to have sold out (eta 23rd Jan which is just before school goes back and I am not sure I want to risk it not arriving in time).ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Don’t you have issues with condensation when using an ice brick or frozen popper?

    My local ‘King of Knives’ store had a ‘PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag’ where you actually put the whole lunch bag in the freezer and the cooling technology is built into the walls. Zip closure locks cold, dry air inside lunch bag and the exterior stays moisture free

    Wondering if anyone has used one and what they thought.ReplyCancel

    • I live in central Qld and tried these before last summer …. on a covered patio in the middle of the day was warm in a couple of hours. Our kids don’t have a fridge in their class rooms – no way I was going to trust this one during summer months. Maybe winter or southern states?ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Thanks for the great post! I’ve been struggling to find a good all-in-one lunchbox option as my son always has trouble rearranging his array of containers back into his lunchbag! Does anyone know if the My Lil Pouches fit into a Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus??ReplyCancel

  • S j

    I’m amazed at the cost of the systema products. I live in the uk and they would only be about £15-£20 (at a push) not sure how much that is in $ but a little less. Granted they are not personalised though.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Kirby

    I have 4 kids and have been sending lunches with kids for 17 years,
    I have struggled with various lunch boxes over the years.Food gets caught in the seams and they get smelly in our hot summers
    By far and away the best has been the Neoprene(wet suit material)
    It has rounded edges and easily machine washed and they last for years.
    I use the Built brand.It is important that the Zip is strong and won’t rust with washing
    My kids have been using theirs for 5 years now.
    I always put an ice pack in and use plastic containers inside eg sandwich containers I get containers with attached lids so lids don’t get lost.
    My kids like to walk around during lunch (at high school you can)so I put certain
    snacks in Ziplock bagsReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Our DS1 is in year 1 this year. After a lot of consideration prior to kindy we ended up getting the Decor Duo 3 lunchbox. It was a cost effective investment at approx $6 & fits in other brand cooler bags such as smash, sistema etc. We would be using this box again this year, only DS1 has asked for a bigger box (hollow legs I swear ????) so have upgraded to the Duo 2. Also as a side note DH & I had a great time reminiscing about using these lunch boxes all through our school years (I had the Duo 3 K-12 & DH had Duo 2 K-10). Great to know that there are still products like this out there!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the good ole favourites!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    From what I’ve read, the Tupperware range is not BPA-free.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hi Katrina, just wondering if you used any containers in the sandwich keeper plus? My son loves fruit like melon and I wouldn’t want the juice leaking into his sandwich. Do the Tupperware snack cups fit? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    A lovely selection of lunchboxes and some great advice.

    I’ve noticed that Aldi has some lunch bags and boxes in the back to school season. They look OK and some have freezer packs – perhaps a good option for anyone with a budget in the Nudie Food price range.

    I like using my lunch box and bag as a mini picnic set. Especially useful when travelling by carReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    Would the go green lunch box fit in the insulated sleeve? Great article!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Nancy I believe they do come with an insulated sleeve already, contact Mel from Trendy Lil Treats and she will be happy to help you :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I like the sandwich keeper plus, just not sure how do you keep the ice brick with the sandwich box? Do you need an extra carry bag for this-which brand? The Sandwich keeper plus itself is quiet long 30cm.
    On the Tupperware website there is Fashionista set which includes the carry bag and the lunch box, just looks to big to fit it all in a school bag. ThanksReplyCancel