101 Lunch Ideas for Back to School

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over! It’s time to start planning morning routines and back to school lunches. What to made for lunch is always a tough question.

Often, we will pack leftovers from the previous night. Sometimes though, we want something different. That’s why I’ve made this list of 101 lunch ideas.

  1. Back to School Healthy Lunch Recipe: PB&J Banana Dogs | The eMeals Blog
    Add a little fun to your child’s lunchbox with this new spin on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Everything is not always
  2. Kid-Friendly Wraps Recipe | Simply Recipes
    Kid friendly wraps recipes including peanut butter and jelly wraps and cream cheese, sliced ham, and shredded carrots wraps. Roll-ups made with flour tortillas and various fillings.
  3. Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad - Family Fresh MealsIf you love chicken salad & avocados, then you are going to ga-ga for this Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad recipe. How can this taste THIS GOOD & be HEALTHY!
  4. pizza puffs
    Muffin sized pizza bites are a fun lunch for kids or appetizers for a party!
  5. Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad Recipe : Ellie Krieger : Food Network
    Get this all-star, easy-to-follow Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad recipe from Food Network Magazine.
  6. Veggie Mac and Cheese
    This is one recipe your kids are going to love! Easy, cheesy and delicious this veggie mac and cheese is the perfect lunchbox thermos lunch!
  7. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom: Grilled Bean and Cheese Burritos
    I have a handful of “standby” meals for nights when I just don’t feel like cooking.  (Quesadillas, burritos and eggs to just name a few.)  These Bean and Cheese Burritos are a great option for nights like this.
  8. dinner or dessert: egg boats
    These egg boats are a new breakfast favorite because they literally take less than five minutes to prep. Sourdough baguettes filled with sausage, eggs and lots of cheese, baked until hot and toasty… so so good!
  9. Cold Peanut Noodles Recipe | Food | Disney Family.com
    Boost the main-dish status here with some shredded grilled chicken breast or rotisserie chicken. Try this quick and easy dinner recipe from Disney Family.com.
  10. Lunch box ideas and Bentos! | Meet the Dubiens
    There are a lot of Bento lunch ideas on this page.  I particularly like the one pictured here; cold pasta salad made with ‘butterfly’ pasta, a little italian dressing, peas and parmesan cheese.
  11. How to Make an Apple Sandwich - 100 Days of Real Food
    In case you’ve seen these apple sandwiches around, but have no idea how to make them…this is for you! First, you’ll need… The Supplies Required Supplie
  12. LunchBox Ideas: Lunch on a Stick — A Few Short Cuts
    Kids are so much fun! They see things through a whole new creative set of eyes.  I get so much joy …
  13. BBQ Chicken Wraps — A Few Short CutsI can’t  believe that Back to School season is just around the corner.  Since I homeschool m …
  14. Homemade Black Beans | Homemade Mommy
    For some many years I just ate black beans out of the can and I can tell you first hand – they aren’t like the beans I grew up with in El Paso, TX.  They tasted …
  15. Cute School Lunch Ideas for Kids<br /><br />         |<br /><br />         Skinnytaste
    Delicious Clean and Healthy Recipes From My Family To Yours. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Points.
    The mini ham cheese and tomato skewers look like they might be my favourite.
  16. Squiggly Wiggly Wrap > Recipes > Food & Cooking > Right@Home®
    Squiggly Wiggly Wrap – With just three tasty ingredients assembled in three simple steps, this lunch treat is as easy as—that’s right—one, two, three!
  17. Recipe: Whole-Wheat Waffles - 100 Days of Real Food
    What’s for breakfast this weekend? How about some yummy, healthy, easy-to-make, homemade waffles!
    They don’t need to be just for breakfast.  I think they would be used to make a great sandwiches for lunch.
  18. Pasta Salad with Salami and Mozzarella recipe | Real Simple Recipes
    Pasta Salad with Salami and Mozzarella recipe
  19. Back to School: Lunches - Crumbs and Chaos
    A friend of mine mentioned that her daughter had been enjoying sushi (without raw fish) with them and it  got me thinking you could make “sushi” for your child’s lunch.
  20. Ham and Cheese Empanadas Recipe | Spoonful
    These savory turnovers are easy for kids to assemble and even easier for them to eat.
  21. Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins
    My family loves these Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins. They are perfect to keep on hand in the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner. I will say though that these are not like the deep fried, on the stick, type of corn dog. If that is what you are wanting, these probably are not for you. Just being honest here. These are moist. These are …
  22. Recipe: Homemade Whole-Wheat Pizza - 100 Days of Real Food
    I got this recipe from a friend of a friend and it turned out great! Making the dough ourselves took a little extra time, but my daughters loved helping me
  23. Fried Rice
    Fried rice is an excellent way to combine simple ingredients including leftover rice to create a delicious and easy side dish. It could be a meal in itself.
  24. DIY Fruit Roll-ups and Fruit Leather Recipes - Baking Outside the Box
    Making fruit roll-ups is one of my ‘Earth Mother’ things that I love doing.   It’s the same bliss I get as when I’m making bread, spaghetti sauce from scratch or strawberry jam with fruit that is still warm from the sun. I thoroughly enjoy preserving food.  So when my son-in-law’s mother kindly gave me a huge …
  25. {Lunch for Kids} Jellyfish for Lunch - JDaniel4s MomI was driving JDaniel to school a couple of weeks ago and he asked if I would have a special lunch waiting for him when he got home. “Sure, what would you like me to make?” I said. I know he loves jellyfish yet I was surprised when he told me that he wanted a …
  26. Bacon Lettuce and Tomato BLT Spring Roll Recipe
    A non-traditional spring roll made with bacon, lettuce and tomato. This BLT spring roll is low carb, gluten free and fun to make for parties.
  27. Strawberry Quesadillas Recipe — La Fuji Mama
    Quesadillas made with sliced strawberries, avocado, black beans, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese for a quick and easy after school snack.
  28. food and other stuff: Greek Salad Sandwich
    If you like Greek salads then you are going to love this sandwich. It is quick to make and doesn’t have too many ingredients. The chickpea spread in this recipe is enough for at least four sandwiches and keeps well in the fridge
  29. Turkey, Hummus and Veggie Wrap - Jo Cooks
    It’s Sunday, which means it’s the last day of my vacation, back to work tomorrow. But that’s OK, it was a great week, got lots of rest so I’m ready to start the new year at work. One of the great things this week is that I was able to cook and prepare lots of… Read More »
  30. Frugal Family Times: Family Food: Lunch - Able!
    Ideas for making your own Lunchable style lunch for kids.
  31. Kids Paleo Lunches
    When we decided to switch the entire family to a Paleo diet, my first concern was “What the heck do I make my kids for lunch?”. I mean, the only way a kid will eat lunch is if it’s served between two slices of bread, right? The first solution was …
  32. Keeley McGuire: Lunch Made Easy: Tacos for Her, Nachos for Me!
    Taco night is always a hit at our house, especially to Little Miss. She would have them twice a week if she could, lol…

    I love taco night because that means leftovers for the lunchbox the next day! 
  33. chicken waldorf salad kebobs
    Kids will love these colourful sandwiches on a stick. Simple to make for lunches, but fun enough to serve at a child’s birthday party for no-mess dining
  34. homemade chicken noodle soup
    The key to making killer chicken noodle soup is homemade stock. And in case you aren’t aware – it takes a little time to make homemade stock, but it is super easy!
  35. another lunch: recipe | how I make homemade cheese crackers
    These crackers are great because you can really customize them to your tastes so easily! You can switch up the cheese – cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, or a mixture! For seasoning I like red pepper, garlic powder, cajun seasoning, pepper, paprika.
  36. Brainy Broccoli Soup | Recipes
    Brainy Broccoli Soup.Yes, broccoli can make you smarter! Eating healthy is a great way to improve cognitive function.  Make sure your kids know this! This lightened up version of…
  37. Mini Frittata | Oh Sweet Day!
    I personally think they look cute and I love the flavor. I just wish someone could explain to me whey my son only took a bite of it at school.
  38. mini calzone
    Mini Calzones Recipe Have you ever come up with an idea so simple, it’s just genius? I don’t mean to gloat – but that’s basically what you’re about to encounter here with today’s recipe. Not only are these calzones simple and inexpensive to make – they are portable, freezer-friendly, and kid-friendly. In other words, they […]
  39. another lunch: Recipe | Flavor Packed Macaroni & Cheese
    I chose to go with a loaded baked potato inspired mac & cheese. And I’m so glad I did. Because this is now my all time favorite macaroni and cheese.
  40. A Summer Dinner: Cold Sesame Noodles with Veggies | Katie at the Kitchen Door
    So here I am in Maine.  On vacation.  My first ever real-person vacation, to be exact.  It’s been really nice, with just the right amount of activity, and just the right amount of rest… and there…
  41. tomato bisque
    I absolutely love ordering Tomato Bisque when out at restaurants and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the outcome can be at home too. We are at the ve
  42. Homemade Cereal Bars (Delicious, Kid-Friendly Lunch Idea)
    Homemade Cereal Bars Recipe I’ve been sharing fun, kid-friendly recipes for school lunches this week. In case you missed them, make sure to check out my Alphabet Soup and Mini Calzone recipes too! I recently stumbled on this recipe for homemade cereal bars at Yummy Mummy Kitchen. Unfortunately, I think I’m not half the cook […]
  43. Paleo Chicken Salad Boats | Food Renegade
    Our fridge is almost always stocked with Paleo Chicken Salad during the spring and summer months. It makes for such a flavorful, satisfying and simple meal! Since chicken salad is served cold, it’s also perfect to pack for lunches to be enjoyed at school or at the office.
  44. lunch bruschetta
    Years and years of school lunches can become a bit of a drudgery, but every now and then I come up with something that tickles my girls tastebuds! They do like to get their gourmet on, and a vegemite sandwich just does not cut it in our house. This lunch is quick and easy to …
  45. Checkerboard Turkey Sandwich Recipe - Kraft Recipes
    All you need to master the checkerboard sandwich look are a slice of white and a slice of wheatâ??and some turkey and fixins, of course.
  46. Healthy Vegetable And Chicken Sausage Rolls - Toddler
    This easy vegetable and chicken sausage roll recipe is loaded with vegetables, mince, quinoa and linseed, aind is full of healthy fibre and protein. Yum!
  47. ABC Pasta
    ABC Pasta with Veggies and New Meal Plan.When I think of fun food, alphabet noodles is at the top of my list! How can you not love the idea of making little tiny letters out of pasta!  It’s easy to…
  48. whole wheat toaster pastries
    It’s no secret that my older daughter has an interest in pop tarts (since I recently shared on facebook that she’s apparently been “trading” at snack time
  49. Lunch Box Pizza Pinwheels Recipe - Lunch box
    These tasty little pizza-flavoured pinwheels couldn’t be easier. Simply roll, slice, then pop in the oven for a delicious lunch box filler.
  50. Cinnamon Almond Fruit Dip
    Dips just make food more fun don’t you think? Apples, pears, bananas, etc. are delicious treats in themselves but put a bowl of dip next to a plate of sliced apples or other fruit and watch them disappear.
  51. chicken fingers

    Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauce (Times 3!).Today is the last day of school for my kids! We’ve already made our summer bucket list, and talked about what I expect of them over the summer.
  52. Lunch box ideas and Bentos! | Meet the Dubiens
    To help give me some inspiration and ideas when making her lunches I created a lunch ideas PDF. I wanted to include foods that were healthy.
  53. Baked Root Vegetable Chips with Buttermilk-Parsley Dipping Sauce
    Baked root vegetable chips are a healthy alternative to store-bought potato chips and are easy and delicious. Make buttermilk-parsley dipping sauce to go with them!
  54. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
    This easy to make fruit salsa and cinnamon chips recipe is the perfect way to celebrate summer
  55. Congee as Comfort Food | The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook
    Just like chicken (noodle) soup is nature’s universal penicillin, congee is the Asian equivalent, a comforting bowl of goodness to nurse your ailing loved one back to health. Rice is left to simmer on the stove with water, chicken and aromatics until it is transformed into a velvety, smooth porridge that not only clears the sinuses but also nourishes the body.
  56. Frozen Fruit Cups Recipe - Food.com
    It is very safe to say that I am addicted to making fruit cups. We eat them every morning for breakfast, and I am constantly trying new combinations of fruit. This is my latest- my favorite so far.
  57. Lasagna Cups | creative gift ideas & news at catching fireflies
    A super easy recipe to make lasagna in a cupcake tins
  58. Mostly Food and Crafts: Crazy Cooking Challenge - Macaroni & Cheese Muffins
    I found a lot of great recipes but I let my kids choose the one we would ultimately make.  They couldn’t wait to try these Macaroni & Cheese Muffins
  59. Savory oatmealOatmeal doesn’t have to be only for breakfast, and you don’t need to serve it with milk and sugar.  Savory oatmeal can make a great lunch.
  60. Gluten Free Crustless Mini Quiche Recipe | Childhood101
    These crustless mini quiches are quick and easy to make and can be easily adapted to include individual flavour combinations. A great recipe for involving kids
  61. Lunch Box Ideas: Things to put in a thermos » My Mommy Style
    Hey! I’m back to share with you what I packed for my son’s school lunch the past week. This week I focused on things to pack in a thermos. At first I was a little nervous to send a thermos in the lunch box because I wasn’t sure if the food would stay hot and I wasn’t sure if my son would think it…
  62. Recipe | Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers
    Making your own crackers is one of those things that seems a lot more complicated than it actually is. But this works in your favor, because when you make
  63. Hummus and Pepper Quesadilla

    It’s versatile, you could add other veggies or sprouts to thicken it up a little but for kids that want something quickly, it’s an easy way to get lunch on the table without a lot of effort.

  64. 6 Peanut Butter Alternatives Great for Sandwiches - Bon Appétit
    Peanut allergies shouldn’t leave fans of the famed PB&J sandwich hopeless. Here are six just-as-delicious alternatives.
  65. unprocessed lunch ideas
    Here are ten unprocessed snacks and meal ideas that you can pack in your child’s school lunch that will keep them interested and begging for you to pack it again the next day.
  66. If you’re in a rut here are some snack ideas for inspiration. Please leave any additional suggestions in the comments below… Fruits and Vegetables… Apple
  67. No meat lunch ideas
    As of today, I have packed over 350 lunches so far this school year. Holy cow! And there are still how many to go? While my kids eat the same general foods week after week, I do try make things interesting. Here are my kids’ favorite healthy school lunches from this week: Regular bread can …
  68. 19 School Lunch Ideas That Are (Mostly) Healthy
    These new school lunch ideas, from sandwiches to snacks to hot meals, will reinvigorate your daily routine—and your kids will actually like them
  69. Quick vegetarian sausage rolls - perfect lunchbox recipe for kids | A Mummy Too
    JD has officially grown bored of sandwiches, so we made up these sausage rolls to go in his lunchbox. This quick vegetarian recipe for kids uses ready roll
  70. Dishesfrommykitchen: BAKED BREAD ROLLS
    In my last post, I said whenever I do it I make double the quantity for my small family the reason is this Baked Bread Rolls, the curry which we make will tastes excellent for stuffing in the bread.
  71. another lunch: recipe: pizza pockets for lunch boxes
    How to make homemade pizza pockets. Or, as my little girl calls them, “pizza sandwiches”. :)There are several variations to this recipe/technique to make homemade pizza pockets. You can take shortcuts to make the process easier and faster, or do it all from scratch – whatever suits your tastes best.
  72. Lunch Box Ideas | Hooked on Heat
    As I was working on this recipe, it suddenly occurred to me that this would be perfect for a kids lunchbox. With September right around the corner and schools all set to open up their doors to eager parents and kids after a long summer, back to school sales and lunchbox recipes are hard to look past.
  73. Egg Muffins
    I LOVE these muffins, and one of the reasons is because they are SO versitile! In this batch above, I added real bacon bits, shredded cheese, green onions and some cottage cheese, but you can add ANYTHING
  74. Dishesfrommykitchen: CREAMY AVOCADO POTATO SALAD/SANDWICH (Stepwise)
    Ok coming to today’s post this is one of our favorite salad, which is so healthy, creamy.  It tastes so good in both the ways as a salad or filling for bread.
  75. freezer friendly lunches
    Freezer Friendly School Lunch Foods.I am all about things that save you time when it comes to food prep.  Although I don’t have children in school yet, I can definitely imagine the morning rush…
  76. hummus wrap
    Looking for a delicious lunch that is healthy and is fast to make? These Healthy Hummus Wrap is you solution!
  77. Healthy Party Snack Ideas + a Blendtec Giveaway! - Pretty Providence
    Have you had ants on a log? I love these little critters. They are fun for kids and adults.
  78. chicken club quesadillas
    A delicious twist on one of our favorite sandwiches!
  79. 10 Minute Veggie Pizza | Recipes
    10 Minute Veggie Pizza.I think I want a category for all our dinner ideas that are less than 15 minutes! Don’t you agree?  I can’t even count how many times we get home at 5:00 and…
  80. Back to School Lunch Idea: Mini Pizza - The Grant Life
    I have a secret weapon when it comes to lunches.  Ok, its not really a secret weapon but it can help me leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Ok, thats not true either.  What my secret weapon does do is trick my kids into eating their lunch.
  81. Hawaiian Pizzadillas | The Recipe Rebel
    Share the love:Share the love: You might also like:Tropical Chicken PizzaBBQ Philly Cheesesteak PizzaPepperoni Florentine PizzaSpaghetti and Garlic Toast Grilled Cheese
  82. 15 Bean Kids Mexican Sushi | Recipes
    15 Bean Kids Mexican Sushi.Ahhh beans! We love them for their versatility, taste, and nutrients!  Beans are awesome for your kids because they: Are abundant with vitamins, minerals,…
  83. Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Roll-Ups | Six Sisters' Stuff
    Delicious combination that’s perfect for any meal of the day!
  84. Healthy Mini Corn Dog Muffins - in sock monkey slippers
    If your child is anything like mine, she loves corn dogs. And if you are anything like me you cringe at the thought of her consuming all of that fat, oil, and who knows what is really in a hot dog….
  85. Homemade Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
    Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. An easy recipe that’s perfect for a cold winter dinner.
  86. Avocado Egg Salad Recipe | Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich | Two Peas & Their Pod
    Egg salad made with hard boiled eggs, avocados, Greek yogurt, green onions, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. A healthier version of the traditional egg salad!
  87. Crustless Freezer Sandwiches by Number 2 Pencil | Skip To My Lou
    Make your own crustless freezer sandwiches in not time at all! Kids love them!
  88. Cheesy Spinach Bites or Leprechaun Lunchies for St. Patty's Day | Recipes
    Cheesy Spinach Bites or Leprechaun Lunchies for St. Patty’s Day.Have you ever bought a gigantic bag of fresh baby spinach leaves, only to realize that you have only made it half way through and must plow through the rest of it…
  89. Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod
    This simple salad only has 4 ingredients: chickpeas, pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. You can make this healthy salad in less than 10 minutes!
  90. Zucchini Hummus
    Healthy snack that’s easy to prepare.
  91. Make Ahead Cold Lunches {A Weeks Worth of Lunches in a day!} - Happy Money Saver | Homemade | Freezer Meals | Homesteading
    Not only will this save you time but cold lunches can also be a lot more healthy too than the cafeteria mystery hamburgers. Before I tried this method I always had a tough time with packing a cold lunch …
  92. Lunch Without Nuts: 19 Simple Ideas for Peanut-Free Lunches – One Crafty Place
    We’re going on 3 years of having at least one of our kids in peanut-free classrooms, and in that time, we’ve actually had fun and embraced the challenge of finding simple, healthy alternatives to our favorite PB&J sandwich.
  93. Tips For Transitioning Kids “Back to School” + School Lunches Your Kids Will Love! | One Good Thing by Jillee
    Today I’ve had that old Nat King Cole song, “The Party’s Over” running through my head. Every year around this time I start experiencing what I can only describe as the “Back To School Blues”. Not because *I* have to go back to school, but because of all that’s involved in transitioning kids from “carefree …
  94. TURN THEIR SANDWICH INTO SUSHI
    Nothing screams “cool” more than having sushi for lunch!
  95. Kid-Friendly Chili | Spoonful
    A warm bowl of delicious chili can be a child’s favorite if the spices are just right. This versatile recipe can be used as a dipping sauce or dish filler.
  96. Not Refried Beans
    Recipe for vegetarian refried beans, that aren’t refried. No lard or fat. So easy, cheap, and tasty – you will never buy canned again. Not refried beans!
  97. Vegetarian Sandwich | Weelicious.com
    Best vegetarian sandwich for kids and adults! Easy to make, healthy, fun to eat overflowing with cucumbers, carrots, hummus and pesto!
  98. New Year, New Lunchbox: Nine Cures for the Midday Blues | Simple Bites
    Nine fresh and fun ideas for reinventing bagged lunches.
  99. Homemade Raspberry Applesauce Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com | © MarlaMeridith.com — Family Fresh Cooking
    Homemade Raspberry Applesauce Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com | © MarlaMeridith.com
  100. lunchbox limbo: super salad
    My son has been on a ‘plain’ salad kick lately.  It is rare that he wants very much with his salad.  Usually feta cheese, which I buy in a really large container from Costco because the whole family likes it.
  101. Vegetarian Quinoa Chili
    I realize that most of what you see in this picture is cheese.  I may have been a little heavy handed with the cheese as I have been lately.   Oops.  Really, melty cheese on top of chili is so delicious, […]