Lunchbox ideas for back to school and work 2024 with NZ Compare
Feb 2, 2024

Feeling stuck for lunchbox ideas? We have put together some ideas to make mornings a little easier!

Packing our lunches for work and school can quickly become a cumbersome and tedious task. It’s important to refresh our lunch menu every now and then to keep things interesting. You can always save money long-term by choosing to pack your own lunch rather than buying it from the tuck shop or cafe down the street. 

If you are in need of some ideas, we have put together a list of yummy and nourishing lunch options so that you can focus on growing and thriving. 

Savoury Muffins

These cheesy, grab-and-go muffins are a tasty lunchbox staple. The base recipe requires pantry staples, and you can customise the fillings and toppings to suit your taste.


Another Recipe

Hummus and Crackers or Veggies

The healthy fats of a hummus will keep you fuller for longer and give you the nourishing energy to keep going. Veggies, such as carrot sticks, will provide you with some vitamins and antioxidants. 


Surprisingly easy and quick to make, these yummy, grilled tortillas are packed with Mexican flavours and can be customised to your liking. Add some black beans for an extra protein and fibre kick and some cheese for that comforting taste. 

Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe

Mac and Cheese with Bacon

This cheesy, nostalgic classic will make your lunch that little bit cosier and more enjoyable. This twist on the classic beloved dish is a great meal prep idea, and can be customised. Yum!


Kumara Brownies

Get some extra veggies into your day by making them taste like chocolate. These decadent and smooth brownies are teeming with the goodness and fibre of kumara. But they don’t compromise on taste! 


Tomato and Basil Quiches

Another flavour-packed recipe that is perfect for grab-and-go meal prepping. The tang of tomatoes and the herby splash of basil will make you the envy of the school yard or the work lunch room. 


Chicken and Leek Sausage Rolls

This is a yummy twist on the classic Kiwi favourite. Make these in advance so you have them throughout the week. The protein and pastry will keep you energised to take the rest of the day. 


Spinach and Feta Scrolls

Golden pastry, iron-rich and cheesy filling, you cannot go wrong with these yummy scrolls. With only a couple of ingredients, these are easy and quick to make, and will pack a tasty punch at lunch time. 


Don’t forget to prepare for school with a new school bag and lunch box so that you can feel ready to tackle the new school year. 

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