School Lunch Ideas and Recipes

Delicious kids lunch ideas perfect for a lunch box. With fun noodle salads, roll ups and more, your child won't be trading her lunch with the other kids!

Staff Picks

Fresh Veggie Bagel Sandwich

Rating: 4.52 stars
This sandwich is so healthy and fresh! Crispy veggies and tangy mustard make this meal a real treat that you won't have to feel bad about eating. This sandwich is terrific with gourmet kettle cooked potato chips!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

Rating: 4.46 stars
This is a great recipe for those times when you have half a can of pumpkin left over. The muffins taste great right from the oven, but are even better the next day—if they last that long! Kids love them and it's a good way to sneak fruits, veggies, and fiber into their diets.

Apple Chips

Rating: 4.04 stars
These yummy cinnamon apple chips will disappear almost as quickly as you make them! They're perfect for healthy snacks and easy to take on the road. The secret is baking at a very low temperature for a long time, which dehydrates the apples.

Ants on a Log

Rating: 4.58 stars
This is a fun snack that kids can make. It consists of artfully arranged celery, peanut butter, and raisins.

Turkey Wraps

Rating: 4.56 stars
These light and tasty wraps are great for lunch, or slice them smaller and they make wonderful party appetizers or great little after-school snacks.

Fruity Fun Skewers

Rating: 4.83 stars
I was looking for a different way to serve fruit, and it just popped into my head! Why not use fruit skewers?

Japanese Tamago Egg

Rating: 4.58 stars
Tamago egg is classic Japanese folded omelet sometimes called tamagoyaki. The omelet is sweet, has a light texture, and works well when served over sushi rice and with soy and wasabi sauce for dipping. Tamago is the Japanese word for egg. Mirin is sweet rice wine and dashi is traditional Japanese soup stock (make from kelp or shiitake). These ingredients are now carried in most larger grocery stores or at Asian markets.
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Homemade Lunch Combination

Rating: 4.6 stars
A great alternative to the expensive stuff you get from the supermarket.

Chicken Quesadillas

Rating: 4.62 stars
This is a great recipe for parties. I freeze the leftovers; they reheat quite well. The zesty chicken and cooked peppers are a succulent delight when mixed with the melted cheeses. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa.

Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Rating: 4.6 stars
One of my favorite cookie bar recipes.

Corn Dog Muffins

Rating: 4.37 stars
An easy way to make the favorite treat from the fair. You can substitute cocktail wieners for hot dogs.

Peanut Butter Noodles

Rating: 4.47 stars
This is kid friendly with an Asian twist. Can also be made with spaghetti pasta.

Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Snack Wraps
Rating: Unrated
Kids will love these simple and easy wraps. Pack them for lunch, or serve them as an after-school snack.
Homemade Granola Bars
Rating: Unrated
You'll love knowing what's in them—and the kids will love eating them.

Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Rating: 4.2 stars

I wanted an on-the-go oatmeal bar without the artificial ingredients of commercial bars. This is the base for the bars, a recipe easily modified to suit your own tastes.