Yummy lunch ideas.

Yummy lunch ideas.

Stuck for lunch box inspiration? EB member Maxie7 compiled this incredible list of lunch box ideas based on suggestions in the recipes forum.

Items are sorted by category to make your shopping list easier. Just mix and match for endless combinations. Print out and keep near the fridge for easy reference.

Fruit
Fresh sliced
Tinned
Dried
Fruit-based snacks
Jellied fruit
Fruit salad
Fruit kebabs
Fruity yogurt salad

Vegetables 
Veggie sticks or small portions with dip
Veggie sticks with soft cheese & sultanas
Cooked peas
Cooked corn - whole or kernals
Lightly steamed veggies
Salad
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Salsa dip

Dairy
Yoghurt
Cheese and crackers
Mini cheeses or cheese sticks
Homemade dips using cream cheese, cottage cheese or ricotta as a base
Block cheese cut into shapes with ini cookie cutters
Cottage Cheese
UHT milk
Custard (home made is better for less sugar)

Carbohydrates
Sandwiches
Rolls
Pita bread
Flat bread
Fruit loaf or buns
Foccacias
Scones
Pikelets
Muffins
Crumpets
Crispbreads
Rice cakes or corn thins
Creamed rice
Potato baked or as salads ie: with tuna, cheese etc
Pizza
Rice salad
Pasta salad
Rice paper rolls
Noodles
Polenta (baked or fried)
Sushi
Pinwheels
French toast
Corn chips with salsa to dip
Fried rice

Protein
Cooked beans and legumes
Boiled eggs
Omelettes
Hummus
Bean dip
Quiche or frittata
Leftover roast meat
Meat balls
Bean patties
Cold sausages/hotdogs/little boys
Chicken Drumsticks or mini drummettes or wings
Chevapis or other sausages cut in pieces
Small containers of pasta bolognaise

Snacks
Popcorn
Crackers with vegemite
Breakfast cereal
Pita chips
Low fat biscuits
Pretzels
Mini bread sticks
Nuts (not peanuts due to school restrictions)
A mixture of dried fruit, breakfast cereal and nuts/seeds
Cheese with an antipasto mixture eg sundried tomatoes, chargrilled capsicum, olives etc

Sandwich fillings
Meat, tomato and lettuce.
Cream cheese, grated carrot and sultanas.
Cheese and pineapple
Ricotta or cottage cheese, tuna and sprouts.
Baked beans (drained) and grated cheese.
Avocado, instead of margarine.
Avocado, bean sprouts and tomato.
Lean ham, cheese and chutney.
Roast beef or pastrami with salad
Egg and lettuce
Chicken, mayo and lettuce.
Bananas mashed with ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
Hommos, sliced tomato and sprouts
Leftover rissoles/savoury mince with tomato sauce
Tuna or salmon with mayo
Cream cheese, grated carrot and sultanas
Cheese and sliced apple
Cottage cheese, tuna and sprouts
Cottage cheese, chopped dates, and sprouts
Avocado, celery, tomato and lettuce
Avocado, grated carrot and bean sprouts
Cream cheese and chopped dried apricots
Ham, avocado and mayo
Tuna, grated cheese and mayo (this is also good stirred through pasta spirals)

Homemade lunchbox ideas
Ham & cheese muffins
Chocolate slice
Muesli slice
Strawberry muffins
Banana cake