Recipe: Lunch box muffins with hidden veggies

Lunchbox muffins in bento box

Kids eat with their eyes too, so give them something adorable to gobble up and it’s likely to go down a treat. Smiley and packed full of veggies, cheesy tomato muffins are easy to jazz up for a cute-as-a-button lunch on the go.

Whip up a batch at the start of the week and freeze for a week’s worth of school lunches sorted. Or do a double batch so everyone is eating healthy, happy muffins.


1 punnet of Perino™ tomatoes, dice 3 tomatoes
1 punnet Perino™ Gold tomatoes, dice 3 tomatoes
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 cup grated tasty cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated zucchini
1 large onion (red or white), diced
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup cream
1 medium green capsicum, cut into small strips (for nose)
16 paper baking cups (cups are perfect as you can place these on the baking tray and straight into the oven) – they also make a lovely shaped muffin.


Step 1: Preheat oven to 180°C.

Step 2: Get all your ingredients chopped and ready for cooking as per the ingredient list above.

Step 3: Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the onion. Cook for about 3 mins or until onion is translucent. Add the carrots, zucchinis and diced Perino tomatoes and cook for a further 2 – 3 minutes. Set aside the vegetable mixture and let cool.

Step 4: In a separate bowl mix eggs, cream and cheese together until all combined. Stir in the cooled vegetable mixture until gently combined.

Step 5: Stir in sifted self-raising flour until all combined – do not overbeat. Spoon mixture into paper cups until ¾ full.

Step 6: Slice the remaining Perino™ red and gold tomatoes to make eyes and smiley faces. Push the tomatoes and capsicum nose gently into the top of the mixture.

Step 7: Place in oven for approximately 20 – 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on cake rack.

Once cooled, they can be placed in a freezer safe container or freezer bags. You can freeze them in the cups but it’s best to remove when placing in a lunch box. Pop in the lunch box and they will be thawed and fresh ready for lunch.

Tasty tips: Adults can also enjoy these with a dash of balsamic vinegar for a bitey hit. Yum!

Add a handful of fresh Perino™ tomatoes to the kids’ lunchbox for an extra burst of fun and freshness.

Perino Tomatoes only at coles

Red Perino™ sweet snacking tomatoes are twice as sweet as the average tomato, making them a fun, healthy and fresh snack. A colourful addition, Perino™ Gold tomatoes are lower in acidity and have a subtle sweetness.

Bite-sized and similar to a grape in shape, Perino™ snacking tomatoes are harvested by hand and packaged in a convenient re-sealable 200g punnet, straight from the glasshouse to you.

Perino™ and Perino Gold™ tomatoes are available exclusively at Coles.