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Thursday 18th July 2019

Back to school lunchbox inspiration

Whether you’re a new prep parent or a seasoned veteran, maintaining a healthy lunchbox menu across the whole school year can be tricky. With school holidays now over for another term, parents may experience a shortage of inspiration when it comes to back-to-school lunch preparation. 


Meal planning is key when children are at school to ensure they have a well-balanced diet for good grades and energy in the playground. With kids returning to school this week, take the hassle out of lunch prep with this quick and easy lunch idea to inspire your family’s back to school menu. 


Zucchini and Pea Fritters


Quick, easy and healthy, these fritters only take 15 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to cook and makes two serves. Pack with grape tomatoes and tzatziki for the ultimate school lunchbox packed with protein to keep tummies fuller for longer.


  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small zucchini 
  • 75g haloumi 
  • 1 egg
  • ¹/³ cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp dill



  1. Boil peas until cooked, mash until coarsely crushed. Add the grated zucchini, grated halloumi and whisked egg and gently toss to combine. Add flour and stir to combine.
  2. Add milk and finely chopped dill and stir to combine.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat with oil spray. Spoon 2-tbs portions of mixture onto the pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until lightly golden and bubbles rise to the top. Flip and cook for a further 1-2 mins or until golden brown.


See the full Coles recipe here.

Get involved 

With simple recipes like this, why not get kids into the kitchen to learn useful and fun skills they'll be able to put in action themselves.

Get healthy

Educating your kids about healthy food is a great way to get them excited about what’s going in their tummies.

Get prepared

If you can, have lunch boxes prepared and ready the night before - this makes the morning easier particularly if you’re having a hard time getting the kids out of bed.

Get two for one  

Lunches can also make great dinners, serve with salad or steamed vegetables for a delicious meal. Or, pop the meal in the freezer and enjoy again at a later date.

Get inspired 

What better way to inspire your menu than immersing yourself in an insightful culinary experience? We are partnering with Free to Feed to host a series of authentic cooking classes. Secure your tickets via our event page.

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