Masthead header

Category Archives: Lunchbox

Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

Ooh we so love Mexican in this household.  The girls and I like most dishes as I make them, but the boys (so macho) like to add in extra dashes of chilli sauce or jalapenos.   We often have chicken rolls for lunch on the weekends, but this took the traditional chicken and mayo roll […]

Continue Reading...

  • Michelle Compton

    This recipe sounds so delicious but I have a question. What is capsicum? I’ve never heard of it. I live in America, in Washington State. Does it just go by another name here? Thank you for you wonderdul recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, I think you call them red peppers. Funny how we have the same things but they are named differently.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Compton

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • caitlyn

    Just made this for lunch and my 14 month old is loving it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that is great, so yummy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is so dinner toight.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      So yummy and easy.:)ReplyCancel

Homemade Beef & Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Friday night dinners in our home typically mean something fun like Pizza, Mexican, Pasta however it’s usually no side servings of vegetables, but that doesn’t mean no veg!!  On this night I made a double batch of homemade beef sausage rolls.  I’ll freeze some to have on hand for lunch boxes, I can easily pop them in […]

Continue Reading...

  • Amy

    These were a bit fiddlier than I expected (I accidentally whizzed my veggies to mush in the Thermomix!), but once they were cooked- delicious! My kids can’t stop devouring them, and I’ve got heaps in the freezer for my next ‘I can’t be bothered’ easy night. Great recipe! :DReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Also, I’ve just realised- the recipe says to add two eggs into the bowl, but your photo above has four?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Hi Amy, they are very yummy i agree! Yes it is 4 eggs, i just had a quick look on the recipe to double check so for any confusion.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Could I use 1kg of beef mince instead of using sausage meat?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Samantha, Yes i can’t see why you couldn’t. Let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I’ve made these twice now… Very popular with the family. The second batch had a lot of liquid while they were cooking but I rescued them by cooking them for a bit on a wire rack to dry the bottom. All good still gobbled up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so yummy, very popular with our family too.:)ReplyCancel

How to survive the fussy toddler who won’t eat ANYTHING

This is a guest post by Wendy Blume from Vegie Smugglers Got a toddler who is refusing to eat everything? Relax, you’re not alone! This is a common stage, tied closely with their wider developmental issues. And in the same way you’re introducing new disciplinary tactics, it’s time to introduce some new kitchen tactics to […]

Continue Reading...

  • Keri

    Can you please advise if the muffins are suitable for freezing (after they’ve been cooked)? Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Scott

    I agree with meatballs being a lifesaver! I make “baked bean” nuggets which are chicken mince, chick peas (which my two think are baked beans which they love!), shredded veges and shredded cheese. Roll together and bake in the oven. Can also freeze them so there is always a supply for care lunches and the nights that hubby and I want something different that the kids wont eat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      they sound so good and healthy Sam, will have to give them a go!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiptoe & Co

    Great tips here for fussy little ones!ReplyCancel

  • Great tips here for fussy little ones! They can be such little monkeys ;)ReplyCancel

Apple and Oat Muffins

These muffins are delicious and reasonably healthy! Filled with wholemeal flour, oats and apples, you could even add in some sultanas if you wanted.  I was really pleased with the amount of batter this recipe made, 12 regular muffins plus 12 mini muffins, enough for the kids to have some for afternoon tea and freeze […]

Continue Reading...

  • It’s great to serve the kids with healthy and nutritious snack. I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My kids loved them next time I’ll add in some sultanas for something different too. Hope your family enjoy them :)ReplyCancel

  • Mariana

    Sounds yum, wondering if recipe would work with maple flavoured syrup (I don’t have any actual maple syrup in the pantry at the moment)?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I don’t see why not Mariana, it just make be a little sweeter than with the real syrup. Hope you enjoy.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah

      I just made them with green maple flavoured syrup and they were fantastic!ReplyCancel

      • Sarah

        *green’sReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        That’s great to hear that it can be used too Sarah, thank you for sharing, so pleased you enjoyed them!ReplyCancel

      • Mariana

        Thanks for letting me (and everyone else) know Sarah ;)ReplyCancel

  • Niamh Burns

    Any chance you could put up the recipes in grams or lbs and oz????? Please!!ReplyCancel

Apple Crumble Muffins

 A very easy muffin recipe, great afternoon treat or snack for the kids lunchbox Apple Crumble Muffins   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Muffins, lunchbox Ingredients Muffins 1½ cups self raising flour ½ cup vegetable oil 1 egg ¾ cup caster sugar […]

Continue Reading...

Banana and Date Muffins

I have had this odd craving (no I am not pregnant) for dates lately, I have been making date cookies, energy balls and my latest favourite is this Banana & Date muffin recipe.  I have made quite a few variations of banana muffins over the years, with weetbix or chocolate chips, but have to say […]

Continue Reading...

  • Chocolate banana is SUCH an underated flavour. I made a Chocolate banana protein smoothie this morning and it was the bomb!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’m so excited to try this recipe today because my kids have allergies and this is dairy and egg free! Also, I have lots of overripe bananas ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Made these tonight into 2 loaves rather than muffins. Added an extra banana, used gf flour, rice milk, chia seeds and pistachio nuts instead of pumpkin seeds ( didnt have any) tasted amazing!!! Also I used canola oil as I find EXtra Virgin olive oil has too much flavour for baking. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh sound yummy, great variation!ReplyCancel

BBQ Flavoured Shredded Chicken

Earlier this year I learnt how to easily shred chicken, read more here.  The kids have been really enjoying it on their sandwiches for school, but I thought I would add a bit of flavour as my Mr 11 loves BBQ sauce!  This recipe takes at least an hour on the stove, but it is […]

Continue Reading...

Healthy Coconut Lemon Balls

Sometimes it’s hard to find something different to add to the kids lunch boxes, they have their usual sandwich, a piece of fruit, vegetables sticks and some baking, but there are days where they want something a little more and I am loving the ‘balls‘ that I have been making lately.  Not only are they […]

Continue Reading...

Choc Rice Bubble Bars

I have recently added the Vegie Smugglers range of cookbook/eBook (instant downloads) into my shop and have been trying out some of the recipes.  Vegie Smugglers have a great range of cookbooks that help you to add more vegies to the kids/family meal.   I just love how these recipes hide vegetables amongst a regular meal and it’s still delicious. I […]

Continue Reading...

  • Sonya

    Sounds delish, however please be aware these CONTAIN NUTS (Nutella ) , so wouldn’t be recommended for school lunchboxesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Am I missing something? Where are the smuggled vegetables in this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My daughter is nut free with very serious allergies. This recipe looks great but would suggest replacing the Nutella with a product called Smudge made by Freedom Foods. It is nut, gluten and dairy free and obviously you are going to lose the smuggled goodness of nuts, but at least they will be lunchbox friendly.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great suggestions Lisa, I will look into Smudge!
      Katrina Springer
      The Organised Housewife

      Also find me: Website | Shop | Facebook | Pinterest | InstagramReplyCancel

Apricot Balls

Over the years I have purchased the yummy little fruit bites from the healthy food section at the supermarket to include in the kids lunchboxes.  But looking more closely I’ve realised they are filled with so much sugar, coated in sugar in fact.  We are on a mission to eat healthier and this is certainly […]

Continue Reading...

Apple Fruit Leather

My kids love the addition of fruit leather to their lunchbox or to have as an after school snack.  I don’t see the need to add any sugar or further flavours, they are delicious just as simple pureed fruit.  I use the oven to cook my fruit leathers, takes between 3-4 hours.  Alternatively you could […]

Continue Reading...

  • Jenny S

    What should the oven temp be for these? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Raewyn

    Do you need to put them on baking paper or something or just on the oven tray?ReplyCancel

    • Lauren

      The recipe says to use baking paper.ReplyCancel

    • I put them on baking paper so it’s easier to slice up and avoid it sticking to the pan.ReplyCancel

  • Lukataya

    Have you tried this in the thermomix? How do you store it and how long will it last (if not eaten right away…)ReplyCancel

    • Lukataya

      Oops… I just scrolled down and found the thermie instructions…. my bad. :(ReplyCancel

      • no worreis Lukataya, I am trying as much as possible to include both recipes these days :)ReplyCancel

  • lj

    how long do they last?ReplyCancel

    • They can last weeks LJ, but in our household, they are usually eaten within days.ReplyCancel

  • tj

    :( Was so excited to try this but mine stuck to the baking paper! What did I do wrong?ReplyCancel

  • Do you have to leave to oven door cracked? Mine won’t stay open just a little it will be halfway open if anything :(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Acheadle, No you don’t have to, i do. Just keep a good eye on them though.ReplyCancel