Innocent’s ‘Design a Lunchbox Challenge’

Innocent got in touch and asked if I would like to be on their lunchbox panel. They wanted a healthy lunch idea for children. Cooper and I were up for the challenge.

Those lovely people at Innocent sent us a red lunchbox, filled with innocent treats and a set of stickers, so Cooper could decorate his lunchbox. As you will see in the following photos, Cooper had a great time decorating his lunchbox. In fact, I think he now has a sticker addiction. He got geared up by enjoying a Fruit Smoothie to help get geared up.

I can't help cringing when I look at these photos. He fell over the day before and scuffed his head quite badly, poor wee lamb. I suppose it is amazing he has got to this age without hurting himself before.

Cooper's lunchbox is filled with two baby egg pies (mini quiches),a little tub of homemade carrot hummus, some carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes to dip in the hummus, oatcakes for a bit of crunch, a Mango & Pineapple Innocent Fruit Tube and some ripe blueberries. I don't know about you, but I would enjoy this for lunch too. The lovely wee tubs you can see are from TumTum

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Baby Egg Pies
These baby quiches can be filled with whatever vegetables you would like to use up. They are quick and easy to make. If you don't have any cream in the fridge, just use milk instead
  • 250g shortcrust pastry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large flat mushroom, finely chopped
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • small handful fresh herbs
  • enough grated cheddar to sprinkle on top
1. Preheat the oven to 190c/375f/Gas 5.2. Rub a little olive oil into 8 holes of a muffin tin.3. Roll the pastry fairly thin and cut out circles of pastry to fit or a little larger than the muffin holes. I used a small bowl. 4. Gently ease the pastry into each hole and prick the base once with a fork. I have tried blind baking these and to be honest, it worked out better when I pricked them with a fork. Much easier.
5. Bake the pastry for 5 minutes. The bases will have risen a little. Gently push them down with the back of a teaspoon. Set aside.
6. Saute the onion in the olive oil until soft and translucent, then add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft. Add the peas and tomatoes and warm through in the pan with the other ingredients for a couple of minutes. Season with black pepper.7. Spoon a little of the vegetable mixture into each pastry case.8. Whisk the eggs with the cream or milk and season with black pepper.9. Pour the egg mixture into the cases. Be generous, if the egg spills over the top of the case a little, it really doesn't matter as the egg will set anyway. Sprinkle each pie with some grated cheddar.10. Bake for a further 7-8 minutes until the egg is set.
note: These will happily keep in the fridge for a few days in an airtight container, alternatively, you can freeze them.
Total time: Yield: Makes 8 baby egg pies


  1. Looks great Jac. Does he really eat all that?

  2. He has Porridge for Breakfast ans can easily eat more than this before dinner. Add some more snacks, fruit and milk and you are there :)

  3. I could quite happily steal Copper's lunch box as I love everything in it!! Great that you are on the lunch box panel...and love the photo of Cooper decorating too!

  4. that look on his face is priceless with that concentration - hope his head heals up quickly - it always looks terrible but the worst is having them upset when they hurt themselves. Impressive lunch - I'd love sylvia to eat so much but it is a challenge

  5. Those pies look amazing! I got asked to do this Innocent thing but said no as Ted is having school dinners... I'm relieved I don't have to put lunchboxes together but when I see stuff as lovely as this I feel sad I don't need to. We'll have to have picnics at the weekend instead!!

  6. His head healed up super-quick Johanna and it didn't bother himone little bit :)

    A picnic is a good plan Sarah :)



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