Kids’ Lunch Ideas They Can Enjoy at Home or School

Jun 06, 2021

We all know kids can be very picky when it comes to food. One day they love ham and cheese sandwiches and the next day they hate it for some reason. They get easily tired from the same food, so we share some interesting kids’ lunch ideas to switch up their choices often.

You can use each of these yummy and healthy lunch ideas to make a meal they will enjoy no matter where they are, at home or school. In this way, you’ll help your kids to stay full and alert all day. They will love to eat something different every day, and your lunch packing efforts will be much easier for you.

Here are some interesting lunch ideas for your little eaters at home or for school.

Kids’ Lunch Ideas Your Little Ones Will Love

Kids’ Lunch Ideas

1. Pasta Salad

Kids love pasta, so this lunch will probably become one of your kid’s favorite meals. Once you cook and cool the pasta, mix it with some yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, and add cherry tomatoes and mixed cooked vegetables like green beans and peas. Finally, add a protein of your choice, such as chicken.

Spoon the salad on to pasta plate or into your kid’s lunchbox. It’s fresh-tasting and creamy. They will love it.

2. Mini Pepperoni Pizza Sandwiches

No kid can resist these mini-pizza sandwiches that taste like heaven. The best part is that your kid can help you in assembling them. It’ll be a fun activity for them, so they will ask you to make these pepperoni pizza sliders again and again.

Put the bottom halves of the slider rolls on a baking sheet and brush them with a mixture of melted butter, dried oregano, Parmesan, and garlic powder. Top each of them with some tomato sauce, Parmesan, a few pepperoni pieces, and a little bit of chopped basil.

Finally, put the other halves of the slider rolls on top and brush with the same butter mixture. Bake for ten minutes and they are ready.

3. Quesadillas

Quesadillas are incredibly versatile as you can fill them with anything from avocado and shrimp to plain cheese and beans. This means you can make quesadillas with your kid’s favorite ingredients and ensure they eat the whole meal. Or, you can use any leftovers such as cooked meat or cooked vegetables.

If this is your kid’s lunch for school, pack it with guacamole or avocado slices, pineapple chunks, tortilla chips, or pumpkin seeds.

4. Octodogs with Veggies

octodogs for kids

Here’s a fun way to make hot dogs that your kid will love. The trick to making octodogs is cutting them in half, and then making three cuts on each side while the rounded top serves as a head. Boil them until the legs curl up, and viola. Your kid will have octodogs for lunch.

You can serve them with some broccoli, carrots, boiled eggs, or any other vegetable or ingredient of your choice. If you’re packing it for school, don’t forget to add some fruit and crackers to make a complete meal.

5. Hummus Avocado Wrap

This yummy and healthy wrap with avocado, hummus, and sprouts makes a wonderful vegan meal for your kids. It’s simple, yet so nutritious that will keep your kid’s energy and concentration high throughout the day.

To make the wrap sandwiches, spread some hummus on tortillas and add lettuce or alfalfa sprouts, tomato slices, avocado slices, and cucumber slices. Wrap it and serve it immediately. If you’re making a school lunch for your kid, don’t put tomatoes as they will make the wraps soggy.

6. Mini Sandwiches with Cucumber and Cream Cheese

Mini sandwiches are kids’ favorite, and these ones are light and fresh-tasting so they will surely please any little eater. It’s an easy recipe so it’s great when you don’t have enough time to prepare something more complex. Assembling these mini sandwiches can be fun for your kids who can ask for a different shape every time you make them.

All you have to do is spread some cream cheese on two slices of bread, put cucumber slices on one of them, top with lemon juice, chives, salt, and pepper, and cover with the other slice of bread. Remove the crusts and cut diagonally twice so that you get four triangular mini sandwiches.

If you’re sending them to school, you can cut them into long finger shapes.

7. Macaroni and Cheese with Beef

This simple kids’ lunch idea requires inexpensive ingredients including elbow noodles, canned tomatoes, lean ground beef, condensed soup, and prepared cheese sauce.

Cook green pepper, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, butter, and ground beef until browned, and add tomatoes and bay leaf. After 20 minutes, add some Cheddar cheese. Put half of the cooked macaroni in a buttered casserole and add the ground beef mixture. Top with the remaining macaroni and sprinkle some shredded cheese. Bake for half an hour and serve. Yummy!

8. Simple Chicken Salad

Besides enjoying it as it is, your kid can also enjoy this light salad as a sandwich filling. It’s a no-cook lunch provided that you already have cooked skinless chicken.

Mix shredded or diced chicken, scallion slices, and chopped celery and add mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Add grapes for a mildly sweet flavor and chopped nuts such as pistachios, walnuts, pecans, or almonds for some crunchiness and protein.

Your kids will surely be excited to try this new, interesting salad, won’t they?

9. Greek Mini Frittatas

This lunch idea is ideal for kids who love omelets. You can make these savory bites in muffin tins and pack them for school. The reason why they are called Greek is because the recipe uses Greek seasonings, although you can add herbs and veggies of your choice, as well as any leftovers.

Cook onion and red pepper until tender and golden brown. Transfer to a plate and then cook mushrooms, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper for about ten minutes. In a bowl, mix the cooked onions and mushrooms with whisked eggs and use the mixture to fill the muffin cups. Sprinkle some cheese on top and bake for about 15 minutes.

To Sum Up

We hope that these kids’ lunch ideas will help you make delicious meals that your kids will enjoy at home or school.

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Milena Popova

Milena is an ESL teacher with over 7 years of experience in writing articles on her favorite topics - food and health. In her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, reading, listening to music, and walking in nature.

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