15 Easy School Lunch Ideas to Fill Kids Lunch Box

Finding easy lunch box ideas for school lunches can be a challenge especially if your kids don’t like sandwiches like mine. We have created this list of healthy and easy school lunches we hope will inspire and give you more lunchbox menu ideas whether you are going back to school or just need some new lunch ideas for kids.

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Oh so many easy lunch box ideas for kids!

Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas for Lunch Boxes

Let’s talk making back to school lunch ideas easy with simple and yummy lunch box ideas for kids school lunches. We used back to school time to stop and rethink lunch ideas for kids. Here’s a look at 15 School Lunch Ideas we have shared, made and loved that are not only yummy and easy but also healthy.

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These lunch box lunch ideas for kids for school include dairy-free lunch ideas, gluten-free lunch ideas, healthy lunch ideas, lunch ideas for picky eaters and a lot more!

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Dairy-Free School Lunch Ideas Recipes

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Let’s make something fun for lunch today!

Lunch Box Idea #1 – Hard Boiled Eggs with Avocado

This healthy dairy-free lunchbox idea has two hardboiled eggs and some favorite lunch box sides like grapes, orange and pretzels.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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I love walnuts & apples in my lunchbox.

Lunch Box Idea #2 – Turkey Rolls with Apples

This healthy dairy-free lunch has three turkey rolls, strawberries, blueberries, cucumber and apples with walnuts.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Hummus makes every school lunch better!

Lunch Box Idea #3 – Chicken Strips and Hummus

This is one of my favorite dairy-free back to school lunch ideas pairing chicken strips with hummus and carrot sticks. Add a bunch of grapes as a side!

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Are banana chips a snack or dessert?

Lunch Box Idea #4 – Pinwheels and Banana Chips

This dairy-free back to school lunch idea is healthy because it rolls ham and spinach inside a flour tortilla creating a cheese-free pinwheel. Add some orange slices, carrots and banana chips!

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Mmmmm….I chose this school lunch for my lunchbox today!

Lunch Box Idea #5 – Celery, Turkey, Pepperoni and Salad

This dairy-free lunch for kids at school is a big meal which works great for kids who just need a little extra food at lunch time. Start with celery with almond butter and add pepperoni rolled into turkey slices. Then make a little cucumber and tomato salad with blueberries and blackberries on the side.

Kids Lunch Includes:

Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids Lunch at School

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Lettuce wraps are a lunch favorite!

Lunch Box Idea #6 – Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps with Banana Chips

This gluten-free lunch is something you may want to make some extra for yourself! Make a double recipe (see below) and save some for your work or home lunch as well as your child’s lunchbox! Make the chicken salad lettuce wraps paired with applesauce and banana chips.

Kids Lunch Includes:

Banana Chips
Applesauce

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the chicken, apple slices, celery, grapes and chives and combine
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, dijon mustard and lemon juice
  3. Combine the two bowls and add salt & pepper to taste
  4. Fill the lettuce slices with the chicken salad mixture
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This lunchbox idea is a favorite of my youngest child.

Lunch Box Idea #7 – Chicken & Cottage Cheese

This gluten-free lunchbox idea is one of the simplest on the list and can be created on those busy mornings when time just seems to run out! Start with left-over chicken pieces and a scoop of cottage cheese. Add blueberries and cucumber slices for fun!

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Isn’t everything better with cinnamon?

Lunch Box Idea #8 – Pepperoni Turkey Rolls and Pistachios

Another simple gluten-free option for kids school lunch! Start by rolling pepperoni into turkey slices and sprinkle a little cinnamon on some apple slices with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning. Add a handful of pistachios and a bunch of grapes.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Have you ever dipped carrot sticks in honey?

Lunch Box Idea #9 – Ham Roll Ups with Spinach Salad

This gluten-free lunch is full of surprises. Start with spinach and tomato salad, add rolled up ham slices and a bunch of grapes. Then cut some carrot sticks and serve with a little honey!

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Now I am hungry for lunch…

Lunch Box Idea #10 – Wrapped Tomatoes with Walnuts

Take small slices of tomato and wrap them with turkey slices to make the entree of this gluten-free back to school lunch box recipe. Then add a hard-boiled egg, some walnuts and a bunch of grapes.

Kids Lunch Includes:

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Back to School

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What a fun lunchbox idea!

Lunch Box Idea #11 – Zucchini Cupcakes & Pepper Boats

This healthy back to school lunch idea is packed with things that your child’s neighbor will not have in their lunchbox! Start with a pepper boat of cut green pepper filled with pimento cheese spread then add a cheese stick, pretzel goldfish, blackberries and strawberries plus a zucchini cupcake.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Salami Rolls will fill ya up!

Lunch Box Idea #12 – Salami Rolls and Broccoli

This healthy lunch box will keep your kids going all day long with salami slices rolled up, a hard-boiled egg, some cheese-it crackers, a few broccoli trees and some applesauce.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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This variety lunchbox is great for Mondays!

Lunch Box Idea #13 – Bologna & Kale Chips

This healthy lunchbox idea is packed with flavor. Start with a bologna and cheese stack and kale chips. Then add an orange, some blackberries and a baked granola bar.

Kids Lunch Includes:

 School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

For each of the lunches, we used these BPA free lunch containers.

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Lunch box chant: Pizza rolls! Pizza rolls! Pizza rolls!

Lunch Box Idea #14 – Pizza Rolls & Cheerios

OK, this just might be my favorite back to school lunch idea which must mean I am a picky eater too! Make a simple pizza roll with crescent rolls filled with sauce and shredded cheese. Add oranges and pineapples plus a handful of Cheerios.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Waffles for lunch…I am in!

Lunch Box Idea #15 – Waffles with Peanut Butter & String Cheese

Another picky eater back to school lunch idea is to harness the power of breakfast with this simple waffle sandwich filled with peanut butter, nutella or almond butter. Add a yogurt, string cheese, cracker stack and a bunch of grapes.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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What fun inside a lunchbox!

Lunch Box Idea #16 – Ham Wraps & Bananas

This picky eater lunch is simple and quick. Spread butter on a flour tortilla with a slice of ham (throw in some cheese if that makes your child happy) then add three fruits: bananas, strawberries and oranges.

Kids Lunch Includes:

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Yum!

Lunch Box Idea #17 – Turkey Rolls & Apple Slices

And last, but not least we have one more back to school lunch idea that has cheese and crackers, rolled turkey slices, apple slices and some applesauce.

Kids Lunch Includes:

  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Turkey rolls
  • Apple slices
  • Apple sauce or Chocolate Pudding

All of these lunch box recipes for back to school lunches appeared on the live stream, Family Food Live with Holly & Chris on the Quirky Momma Facebook page.

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Which back to school lunch recipe will you try on the first day of school?

15 Comments

  1. With all of the nut allergies and so many schools not allowing them, why are you suggesting kids pack foods that kill their classmates???????!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  2. As with anything else, you should use some common sense. If your child or your child’s classmates have allergies and/or certain foods are prohibited by the school, substitute something else that probably won’t kill them or their classmates.

  3. Quiet Time says:

    Thanks for some really great ideas – our school doesn’t allow any tree nuts so these will be adjusted. But these seem so simple and yummy for the wee ones.

  4. Kristen Yard says:

    You are so welcome! Yes, you can definitely tweak these ideas to fit any dietary preferences or needs!

  5. Kelly Green says:

    These all look good! Heck I’d eat them. Plus would be good for at home lunch too. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Can’t believe you would suggest nuts or nut based products. Most school boards won’t allow these in schools, so why? 5 of your suggestions not allowed.

  7. J.M. Hailey says:

    Most schools now are nut-free zones, but any of these ideas can easily be adjusted. Nut butters could be replaced with cream cheese for example. Instead of being critical, just use common sense. These are all good basic ideas to start the school year. Parents: keep in mind also how easy or difficult a package is for your child to open. Good luck to all!

  8. Kristen Yard says:

    Sunflower seed butter is another good nut butter substitution!

  9. Kristen Yard says:

    hank you for your feedback, Linda. Sunflower seed butter can be substituted in the place of nut butters!

  10. Kristen Yard says:

    Right?! Meal prepping is a timesaver and a great way to eat healthier for people of every age!

  11. Megan Milnes says:

    These ideas are so helpful! Thank you so much!

  12. Tabathia B says:

    Thanks for some great suggestions will definitely be trying some of these and my daughter school is NOT nut free so she can do peanut butter. I don’t see why parent’s have a problem with these lunch ideas, because they are just that lunch ideas. If you know that you can’t use it, then don’t use it. All schools are not the same and I would hope that if your child attends a nut free school then you would have the common sense not to use it but stop judging the person providing the lunch ideas and parents who enjoy these ideas and don’t have kids who attend a nut free school.

  13. these are some great options! is there a printable list?

  14. Kristen Yard says:

    Enjoy, Tabathia! Also sunflower seed butter (Sunbutter) is a great nut-free substitute that can be used in any recipe that calls for peanut butter!

  15. Kristen Yard says:

    You are so welcome!

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