I’m on a quest for healthy (ish) school lunches for Goose and in particular – sandwich substitutes. So far the stand out favourite has been the ‘Mini Egg & Bacon Pies’.

This is a recipe that has been in our family for as long as I can remember. These were requested at every single birthday party without fail when we were growing up and my sisters & I have carried on that tradition.* They are always a hit and perfect to freeze and pull out for school lunches, when friends come over for lunch or when you need to bring a savoury plate. They are great warm and great cold.


250g shortcrust pastry
3 rashers bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon chives OR 1 onion, chopped
3 eggs
1 & 1/2 cups of milk OR cream
2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
125g cheese, grated
salt & pepper

1. Set oven to 190 C.
Fry bacon & onion in frying pan. (Or just the bacon if you are using chives)
3. Beat eggs & add all other ingredients.
4. Line a greased muffin tray with pastry rounds. I use the top of a wine glass or a scone cutter.
5. Put tablespoon or so of mixture into each one & cook for 15 mins.

* This can be made into one large pie also. Just blind bake the pastry first for approx 10 mins and cook at 180C for approx 40 mins.

Coming close second in the lunchbox stakes are Zucchini & Ricotta Muffinsstay tuned later this week for the recipe. I am keen to try these, these & these which I think could be winners also.

What are your lunchbox winners?

If you’ve got a healthy lunchbox recipe, whether sweet or savoury, that you’ve already posted about – please link it up below. Or you could always write a new post – just to link it up here! It would be great to have a resource of lunchbox ideas, that are tried and true by bloggers & their kids, that we could all go to with just one click!

*With the exception of the Japanese party & the Pink Party as it just didn’t fit the theme ;)

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  1. says

    We LOVE these so much in our house now. Always requested for birthday parties too. Abbey likes them for dinner, and I can eat them anytime of the day – so yummy! They are even naughtier with puff pastry. Such a good recipe!

  2. says

    Well, I think this is right up my alley;) I will check back soon with some of my suggestions.<br />I definitely like the idea of alternatives to sandwiches. But saying that, my son is so easy at the moment, he doesn&#39;t mind sandwiches every day!

  3. says

    Thanks for the recipe, I can&#39;t wait to try them! I have often thought that a good fundraiser for schools would be for parents to submit their favorite lunch ideas to make into a recipe book – mainly so that I can get some more inspiration! I will try and think of something that has been popular in our house in the past, as at the moment they are back onto the plain old ham sandwiches, not too

  4. says

    These sound yummy and a great alternative to sandwiches my little one would really like these. At the moment I&#39;ve been sending the older one with salada crackers and a tin of tuna which she loves. Today I just made some yummy biscuits from Meagan&#39;s blog, Lime and choc chip biscuits, quick, easy and yummy too, here&#39;s the link http://ecomilf.blogspot.com/2010/11/

  5. says

    Yum – perfectly timed post, this what I&#39;m making tonight for dinner!!!<br />I&#39;ll have to think up some of my lunchbox winners – I have a post all about my fave brekkie recipes – but will have to do a lunch one too :-)<br />xxxCate

  6. says

    I&#39;ve never thought to do the quiche thing. I make little tuna and cucumber sushis and sometimes do pinwheels with ham or vegemite. Otherwise, it&#39;s sambos all the way. x

  7. says

    What an adorable blog you have! Those mini quiches look divine! My little girl needs variety all the time too! When she was an infant she wouldn&#39;t eat the same baby food two days in a row! I need variety, I&#39;m excited to follow your blog!

  8. says

    BRILLIANT! Pies are very, very popular in our house with the Small Girl but I always feel a small twinge of guilt about buying them from the dodgy bakery down the road, as if the parenting police are going to come and arrest me. These look wonderful, am bookmarking this RIGHT now.<br />Have a great weekend x<br />p.s Actually popped over to start trawling your blog for birthday party ideas…

  9. says

    Can these be frozen? If so, what would the reheat instructions be and how long do you think these would last in the freezer?

    • says

      Hi Sharon, so sorry that i have only just seen this comment now! yes, these can definitely be frozen as i do it regularly. just defrost them in the fridge the night before or pop them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

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