18 Back to School Lunches Kids Will Love

Preparing fun, yummy and nutritious lunches for the kids can definitely be a challenge. Not to mention finding ways to keep them from complaining that their lunches are boring... it definitely isn’t easy. But we’re here to help! Check out these back to school lunches that your kids will actually be excited to eat.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Tacos

“These easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Tacos are a simple lunchbox idea for kids that keeps school lunches fun!”- Kat

Ham and Cheddar Crescents Roll-ups

“Ham and Cheddar Crescents Roll-ups are such an easy family favorite weeknight dinner and they are ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights.” - Judy

Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

“These Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites are the perfect easy game day appetizer. Easy, cheesy, and full of flavor, everyone will love this bite size form of macaroni and cheese!” - Amanda

Pizza Pinwheels

“These Pizza Pinwheels are SO GOOD!!! They are super simple and they taste incredible! Cream cheese, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni rolled up in tortillas and sliced. You can make these ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to slice and serve.” - Steph

Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups

“Everyone is going to love these Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups! My hubby could not keep his hands off these. I had to make three batches just to be able to try these myself, ha ha. It’s been so cold and nothing beats the cold better than soup and grilled cheese.” - Jen

Homemade Uncrustables

“I will be making these for as long as Hudson continues to eat them. It is so easy and I feel like they are much healthier than the store bought option.” - Lauren

Corn Dog Muffins

“These mini corn dog muffins are the perfect weeknight meal for busy families (and picky eaters). Hearty, kid-pleasing, and super fast to make–a winner of a dinner!” - Meg

Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas

“Meal prep ahead of time so you can have breakfast done right every morning! This breakfast quesadillas recipe has less than 300 calories per serving!” - Chungah

Simple Homemade Pretzel Dogs

“Simple Homemade Pretzel Dogs with a hot dog baked right inside a soft beer pretzel. That makes these the tastiest and easiest homemade pretzel dogs you will ever eat!” - Donna

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

“These ham and cheese pinwheels are easy to make and fun to eat. They’re a perfect option for a picky eater’s lunch box. Let’s get started.” - Sarah

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi

“Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi makes a fun and easy lunch idea for kids!” - Stephanie

Chicken Taco Bento

“Let’s make lunch fun with this Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch and free printable lunch box notes. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken, and assembling tiny tacos to munch on gets kids eating their veggies without fuss.” - Robin

Grilled Cheese Sticks

“While most would think grilled cheese is as simple as a plastic wrapped square of American sandwiched in slices of wonder bread, the business of grilling cheese has gotten much more complicated and quite frankly, controversial.” - Jessica

Gluten-Free Pizza Bites

“Gluten-free deep dish pizza bites are super easy to make. Perfect for lunch, a quick and easy dinner, as a snack or an appetizer. The recipe also has a dairy-free option.” - Audrey

Chicken and Rice Patties

“My kids adored these. They thought they tasted just like my fried rice. I wasn’t sure I would like them cold and while they are even tastier hot, they did taste great cold too.” - Nicole

Empanadas with Ham and Cheese

“A freezer-friendly, make-ahead lunchbox idea for kids featuring mini baked empanadas stuffed with ham and cheese!” - Kelly

Apple and Cheddar Quesadillas

“Looking for a lunch idea that’s not a sandwich? These cheesy, crunchy apple cheddar quesadillas are just the ticket!” - Donella

Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets

“With school starting in just a few weeks, these homemade hot pockets are a great meal to make in advance and keep stored in the freezer for either a quick snack, or a packed lunch. The next time you have homemade pizza on your menu, make a double batch of dough and enlist the kids to help you make a big batch of homemade hot pockets.” - Tiffany


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