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If you haven’t heard of The Organised Housewife, then your life is about to change!  The Organised Housewife is Katrina (Kat) Springer from Gold Coast, QLD.  She is exactly what the name suggests – organised – and she shares all her wisdom on her extremely popular blog. From general home organisation to cleaning hacks, budgeting to printable charts, Kat has every part of the home (and beyond) covered.

And because Kat is such a whizz, we got in touch with her to get her recommendations for healthy, interesting school lunches that the kids will eat!  She didn’t disappoint.

Kat does have a few tips for packing school lunches.  These are just a few of them here:

  1. Purchase a lunchbox that is age appropriate and with separate compartments
  2. Start with a Plan
  3. Avoid the ‘packet lunchbox’
  4. Make lunch interesting
  5. Love and encouragement matters

You can see the full list and further details here.

In terms of what to pack, Kat breaks it down into four sections:

Fruit + Vegetables – Always pack two pieces of fruit and include a mixture of vegetable items

Baking – Katrina loves to bake so often bulk bakes, placing items in the freezer until required. 

Snacks – Katrina refers to these as something with crunch or texture.  This is just a little something should they still be peckish after lunch

Sandwich, Wrap or Salad – this is the key lunch option

Kat has 100s of lunchbox ideas and recipes on her website.  We found our top 10 to share with you here.

Lunchbox Idea 1

Lunchbox Idea 1

Lunchbox Idea 2

Lunchbox Idea 2

Lunchbox Idea 3

  • Grapes
  • 100+ cookies from 1 mix
  • Sausage Salad (sausages, lettuce, capsicum, celery, cucumber and cheese)
  • Vegemite Sandwich

Lunchbox Idea 3

Lunchbox Idea 4

Lunchbox Idea 4

Lunchbox Idea 5

Lunchbox Idea 5

Lunchbox Idea 6

Lunchbox Idea 6

Lunchbox Idea 7

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Lunchbox Idea 8

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Lunchbox Idea 9

  • Grapes and Oranges
  • Human Bean Co Aussie BBQ Faba Beans
  • Banana Bread
  • Little Vegemite Sandwiches
  • Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, Cheese Cubes

Lunchbox Idea 9

Lunchbox Idea 10

Lunchbox Idea 10

In addition to those staples, a few other interesting lunch ideas could include meals such as:

Kat has her own cookbook full of easy, affordable and freezer-friendly lunchbox recipes that are geared towards making school mornings a stress-free affair. The cookbook comes packed with over 50 nut-free recipes and is available for purchase on her website

The Organised Housewife Cookbook

For more Back to School ideas, check out our blogs, Nailing the Morning Routine and Back to School Tips.

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