Lunchbox Recipes


Back To School Recipes from the Adelaide Central Market

It’s always hard to come up with nutritious lunchbox ideas that your kids will actually eat, isn’t it? Thankfully our friends at the Adelaide Central Market have put together some great (and simple!) lunchbox recipes that are guaranteed to be a winner with even the fussiest of kids. Make sure you pop into the Adelaide Central Market to grab your the freshest, local ingredients and get the kids involved in cooking some of the recipes...

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Double Chocolate Scones

Nothing like your Grandma used to make and every thing like the chocolate mud scone that you will find at Bakers Delight, we used World Chocolate Day as an excuse to roll up our sleeves with the kids in the kitchen and knock out a batch of these lunch box winners. Make them by hand, make them in a food processor (honestly this is the worst option) or make them in your fancy pants Thermomix using the ‘kneeding’ function if you like...

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Apple Recipes by Cook n Create

With Autumn comes many beautiful spots in Adelaide to go apple picking! Places such as PYO @Lenswood or Harrisville Orchards throw their gates open for families to come and pick their own apples – there really is nothing like a fresh crunchy apple right off the tree! If you’re anything like us when you go fruit picking though, you often get over enthusiastic and end up with more than you can eat. Luckily, Cook n Create has come to...

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Anzac Biscuit Recipe

ANZAC BISCUIT RECIPE – MAKES ABOUT 35 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup plain flour 1 cup sugar 3/4 (three-quarters) cup coconut 125g (4 oz) butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup ½ (half) teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 tablespoon boiling water Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut. Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted. Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients. Take...

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Chicken and Hidden Veg Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls are a kids staple, there’s not many kids out there who won’t smash a sausage roll for any meal. We love this recipe because it’s not only SUPER easy to make, the ingredients don’t cost much and it’s also got 4 serves of veggies in there! You can also mix it up and add any veggies your kids love, or ones you want them to eat. For a middle eastern inspired alternative swap chicken mince for lamb mince...

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Rocky Road Recipe by Cook n Create

Need a recipe your kiddos will LOVE making? One that they can get fully immersed in and creative with? The awesome Adelaide-based folks at Cook n Create have one of our favorites here for you! We road tested (see what we did there?) the recipe for you and can confirm it’s a great one and would make a fab Christmas gift for teachers and friends. What you will need (This is the full recipe but if you want to make less, you can simply half...

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Cheesy Spinach AND RICOTTA SHELLS

Don’t know about you, but winter screams comfort food in this KiA house, and here’s an easy [cheesy] dinner that we make ahead of time to pop in the oven after sport and it’s sooooo warming and yum. Plus it’s easy enough for the kids to help make and that’s always a win. We started making this because we have found spinach one of the easiest things to grow in our garden. Note, you can halve the spinach if you...

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Easy Cheesy LUNCH BOX Snacks

We are loving little Adelaide business Cook n Create and their healthy achievable ideas. Jacki decided to get the kids on to this quick recipe in the recent school holidays, because it was super easy. The kids easily managed to make a big batch of these for lunch and some spares for the freezer; because in a FLASH the holidays are over and it’s back to packing lunch boxes. Note: The below recipe makes six. We suggest doubling or tripling...

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Scones

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups SR Flour Pinch of salt 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup water 1 tsp sugar 30g chopped cold butter suggested optional flavours Handful of: Frozen raspberries and white chocolate chips OR Frozen or fresh blueberries OR Sultanas OR Grated cheese and chopped chives Rub in the butter METHOD: Place butter and flour together in a large bowl and rub with your fingers until resembles breadcrumbs. Add sugar, milk and water and chosen flavour, if...

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Foods to Boost Immunity

We are in unprecedented times when now, more than ever, our children’s immunity needs to be at its best. Even though social contact is limited your child may still be going to school and interacting with other children. There may still be other kids with coughs and colds, and no matter how many times you ask your child not to put their fingers near their face or even in their mouth they are still doing it out of habit! Children’s immune systems...

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Homemade rollups with 100% fruit!

Follow these easy steps to make your own homemade rollups from 100% fruit! The recipe is super simple and a great way to use up extra fruit you have leftover, or if you’ve been fruit picking and need ideas for your haul. What you need. 3 cups of fruit. I used frozen mango I had in the freezer but you could experiment with mixed berries, apricots, necatrines, pears, apples or anything really. Let us know which combos work best. Add a...

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Mini Breakfast Omelettes

A good balanced breakfast is getting harder and harder to come by these days…. this one is great for on the way out the door when running late or breakfast refusal so great for the car ride. You can just pop them into the microwave and reheat and have a delicious breakfast ready to run out the door… even the next day! INGREDIENTS ½ cup onion, chopped 1 cup green capsicum, chopped 1 cup chopped fully cooked shredded ham 1 cup...

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Homemade Apple Chips

This school year replace the potato chips for Apple Chips! One of my go to additions for the lunchbox or a snack at home. These homemade apple chips are super healthy and the best yet its soooo simple! Store in an airtight container when cooled Ingredients 4 gala apples cinnamon  Method Preheat oven to 110°C fan-forced. Line one or two baking trays dependent on how many you wish to make with baking paper and set aside. Using an apple corer,...

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Easy Peasy Zucchini Slice-esy

This recipe is easy to make, doesn’t have many ingredients, requires ONE bowl, is healthy, tastes good, freezes well, is great for lunchboxes and did I mention it taste REALLY good. Thanks to my friend Carlene for this one. 1 large zucchini grated 1 large carrot grated 1 cup cheese grated 3/4 cup almond meal 6 eggs 1/2 cup coconut milk salt, pepper, dried oregano to taste Throw it ALL in a bowl, mix it, pour into a lined slice tray and...

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Apricot + Coconut Balls

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a chef I am not. So when I find a recipe that a) is easyb) I already have the ingredients forc) gets eaten I am sold. 2 cups of dried apricots2 cups of desiccated coconut1 tin condensed milk Whack it all in the food processor. I used my Magimix because it’s an absolute GEM for this kind of thing. Blend it all together until you’re left with a lump of apricot yumminess.Roll it...

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Cacao Banana Cake

CACAO BANANA CAKE  This Cacao Banana Cake is healthy, easy baking. A nice little recipe for after school. Yum! Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins Makes 15 pieces Method: PREHEAT fan forced oven to 180°C (200°C conventional). LINE a medium baking tin with greaseproof paper. IN one bowl combine all the wet ingredients, perfect for a Magimix! IN a separate bowl, sift and combine all the dry ingredients. GENTLY combine the two mixtures and pour into lined...

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Cleaned-Up Bubble Bars

Cleaned-Up Bubble Bars These look scrumptious! Thanks to Simple Nourishment for the great snack idea! This is a great one bowl recipe to use with a Magimix Cook Expert Ingredients: Prep: 15 mins Set: 2 hours gluten free, dairy free 2 cups puffed rice or rice bubbles 1 cup desiccated coconut 2 tbs chia seeds 2 tbs cacao powder 1⁄4 cup coconut oil 1⁄2 cup honey Method: LINE a medium baking tin with greaseproof paper. IN a large bowl, combine the...

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Mini Banana Walnut Muffins

Thanks to the team at Simple Nourishment, we have a great recipe to get the July school holidays up and running with some deliciousness. “…With some children finishing school this week, and others finishing next week, you may not want to think about the school holidays but they are coming, so what better way to meet them other than head on and organised!   For us, time in the kitchen is therapeutic and lovely and warm and fuzzy, we...

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Chewy Almond Butter Bars

CHEWY ALMOND BUTTER BARS from Simple Nourishment After school activities less the mess! With after school activities in full swing for this term, we’re always needing ways to get from A to B and maybe even C with stable energy levels that ensures children are fueled for the learning ahead. But let’s be honest, processed packaged ‘stuff’ just doesn’t do the job! And, while we’re being honest, if we’re...

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Crunchy Seed Bars

Crunchy Seed Bars from Simple Nourishment There’s just a couple of things you need to know about this recipe. Firstly, they are EASY to make. Secondly, they are DELICIOUS. Perfect for a school lunch box, or to have on hand for that afternoon craving you get when you realise you’ve been so frantic all day that you haven’t eaten anything since breakfast! The details: Prep: 8 minutesCook: 15 minutesMakes: 15 pieces Ingredients: 1...

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Lemon and Cashew Balls

These are an easy, yummy, healthy way to provide a super snack. The kids can help make them, and they’d be scrumptious in a lunch box or for an after school nibble. Yummo! Thanks to Simple Nourishment for such a yummy treat. What you really want to know is: These only take about 12 minutes to makeThis amount of ingredients makes 12 ballsThe balls keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeksThey are DELISH!! What you need: 1 cup dry roasted...

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The Best Gingerbread Recipe

The Best Gingerbread Recipe from The Colourful Housewife I have always been a bit fearful of making gingerbread, mostly because it just sounds hard because it’s ginger AND bread. I mean, sure, I have made chocolate cake before, but cakes are meant to be lots of different flavours whereas bread, well, that’s just bread. Adding ginger to it sounds all just a little too tricky to me! So, thank you Colourful Housewife for this simple...

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Vegetable, Bacon and Sausage Scroll

This Vegetable, Bacon and Sausage Scroll from The Colourful Housewife makes a 4kg scroll (lots to share) and would make a delicious lunch or dinner. I’m going to make this on the weekend as I think it’d be good served hot or cold. Yum! Ingredients: 1kg Sausage mince 250g bacon 2 carrots 1 large onion 1 cup broccoli 1 cup sweet potato 4 sheets puff pastry 4 sage leaves 1/2 cup parsley 1/4 cup basil 4 garlic cloves 1 egg salt &...

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Chocolate Coconut Rough Brownies

If you’re like me, then you’re probably fairly infatuated with coconut. And brownies. Some favourite easy snacks of ours involve sliced banana covered in coconut, and mixed dried fruit blended with a dash of milk and coconut oil, then rolled and covered in coconut. Mmmm. So yummy. BUT. If you want to actually make something that takes a few moments longer, requires a few more ingredients and is a WHOLE lot tastier and presentable...

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Picnic Bar Slice

This chocolate slice recipe from The Colourful Housewife is a winner. It doesn’t say you have to try to mixture as you go, but I would highly recommend it. I mean, you’ve gotta check it tastes okay right? 🙂 Picnic Bar Slice Ingredients: 1 Cup of mixed unsalted nuts 1 Block cooking chocolate, we use Cadbury 1/2 Tin of caramel (can purchase in the baking isle of your supermarket) 1 Packet of cream wafer biscuits 1 Picnic bar Method:...

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Homemade Banana and Coconut Muffins

Every child loves a bit of a treat now and then. Admittedly, we don’t send treats to school, except the occasional Tiny Teddies. However, now that my daughter is in “big” school, she comes home telling me about all the lovely treats her classmates have in their lunch boxes. So my go-to treat is homemade muffins. There are so many options when it comes to muffins. Practically every fruit there is can be turned into a delicious...

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