7 quick and easy back-to-school lunchbox ideas

Posted on January 7th, 2019

Kids can be appallingly picky eaters and if your child refuses to eat the usual lunchbox fare, you’ll find comfort in these healthy alternatives loaded with goodness. By Noeleen Foster

It’s back-to-school time! Give the sarmies a skip this year and try one of these quick and easy lunchbox treats.

ALSO SEE: 3 ideas for back-to-school breakfasts and treats

Cheesy corn muffins

*Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 50g butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup creamed corn
  • ½ cup whole corn
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 4 rashers bacon (optional)
  • A few sprigs of parsley

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole corn, creamed corn, grated cheese and melted butter.
  3. Optional: add finely chopped parsley and diced cooked bacon.
  4. In a second bowl, beat together your eggs and milk. Add the sifted plain flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Gently fold the contents of the two bowls together until well combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture into two lightly greased 12-hole muffin pans.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  8. Serve warm or cold.

Chicken and corn fritters

*Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pre-cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 cup whole corn
  • ½ cup creamed corn
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 eggs

Method

  1. In large mixing bowl, combine the milk, water and eggs.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan (for a healthier option, use a non-stick pan).
  4. Drop heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the pan and cook on each side until golden brown.

Easy mini pizzas

*Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

  • 1 packet store-bought puff pastry
  • Tomato paste
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • A selection of pizza toppings

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut the puff pastry into large shapes using cookie cutters.
  3. Lay your shapes on baking paper on a baking tray.
  4. Spread tomato paste on to the shapes.
  5. Top the shapes off with your favourite pizza toppings – we used ham, peppers, finely diced onion and cheese.
  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Mini sweet chilli chicken kebabs

These yummy mini sweet chilli chicken kebabs are super easy to make and perfect to for lunchbox snacks.

Mini sweet chilli and chicken kebabs

Click here for the recipe.

Stuffed pita pockets

Stuff pitta pockets with a nutritious filling for a nice change from an ordinary sandwich for your child’s lunchbox.

Click here for the recipe.

Beef and avocado wraps

Beef and avocado wraps are perfect for your child’s lunchbox. If you think a large wrap will be too much for him, cut it in half.

Beef and avocado wraps

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Jaffels

You’ll be the best mom ever if you spoil your kids with this delicious lunchbox treat.

Jaffels

Click here for the recipe.