Recipes

We’ve healthified your faves, and (mostly) swapped the most famous allergens for another yummy ingredient.  If you find that a recipe isn’t quite the best fit for your family, scroll down to the end of each recipe, where we share our best tips on how you can swap and change ingredients to suit your kids taste buds and needs.  We know that what nourishes one, may not suit another, so flexibility is key. 

At the start of each recipe, you’ll find a list of tags to help you navigate what you’re looking for.  We’d like to draw your attention to the FREEZABLE and LEFTOVER tags.  Meal planning and having a stock pile of foods for the week (or even month) ahead is one of our favourite tips to running a smooth lunchbox routine.  Whilst ‘routine’ can sometimes spell ‘boredom’ or even ‘waste’, we love to use the freezer as a treasure chest of choice.  Spending an hour or two to bake up a batch or two of bulk snacks that can overlap a week, and you’ll have options for Christmas. 

Lentil Dhal

Lentil Dhal

Perfect freezer friendly dhal. Super simple recipe, it makes loads, nutrient dense and turn it into four different lunchbox looks!

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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

There are a million different variations of Minestrone soup, but they all share the same cosiness that is perfect to warm you up on a cold day.  This is my favourite combination of vegetables, but you can add or subtract anything you wish, and run with whatever is in...

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Red Velvet Smoothie

Red Velvet Smoothie

Beetroot is a bit of a giver.  It's a great vegetable that you can get a lot of bang-for-your-buck with on the nutrient front (you can usually tell these things by how richly coloured a fruit or vegetable is).  Beetroot is a brilliant source of folate (a great...

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Nettle + Basil Pesto

Nettle + Basil Pesto

I know sometimes the pantry can start to look a bit bare in the lead up to shopping day, but have you ever thought to use the weeds in your garden?  Nettles (Urtica dioica) are a gardeners nemesis with their painful little spikes that can even manage to get through...

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Cheesy Rainbow Quinoa Cups

Cheesy Rainbow Quinoa Cups

Bite sized snacks for little hands!  These Cheesy Rainbow Quinoa Cups are great to have stocked up in the freezer and to use up some of those leftover veggies.  The combination of quinoa, eggs, seeds and cheese make this a high protein snack that is full of flavour,...

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Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

Preparation time: 10mins   Ingredients 3 cups leftover cooked chicken, chopped or shredded 3-4 celery sticks, finely diced ¼ red onion, finely diced ¼ cup flat leaf parsley or chives (or a combination), finely chopped 1 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, poppy,...

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Simple Hummus

Simple Hummus

Hummus would have to be heading towards MVP status in the condiment department.  It is so ridiculously simple to make at home I question myself why I don’t do it more often.  Probably because it usually ends up as Chocolate Hummus at our place, but that’s another...

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Sunflower Butter

Sunflower Butter

With most of our schools being nut free for the safety of our lil ones who have severe allergies, it can sometimes be a challenge to work around our kiddos who adore their peanut butter sandwiches.  Enter Sunflower Butter, PB’s delicious cousin.  You can purchase...

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Spinach, Haloumi and Pesto Scrolls

Spinach, Haloumi and Pesto Scrolls

What would our Lunchbox collection be if it didn't have a Scroll recipe?!  Scrolls are synonymous with lunchboxes, and we've put together a simple and nutrient rich version that is yummy and freezes well to boot. We've taken the humble 'yoghurt dough' recipe and...

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Chocolate Hummus

Chocolate Hummus

We love this recipe for so many reasons.  It's delicious (it tastes like brownie batter), it's a great source of protein, fibre and heathy fats (chickpeas and tahini... we see you!), it takes minutes to prepare, and the kids will be beside themselves when they find it...

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Banana Coconut Slow Cooker Oats

Banana Coconut Slow Cooker Oats

This is one for the kids that don't have time to eat at school... the day dreamers, and the ones who are burning off energy quicker than they can make it. Classic banana and coconut flavours and sweetened with a little honey or maple syrup, you'll be filling hungry...

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Rainbow Frittata

Rainbow Frittata

One frittata... Five vegetables.  That's an easy rainbow checked off with one quick cook-up.  This recipe makes enough for 12 individual frittatas, or enough for 6-12 school lunches, depending on how hungry your kiddo is.  Eggs are a fantastic brain food for kids,...

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Sticky Date Chia Puds

Sticky Date Chia Puds

Chia Puds are the ultimate in breakfast-prepping for the week.  Grab your jars, line 'em up, multiply this recipe by the amount of jars you have, and your brekkie is done for the week in about 5 minutes.  Perfect to grab-and-go, and they'll travel well in school bags...

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Pumpkin Soup – Three Ways

Pumpkin Soup – Three Ways

We know there are some days where nobody is on the same page with food. The kids want pasta, your partner wants something spicey and you’re wanting something that will stop everyone sniffling, whatever it takes. We’ve got just the answer. Pumpkin soup done three ways....

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Easy Banana Pancakes

Easy Banana Pancakes

As a parent, you can’t go too wrong when there are pancakes involved.  This recipe is so quick, it could be whipped up before school (they can also be frozen if you’re not a morning person). Sweetened only with deliciously ripe bananas, these little pancakes are a...

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Green Egg Muffins

Green Egg Muffins

This simple recipe ticks a few of the big-ticket items – they’re freezable, you can easily make bulk without any extra effort, they’re filling and will keep you fuller for longer, and they’re delicious. Eggs and veggies offer the protein and fibre you need to fill you...

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Green Lamb Sausage Rolls

Green Lamb Sausage Rolls

Try these sausage rolls hot or cold, they are bursting with amazing Greek style flavours and a healthy twist on their store-bought counterpart. Once you have rolled the sausage rolls, freeze before cooking for a quick school lunch or party starter. Rich in greens, but...

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Sweet Potato Toasts

Sweet Potato Toasts

We’re always on the look out for new and fun ways to make healthy food swaps.  Sometimes when you find your favourite or go-to foods are the ones that are contributing to your feeling less than your best, it can feel like you’re missing out.  It can be challenging to...

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Quick Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Quick Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

The cooler weather undoubtedly means soup weather. This soup is a great recipe for kids with its sweet flavour from the corn lots of chunky chicken pieces.  A perfect defence to launch against winter coughs and sniffles with beautiful immune-boosting ingredients such...

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Haloumi Tacos with Rainbow Slaw

Haloumi Tacos with Rainbow Slaw

Pack these tacos as a wrap for lunchboxes, or turn the filling into rice paper rolls which are great for active kids who eat on the run, and a gluten free option packed full of flavour.   The rainbow slaw contains an abundance of nutrients such as immune boosting...

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Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie

Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie

This smoothie is a delicious and nourishing way to curb cravings and fill your tummy.  Smoothies are a great option for breakfast on the go, or pour into a refillable squeeze pack or drink bottle to pick kids up from an energy slump.  Brimming with fibre for digestive...

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Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls

Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls

Rice paper rolls are the perfect, versatile, lunchbox addition.  Gluten free, and far easier to manoeuvre than they look, you’ll be wrapping all your leftovers in rice paper in no time.  These Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls are a gorgeous, summertime lunch – fresh, light...

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Green Fruit Salad

Green Fruit Salad

We love this idea to help our kids try different flavours and foods, by narrowing foods down to one colour for a special treat.  Once they start to experiment more with the fruits they’re given, try out another colour, or start adding in another colour here and there....

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Chocolate Porridge

Chocolate Porridge

This porridge is just like eating dessert for breakfast without the guilt.  Creamy oats provide fibre, some protein and B vitamins for slow release energy and a happy tummy.  It might be just the ticket to get your kids eating a nutritious and sustaining breakfast...

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Cane Toad Cookies

Cane Toad Cookies

Ugly but delicious, these cookies are super fun and super quick to make.  They have a greenish tinge from the anti-oxidant rich matcha (green tea) powder that adds a sweet earthiness to the cookie flavour.  The cookies are grain-free and are high in protein from the...

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Super Green Salad

Super Green Salad

Greens are quite possibly the most important colour of the food rainbow.  Dark leafy greens are rich in essential nutrients such as folate, magnesium, fibre, vitamins A, C, B’s, and K, and a multitude of amazing phytonutrients.  We’ve written about the importance of...

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Roast Pumpkin Dip

Roast Pumpkin Dip

A perfect way to use up some delicious roast leftovers, this vibrant dip is sweet and rich and a great lunchbox addition.  With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have a versatile snack that is great for veggie-dipping, wrap-spreading, salad-dressing or even tart...

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Popcorn Trail Mix

Popcorn Trail Mix

Natural, air-popped popcorn is a great snack to add to lunchboxes for fibre, as well as some magnesium and iron.  We’ve teamed the popcorn in our gluten free and nut free trail mix with some crunchy seeds for protein and some healthy fats, a little dried fruit for...

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Lemony Bliss Balls

Lemony Bliss Balls

Ready in minutes, and you won’t even need a blender (unless you grind your own oats)!  These Lemony Bliss Balls will be your new best friend, and the perfect sweet addition to your little ones lunchbox.   With the fibre and protein from the oats, and the healthy fats...

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Green Eggs and Ham Cups

Green Eggs and Ham Cups

Substantial breakfast on the go, or perfect freezer fare for quick and simple lunchbox additions, this Green Eggs and Ham recipe will be a certain favourite with the kids.  Easy to eat with one hand, so no preparation needed on their part, and can be eaten while...

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Chia Chicken Nuggets

Chia Chicken Nuggets

This lunchbox friendly recipe is a gluten-free version of store bought nuggets.  Crumbed in chia and almond meal (or oats), and oven baked seals in the juices for a flavourful and tender chicken nugget. Homemade nuggets allow you to control what goes in and can be...

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Chicken and Pineapple Tacos

Chicken and Pineapple Tacos

These Chicken and Pineapple Tacos tick all the boxes.  Simple, delicious, healthy, colourful, freezable, great protein, healthy fats and dotted with sweet golden pineapple.   Pineapple is rich in vitamin C and bromelain, an enzyme found in the stem and core that...

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Zucchini and Corn Fritters

Zucchini and Corn Fritters

Delicious, healthy, portable and great for leftovers and lunchboxes, these fritters have it all.  Eggs and chickpea flour provide protein for sustained energy release and blood sugar control between meals. Try these fritters in place of burger patties for a meat-free...

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Green Hummus

Green Hummus

This recipe is a take on a classic dip that can be adapted to suit a whole range of meals and snacks.  Supercharged with protein and fibre, hummus is a great substitute for sandwich spreads, some of which offer little to no nutritional benefit.  This recipe also has...

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Pear, Oat and Dark Chocolate Lunchbox Squares

Pear, Oat and Dark Chocolate Lunchbox Squares

Pears and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven, as are pears and oats.  So these little lunchbox treats are onto a winner!  If your pears are really ripe, you can also get away with leaving out the sweetener, as the pear juice, a whisper of dark chocolate and a...

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The Simple Lunchbox

The Simple Lunchbox is ever-changing and growing. Check in with us for simple, healthy lunchbox inspiration to nourish your little ones, navigate health hurdles and help to grow happy, healthy and resilient kids

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