Sometimes it can be tough to come up with filling and nutritious lunches to pack for the kiddos. That’s why we decided to compile this great collection of easy School Lunch Ideas for you.
Keep your kids happy and healthy with these homemade lunches. You’ll find plenty of great make ahead meals like pastas and pasta salads, sandwiches, wraps and more! There’s something here for even the pickiest eaters!
Go through them all, and find some new favorite homemade dishes to pack in those lunch boxes! Have fun…
1. Rainbow Pasta Salad
There is nothing more healthy than a bunch of different colors in your bowl. Make a huge bowl this great Rainbow pasta salad and it’s a great addition to any school lunch box. Tasty and super heathy.
2. Johnny Marzetti (A Midwest Classic)
Who is Johnny Marzetti? One hearty and nostalgic American casserole, that’s who. You might call him by another name, but you know this one!
3. Homemade Hummus
This smooth, creamy homemade hummus will be a great way to add in more protein power to any lunch box. All you need is some veggies, fruits and some pita breads to scoop this deliciousness away.
4. Salmon Patties (AKA Salmon Cakes)
These salmon patties are enhanced with flavors and aromatics and pan fried for a crispy gorgeous crust. It’s light, it’s lean, and it’s healthy. Great easy school lunch idea that you can whip up in no time.
5. Gigi Hadid Pasta
Now look at that pasta. This is going to be a big HIT with all the kids. Its This meal is so delicious that you will be eating the sauce as it cooks, before even adding the pasta. It’s that good. They will be asking for this Gigi pasta every day.
6. Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice
Add some island flair to your fried rice. This quick and easy one pot meal is loaded with flavors from ham and pineapple, and whips up in 20 minutes or less!
7. Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl
This Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is absolutely Irresist-A-Bowl! Tender juicy chicken, glistening in tasty sauce, alongside Asian coleslaw and creamy avocado. All atop a bed of hot rice. Yum!
8. Mediterranean Pasta
This Mediterranean Pasta is your new best friend. It’s super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love. Make a big batch and it will be great in school lunch boxes.
9. Easy Tuna Melts
10. Egg Salad
Everyone should have one amazing tasting egg salad under their belt. Such a simple salad, but yet with the right ingredients, it’s always finger licking delicious!
11. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels
These chicken bacon ranch pinwheels are a great make ahead school lunch idea. You can make a big batch in no time, and you’ll have school lunches ready for days!
12. Breakfast Egg Muffins 3 Ways
Breakfast egg muffins 3 ways are low carb, filling and perfect for meal prep. Spinach, tomato & mozzarella… bacon and cheddar… and garlic, mushroom & peppers. Make these mini frittata look-a-likes ahead of time and keep them refrigerated for that grab & go quick breakfast or lunch.
13. Turkey Spinach Pinwheels Meal Prep
Here’s another great meal prep pinwheel recipe. This one features turkey spinach pinwheels, which are packed alongside grapes, carrots and cucumbers to keep things healthy!
14. Banana Pancakes
Using only the freshest, most ripe bananas, these banana pancakes are soft, moist, fluffy, and use batter that you can easily make ahead. Most of the sweetness comes from the bananas, so they don’t use too much sugar.
15. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Perhaps the most classic school lunch… PB&J! This post includes five different additions, to keep things interesting. Your kids will love them!
16. Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Every kids loves chicken nuggets, right? This recipe comes out super crunchy and tasty, but they’re baked instead of fried to keep things healthy!
17. Turkey and Spinach Mediterranean Grilled Cheese
Take your grilled cheese to a new level with this Mediterranean inspired recipe. It has turkey for extra protein, plus spinach and tomatoes for veggie power!
18. Chicken Pesto Sandwich
This chicken pesto sandwich features a chicken salad that’s lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo. It also has a quick homemade pesto for great flavors!
19. Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla
Have a lot of kids to cook for? This sheet pan quesadilla is your new favorite school lunch idea! It makes a big batch, so you can keep all the little ones fed!
20. Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
Now here’s a great make ahead option! You can make a dozen of these English muffin breakfast sandwiches at a time a freeze them for up to a month!
21. Barbecue Chicken Pizzadilla
What’s a pizzadilla? It’s a pizza quesadilla! This one has barbecued chicken, avocado and pineapple for a great combination of flavors. Awesome school lunch idea!
22. Margherita Pizza in a Skillet
Everyone loves pizza, and this one is made in a skillet. It’s filled with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and basil leaves. It’s also got a perfect crispy golden crust!
23. How to Make Crepes
Crepes are an easy and versatile school lunch option. They can be filled with sweet or savory fillings, so your little ones can enjoy them no matter their preference!
24. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Every kid’s favorite, spaghetti and meatballs! Make a big batch and portion it up for lunches all week!
25. Crispy Garlic Chicken Strips with Sweet Chilli Mayo
These crispy chicken strips are baked rather than fried, making for a healthy lunch option the kids will love!
26. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
There’s just something so comforting about two slices of grilled bread with melty cheese in between. This recipe has the classic lunch perfected!
27. Parmesan Crusted Chicken
This parmesan crusted chicken is great for sandwiches, over salads, or just by themselves. Your kids are sure to love them!
28. Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Wraps are such easy and nutritious lunch options. This one features tender buffalo chicken, tons of veggies and a creamy sauce!
29. Caprese Grilled Cheese
This great variation on your traditional grilled cheese has gooey mozzarella, vine ripened tomatoes and fresh basil. YUM!
30. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich
So there you go, thirty great school lunch ideas to pack in the kiddos’ lunchboxes. The only question now is, which to try first?
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- 1 lb pasta such as rotini, penne or farfalle
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
- 1 cup garbanzo beans
- 8 oz crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tsp pepper or to taste
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
- 2 Tbsp oregano fresh, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried oregano)
- 2 Tbsp basil fresh, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried basil)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Add salt to your water, at least 2 tbsp of salt. After draining your pasta add a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.
- In a small bowl or jar add all the dressing ingredients together and whisk well. If using a jar, put the lid on and close it, then shake well.
- Toss all salad ingredients together, mix in dressing. Chill before serving.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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