Back to school means you need lunchbox ideas that your child will love. Creativity can be a challenge when putting together a delicious, nutritious and portable meal, but lunches can be just as fun as they are yummy.
Here are 5 delicious lunch ideas that kids will actually crave and eat. I also included a few links to lunchbox accessories that instantly upgrade any school lunch. They are from Amazon and I make a commission from each sale at no extra cost to you.
Fun, delicious and easy lunchbox ideas
- Stromboli with Caesar salad. Kids love food that they can dunk and eat with their hands. And these Stromboli pockets are both! Make ahead using pre-made pizza dough and fill with ham or turkey, salami and cheese. Pack with a side of marinara sauce and a Caesar salad for a yummy and fun meal. You can pack salad dressing and marinara sauce in these containers.
- Scrambled eggs, bagel, sausage, and grapes. My kids LOVE breakfast – for breakfast, lunch or even dinner! Pack a bagel with cream cheese, sausage links or small beef franks, and grapes in their lunch box. Fill a Thermos Funtainer with scrambled eggs for a protein filled breakfast. Plus, it will keep the eggs warm until lunch time!
- Chicken nuggets, fruit salad, broccoli and melted cheese. This kid-friendly lunch is also a breeze to pack! Frozen chicken nuggets get pre-cooked and added to their box or Funtainer. Broccoli with melted cheese can be added to a smaller Thermos container to keep it nice and warm. To keep the fruit salad from getting warm, packing the warm items separate is ideal.
- Turkey and hummus pinwheel, and applesauce with pretzel sticks.Hummus is a great, healthy lunch item that’s packed with protein! Spread hummus on a tortilla and top with turkey. Roll tightly and cut into pinwheel shapes. Keep them in place use a pretzel stick as a toothpick alternative. Kids LOVE eating this fun finger food.
- Pigs in a blanket, carrots, celery, and cheese cubes. My kids adore this lunch. To make pigs in a blanket, use premade croissant or crescent dough to roll 2 Lit’l All Beef Smokies or similar small beef franks. Bake according to package instructions. Don’t forget to include ketchup (some schools might have some available) and ranch dressing or a dip for your veggies!
Great accessories that make lunchboxes fun
Here are a few of my favorite lunchbox accessories to instantly upgrade your child’s meal:
- Divided food storage containers: these are so easy to use and reusable.
- Silicone Liners: colorful and easy to clean, these liners are used for baking but they also make any lunchbox so much prettier.
- Small condiment holders: these are colorful and fun, but also super practical so you can include different condiments in your child’s lunchbox.
Let me know if your kids love these lunchbox ideas!
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