School Lunchbox Ideas


Almost two months into school and sometimes it’s hard to think of anymore lunchbox inspired recipes. I’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite lunchbox meals, snacks and treats. With three of the four children at school we use A LOT of lunch containers. I choose stainless steel and glass over plastic. The brands we use (no affiliation) include Lunchbots, Planetbox and widemouthed Thermos containers.

Traditionally lunch is the biggest meal of the day- a time when our digestive heat is at its peak and our hunger is strongest. Whenever I can I like to offer my children something warm to eat with their lunch- even if it’s not the main meal- a cup of tea, hot cocoa or some warming broth is enough some days. I usually freeze in inpidual portions, defrost the night before and then heat up in a pot on the stove or in the oven on the morning before school (we don’t have a microwave).

Hot Lunch in a Thermos

Rice Bowl with Scrambled egg, seaweed and kimchi

Mild Chilli with Bread Rolls

Quinoa Pasta with Pesto or Simple Tomato Sauce

Chicken Soup with cooked rice or noodles or zoodles

Roast Root Vegetables on a bed of Millet with Tahini/Lemon Sauce

Beef Stew

Quiche Lorraine

Miso Soup

Lentil Stew

Meatballs with pasta sauce

Pumpkin Soup with a Scone

Left-Over Anythings: pop them in the oven in the morning and dish into the thermos.

Not Much Food in the Fridge Kinda Lunch:

Rice crackers, cut up cheese, dried fruit, hummus, olives, boiled egg

Frittata with vegetables and/or ham and cheese


Scrambled Egg on Rice

Buckwheat Noodles with Broth and Veggies

Make it with the Breakfast:

Savoury pancakes or crepes

Smoothies in kids thermos

Easy high-protein muffins

Yoghurt parfaits

Vegetarian Sushi

Snacks and Treats to Prepare in Advance:

Homemade granola (to be served with yoghurt + berries)

Homemade granola bars

Homemade dehydrated fruit rolls

Left-over oatmeal cookies

Sunbutter Cookies

Savory Scones

Homemade jelly candies

Kale chips

Be sure to freeze inpidual slices of left-over birthday cakes, muffins, brownies etc.

Prepare the Night Before:

Almond butter + jam sandwiches

Turkey + cheese sandwiches

Quinoa or rice salad with fried fruit, beans or nuts, fresh herbs or spinach and salad dressing

Left-over grilled meats on rice, quinoa or millet

Chicken or tuna salad

Left-over grilled meats refried with stir-fry vegetables and tamari


Bean Salad


Garden salad with halved grapes and cherry tomatoes, toasted nuts and or cheese and dressing on the side

Cut up fruit that won’t brown

Veggies and Hummus or Pate

Dried Fruit with Cheese

Bone Broth

Rice Balls

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.