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9 lunchbox ideas to keep it fresh this term – Savoury

February 4, 2015


Fresh and Fast Frittata

Eggs are God’s gift to food, right? We eat them by the pallet in this house. This is an awesome one to make on a sunday evening and have it ready to rock on Monday. I like it with chili sauce and salad, but you can also throw in inside a wrap. Great for breakfast, awesome for lunch, and it also makes an easy bang up dinner.



Home made Pizza

When I make pizza for dinner I make extra dough and portion it out and chuck it on the freezer. Then I can pull it out when I want it. You can make the pizza the night before and cook it in the morning, alternatively leftover pizza is a food group unto itself. Am I right? Although, I don’t do it cold. I never understood the cold pizza with a hangover thing.

If you don’t have time to make and prove your own dough, just use tortillas or Lebanese bread for a super quick alternative.



Triple C Vegetable Pikelets

These are awesome as first finger foods, and they are super awesome as brunch with bacon and goat’s cheese, but they are also handy little suckers to throw into a lunchbox. Can be eaten as little lunch or big lunch, depending on how long they can resist them for.


chilli tuna herb salad

Tuna and Bean Salad

A little trickier to eat on the run, but it’s so packed full of good proteins and Omega 3’s that it is awesome for growing brains. This can also be turned into a wrap to be eaten with one hand while the other plays handball. For the co-ordinatedly gifted.


lunchbox quesadilla

Quesadilla with Guacamole

This is on high rotation in my lunch boxes. Like, higher than a meth addict on Sunday morning. I use an array of different fillings but this is the original and the best (made even better by shredded chicken or pulled pork).


mexican rice salad

Mexican Rice Salad

This is packed with nutrients and has bags of flavour. My kids love this salad. You can add some tuna or chicken if you wish but served as is a great lunch. Also yummy will a big dollop of guacamole to schmoosh it all together.


savoury muffins

Savoury Muffins

These are always a winner. The cheesier the better, but whenever someone makes these out of my book they send me a message saying they got snapped right up. I’m a huge fan of a cheesy muffin, and if you sneak some veges in there they’re a fabulous lunch alternative.




Cheese and Chutney Scrolls

These scrolls love some cooked and chopped bacon in them too, just quietly, because everything is better with bacon. This recipe uses a scone dough base so it is leavened only with baking powder and doesn’t need time to prove like a dough with yeast.

This makes them fast to whip up.

They also freeze well so you can do them on the weekend to be ready for the week.


rice paper rolls

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

A tad fiddly, yes, but so worth it. If you’re looking for a gluten free option that is tasty and healthy – badda boom.

You can make these the night before but you need to lay a piece of moist kitchen roll over them in the fridge, with a layer of Glad Wrap and then wrap them tightly, individually, to go into the luncbox.



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  • Reply Genie February 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Nice round up, D! But I have to disagree with you on cold pizza. Sometimes I get extra pizza just so I can have cold leftovers the next day. Same goes for fried chicken.

    On high rotation at our place are mini quiche. Store bought puff pastry and whatever you like in them, as long as you have egg and cheese you’re cooking! I bake them in muffin tins and all 12 get eaten in a very short span of time. I try and do this once a week so we also buy eggs by the truckload.

    • Reply Danielle February 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      What about the film of fat you get on the roof of your mouth?? I don’t dig that. When it’s hot it just slides down with the rest of it!
      I do love a mini quiche. I even use tortillas cut into rounds as a cheat pastry. Hacking life, one quiche at a time 😉

      • Reply Genie February 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

        I don’t put the pizza in the fridge. No film of fat at room temp.

        • Reply Danielle February 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

          LIFE HACK!!!!! I never knew that.

  • Reply raphaela February 4, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Love these ideas! You always inspire me.

    • Reply Danielle February 4, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Raphael! That’s an awesome compliment.

  • Reply Carly-Jay Metcalfe February 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    These are fabulous – I’ll be making the pizzas and frittatas for the day I’m at uni from 9-4.30pm this semester. Thank you! 🙂

    • Reply Danielle February 22, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Woo hoo! What are you studying?

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