Lunchbox ideas that won't end up in the bin


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Monday, January 29, 2018 1:00 PM

 Student lunch boxes


Tired of seeing lunch boxes come back from school full of food? Or hearing they didn't like it so they didn't eat it?

Cookbook author and mum, Jodie Blight, knows what its like to have fussy eaters and she shared with us some of her creative - but importantly quick and easy! - lunchbox ideas to spice up your kid's lunch box.

Any way you can involve kids in choosing or preparing their lunches will make them more likely to eat it. Whether its simply asking them to choose between an apple or carrot sticks, laying out ingredients for them to choose from or getting them to roll their own wraps.

Making the most of leftovers from the night before will also save you time in the kitchen as well as saving you money by cutting back on wasted food.

Here are some of Jodie's top lunchbox ideas to make sure those lunchboxes return empty!


Mountain Bread Pinwheels

Lay mountain bread (flat bread) out and spread with cream cheese or mayo or chutney or avocado, then add leftover salad or sliced vegies and leftover meat or deli meats. Roll and then cut into bite size ‘pop in’ pieces.

Schnitzel Soldiers

Leftover schnitzel (chicken or veal) sliced into soldiers/fingers with your child’s favourite dipping sauce (BBQ sauce, Tomato Sauce, Mayo, Tzatziki, Capsicum dip, Beetroot dip, Mexican salsa). Watch the video here. 

Noodle Boxes

Cook Vermicelli or Pad Thai rice noodles and toss with leftover salad or chopped vegies (lettuce, cabbage, carrots, capsicum, cucumber, snow peas, bean shoos etc.) and a sprinkle of sesame oil. You can also add shredded chicken or sliced tofu. Serve in a noodle box for a bit of fun (you can pick these up at the $2 shop).  

Noodle boxes


On a wholemeal pita (or in the pocket if you prefer), lay sliced leftover lamb, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, a handful of baby spinach leaves and top with a mint yoghurt dressing. Wrap in foil and roll them (or even better get the kids to do it) and it looks just like a bought one! Ideas for filling – capsicum, avocado, carrot, cucumber, leftover cooked chicken/ pork/ beef /prawns, bean shoots, the list goes on. Even leftover coleslaw works. The best part of this is the kids can choose their own fillings. 

Roast Chicken legs

Wrap the leg of leftover cooked chicken legs in baking paper or foil as they can get a bit messy. Maybe throw in a napkin as well. Finger lickin’ good!  

Rice Paper Rolls

Prepare the noodles and chop the vegies and chicken or tofu the night before (except the avocado). All you have to do in the morning is soak the rice paper and roll.

Rice paper rolls


Revive last night’s leftover pasta with some freshly chopped cherry tomatoes and basil. Mix together one part balsamic vinegar with 3 parts olive oil and toss through pasta and tomatoes. Don’t forget to pop a fork into their lunchbox.


Use any leftover veg, cheese, chopped ham, spring onions, herbs (literally anything you have in the fridge). Mix 10 eggs with ½ cup milk, add salt and pepper and other ingredients, then pour into muffin cups and cook at 200C for 15 minutes or until cooked. Can be prepared and cooked the night before and freeze any extras for another day.

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After years working as a Company Director in the Finance industry, starting a family and moving half way around the world, Jodie Blight discovered her passion – creating healthy, easy and delicious family meals. “A fist pump from the kids is as good as a Michelin star in my books.”

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Each year Victorian households throw out 51,000 tonnes of pre-prepared and home cooked meals.