More lunchbox ideas

Yesterday I shared everything I know about freezing sandwiches.  I also like to freeze other items which I add to the lunchbox or morning tea box to give my children some variety.  Here are plenty of ideas to get you thinking.

Savoury food

The following items make great subsitutes for sandwiches if you're looking for something different for your children's lunchboxes or your workday lunches:
  • leftover pizza slices can be wrapped in cling wrap and frozen (buy an extra pizza just for this purpose if they have a meal-deal or good offer)
  • cheese rolls or cheese-and-bacon rolls
  • cooked calzone
  • make or buy savoury scones - cut the scone in the middle and add some butter or cream cheese then freeze. *
  • leftover spaghetti bolognaise, pasta bake or other pasta meal (as long as your child is happy to have cold pasta at school) *
  • soup can be frozen in individual portions (best for adults who have a stove or microwave at work).  Or you can defrost the soup in the morning, heat it and store in a thermos for school. *
  • homemade or store-bought savoury muffins *
  • wedges of a quiche or mini quiches
  • slices of savoury tarts or spanikopita *
  • croissants - plain or fill them with ham and/or cheese
  • corn fritters
  • slices of cornbread *
  • zucchini slice
  • quesadillas or burittos (best for adults who have a sandwich press at work to cook the quesadilla/buritto) *
  • small cooked pastries such as empanadas
  • cooked meatballs or meatloaf - you could add a sachet of tomato ketchup to the lunchbox *
  • leftover fried rice *
  • barbequed sausages freeze well and still have that bbq taste.  Place the frozen sausage in a hotdog roll and put in the lunchbox with a sachet of tomato ketchup 
  • cooked skewers of meat (eg leftover kebabs from a bbq).  Some kebabs include pieces of vegetables on them, so you might want to cook and freeze kebabs that only contain meat.
  • risotto balls or aranacini balls *
* Note: you can find recipes for these items in the FROST BITE book with detailed freezing and defrosting instructions

Sweet food

Any of these items can be added to the lunchbox as a sweet treat after the sandwich or they are great for morning tea at school with a piece of fruit.
  • donuts - buy a bulk pack from the supermarket, especially when they're on sale
  • lamington fingers (or normal lamingtons and cut in half if they're big)
  • hot cross buns - as is or cut in the middle and butter the inside
  • finger buns (cut in half or thirds if they're big)
  • small pastries from the patisserie or cake shop
  • mini chocolate croissants
  • scones (plain, date, sultana etc) - cut in the middle and butter the inside
  • pikelets and pancakes - sandwich them together with butter and/or jam *
  • homemade or store-bought sweet muffins *
  • homemade muesli bars
  • cupcakes *
  • small slices of cake *
  • homemade cooked biscuits/cookies, slices and brownies *
  • slices of banana bread or coconut bread *
* Note: you can find recipes for these items in the FROST BITE book with detailed freezing and defrosting instructions

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Now all you need to do is add some other items such as fresh fruit, dried fruit, yoghurt, carrot sticks etc and lunch is DONE!

If you're looking for more ideas, check out the fantastic recipes on The Organised Housewife website.  Katrina has been collecting freezer-friendly recipes and you can find them here. You will even find a few FROST BITE recipes in the list.