5 tips that will help you break out of the "boring" lunchbox

Kinderling News & Features

Filling your kid's lunchbox with something edible and affordable every day can be a nightmare. Luckily, our friends at One Handed Cooks have got plenty of easy, awesome ideas to get you thinking inside the box.

We spoke to kitchen maestro Allie Gaunt, who shared her best lunch tips and some scrummy recipes for Sushi Sandwiches and Pinwheel Wraps we want to scoff ourselves. 

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Allie's lunchbox tips 

1. Let your child choose a fun lunch box
Sometimes kids can be embarrassed by a daggy lunchbox. If they have a fun one, they’ll be happier to pull it out and polish off their tucker.

2. Experiment with different shapes
Use cookie cutters, skewers or silicon baking cups to create different shapes. Food that is a different size, texture or shape is more appealing for kids and can make portion sizes more manageable in a confined lunchbox space.

3. Try bento-style box lunches
These are all the rage at the moment. Gives the appearance of more choice and kids can mix and match the foods that they feel like eating.

4. Bring their lunch to life
Use raisins for eyes, or cut up cheese for teeth to make mini monsters. Give them a giggle at lunch!

5. Be aware of how lunch will 'travel'
Keep in mind what happens from making it in the morning to opening it at lunchtime. Pack the food neatly and securely and safely and use ice packs to keep fresh so sandwich doesn't smell like a banana, for instance. 

Sushi sandwiches recipe

Kids love sushi, so why not make a sandwich look like sushi for a cute twist!

Servings: 4
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes


  • 4 slices high-top bread
  • 2 tbsp whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 95g tin tuna in springwater, drained
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • ½ medium carrot, grated


  1. To prepare the bread, cut off the crusts and place the slices on a chopping board. Flatten using a rolling pin.
  2. Spread mayonnaise over one side of each bread slice.
  3. Leaving a 1cm gap from the edge, place a quarter of the avocado slices in a line along the bread (parallel to the short edge). Do the same with the tuna and grated carrot.
  4. Once the fillings are arranged, roll the bread slices up 'sushi style'. Seal shut with extra mayo if required.
  5. Cut each roll into two to three rounds, and serve.

Pinwheel wraps recipe

Mix it up with these delicious roll-ups packed with protein and veges 

Servings: 2 – 4

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes


  • 2 multigrain wraps or mountain bread
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 4 slices cooked chicken or turkey, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon whole-egg mayonnaise
  • handful of fresh baby spinach or chopped lettuce


  1. Place wraps on a board.
  2. In a small bowl combine the avocado, carrot, celery, chicken and mayonnaise. Mash together until well combined.
  3. Spread half the avocado mixture over one wrap and sprinkle with the spinach. Roll up the wrap tightly to enclose filling. Continue with the second wrap.
  4. Cut into small bite sized slices.

For more great recipes, get the One Handed Cooks latest Baby Foodie e-book. Also check out our recipes for icy summer treat recipes!