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Munch & Crunch Banana Morning Tea Strawberry, Kiwifruit and Apple Donut Muffins Lunch Ham and Cheese sandwich and popcorn  Note: normally I prefer to use multgrain or wholemeal bread however this day I happened to have white bread left over from a weekend BBQ  view more lunchbox ideas here

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  • Keryn

    Thanks Kat, this is great, I am forever trying to come up with a variety of different ideas for the kids.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Keryn, it gets hard thinking of new ideas i totally understand. So glad this has helped you out.:)ReplyCancel

5 Muffin Recipes

Recently I shared on facebook some of my favourite freezeable lunchbox treats and was asked how I freeze them.  I freeze just about everything I bake, I use an air-tight container and place the food items straight into the containers unwrapped, they don’t dry out or get freezer burn.  When packing the kids lunches I […]

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  • This little yellow house

    Can you come and cook for me! Not that my thighs need more food, but it looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Adlington

    My daughter used to complain that sandwiches made from frozen, thawed bread were soggy. I put a piece of paper towel in with them to absorb excess moisture and bingo – no more complaints. I do this for other frozen treats now, too. ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    For those whose kids attend nut-free schools, careful with the type of baked goods you send.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Leah, some schools are nut freeReplyCancel

Lunchbox ideas for the kids

Schools back next week here in Queensland.  Soon I will be creating my shopping list for our weekly shop which will include lunch box food.  Over the past week I have been stocking the freezer with some biscuits and muffins, they are always good to have on hand. Below I have shared with you some […]

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  • Andrea Marmasch Fawcett

    Do you have a recipe for choc chip banana bread somewhere. I thought I saw it but can’t find it nowReplyCancel

  • The Dad Network

    I don’t know about the kids.. I think I need some ideas for my packed lunches! ThanksReplyCancel

My Lunch Box Packing Guidelines

This post is sponsored by Sunbites My kids are growing fast, the twins are both taller than me now, but we won’t talk about that I am still in denial.  As they are growing they are asking for more food in their lunchbox.  However I don’t want to fill their lunchbox with the wrong food.  I try to […]

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  • Cheryl

    I always struggle with ideas for the lunchbox and never really thought too hard about what I put in, I like the idea of using a plan, may make it easier to work out what to put in every day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Takes the hard work out of thinking sticking to a plan Cheryl, hope this helps you too :) ReplyCancel

  • Larome

    Kat you always cease to amaze me how organised you are. I’m forever trying to work out creative ideas to put in the kids lunchbox, love how simple and nutritious your lunch boxes are. I see all the bento type lunchboxes, and just think I never have the time. I didn’t know the sunbite popcorn packets were available, thanks I’ll be grabbing some of those for sure for the kidsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’ve always cooked up a bag of popcorn, but always ends up too much for the kids lunchboxes, so I waste so much, the kids are enjoying the new individual packets and all the different flavours, they’ve been handy to put in their bags at sport as snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Tilley

    Ooh that lunchbox note is very very cute!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Jasmine, the kids love them too!ReplyCancel

  • Anne At Home

    Hi Kat, great post! I know you’ve probably said this before but where are those lunch boxes from? I am really trying to cut down on plastic wraps/sandwich bags etc and they look great. Are the photos how you send them off to school, with no extra wrapping? Does it all stay fresh (eg are those grain waves still crunchy?! Or in reality do you still wrap stuff? Thanks in advance, Anne xReplyCancel

    • Roslyn Woodhouse

      The lunchbox is a sandwich keeper plus from Tupperware. I can’t speak for Kat’s kid’s lunches, but i use these for my kids and i don’t use any wrap at all. Everything stays fresh and sealed in it’s compartments. (there are ridges in the lid) I even give my kids homemade sausage rolls some days, and I put sauce in one of the smaller compartments. It never leaks.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Love how you don’t need to wrap anything, mmmm, sausage rolls sound good!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Anne, yes they are from Tupperware, they are called the sandwich keeper plus, they have smaller ones for just sandwiches. I have used these since the twins were in kindy, they are now 11. I have only ever purchased them once, if they have broken over this time tupperware have replaced them. I don’t use any extra wrapping, I only put the wetter types of fruit like oranges or watermelon into their own containers so they don’t leak over the sandwiches. All food stay fresh in them and I like that we don’t use clingwrap, less waste in the environment.ReplyCancel

      • Anne At Home

        Thanks so much for the replies! Now I just need an invite to a Tupperware party…!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Anne, this is exactly how they are sent, I really prefer not to use any glad wrap and everything stays perfectly fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I love your posts on lunchboxes. My kids are not allowed to use the school bins for lunchbox waste which means it all comes home again. It has been a real eye opener as to what I have actually packed into their boxes and how much plastic I’m putting out there. Sandwich bags, yogurt containers, cling wrap, chippie packets, raisin boxes… Scary stuff!! Not to mention that it is easy to overpack a lunchbox with too much food that will not last the day and will add to the waste pile.

    I managed to find 2 Tupperware ‘Sandwich Keeper Plus’ lunchboxes on ebay for $10 each as a consultant was going out of business. Bargain!! They will have paid for themselves after my next grocery shopping trip. No more waste, no more overfilled boxes or mangled food and they are easy to wipe out at the end of the day.

    Thanks for putting me onto them and I look forward to more lunchbox posts soon :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it Vonni, exactly why I love these lunchboxes too. Wow you found them at a bargain price so happy that my blog has inspired you!ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    I always get inspired when I see your lunchbox posts. I get your organised and all, but it’s real and foods that the kids will eat, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Pikelets are a big hit here at the moment :) ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love love love this. My little one starts kindy in Jan so I’ve been keeping an eye out for lunch ideas. This will be printed and stuck to the fridge!
    Question though, does that container keep the food fresh in summer or would you use an insulated lunch bag for school?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Amanda

      Tammy, definitely use an insulated cooler bag with an ice brick… our spring/summers are just too hot to keep food at a safe temperature otherwise :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tammy we do use the insulated bag with these to help keep the fruit fresh. Tupperware sell the insulated bags that fit the sandwich keeper plus perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have a 5 item plan for my kids’ lunches. There are always 5 components, I simply increase the serving size as their appetites increase.

    My 5 elements are:

    1) Main Event (usually a sandwich / wrap / scroll)
    2) Drink (water or an occasional popper / flavoured milk)
    3) Fruit (fresh or canned)
    4) Savoury Snack (crackers & cheese, veggie sticks & dip, potato chips)
    5) Sweet Treat (slice / muffin)

    My biggest problem is DS 10 who dislikes sandwiches. What a PAIN – he usually has extra fruit, some carrot sticks, whole tomatoes. I’m hoping to bake some pizza scrolls etc for the freezer this holidays to inspire him.

    Another winter treat is Hot Dogs. I send along a buttered hot dog roll, a small container of tomato sauce, a frankfurter wrapped in foil, a mini pair of tongs and a flask of boiling water. At lunch time they carefully open the flask, pop the frankfurter in the water, rescrew the lid and leave for a couple of minutes – then remove the heated frankfurter using tongs and make up their own hot dog. NOT RECOMMENDED for younger kids – I usually put a post-it note with a warning on the flask reminding them to be extra careful and I always warn the kids in the morning. They really love this though – a change from “boring” sandwiches !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      love that idea Julia K, my kids would love it as an occasional treat, I might just give it a go!!ReplyCancel

How to stop apples from going brown

Apples are a healthy snack for kids school lunches and they always seem to eat more of the apple if it’s cut up for them. Then there’s the dreaded browning of the apple, which no kid likes. Here are some great tips to stop this from happening: Always use a sharp blade to cut an […]

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  • Catriona Noble

    Place cut apple in a bowl and sprinkle salt over the top. Cover with water and let sit for 5 mins. Drain, pat dry and place in snack bags or a lunchbox container. Works every time! ReplyCancel

  • Carol Gillham

    My son likes his apple peeled and knives and peelers are a NO, NO at school. I peel the apple and put a tinybit of water in a zip lock back,( just enough to cover the bottom) squeeze all the air out as I close it and the apple stays amost like it has just been peeled. PS: My son is very fussy and usually wont eat fruit if it is discoloured, but always eats his apple when I send it. Teacher has confirmed this!
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  • Hayley McKaskill

    I just love the look & simplicity of these lunch boxes! I just got my eldest daughter a pink one but am finding it hard to get a purple one for my youngest! (would be world war 3 for it not to be purple!) I know they are discontinued, any ideas where to source one? Cheers! ReplyCancel

  • Adventures of a Rainbow Mama

    I like the rubber band tip. Thanks!
    Oh, and BRAVO to you Kat for standing up against the crazy web-traffic stealing situation! XO

    Amber | Adventures of a Rainbow MamaReplyCancel

  • Adventures of a Rainbow Mama

    I like the rubber band tip. Thanks!
    Oh, and BRAVO to you Kat for standing up against the crazy web-traffic stealing situation! XO

    Amber | Adventures of a Rainbow MamaReplyCancel

  • Kirsty McMillan

    I find putting the apple slices in the lunchbox upside down (skin up) helps them not brown so much. Also the Tupperware lunchboxes help too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Such a simple idea Kirsty, very clever!ReplyCancel

  • This is genius! Mr Smaggle is such a little prince and likes his fruit cut up… preferably by me! I’ll have to do this for him when I leave in the mornings.ReplyCancel

  • Great tip! Know We will have fresh apples all the time.I always all lemon to it! Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • Lisette McDermott

    Sprinkle with cinnamon, it hides the brown! ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Hoffman

    I use an apple slinky, leaving the peel on and popping the core back in before putting it in the lunch bag. ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I sprinkle a little fruit pectin and put it back together skin side outReplyCancel

  • Bianca Wellsteed

    I cut mine and put it in a container or clip lock bag with a tablespoon or so of water.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Marciano

    I put my cut apple in a bowl of water (enough to cover fruit) with tsp of lemon or lime juice, pat dry with paper towel and put in lunch box. It even works with apple chips (very thin sliced apples) without changing the apple flavorReplyCancel

Lunch Box Ideas for Fussy Eaters

One of my readers Hayley, sent me these pictures of her children’s lunch boxes. She has two children one who eats everything and one who is fussy. She finds that if she changes the shapes of the sandwiches and gets creative, she will eat almost anything. I hope this may help some of you out […]

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  • Hayley Kruger Gradwell

    Hi Katrina. I was so excited to open up your mail this morning to find my lunchbox pics on your blog. I feel like a celebrity today. :) Thank you for sharing them.ReplyCancel

  • Veggie Mama

    I love bento lunches too! My two have been a bit little to care so far, but the older one now gets a kick out of a heart-shaped piece of cheese :) ReplyCancel

  • Emily Smith

    What great ideas! I have especially fussy kids :) ReplyCancel

  • That cheese ninja is the cutest thing in the world.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    These ideas are so amazingly cute! Love them!!????ReplyCancel

  • Pinwheels & Pompoms

    I just wish my kids liked babybel cheese – those little ninjas are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Storer

    I just cannot imagine ever doing that. So much effort. What do you do with the rest of the carrot? I’m very impressed that you have done this.ReplyCancel

  • Terri-lee Kaden

    Cute :-) we like to bento too! I recently joined an Aussie bento FB group “little bento lunchbox” a group where mums inspire each other uploading their pics of the cutest lunches! ReplyCancel

  • Louisa Webber

    They are very cute but I don’t think you truly get the concept of a fussy eater!
    My fussy eater would eat the bread, If I was lucky (It could have been contaminated by having something on it), and he might eat the cheese!
    On the other hand, my Daughter would love a lunch like that!
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  • Mandy

    Where do I get those lunch boxes from?ReplyCancel

    • Kirstie

      Mandy, these lunch boxes are from Tupperware. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    And how do you keep the apples from going brown?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Mandy my kids now eat whole apples, but when they were younger I cut them up too and placed them in the tupperware sandwich keeper plus boxes, they weren’t brown by first break. I have heard some people use lemon juice to stop them going brown too.ReplyCancel

  • Carissa Hardy

    Great ideas. but just doesn’t look very practical :-/ I’m wondering how it all stays chilled & what it actually looks like by morning tea/luch???ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    Super cute ideas! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas on your website Kat! Quick question, I’ve been looking for an esky that the Tupperware Lunch Box will fit neatly into. Have you got any suggestions? At the moment I just use the Nude Food Movers, but would love to dust my Tuppers off again. :o)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nicola Tupperware now sell insulated bags for that fit the sandwich keeper plus perfectly, in fact it’s big enough to fit 2 or the lunchbox, ice brick fruit and more, ample space. Off the top of my head I think they are $20.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    As mentioned earlier that little bento facebook page is brilliant for ideas!

    If you want eyes, you can use sultanas instead of a fancy food pen

    Fridge to go lunchboxes fit many a bento lunch box and keep it all cold for 8 hours.

    For apples not going brown ( get a bowl of cold or tap water, add a pinch of salt and soak a minute or two, then you can rinse cut apple and stow)

    I love those little notes Hayley!

    It really doesn’t take that much time to do a a bento lunch – I thought it would too, until I tried and got fast. Essentially its a vegemite sanger, youghurt and fruit, just cut/ separated :) ReplyCancel

  • Whitney James

    Hi, what lunchbox do you use? Thanks! ReplyCancel

Homemade Shredded Chicken Breast for School Lunchboxes

I love a BBQ Chook bread roll, it’s a quick and easy lunch to make the family.  However they are too expensive to have often and high in fat, but I have found an alternative.  I purchase a kilogram of chicken breast (it’s cheaper from the supermarket deli than packaged in the meat section), poach […]

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How to Pack a Healthy Lunchbox

This is a guest post by Mona author of The Lunchbox Revolution The school lunchbox is one of the hottest topics when it comes time to get the kids organised to go back to school.  My goal is to take some of the stress out of your morning rush and help you pack a lunch […]

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  • Deb Horne

    The lunch ideas look great! I also love the idea of sorting lunch out on the Sunday WITH the kids :) ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    I am so glad you did this guest post! They are some great ideas to involve kids in packing their lunches. Because lets face it. If they don’t have a say they probably won’t eat them!!ReplyCancel

    • It’s amazing what kids will do if they can be involved in the process!ReplyCancel

  • […] The Organised Housewife with some tips for packing a healthy lunchbox. […]ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Some solid and useful information, thank you.
    I’m going to be a little controversial here. Let me begin by saying I have every respect for parents who go to the time and expense of investing in wholesome food and quality containers etc I have put 3 step children through the school routine and still have my youngest 3 in school. It is my experience that particularly where money is tight it is better to feed them well at home where you know how much they really eat. The 4 pm snack attack is a great time to “dose them up” on fruit/ veg and wholefoods. Sending them to school with brown rice is ok if you know they love it, however if they are unsure their peers will be happy to tell them it is “yuck” etc. “Sweet” treats – Favourite fruits
    “savoury” nibbles – crackers, cheese, dips, sandwiches, wraps, muffins.
    Presentation is important, what will it look like after it is shaken, tipped upside down, exposed to temperature variations etc. Is it going to be safe to eat?
    Is that $10 container going to go missing in week one? Sometimes a “disposable” water bottle with stickers to personalize it outlasts and out wins against the $15 brand name one. Is it cute for them, or you?
    Just some things to think about :) ReplyCancel

Packing hot lunches for school kids

A few weeks ago I wasn’t feeling the greatest so my wonderful husband very sweetly let me sleep in and he got up and made the kids their lunches.  It was cold and miserable outside, he thought out of the square (or lunchbox in this case) and remembered I had some Thermos in the back […]

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  • Ness

    my kids have taken heaps of outside the box hot things in their thermos’
    chicken drumsticks
    homemade pizza sliced into strips
    spring rolls
    hot dogs (put the sausage in the thermos and send the fixings in a lunch box)
    dim sims
    hot roast sandwiches cut into strips
    fish fingers
    they have taken a lot of the stuff on your list too :o) I love sending a hot lunch on a yucky cold day :o)ReplyCancel

    • Anne W

      We take hotdogs in a thermos when we go to the footy or otherwise out and about on a cold day! I preheat the thermos and the hotdogs, then refill the thermos with fresh boiling water and put the dogs in. A bag of rolls, bottle of sauce (and if we’re feeling fancy, a ziplock bag with grated cheese!) and we’re good to go with a hot meal/snack for a lot less than the food outlets would charge.:-)ReplyCancel

      • Anne W

        Just remember to take some tongs or at least a fork so you can get the dogs out of the water – burnt fingers aren’t fun and nor is trying to pour the water out on the ground and pouring out the hotdogs accidentally as well…ReplyCancel

  • Holly Kyte

    i love this idea, my only fear is that my kids will complain and not eat it, they are use to sandwiches fruit and a snack. They are a bit fussy. My boy is 7, he may like the idea, and my girl is 5.
    The other problem is the teacher once complained when i didnt pack a sandwich.ReplyCancel

    • On what grounds did the teacher complain???
      This sort of thing boggles my mind. I will not let a teacher dictate to me what to give MY children for lunch. Especially when I don’t agree with their version of healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    When I was in school mum often packed me a thermos. After about the third time it spilled all through my bag, she started to pack a plastic mug and a packet of cup-of-soup instead. At lunch I’d take it to the tuckshop and they’d fill the cup with boiling water. A great alternative to a thermos – lighter weight and no spills. Cup-of-soup is really cheap too!ReplyCancel

  • AngPj

    I got some similar Smash thermoses at Big W this week for $8.88. Butterfly or skull pictures on them.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Where do you buy the nudie drink poppers..??ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Jarrah Jungle

    Is it bad to admit that while Iv been renovating my kitchen Iv had a few sneaky bowls of 2 minute noodles because its the only thing I can be bothered cooking in the garage aka makeshift kitchen! I agree its not the healthiest meal but kids (and me!) like them and their quick, cheap and easy so why not. I love the idea of the thermos what a smart hubby you have, should put him onto lunch duty more often :) ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Humphrey

    Hi Kat I love this idea but was wondering does the food go off sitting it that wrarm temp for a few hours don’t want to make my girls sick. Also have you ever tried a hot dog??ReplyCancel

    • Rach.xxx

      I have the same reservations….but then I think back to my school days when I used to take in ham and cheese sandwiches. I never got sick, even though these days I fear they would need to be refrigerated to be safe. I think it should be fine to take hot food in a thermos. And did you read the posts further down regarding hotdogs? xxxReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Some schools have an issue with the hot water, our school doesn’t allow noodles or cup-a-soups. May pay to check with your schoolReplyCancel

  • paperwhite

    We have started experimenting with this too. just be warned that the hot stuff is still REALLY hot at lunchtime, DS burned his mouth on chicken soup and he’s now a bit shy of the whole idea.ReplyCancel

  • Sherilee

    My kids have had hot soup but I hadn’t thought of fried rice, etc. Am curious how you have hot Cheerios though….
    You could easily do 2 min noodles with a few frozen peas and corn thrown in to add a healthier content. Just a thought.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Try cooking BBQ sausages and popping them in the flask. Our kids (youngest now 15) still ask for them on car trips that start early in the morning!!ReplyCancel

    • thats a fantastic one to add to the list Susan, great idea, my kids love left over BBQ sausagesReplyCancel

  • Leanne Renehan

    My kids love cocktail franks in their thermos. I pop them in boiling water for about 10 minutes then drain them and seal the thermos. Kids say they are perfect temp at lunch. We drain the water from noodles when they take them too.
    I have also sent party pies once as well and my daughter loved them.
    My kids get lunch orders very rarely so it is a great way to give them a bit of a ‘junk’ treat once in a while.ReplyCancel

    • I gave my kids a few in their thermo last week and they loved it. It is a great treat to occasionally have.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    We toss chicken nuggets, taquitos & pizza bites in ours as well. Sometimes I toss a little napkin or something to absorb any moisture but kids love it! ReplyCancel

  • mumbo

    I have used these little Thermos’ for years (3girls – 16,15,10yrs) they are great for hot lunches – noodles, leftover spag’bol’, pasta or stews.
    I have also successfully used them for fruit salad in summer. Cut up a big bowl of fruit salad which will last 2/3 days if not eaten beforehand, then in the morning when I get up to pack lunches 1st thing is to place the Thermos’ in the freezer, for say 1/2hr while getting all other jobs/things organised. Come back and scoop some fruit salad into the pot, seal & pack. My girls love this cool alternative to sanga’s on a hot day.ReplyCancel

  • Vannessa Bradbury

    my dear daughter loves cup a soups and quite often takes them in her thermos to schoolReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Just wondering how long it is safe to leave something like chicken nuggets in a thermos before it is unsafe to eat?ReplyCancel

    • Tony

      I think it depends on the temperature; if things are kept nice and hot then they should easily survive until lunchtime. The ‘danger zone’ is keeping food lukewarm for long periods (35-40 deg C, around human body temperature) because that’s when dangerous bacteria thrive.

      If food comes home uneaten, I’d throw it out.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa West

    Taco meat in the thermos and send the “fixings” for ‘make your own tacos’.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Macdonald

    I’m wondering about things like chicken nuggets and grilled cheese. These are some of my picky eater’s favorites, but I’m worried they will be soggy by lunchtime. He will NOT eat a sandwich (unless it’s grilled cheese), so packing lunch is tricky.

    Among my go-to meals are left over pasta, ramen (no liquid, just a sprinkle of Parmesan) and peanut butter and crackers (I use medicine cups for the PB).ReplyCancel

    • Things like nuggets and grilled cheese are at risk of going soggy if condensation starts to build up. Would he eat them cold? It would just be like cold chicken cuts. And if you added a little sauce to the grilled cheese, just call it cold pizza ;) ReplyCancel

  • paperwhite

    a hot sausage in the thermos, and a buttered hotdog bun in the lunch boxReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My son loves leftovers in his thermos bowl. To those complaining about the instant noodles, please stop the negativity. Whilst I personally don’t buy them (high salt content) do you have to police other people’s choices all the time? I agree with Kat, gesture outweighed concerns for ONE day people. Great ideas as always Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Karen, yes I haven’t given the kids noodles for school, like you said happy with the gesture. But the kids are really love the packed hot lunches so far this winter, it great to have something different than sandwiches ;) ReplyCancel

  • Toni O'Keeffe

    I sent a hot lunch for my child (prep) and she was teased by the other children?
    I explained I love her enough to want her to have a toastie warm lunch on a cold day xReplyCancel

  • Catherine Francis

    My kids took these today and had left over chicken stir fry … they usually take noodles or soup and also and PP said a red sausage and then send along a hot dog roll ReplyCancel

  • Becc

    Hi,
    Sorry to revive an old post lol – I’m starting to try and prepare for my eldest son going to school next year, and was wondering how you pack all of the containers/thermos/drink? Do you just have them loose in their school bag or is there a lunch bag you can recommend to put them all in?
    Probably sounds like a common sense thing – but we’ve never done the school lunch thing and all I ever had was a sandwich in a lunch box ;)
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

How to make heart shaped cupcakes

As I have mentioned previously we don’t ‘do’ Valentines Day here.  But… maybe I’m wrong, maybe ‘I’ do do Valentines, I like to put a little note in the kids and hubbys lunch boxes along with a little red heart chocolate.  Just something simple to let them know they are loved.  I’m actually going shopping […]

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  • Awesome idea Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna

    Oohh.. LOVE this.. Thanks for sharing, Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    These look fantastic. I am going to make them for my youngest daughters birthday next month. I have only recently started following your blog and LOVE it!!!! I am even keeping up with the daily tasks.ReplyCancel

  • terry

    I tried the heart shaped cupcakes but they did not come out that way . do you only use 1 marble? Do you put it in the pan before the batter or after?ReplyCancel

  • […] can’t beat gorgeous heart cupcakes, and you only need a muffin tin and some marbles or […]ReplyCancel

  • Sydney Simmer

    These look amazing!! I might give them a go this weekend. Now to find a marble substitue..? :-) ReplyCancel

Planning food for lunch boxes is just as important as planning dinners

You all know I am a huge fan of meal planning.  At the beginning of each week I sit down and organise what meals we will have for the week and then do one big grocery shop. However, this year I am trying to make more of an effort to plan the kids lunch box […]

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  • PaulineN

    Fantastic ideas for lunch box prep. How long does cut up watermelon or other fruit last in the containers? I find watermelon goes a bit blah a day or so after cutting?ReplyCancel

    • Mishelle Smethurst

      If you put it in Tupperware fridgesmarts, I’d normally get at least a week. (I do go in every few days to drain the liquid that builds up though)ReplyCancel

    • I cut the watermelon up the day I buy it, usually only takes a few minutes, it rarely lasts any longer than 2 days in the fridge before its eaten, either as snacks or added to lunch boxes. But I agree watermelon is just one of those fruits that needs to be eaten quickly. I find we eat more fruit when it’s pre cut.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Hawkins

    OMGoodness!! I can’t explain how excited I get looking at these pictures LOL!!ReplyCancel

    • LOL, if you like me I love seeing how other people do things, so I can understand ;) ReplyCancel

  • It’s like you’re reading my mind LOL I’ve been thinking about this and now I can actually do it … thanks! :O)ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    I absolutely love this post. I can not stress the importance of a good lunch for kids. It is my ‘thing’ if you know what I mean, I put as much, if not more time, into lunch boxes than dinner. I can not stand the thought of my kids hyped up on chemicals, colours etc. Funnily enough it is nearly impossible to do lunch boxes without these nasty’s. I am forever learning & looking up new things. I have a nearly 17 year old, all the way down to a 6 year old & I still take care of their lunch supplies, the older boys can get their own, but like you I always have a great range of foods for them to choose from, now if I could just get as passionate about the dinners, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Good lord you are a freak (I mean this in the nicest possible way!) I don’t know how you get the time to do all of this stuff? I would love for my house to be cleaner and more organised but I spend the whole day chasing my tail and never get anything done!ReplyCancel

  • :( Looks like Howards don’t do the Deep Split anymore??ReplyCancel

    • They should do Peta, I just couldn’t find a link to it on their website, but you will definitely find it instore, they have quite a good selection of sizes to organise your fridge.ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    This is a BRILLIANT idea. With 5 kids i always stuggle to have enough for everyone to have the same thing. I love the idea of a plan! (why didnt i think of that!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    Love it! Only need to worry about two lunches a week for school, but should do it for me at home!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea Maree, might make me eat and snack more healthily.ReplyCancel

  • mel

    Love this idea. Would love some ideas on what to pack in a lunchbox to fill the tummies of my always hungry kids. :) ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have four kids – three at school and one grown up.Each day their lunch box contains 5 things:

    1) Main item ie a sandwich / wrap / dinner leftovers eg fried rice,

    2) fruit (usually fresh but sometimes tinned depending on availability)

    3) savoury snack (vegie sticks / crackers / dip / savoury muffin)

    4) sweet treat (cupcake, banana bread, muffin or cookies)

    5) calcium hit (yoghurt / flavoured milk or cheese).
    We are very lucky in that all our classrooms have fridges for lunchboxes. I try and make lunches the day before while my kids are eating their afternoon tea. They take their lunch out of the fridge in the morning and it goes straight into the school fridge.

    I have made a list of favourite foods in each of these five categories and it makes it easier to throw the lunches together quickly and ensures they get plenty of variety. This works well for me.
    Our school tuck shop operates on two days per week. I usually let them have tuckshop once or twice a term as a treat. They had it today and my goodness – it came to about $25 !!!!! Now that there are three of them at school – it may only be once a term !ReplyCancel

  • Another Mum

    Would love to see your plans on what you have feed your kids. With one now at school doing lunch boxes is a new thing (he was feed good food at daycare). Need inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Do you leave the precut fruit and the deli meat in the fridge all week?ReplyCancel

{Back to School} Freezable lunch box baking

This week has been the start of a very busy few weeks in our home.  I have all my 3 kids celebrating their birthday’s in the next 2 weeks, along with other family birthdays.  We are also in back to school mode, kids back into their school bedtime routines, getting kids items labelled, bags and […]

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  • Ana

    Hi there, whenever I have frozen pikelets or muffins they don’t taste very nice after about 1 week or so and my kids won’t eat it any longer. I put them in Pyrex container or Decor tellfresh. Am I doing something wrong? I see that you freeze things for a lot longer than that. Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      I use ziplock bags and they taste fine even after a couple of months in deep freezeReplyCancel

  • These are great. I do this too although I can only do it for child No 1 as child no2′s preschool allows NO home cooking at all in their lunchboxes. They state healthy food only (so no packaging) but when I sent a home made raspberry muffin it was sent home! Makes lunch box filling for her a real challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh

      That is interesting Amanda. What school is this that no2 goes too? No cooking, but no packaged? So is it just raw food?ReplyCancel

  • love the 100+ cookies!! Great list!!ReplyCancel

  • These are fantastic! For a working, very time poor mum like me any help to make the kids lunches easier is greatly appreciated. Thankyou !ReplyCancel

  • What great ideas, so easy and yummy. What more could you want?!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me

    You have just made my evening! My fussy daughter is starting school but I know I’ll be able to get her to eat the scrolls, muffins and I love the pantry ideas! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Thanks for the Easy Peasy Cheesy Vegemite Scroll recipe. They have always been a lifelong fav of mine.ReplyCancel

  • vkw

    thanks for the baking ideas and last Sunday I made enough of the vegemite scrolls+ the bacon and cheese ones and sandwiches that I froze.It certainly made school mornings less stressful,Now for some ideas to stop the bickering between the kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Murphy

    These are great but all except one recipe is full of sugar. Do you have any recipes that can be frozen and then put in a lunch box that are healthy? Any savoury muffin recipes that kids will actually eat? I’m sorry to be demanding :-). I will explore your site later just in case you already have what I’m looking for.ReplyCancel

    • retromumma

      I make a NZ styled cheese muffin: 1cup SR flour, 1 egg, 1 cup grated cheese (try tasty or a combination of a couple of types), 1tsp mustard; salt, pepper, paprika and Milk to mix…… cook at 160-170′C for about 12mins (depending on size of muffin tin)…. these are great for breakfast or for school lunches. If they are going to school I sometimes cut and ‘butter’ them because if they are overcooked they can be a bit dry.. Good luckReplyCancel

  • elana

    desperately need ideas! What sandwich fillings freeze well.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Clarke

    That’s great thank you, I was wondering where I get one of those lunchboxes you have in the picture?ReplyCancel

    • Jodie

      it looks like a Tupperware lunchbox – can’t remember what that specific one is called though – sorry!ReplyCancel

    • Prue Collard

      sandwich keeper plus they are called, current colours are pink or blue $32. if you call Tupperware’s main number 1800 805 396 they can get you in contact with a local Tupperware dealer. im in Bayswater Melbourne so diff state.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Clarke

        Thank you Prue, love all the wonderful things on your blog.ReplyCancel