Looking for tasty sandwich alternatives to pack in your child’s lunch box? These creative school lunch ideas for kids are just the ticket! Mac and cheese muffins, pizza pancakes, chicken ranch roll-ups, and LOTS more!
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It’s Back-to-School time, and along with the rush of school supply shopping often comes the dreaded mealtime dilemma – what should I pack for school lunches inside of that cute new lunch box?!
If your kids are anything like mine, sandwich burnout hits them quickly into the school year, and I often find myself on the hunt for new and creative sandwich alternatives and other healthy lunch ideas. Since many of you are probably in the same boat, I compiled a list of 25 fun and unique school lunch ideas for kids that are mostly sandwich-free!
All of the ideas here can be modified to suit your tastes and ingredient preferences – I personally lean towards healthy lunches and whole grains for my kids, so I use these ideas as my starting point and then tweak them as necessary. Simply add a side of your favorite fresh fruit and veggies (we like baby carrots or carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and apple slices) for a balanced meal your kids will love!
25 School Lunch Ideas for Kids
Pizza + pancakes? It’s not as crazy as it might sound…in fact, it’s downright delicious! Made with a savory pancake batter, these pizza pancakes are a hit with kids of all ages, and they’re easy to customize with your favorite pizza topping ingredients like pepperoni, bell peppers, and olives! Include a side of tomato sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.
These yummy ham & cheese muffins from I Should Be Mopping the Floor will make your kiddo the envy of the cafeteria! They’re a great option for using up leftover mac and cheese to avoid food waste!
Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups like these ones from Something About Sandwiches are SO easy to make, and let’s be honest, my kids are ten times more likely to eat them when they’re rolled up like this vs in a traditional sandwich format! Use a whole wheat tortilla in place of the bread for a boost of whole grain nutrition.
Quesadillas are a kid favorite for good reason, and they don’t need to be served piping hot to be delicious! Make a simple cheese quesadilla or add black beans or refried beans for extra protein and serve with a side of fruit, tortilla chips, and guacamole for a bento box meal your kids will love!
All it takes to make this tasty Nutella and Banana Sushi from Paging Fun Mums is a whole wheat tortilla, a banana, and some Nutella spread! Change things up and swap out the Nutella for almond butter, cream cheese, or even Greek yogurt for even more delicious and healthy options!
DIY Uncrustable Freezer Sandwiches – let’s face it, sandwiches are a lunchbox staple, so when you’re pressed for time while packing lunches, these easy freezer sandwiches are a huge time saver! You can even make your freezer sandwiches in other varieties such as tuna or chicken salad, deli meats, and cheeses, too!
You can even turn one of those Uncrustables into a cute Pac-Man Bento Box Lunch for a cute surprise!
There are so many easy lunch ideas in this collection that you’re sure to find something your child will love!
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