Healthy Lunch-box Recipes

Back to school is here again! If you’re already out of enticing ideas for the school lunch box, try these kid friendly options.


Tuna, corn & cheese pies                                                Makes 12

12 slices multigrain bread

425g tuna in springwater, drained

Large handful baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped

125g corn kernels, drained

8 eggs

½ cup reduced fat cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Grease a 12 holes 1/3-cup capacity muffin pan.  Using a rolling pin, flatten bread and line muffin pan with bread slices.
  2. Whisk eggs in a large jug.  Mix tuna, spinach, corn & cheese. Divide amongst bread cases.  Pour egg mixture into bread moulds.
  3. Bake for 20-25 mins or until eggs are set.  Stand for 5 mins.  Remove pies from pan.  Cool and wrap in plastic wrap ready of school.  Refrigerate.


Mediterranean Rice Cakes                                                 Makes 6 large or 12 small

2/3 cup Basmati rice

1 smoked chicken breast, diced

2/3 cup fat free semi-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese

3 eggs, lightly beaten

3 spring onions, sliced

¼ cup basil leaves, finely sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.  Grease a Texas or normal size muffin pan.
  2. Cook rice as per instructions on packet.  Allow to cool.
  3. Combine rice, chicken, tomatoes, cheese, onion, basil and eggs.  Season to taste.
  4. Spoon into prepared pan.  Bake for 15-20 mins until cakes are firm to the touch.  Stand in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to complete cooling.  Wrap in plastic wrap ready for lunches.

Other Lunch box ideas

  • Fruit skewers with yoghurt dip
  • Veggie dippers with hommos
  • Leftover roast meat with salad on a wrap
  • Leftover chicken, cut up apple & lettuce salad
  • Leftover veggies mixed with egg and cheese made into fritters
  • Tuna mixed with creamed corn
  • 4 bean mix mixed with mild salsa, cheese & avocado
  • Crackers with cheese & tomato
  • Can of baked beans

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