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16 Back-to-School Lunch Ideas for Kids

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Updated July 02, 2019

Welcome the back-to-school season with our best ideas for filling up those lunchboxes! From healthy lunch ideas for kids to kid-approved lunches for picky eaters, we’ve got all the back-to-school recipes and brown bag lunch ideas that you could ever want. Enjoy these tasty lunch ideas for kids and packable lunchbox desserts all school-year long. We're giving each recipe an A+ because they've got the fill-you-up flavors your kid deserves!

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There is no denying it, this is truly the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich. You see, when we made it, this dish disappeared so fast in our Test Kitchen it barely even had time to cool! We're sure this will be a great option when it comes to lunch ideas to kids. 

Quick Microwave Chicken Fingers

It's amazing! In less than 10 minutes, you can prepare and cook your own chicken fingers in the microwave. Quick Microwave Chicken Fingers are tastier, healthier and faster than any fast food you can buy. Send these to school with the kids and lunch will always be a hit!

Cafeteria Fish Sticks

Our Cafeteria Fish Sticks are simple and kid-approved, especially 'cause they're coated with crunchy potato chips and ranch dressing! We're pretty sure that these bad boys will be better than anything the school lunch lady can whip up! No offence...

Crazy Corn Dog Muffins

If your lunch box or afternoon snack could use a little change-of-pace, then you're going to go crazy for these...Crazy Corn Dog Muffins! What's crazy about them? Well, aside from being "crazy good" they're also super easy to make and very portable!

Lunch Lady Sloppy Joes

We sort of miss the days when the lunch lady used to scoop up heaping portions of her sloppy joe mixture onto hamburger buns Now, we've come up with a luch idea that we know would be lunch lady-approved, and the kids are going to love it too.

Chicken Quesadillas

We promised lunch ideas for kids, and that's what we're bringing out. Instead of serving up another boring sandwich, add a little spice to lunchtime with Chicken Quesadillas. What a crispy, tasty way to brighten up your child's day! They'll want it again and again. 

School Lunch Square Pizza

Do you remember eating square pizza for lunch when you were back in school? We do! We're bringing back those memories one slice at a time with our recipe for School Lunch Square Pizza. Our version has a super crispy crust with lots of cheesy yumminess!

Mac-and-Cheese-Cups

Muffin tin cups take the worry out of dishing up just the right serving size when we prepare our creamy homemade macaroni and cheese. These Mac and Cheese Cups are sure to make things easy for you and they're sure to make the children smile at lunch time. 

Buttermilk Chicken Nuggets

Why pay for packaged or fast-food chicken nuggets when you can enjoy restaurant-quality versions of the dish right at home? Buttermilk Chicken Nuggets are fast and easy, and a perfect treat to send off with the kids for lunchtime. 

Back-to-School Wraps BLT Wrap

When it comes to lunch ideas for kids, these trade-proof back-to-school lunch wrap ideas offer loads of healthy options sure to earn a thumbs-up from both kids and parents alike! We're excited and the kids will be too. 

Lunchbox Desserts

Billionaire Bars

This cookie bar recipe will make your kids feel like a billion bucks! Our Billionaire Bars feature a layer of crumbly and buttery shortbread cookies, ooey-gooey caramel, and sweet-as-can-be chocolate ganache. Kids can appreciate fancy too!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Nothing compares to our easy from-scratch recipe for homemade Chocolate Chunk Cookies. These to-die-for lunchbox favorites are chock-full of chocolate chunks and crunchy nuts. Your kids will light up when they open up their lunchbox!

Dirt Cups

It's back-to-school time, so why not have a little fun with the kids when they get home? They'll really "dig" making these Dirt Cups! If not after school, these will be a real treat during lunch time. This is a fun, creative dessert everyone will love. 

PB  J Bars

Kids like PB & J, right? They also love cookies, so imagine if you married those. We did, and the results are guaranteed to create lots of smiles at your house. And in the school cafeteria! Lunch ideas for kids have never tasted so good. 

No Bake Cereal Bars

Cereal's not just for breakfast, and for this tasty snack, corn flakes are the crunchy star attraction! Best part of all? No oven time required to make our yummy No Bake Cereal Bars in a flash and are the perfect lunchbox pack-along!

Pretzel Smores Chocolate Chip Bites

These bite-sized cookie treats are as easy as can be, and feature the tasty combo of chocolate, marshmallow, and your favorite salty snack - pretzels! The kids are going to go wild when they see you sent these along at lunchtime.

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