Do you ever get in a total RUT when it comes to thinking up kids lunch ideas? I definitely do!
While we mostly make sandwiches – I like to mix it up now and then as well. Having a list of kids lunch ideas stuck to the fridge helps when you’re planning out the week’s lunches (so it’s not PB&J every day).
Here’s a BIG list of *77* kids’ lunch ideas – from main entree, hot lunches and cold lunches, to sides, snacks and drinks!
I hope there are some here you’ve never thought of – like have you considered that chicken nuggets stay warm in a Funtainer? Or you can make these DIY Pizza Lunchables with English Muffins? Or that you can save tons of money making your own pudding cups?
This printable list contains a mix of healthy and not-so-healthy suggestions – with room to get creative with your leftovers and maybe try out some new recipes. You can even laminate it and on Sunday nights, let the kids use a dry erase marker to circle some options they’d like for the week ahead. 🙂
I hope you find this printable useful – and I’d love to hear any additional ideas you include in your lunchbox routine!
Here’s a sampling of kids lunch ideas from the list:
- Dinner Roll Ham or Turkey Sandwiches
- Chicken Nuggets kept warm in a Thermos
- DIY Pizza Lunchables
- Whole Wheat Tortilla + Peanut Butter + Sliced banana + Granola
- Tortilla Rollup + Lunchmeat + Cheese (Optional: Cut into pinwheels!)
- Fruit Salad with Shredded Coconut
- Rotisserie Chicken (shredded-up) + Dinner Roll
- Pancakes or Waffles + Peanut Butter on the side
- Hot Meatballs in Sauce + Sub Bun sliced down the middle
- Chicken or Vegetable Fried Rice
- Baked Corn Chips with Warm Black Beans/Refried Beans
- Homemade Pudding Cups
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