EEEKKK! School is just around the corner!
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! We are starting with muffins because they are pretty much my favourite thing to make in bulk and freeze for later!
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 lunch time!
We have a guide on 30 Make Ahead Snacks You Can Freeze for Later – don’t forget to check it out!
1. 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!
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.
Great for lunch boxes but also as a snack!
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!
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!
Make your usual waffles healthy by adding zucchini! Definitely a delicious batch of waffles.
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.
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!
Sweet Potato & Lentil Sausages Rolls
Sweet Potato is a great super food 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!
Super delicious and so fun to make and these are our personal favourite, too!
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!
If your kids love two-minute noodles, then they are going to love these noodle balls! Savoury and a great entertainer dish!