Diana Kelly Levey

Hassle-Free School Lunches That Kids Will Actually Want to Eat

A peanut butter and jelly toast

August 1, 2021 | Categories: ,

The start of a new school year is always a hectic time, so when there’s a process to be streamlined and simplified, we’re on it. That’s why having a repertoire of easy school lunches you can make for kids of any ages is going to make your life less stressful. Work with your kid’s preferences and favorite foods to craft a list of easy things to make for school lunch you can turn to again and again. Your kids will love these easy lunch ideas for school so much they’ll never trade! (Related: How to Get Your Picky Eater to Try Healthy Foods)

The Easiest School Lunches to Make for Kids (and Adults)

Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

If your kids are allowed to bring peanut butter to school and they’re tired of the PB&J staple, this fun, sweet fruit ingredient will be a welcome surprise. It also has less sugar than jelly. (This PB&J smoothie will help you meet your protein goals.)

Alphabet Soup

Take the school spelling lesson to silly — and delicious — heights when you send your little ones off for the day with one of these easy school lunches in a Thermos. It’s a great way to sneak in a serving or two of veggies, too!

Tor-Tunas

Take tuna fish for a spin when you roll it up in a tortilla with greens for an easy school lunch. Seal it with plastic or foil so it stays wrapped up in the lunch bag.

Chicken Quesadillas

This easy weeknight dinner will make the kids smile when they see this cheesy chicken lunch for their midday meal. Make them ahead of time, warm up in the microwave, and seal in aluminum foil before the school day.

Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling

If your child (or family) is a vegetarian, this hearty sandwich spread will be a welcome change from soggy salads and nut butter sandwiches. It’s one of the easy school lunches that can be made with simple staples you probably have in your kitchen.

Fresh Dill Pasta Salad

This cold salad is made with fresh dill, cooked shrimp, cucumber, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. It’ll remind your teen of their favorite spring flavors that can be enjoyed at any time of year.

Easy Homemade Chili

Serve this family-favorite weekday dinner for lunch with shredded cheese, whole-grain crackers, and fruit for a warm, hearty easy school lunch they’ll want over and over again.

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