EEEKKK! School is just around the corner!
If you want to be super-prepared for the new school year, start thinking about doing some cooking for school lunches and stashing the goodies in the freezer so you can just pop them into the lunch boxes on school mornings.
I’ve been freezing sandwiches for my boy’s school lunches for years now.
Many people don’t agree with that – but that’s totally okay. For me, it is a lifesaver! I don’t have a lot of time and mornings are just totally nuts. With sandwiches and bread rolls, I highly recommend you freeze them the Sunday night just before the school week begins. Sandwiches only last a week in the freezer, so think about it, but they aren’t a great choice to freeze long term. Read more on how to freeze sandwiches on my blog post here.
On the other hand, I have loads of freezer-friendly school lunch ideas that are perfect for the freezer! Here are 50 of my favourites!
Oh Muffins, how I love thee! Muffins are great to freeze, and a great way to sneak lots of goodness into fussy kids bellies! To freeze muffins, cook according to the directions, allow them to cool totally to room temperature, then pop them into a ziplock bag (try and get as much air out of the bag as possible to avoid freezer burn). Muffins can be frozen for up to two months!
If your kids aren’t fun of veggies, then this recipe is your go-to when you want them to “secretly” eat vegetables. Just don’t spill the beans, if you know what I mean!
Quite possibly the easiest and quickest muffin recipe – in the entire world! With only three simple ingredients, they are perfect for a quick snack, school lunches or just something quick to whip up if friends turn up!
OMG! These muffin pizzas are the best and for sure your kids will devour these in no time!
Something healthy and yummy for the kiddos who are always on-the-go.
Another veggie muffin that you can have your kids enjoy eating.
Banana ba ba na na! Yummy!
7. Bran Muffins
Simple Bran Muffins are healthy, filling and good for you! Have a treat that tastes naughty, but is a healthy alternative.
When the rug rats are rolling into your place, this muffin recipe is the sweetest and nice treat you can make for them.
Recreate a friendly meal into an easy snack perfect for lunch.
Savoury and healthy veggie muffin.
Green and cheesy deliciousness!
Kid’s favourite pizza in muffin form.
Not just a fantastic addition to the kids’ lunch boxes or a delicious dessert.
if you have spaghetti bolognaise left over, toss it and make muffins out of it!
Our Mixed Berry and White Chocolate Muffins are not exactly a frugal – but it would be nice for a special occasion like a birthday or snack for your kids lunch.
A tropical melding of perfectness, this snack is very rich in flavour and goodness!
A nice lunchbox treat for kids and everyone in the family.
Great for a sweet fix snack.
Make a huge batch of these and freeze them for your kids’ lunch or serve to your guests.
These muffins make as a worthwhile treat.
Bake a huge batch of these healthy muffins and keep them in the freezer to pop into lunch boxes.
Freezable Savoury Bites for Lunch Boxes
Dear Mums, when you’re looking for healthy and tasty snack bites to add on to your kids’ lunches, there’s no need to spend a fortune just to prepare ’em! Here, we give you these list of savoury bites that your kids will surely enjoy. Check out some of our favourites!
22. Pumpkin Scones
This gorgeous scones recipe is a keeper. Perfect with jam and cream, or some golden syrup and butter… Hmmmm yum!!!
If you have beef leftovers, recreate something out of it like these cheesy and yummy beef puffs!
They’re simpler than you think, but offer great value as well as comfort. A hearty and delicious school snacks to knock afternoon belly rumbling on the head.
25. Mince Scrolls
Great for lunch boxes but also as a snack!
26. Hawaiian Scrolls
Feed your kids and the whole family with this all-time favourite. Great for lunch boxes and picnics too!
You’ll never buy a pre-made scroll again with these super yummy cheese and vegemite combo scrolls!
28. Zucchini Slice
If you’re having a hard time feeding your kids with veggies, then this Zucchini slice is a starter. For sure, your kids will find this irresistible!
29. Zucchini Waffles
Make your usual waffles healthy by adding zucchini! Definitely a delicious batch of waffles.
If you’re looking for something that’s a perfect balance of sweet and savoury, these meatballs are good to go.
Make a twist on the normal sausage rolls you have and serve these yummy finger food that everyone will gobble on. Nom nom nom!
So yummy and decadent and you can eat one in one pop!
Also perfect for picnics to beach days and birthday parties!
Super delicious and so fun to make and these are our personal favourite, too!
Kids will love any finger foods you serve them especially this one.
36. Mini Quiches
Delicious morsels of yumminess!
If your kids love two-minute noodles, then they are going to love these noodle balls! Savoury and a great entertainer dish!
Soups for the Winter Months
The last few years I’ve seen really great kids insulated lunch boxes and thermoses so that beautiful homemade soup you have made can be heated in the morning, popped into the thermos and still be toasty warm for school lunches. Soup is a frugal, hardy way to fill hungry bellies!
Creamy, yummy and most of all healthy. This pea and ham soup will definitely your kids’ all-time favourite because of its rich flavour they can’t resist.
Garlic and chicken are a perfect combo especially when you make a warm and hearty soup out of it, just like this!
Another all-time favourite great for colds and cases of flu. A gluten-free and dairy-free soup when the family gets sick or just a nutritious snack anytime.
Another winter warmer soup that’s hearty and filling.
A weekly regular in our house and the whole family loves it! This simple vegan lentil soup is a quick recipe to put together with almost all the ingredients available in the pantry.
One of our favourite comfort foods.
There is nothing quite like a cold winters day huddled inside with the slow cooker simmering something hearty and delicious that you know is going to hit the spot.
This is a thick, hearty soup that is a mixture between chicken noodle soup and creamy corn chowder!
46. Pumpkin Soup
There’s nothing like a hearty Pumpkin Soup to warm you up on a cold night.
Sweet Stuff for School Lunch Boxes
Simple slices of these treats are perfect to pop in a lunch box. From yummy chocolate slices to something healthy, your kids will enjoy something that they can munch on.
The next time you are at the shops, grab a chocolate cake mix, add some chia and oranges…then voila! Your kids will definitely like these.
For sure, your kids cannot resist the yumminess, sweet and tangy combo of this lemon slices.
This Chocolate Chickpea Slice probably sounds a bit weird, but it is soooo delicious!
50. Banana Oat Bites
Pack some of these little bites if you’re heading out on a family day trip or picnic.
Grab the recipe here!
51. Apricot Balls
A Christmas tradition in my family that can also be good for snack lunch box.
This high protein, dairy free and vegan snack is cool for the summer (or any other season, for that matter)!
Foods that can be easily eaten on the go during the busy morning rush are always a winner with us especially this oh-so-good breakfast balls.
54. Quinoa Balls
Never thought that Quinoa can even taste better when they are made as sweet treats.
See? We’ve got you covered when you run out of ideas of what to prepare for your kids’ meal at school. These freezer-friendly meals are your ready-to-go for all week long.