It’s back to school this week for my kids, and unlike some mums, I am really happy and excited about this. My house as been a right mess through the summer holidays and I am delighted to have the kids back at school and back into a routine again. Our school provides free hot dinners for the infants, so my youngest two have these. But next year when my daughter goes up into year 3, we have to start paying for them at a cost of £10 a week. It may not sound much, but when you have more than one child it gets quite expensive. So the other option is to take a packed lunch. But you don’t want to get into a rut of just having boring sandwiches everyday. So today I am going to share with you three packed lunch that I would give my kids.


hartleys jelly lunchbox 1 Back to school lunches


First up is the basic pack lunch. If I am in a rush I would just make a cheese or ham sandwich, throw in a piece of fruit and a Hartley’s Jelly pot. And maybe some crisp if they have been good.


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Instead of a sandwich you could make up some super quick noodles. You could make your own from fresh or do what I do and make up a packet of chicken flavoured noodles that only cost 20p. Either make these up the night before or you could do them in the morning as they only take 5 minutes to cook. Add some fruit, I went for raisins, a packet of dried fruit too and a chocolate chip cookie for the treat.


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Or how about a mixed bean salad. Either use a tinned of ready mixed beans or make your own and add some salad dressing and mint. I added 2 pieces of fruit, banana and grapes. And also a Dairylea Dunkers. My kids love these.


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My kids love having a little treat with their lunch and the Hartley’s Jelly pots are perfect. They have only 10 calories and no added sugar. They are normally about 49p but throughout the whole of September they are on offer at selected stores for just 25p each. And not only that, but if you collect 12 pot lids from promotional packs, you can exchange them for a yellow lunchbox with fun stickers!!

What do you think of our box below?


hartleys jelly lunchbox 2


Here are some more ideas for back to school packed lunches:

Banana Pancakes

banana pancakes

Baked Bean Chilli

Baked bean Chilli recipe 5

Summer Egg Salad


Quick Mac & Cheese


Cheese & Ham Shooting Stars


Handmade Rosemary Crackers


White Chocolate & Cranberry Bark


Monkey Bites

monkey bites

What items do you like to include in your kids lunchbox? What are your favourite back to school lunches?

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9 comments on “Back to School Lunches with Hartley’s Jelly”

  1. Great ideas! We need lunchboxes for LB when she goes to playgroup and I often wonder how I am going to make it different each day. We love these jelly’s too. I think they are also really handy to have up your sleeve for quick snacks. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam. Love your lunchbox photos! xx
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