Lunchbox Ideas – Back to School

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Whether it’s the first day of big school or the big kids are returning for another year, new lunchbox ideas are always in demand.

List of lunchbox ideas for school with pictures

4 pictures of lunchbox ideas with a list of quick lunchbox ideas

Coming up with interesting and enticing food to tempt your child is not always easy! I’m sharing a list of our most popular Thermomix Lunchbox recipes. As a mother of five children, I have had a lot of experience packing lunchboxes! I can’t believe I packed my first lunch box in 1996 and I’m still going!!

A lot has changed in the lunchbox landscape over those years. The old vegemite sandwich on white bread is certainly not going to make the grade anymore. More emphasis is placed on healthy balanced meals. Some schools now have a nut-free policy and with the rise of Bento boxes, the packed lunch can become a creative masterpiece. However, every mum’s goal is the same, to ensure that their child eats their lunch!

As a mum, there is nothing worse than a lunch being returned home untouched. I immediately worry that they aren’t getting the appropriate nutrition. Believe me, I know the stress! My fourth child is completely food apathetic. He has no interest in eating at all and would much rather play. He is also extremely sporty so he needs the food! 

Happily, I have developed some lunchbox workhorses that have managed to keep even my picky eater munching as he plays. Of course, all of these have all been kid-approved.

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Lunchbox Recipe Ideas with Links

Lunch Finger Food

Protein & Complex Carbohydrates 

Zucchini Slice  *

Corn Fritters * V

Cheesymite Scrolls * V

Inari Sushi Pocket V

Quiche Lorraine *

Mini HotDog Rolls *

Close up view of individual zucchini slice on white plate and background

Sandwich or Wrap Fillings

Chicken Salad Sandwich meat 

Not Quite Nutella N!, V

Lamb Kofta Rissoles *

Banana & Peanut Butter N! V

Boiled Egg & Mayo Mash V

Ham & Cheese Quesadilla

Image of hazelnuts made into Nutella on a white backgrouns

Not Quite Nutella

Healthy Snacks

Babybel Cheese Faces  V

Cheese & Chives Le Snak V

Salted Pecan Bliss Balls N!, V

Carrot Cake Bliss Balls N!, V

Lemon Cheesecake Bliss Balls N! V

Healthy Nut Bars N!, V

Sugar-free Banana Bread *, V

Homemade Vanilla Yoghurt V

Cute Babybel cheese made into lady birds and dip and biscuits for school lunches

Cute Bento Cheese Animals


Homemade LCM Bars *, V

Milo Cookies V

Sultana Slice V

Double Choc Muffins *, V

Snickers Cookies N!, V

Chocolate Weetbix Slice V

Momofuku Cornflake Cookies

Thermomix LCM Marshmallow Bars LR

Thermomix LCM Marshmallow Bars LR

Other Quick Lunchbox Inclusions

I love packing finger food for my kids. It’s easy for children to manage and they can choose to graze as required. The items listed below are handy to have available as they can be added to the lunchbox to keep little tummies satisfied:

  • Grapes
  • Carrot sticks
  • Mini Cukes (cucumbers)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cheese cubes
  • Cubed ham
  • Cabanosi slices


Drinks are an important inclusion in the lunchbox. I like to pack one frozen drink in summer. This serves a dual purpose, it helps keep the lunch cool but has defrosted by lunchtime for a refreshing drink. 

  • Water – this is obviously the most important drink! The drink bottle should be easy for the kids to refill throughout the day. Choose a bottle which is leakproof and if possible insulated. I use chilled water.
  • Frozen fruit juice
  • Frozen UHT flavour milk

Key to Symbols

  • Freezer Friendly = *
  • Vegetarian = V
  • Beware Nuts! = N!

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