Hi! I’m Kayla.
A wife, mum and home cook dedicated to helping you cook with your kids!
A born and raised Aussie girl I spent my childhood summers either getting dirty and picking tomatoes on my grandparents farm. Or baking butterfly cupcakes with my hero dad (an amazing chef) in our tiny and cramped but oh-so-full of love home kitchen. I lived the good life.
Through my lovely little lunch box I now help families like yours live the good life too.
I share simple step-by-step recipes so your family can create and eat delicious food at home – even if you don’t know how to cook! And just like my dad – I teach my kids Grace and Harry to cook! We share our cooking adventures right here. Getting your kids into the kitchen chopping carrots, stirring pasta sauce, whisking eggs, baking home made raspberry muffins, peeling bananas, grating zucchini and learning to cook is my mission.
I believe food matters – we are what we eat. Food is how we fuel our bodies, how we celebrate life and how we connect with our friends and family.
For me, it’s simple – teaching our kids to cook, eat and share good food makes for a good life.
Today, life is busy. Between work, the school run, swimming lessons and a never ending inbox we feed our families too much junk from packets and not enough apples, spinach, tomatoes, pineapple, mango, kale, almonds – the stuff our bodies need to live! And it’s killing us!
When we don’t cook at home – our kids grow up clueless about real food. They don’t know a tomato grows on a vine or how to slice them into a gorgeous tomato and basil salad. And when kids don’t know a tomato from a potato they fall for the nasty marketing tricks that push packets of nastiness down their throats – making them fat, sick and destined to live a shorter life than us!
Together we can change this.
I believe cooking at home with your kids at the kitchen bench will change their life. They’ll grow up eating more zucchini fritters and less frozen chicken nuggets. They will grow up knowing how to cook. They’ll be able to whip up a chicken broccolini stir fry. How to bake banana blueberry loaf. How to whiz together basil pesto. How to blend together a raspberry banana smoothie.
Your child will be able to cook without thinking. And will have the knowledge and power to say ‘oh hell NO’ to a packet of bbq chips and ‘oh hell YEAH’ to broccoli pesto penne! They will cook and eat the food their body needs to live a life full of joy and happiness AND celebrate their 100th birthday! They will live the good life too!
If you’ve never cooked before, don’t worry! I’ve got you! I truly believe simple food is the best food. We don’t complicate cooking. Simple ingredients, put together with a little love is all you need. I’ll walk you through each recipe (just like my dad did with me) using step-by-step photographs to show you exactly what to do. You won’t get lost or feel overwhelmed. But you will get pesto pasta salad onto the table – with your kids cooking along with you too.
I also believe the time we spend together is just as important as the food we eat. Sitting together to share tomato penne for supper or sunday morning blueberry pancakes makes your family happier! It’s your way of finding the joy in the ordinary and celebrating everyday life. Setting the table doesn’t have to be fancy. A simple chicken pesto tray bake nestled in the middle of the table surrounded by dinner plates and your smiling [and hungry] family is all you need!
Whether you’re just starting your home cooking adventure, searching for a quick dinner idea, trying to feed a fussy toddler or looking to make a big change to what your family eats – I’m here to help you and your family eat well and live the good life too.
My lovely little lunch box is built on a bedrock of love, a passion for what’s possible and a commitment to change the food landscape for our families. Through our free recipes, cook-along challenges, cook books and anything else we might offer – we’re in this to make a difference.
To help you cook good food at home, get your kids into the kitchen and eat together as a family.
I don’t claim to be a food expert and I don’t have all the answers. I get busy and order pizza somedays. But my commitment is to bring you the very best of what we’re cooking and eating and to keep it real as we go. So please don’t expect a ‘perfect mum’ or ‘perfect family’. But please do expect delicious recipes you can cook at home, tips and advice you can use to cook with your kids, meal planning hacks to save you time and an unwavering devotion to help your family eat well and live the good life too.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. I would love to learn more about you and you family. The best way to share that and stay connected is to become a ‘my lovely little lunch box family’. You’ll hear from me every Tuesday – when I email our latest recipe directly to your inbox.
PLUS, you’ll also get [free] access to our 7 day home baking challenge as soon as you subscribe. It’s the ultimate beginners guide to cooking with your children. Together you will learn to bake mini carrot cakes, apple & cinnamon bars and even learn how to make your very own loaf of bread (in less than an hour!). I can’t wait for you to get cooking!
Thank you for taking the time to visit. I am thrilled we’re connected and I’m excited for our cooking adventures ahead!
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