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5 Easy Lunchbox Recipe Ideas That You Can Freeze

I went on a Google search looking for easy lunchbox recipe ideas that I could make now and freeze so they would last for all of the term. I am not a cook. I do not even pretend to be anything like a cook… I have no skillllzzz… so when I say ‘easy’ I mean they have to be totally easy. Here are the 5 best lunchbox recipe ideas I found for this term and some instructions on how I adapted some of the recipes to add my own ‘touch’… but mostly I was using stuff up that was in the cupboard!

5 Easy Lunchbox Recipe Ideas that you can freeze

The recipes and adaptions are below. But as you know, these ingredients just don’t magic themselves into your pantry & fridge… so I had to go shopping for them. There are some totally random things on the list of ingredients, things that you will not have in your cupboard unless you are a creative, always in the kitchen making things kind of person… so think of this as an investment in creativity, health and be sure to use these ingredients next term when you do this again!

We shopped for most of the items in the recipes and it came to around $115. We made double recipes for all five of these recipes and we still have lots of ingredients left over.

I have told the kids that they must still take a sandwich and a piece of fruit to school in their lunchbox and they can also take one sweet and one savoury snack from today’s recipes. This should make it last until the end of term!

1. Cacao and coconut seedy bliss balls

5 Easy Lunchbox Recipe ideas

We found this awesome recipe here.

Families Tips when making this bliss balls recipe:

  • buy pitted dates
  • we had to buy larger packets of each ingredient than we needed so we will be making these again
  • we made a double recipe but we added more than double yoghurt

2. Ham and cheese pizza scrolls

5 Easy Lunchbox Recipe ideas

There are so many easy options for this recipe – but we followed this yummy recipe here because true to name – they were EASY!

Families Tips when making these pizza scrolls:

  • add whatever fillings you like
  • we also added pineapple

3. Broccoli and Cheese mini muffins

5 Easy Lunchbox Recipe ideas

Another super easy recipe – we loved this one from Kidgredients here.

Families Tips when making broccoli and cheese mini muffins

  • make them mini – super cute and bite size works well in lunchboxes
  • remember to cook and blend the broccoli (because I kinda forgot… and then had to pick it out of the mixture)
  • you can replace the brocccoli with basically any vegetable

4. “Not quite LCMs” puffed rice bars

5 Easy Lunchbox Recipe ideas

These are devine – absolutely delicious and so super easy.. there is a theme here – and it is EASY. Find this recipe here.

Families Tip when making these “not quite LCMs”:

  • we added coloured sprinkles to the recipe and 100’s and 1000’s to the top of the tray
  • save one for the kids to eat before you freeze – they are super yummy!

5. Golden Chicken Balls

5 Easy Lunchbox Recipe ideas

This is a great little recipe and SO easy!! We have posted this recipe before on our Facebook page and it was by far our most popular ‘recipe of the week’. (Posted every Monday morning on Facebook!) They freeze really well too.

  • 300g chicken mince
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 ½ cups tasty cheese, grated
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour


  1. Preheat oven to 180 dgrees.
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  3. Roll approximately 1 tbsp mixture into balls
  4. Place on a tray lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake for 30 – 40 mins or until golden.

Freezing your lunchbox recipe ideas

Freezing these recipes is really pretty easy! Just make sure that you:

  • allow them to cool
  • layer them in an air-tight container
  • and use baking paper in-between each layer – to stop them from sticking to each other.

Enjoy! Feel free to add your favourites in comments below … and scroll down to see even MORE lunchbox ideas!!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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