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!
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!
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!
Corned Beef Fritters
Vegetarian Sausage Rolls
Spinach and Feta Triangles
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!
Scones with a tin of spaghetti in them? Yes, and the kids will LOVE THEM!
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. Leeks are expensive so you can easily substitute them for onions.
Great for lunchboxes but also as a snack! They are super filling and very freezable!
You’ll never buy a pre-made scroll again with these super yummy cheese and vegemite combo scrolls!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Kids will love any finger foods you serve them especially this one.
Delicious morsels of yumminess! They freeze just beautifully and you can use any leftovers you may have in the fridge as added ingredients.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Another veggie muffin that you can have your kids enjoy eating.
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.
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.
Bite-size Nutella Banana Muffins
Sneaky Mac ‘n’ Cheese Muffins
Savoury and healthy veggie muffin. The kids need not know they contain good stuff!
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.
Kids’ favourite pizza in muffin form.
Not just a fantastic addition to the kids’ lunchboxes or a delicious dessert.
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.
A tropical melding of perfectness, this snack is very rich in flavour and goodness!
Great for a sweet fix snack.
Make a huge batch of these and freeze them for your kids’ lunch or serve to your guests.
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.
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!
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! The chickpea’s have a really smooth consistency which makes the chocolate really fudgy and delicious.
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.
A Christmas tradition in my family that can also be good for snack lunch box.
This high protein, dairy-free and vegan snack are 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.
Healthy balls containing crunchy peanut butter, quinoa and raw almonds. They are both good for you and totally delicious!
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.
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