With kids back in school, moms are scrambling to find lunch ideas that won’t end up coming home uneaten. These 21 creative back-to-school lunch ideas are perfect to get you out of a sandwich rut and kids will love these school lunch ideas!
If you are anything like me, you pack amazing school lunches for about the first week of school . . . and then you start to fizzle out. It’s hard to come up with fresh school lunch ideas day after day. My kids don’t always want to eat the lunches that I think are amazing, but they also get sick of the same old peanut butter sandwich that is my go-to when I’m out of lunch ideas.
I typically have my kids pack their own school lunches. It’s good for them to have the responsibility and it takes something off my plate, but I have to be the one to give them some options when they aren’t sure what to pack in their lunches.
We always have a few healthy snack options that they can grab when they are packing school lunch. The main course is a bit tricker for them and they often resort to sandwiches (that more often than not, end up coming home uneaten).
In an effort to not have my kids’ school lunches consist only of snacks (which is what they’d eat if given the choice), I gathered these creative school lunch ideas that I’m sure they will love.
This year, to simplify things, I plan to make a list of lunch ideas and stick it on the inside of my pantry door so my kids know what their options are when they aren’t sure what to pack in their lunch.
21 Creative School Lunch Ideas
- Cheesy Turkey Bacon Pinwheels
- 5-Ingredient Bento Box Lunches for kids
- Turkey Veggie Snack Wraps
- Granola Crunch Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps
- Sushi Sandwich Turkey
- Clean Eating Banana Wrap
- Bagel Pizzas
- Ranch Veggie Wraps
- Best Fruit Salad Recipe
- Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels with Sesame Lime Quinoa Salad
- PBJ Pinwheel Sandwich Kabobs
- Make Ahead Pizza Rolls
- Easy Walking Tacos
- Easy Baked Corn Dog Bites
- 4-Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Bites
- Pigs in a Blanket
- Pizza Sticks
- Hot Ham and Cheese Rolls
- Cheeseburger Pockets
- Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Hot Pocket
- Kid-Approved Pasta Salad
We hope these creative school lunch ideas will make the school year go just a bit smoother this year. Get into a meal rotation and simplify things even more. Each week you could have ingredients on hand to make 4-5 of these recipes and let your kids choose which they want to make each day, or if they want to go for their standard sandwich.
Recommended School Lunch Supplies
To simplify school lunches, we recommend having some products on hand that make it easy for kids to prep their own lunches and get them to school in a way that keeps them looking appetizing. These are some of our favorite school lunch products:
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