Easy and Delicious Back to School Lunch Ideas

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By Dorathy Gass

When your child is heading back to school, you suddenly need to think of meal ideas that are transportable and healthy. Fortunately, if you start a search online, you can find easy and delicious back-to-school lunch ideas.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — back to school! As parents prepare to buy pencils, markers, notebooks, paper, and more, they also need to gear up for those school nutrition breaks. Take the stress out of the process with these tips!

1. Ham, Apple, and Cheddar Sliders

Sometimes portion size can intimidate younger eaters — especially those picky ones in the family — which makes these mini sandwiches such a hit.

This recipe calls for black forest ham, sharp cheddar, layered with crispy sliced apples on those sweet Hawaiian rolls. However, you can really add in your child’s favorite deli meats, cheeses, and fruits or veggies for this lunchtime win.


2. Ants on a Log

This yummy and healthy treat makes a perfect snack. The best part is that your kids can also help make it.

While the recipe does call for peanut butter, those parents that need to follow nut-free school guidelines can use cream cheese as an alternative and craisins can also act as substitutes for raisins.


3. Lasagna Soup

Lunch-preparing parents require at least one to two thermos options for those cold and wet school days.

This one is a hit with kids because it looks like lasagna, yet tastes like pizza. Plus, it’s easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy for parents to make.


4. Kid’s Trail Mix

Finding interesting and healthy snacks can be a struggle for moms and dads filling up those lunch totes. However, this trail mix is sure to be an instant hit.

Even better, all you have to do is throw all the ingredients in a sealed container, shake, and you have an instant lunch snack.


5. Quesadillas

While most believe quesadillas can only be eaten hot, truth is, they make a healthy, delicious, and easy go-to for school lunches. You can also pack some sliced avocados, pineapple chunks, and a handful of tortilla chips for a Mexican-themed lunch!

And don’t forget the salsa on the side for dipping.


6. Banana Berry Smoothie

While smoothies can get a little messy, there’s plenty to like. They are easy to make and store, can be placed in the freezer or refrigerator, and are packed with so many vitamins. Plus, they are delicious, and kids go crazy over them!

To avoid spilling, you’ll want to invest in a good-quality container to avoid spillage. Plus, a straw or spoon for your child to consume that yumminess at school.


7. PBJ Kids Sushi

This is a fun sushi alternative that is quick and easy to make and ups your peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich game a notch or two.

Simply spread that PB&J on a whole-wheat tortilla, roll it up, and then slice it up to resemble sushi. Add some fruit and chocolate syrup on the side for dipping.

If your child attends a nut-free school, you can use an allergy-safe substitute.


8. Strawberry Roll-Ups

This is such a healthier alternative than buying the processed candied snacks found in stores. Best of all, the prep time is a mere 15 minutes. Still, the baking will take about three to four hours.

Having said that, they are worth the wait!


9. Homemade Hummus with Pita

Kids love dipping, so there is nothing more fun at lunchtime than homemade hummus with cut-up pitas, carrots, peppers, or cucumbers to dip. It’s simple, easy, quick to prepare, and a favorite among little lunch bags nowadays.


10. Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Mac ‘n’ cheese is comfort food for many. This twist on a childhood dinner favorite offers bite-sized portions that are perfect to send for lunch.

Do up a batch of these cheesy pasta nuggets on a Sunday afternoon and then freeze them to enjoy a nice go-to grab when you are out of lunch ideas mid-week.



Packing lunches can be a daily struggle. However, with a few new quick and easy ideas — along with some recipes you may already have — getting your kids ready for those school nutrition breaks will be a breeze this school year.

Dorathy Gass