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50+ Freezer Friendly School Lunch Ideas

50+ Freezer Friendly School Lunch Ideas

 EEEKKK! It’s time for the daily school lunch prep.

If you want to be super-prepared for the new school term, 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!

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10 Best Kids Lunch Boxes for School of 2020 | Stay at Home Mum

Quick Guide on Freezing Items for Lunches:

Most of the items below can be successfully frozen for up to two months. Just make sure they are wrapped well in the freezer to prevent freezer burn.  If you are going for a waste-free lunch box, freeze items then pop them in a larger zip lock bag – if you freeze them individually first, they won’t stick together in the freezer.  Otherwise, just pop some baking paper in between layers.

You can pop all of these items into the lunch box frozen – and they will be perfectly defrosted by morning tea or lunchtime!

We have a guide on 30 Make Ahead Snacks You Can Freeze for Later – don’t forget to check it out!

Tips on Making School Lunches Fun and Healthy | Stay at Home Mum

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!

Chicken Rissoles

Grab the recipe here >

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Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Mince Wellington

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Mince Wellington | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Grilled Gooey and Cheesy Chicken Rissoles

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Gooey Cheesy Chicken Rissoles | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Chicken Mince Puff Pastry Bites

Grab the recipe here >

chicken mince puff pastry bites | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Ham and Pineapple Pinwheels

Grab the recipe here >

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Corned Beef Fritters

Grab the recipe here >

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Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Grab the recipe here >

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Spinach and Feta Triangles

Grab the recipe here >

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Pumpkin Scones

This gorgeous scones recipe is a keeper. Perfect with jam and cream, or some golden syrup and butter”¦ Hmmmm yum!!! They are also a very cheap addition to school lunches! Probably not a thing you would think to include in a lunch box – but a great way to get some veggies in there!

Fun Fact: Add some pumpkin seeds on top (like the picture below) – not only are they good for kids – they are a natural way to get rid of worms!

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Grab the recipe here!

Spaghetti Scones

Scones with a tin of spaghetti in them? Yes, and the kids will LOVE THEM!

Grab the recipe for Spaghetti Scones here >

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Cheesy Beef Puffs

If you have beef leftovers, recreate something out of it like these cheesy and yummy beef puffs!

Grab the recipe for Cheesy Beef Puffs here >

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Leek, Ham and Cheese Pasties

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.  Leeks are expensive so you can easily substitute them for onions.

Grab the recipe here >

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Mince Scrolls

Great for lunchboxes but also as a snack! They are super filling and very freezable!

Grab the recipe here >

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Cheese and Vegemite Scrolls

You’ll never buy a pre-made scroll again with these super yummy cheese and vegemite combo scrolls!

Grab the recipe here >

Cheesy Vegemite Scrolls | Stay At Home Mum

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!  With Zucchini Slice in the school lunchbox you will need to ensure you have a cooler or ice pack.

Grab the recipe for Zucchini Slice here >

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Zucchini Waffles

Make your usual waffles healthy by adding zucchini! Definitely a delicious batch of waffles.  Waffles are great for little fingers too – and they are perfect for something a bit different in the lunchbox.  Make them nice and tiny!

Grab the recipe here >

zucchini waffles | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Chicken and Apple Croquettes

If you’re looking for something that’s a perfect balance of sweet and savoury, these meatballs are good to go.  They are delicious and are just as good cold as hot.

Grab the recipe here >

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Chicken and Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Make a twist on the normal sausage rolls you have and serve these yummy finger food that everyone will gobble on. Nom nom nom!

Grab the recipe here >

Chicken and Vegetable Sausage Rolls | Stay At Home Mum

Sweet Potato and Baby Spinach Balls

So yummy and decadent and you can eat one in one pop!

Grab the recipe for Sweet Potato and Baby Spinach Balls here >

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Homemade Sausage Rolls

Also perfect for picnics to beach days and birthday parties!

Grab the recipe here >

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Vegan Sweet Potato & Lentil Sausages Rolls

Sweet Potato is a great superfood and lentils are nut-like, filling and very nutritious!  Put them together for sausage rolls that will fill the kids up without knowing there isn’t any meat in there!

Grab the recipe here >

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Kid-Friendly Mini Chicken Poppers

They are the perfect finger food for kids – and a great way to include protein in the lunch box – and not only are they freezable – they are good eaten cold!

Grab the recipe here >

Kid Friendly Mini Chicken Poppers | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Potato and Ham Croquettes

Kids will love any finger foods you serve them especially this one.

Grab the recipe here >

Potato and Ham Croquettes | Stay At Home Mum

 

Mini Quiches

Delicious morsels of yumminess! They freeze just beautifully and you can use any leftovers you may have in the fridge as added ingredients.

Grab the recipe here >

 

Mini Quiches | Stay At Home Mum

 


Freezable Muffins

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!

Don’t forget to check out our article on 30 Meals You Can Make in a Muffin Tin!

Ham and Vegetable Muffins

If your kids aren’t fond 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!

Grab the recipe here >

 

Ham and Vegetable Muffins | Stay At Home Mum

 

Easy Cheesy Muffins (Only 3 Ingredients!)

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!  Remember when making this recipe to use muffin cases – as this recipe tends to get a bit sticky!

Grab the recipe here >

 

Easy Cheesy Muffins | Stay at Home Mum
Easy Cheesy Muffins | Stay at Home Mum

 

Delicious Pizza Muffins

OMG! These muffin pizzas are the best and for sure your kids will devour these in no time! Plus just grate any extra veggies into the muffins you like – a great way to sneak veggies into little tummies!

Grab the recipe here >

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Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Something healthy and yummy for the kiddos who are always on-the-go. If you have manky bananas lying around that have started to turn black – don’t bin them – peel them and freeze them to make recipes like this one!

Grab the recipe here >

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Savoury Herb Zucchini Muffins

Another veggie muffin that you can have your kids enjoy eating.

Grab the recipe here >

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Banana Muffins

A simple and traditional recipe for Banana Muffins.  Remember – never throw out a manky banana – peel, pop in a ziplock bag and freeze for when you want to make muffins.

Grab the recipe here >Banana Muffins | Stay at Home Mum

Note:  Did you know you can make Banana Muffins in the Air Fryer?

More Reading:  Air Fryer Banana Muffins

 

Reduced Sugar Apple and Oat Muffins

We are all trying to reduce our sugar intake – and that of our kids.  This muffin recipe is naturally sweetened using Apple Puree.

Grab the recipe here >

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Bite-size Nutella Banana Muffins

Grab the recipe here >

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Sneaky Mac ‘n’ Cheese Muffins

Grab the recipe here >

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Cheesy Spinach and Cauliflower Muffins

Savoury and healthy veggie muffin. The kids need not know they contain good stuff!

Grab the recipe here >

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Spinach and Feta Muffins

Green and cheesy deliciousness! You can find frozen spinach in the frozen vegetable section of your local supermarket.  If you are growing spinach – fantastic!  Just wash it well, clean the leaves under running water and saute for 3 – 4 minutes with a little coconut oil.

Grab the recipe here >

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Hawaiian Lunch Muffins

Kids’ favourite pizza in muffin form.

Grab the recipe here >

Hawaiian Muffins | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Simple Strawberry Muffins

Not just a fantastic addition to the kids’ lunchboxes or a delicious dessert.

Grab the recipe here >

Simple Strawberry Muffins | Stay at Home Mum

Mixed Berry and White Chocolate Muffins

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 kid’s lunch.

Grab the recipe here >

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Coconut Cream and Lemon Muffins

A tropical melding of perfectness, this snack is very rich in flavour and goodness!

Grab the recipe here >

Coconut Cream and Lemon Muffins

Healthy Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins

Great for a sweet fix snack.

Grab the recipe here >Healthy Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins | Stay at Home Mum

Bulk Savoury Muffin Recipe

Make a huge batch of these and freeze them for your kids’ lunch or serve to your guests.

Grab the recipe here >

Bulk Savoury Muffins that Work Out to 17c Each

 

Sweet Sometimes Food and Healthy Treats 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.

Banana Loaf

Grab the recipe here >

Banana loaf | Stay at Home Mum

Chia Choc Orange Slice

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.

Cut this slice into squares and you can individually wrap them and pop them in the freezer.  Then in the morning when you are preparing the school lunch box, just pop one in!

Grab the recipe here >

Chia Choc Orange Slice | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Lemon Lunch Box Slices

For sure, your kids cannot resist the yumminess, sweet and tangy combo of this lemon slices.

Grab the recipe here >

Lemon Lunch Box Slice | Stay At Home Mum

 

Chocolate Chickpea Slice

This Chocolate Chickpea Slice probably sounds a bit weird, but it is soooo delicious!  The chickpea’s have a really smooth consistency which makes the chocolate really fudgy and delicious.

Grab the recipe here.

Chocolate Chickpea Slice | Stay at Home Mum

 

Banana Oat Bites

Pack some of these little bites if you’re heading out on a family day trip or picnic.  They freeze beautifully and are a healthy addition to the school lunch box.

Grab the recipe here >

Banana Oat Bites | Stay at Home Mum

Apricot Balls

A Christmas tradition in my family that can also be good for snack lunch box.

Grab the recipe here >

 

Apricot Balls | Stay At Home Mum

 

 

Apricot Chia Bliss Balls (Dairy-Free)

This high protein, dairy-free and vegan snack are cool for the summer (or any other season, for that matter)!

Grab the recipe here >

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Apricot and Oat Breakfast Balls

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.

Grab the recipe here >

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Vegan Date and Almond Quinoa Bliss Balls

Healthy balls containing crunchy peanut butter, quinoa and raw almonds.  They are both good for you and totally delicious!

Grab the recipe here >

Date and Almond Quinoa Bliss Balls | Stay at Home Mum

Apple Fritters

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AppleFritters | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Banana Fritters

Grab the recipe here >

banana fritters | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

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.

Do you have anything to add on this list? Share it!

 

50+ Freezer Friendly School Lunch Ideas | Stay at Home Mum

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