Easy lunchbox idea – vegetarian cheesy muffins

20 Apr


Today is the last day of the Easter school break here in Sydney and it is cold and raining. We have my best friend’s daughter over for the day and I have used this time when gals are distracted to get my bake on.

In between dancing and building a fort Miss7 decided she wanted to help out and I suggested she make something that she can take in her school lunchboxes. We decided upon savoury muffins, something I have never made before. 

And in fact I still haven’t made them as Miss7 managed to do the whole thing from scratch. That’s how easy they are. It is quite old-school in that no mixers are required. You can mix it up with whatever you have in the crisper and I am sure they will still taste great. Try zucchini instead of carrot, or peas instead of olives. Fetta would taste great as would diced cooked sweet potato.


I have already told Miss7 that I will betaking some of these to work as an easy breakfast option, so don’t think they are a child-only affair.

After muffins are cold wrap in cling film and place in freezer. Place frozen muffin in lunchbox – by lunchtime it will be good to go.



1 ½ cups self raising flour

1 ½ cups grated cheese – we used a mix of tasty and mozzarella

1 carrot, finely grated

½ cup sliced black olives

decent shake of Italian herbs

S&P to taste

3 tablespoons mild salsa – we were almost out so added in some pizza sauce with herbs

1 egg

¾ cup milk


Preheat oven to 180C and line cupcake pan with liners.

In a large bowl stir together the flour, cheese, dried herbs, S&P, olives and carrots.

In a small jug combine egg, milk and salsa with fork.

Make a well in dry and pour wet into dry and stir with silver spoon until just combined – do not over-mix.

Scrape into cupcake liners and bake for 15-18 minutes / until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool on wire racks.


17 Responses to “Easy lunchbox idea – vegetarian cheesy muffins”

  1. Mike April 20, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    Looks yummy!

    • thehungrymum April 20, 2015 at 3:33 am #

      Thanks – I snuck one when they just came out of the oven and it was goooood.

  2. Jasline @ Foodie Baker April 20, 2015 at 5:22 am #

    You are making me hungry with those savoury muffins! I love how easy it is, thanks for sharing!

    • thehungrymum April 21, 2015 at 5:46 am #

      so so easy! Make them – they are great for b’fast too.

  3. eatmystreet April 20, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Yum! Great photo too.

  4. dipsiyer April 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Yummm! And just so easy!

  5. tinywhitecottage April 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    These sound delicious! And I like your little muffin cups.

    • thehungrymum April 21, 2015 at 2:59 am #

      They really are – Miss7 has two in her lunchbox today. The B&W wrappers are quite chic 😉

  6. Whisked Away April 21, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    I LOVE this! We are huge muffin fans around here, but I don’t know why I’ve never tried making savory muffins. And I think my kids might scream if they see another PB&J sandwich in their lunch box, I have a feeling these will be a huge hit!

    • thehungrymum April 21, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Same – has taken me my whole adult life to get to this point! They were such a hit today. I’m the anti-sandwich person here, I despise making sandwiches #irrationalHatred

  7. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) April 23, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    Would be very happy to have these in my lunch box…. paper bag…. zip lock thing shoved into purse 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      My handbag is where used ziplock bags go to die #snacksAllTheTime

  8. kamillej2014 May 1, 2015 at 1:11 am #

    Addition of salsa; brilliant! I’d substitute gluten free flour(my son & I are sensitive:( sigh) and we have a winner!
    Nice to have a savoury option – so hard to keep the kids sugar intake down!

    • thehungrymum May 1, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      Thanks – we go through sooo much salsa here, Miss9 adds it to everything! I will be making some of these this w’end for school lunchboxes for next week. Have a great weekend.


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