Confused on what to make for kids lunches? 10 lunch ideas other than PBJ!

10 lunch box ideas

Yeah, me too. I can’t believe it’s already time to get them going back to school. Then comes the lunches. This year I’m not sure I’m going to let them buy. The food they serve is so gross. So I’m going to have to think of new things to make for their lunches. Here are 10 ideas I came up with other than pbj.

1. Bacon, lettuce and tomatoe sandwiches. My kids love this and it would be so easy to do.  

2. Sushi My boy loves sushi. Once a week I may get them and myself some sushi.

3. Turkey, lettuce, cheese and ranch wraps. This is my girls favorite and it would be so easy to make for her.

4. Homemade granola bars or yogurt with a hard boiled egg and a nice piece of fruit, like a peach and carrots. Yum.

5. Homemade Chili in a thermos with some cheese.

6. Homemade zuppo tuscano soup in a thermos with some crackers. 

7. Tuna fish salad on crackers with a small side salad and a piece of string cheese. 

8. Homemade tortilla pizzas. Place a whole wheat tortilla in oven with tomato sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Cook for 10 minutes on 350*.

9. Peanut butter (or any nut butter) in a cup with things you can dip like apples, bananas, crackers, etc.

10. Pasta salad or any kind of salad with cooked chicken on top. Add cheese, carrots, tomatoes and dressing and you have a great meal. 

What are some items you like to send in your kids lunch boxes? Leave me a comment as I’m always needing new ideas!



52 Replies to “Confused on what to make for kids lunches? 10 lunch ideas other than PBJ!”

  1. I would love to make my kids some of these, but they are so darn picky. They won’t even eat PB&J.

  2. I need to introduce sushi to my son. He’s not a terribly adventurous eater. I tend to cut his sandwiches into shapes (bento-style) to keep things interesting.

  3. I wish I could do the chilli they don’t warm our kids food up so I have to send cold items or things that can be lukewarm and eatable or my son won’t touch it. I have done salad with chicken on it and that seems to be a hit.

  4. These look like great choices. Peanut butter isn’t allowed in most schools in the area so I’m always looking for options.

  5. Those are great ideas! I liked to send hot foods in a thermos for the kids too sometimes. They enjoyed that in the winter.

  6. These are great ideas. I’m a huge PB&J fan, however my niece and nephew have grown tired of them. It’s probably because when I watch them, that’s all they eat (I know… terrible adult). Maybe the next time I watch them, I’ll treat them to home made chili and home made granola bars.

  7. Yum, bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches sound so good! I love a juicy BLT with some mayo!

  8. Thanks, I appreciate these different ideas for lunch. Especially since my son is allergic to peanuts, that is never an option!

  9. These are all fantastic ideas! Sandwiches every day gets really old but these ideas will keep it fresh and avoid the stuff they serve at school.

  10. I am a teacher and I’m always looking for quick, healthy meals to pack with me. These are great suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

  11. As a kids I refuses to eat school lunch or sandwiches. Instead I love my Thermos and chili or spaghetti! I liked the idea of tortilla pizzas too!

  12. My daughter ADORES sushi! I love all the different lunches you listed. The same boring sandwich can be boring for children to eat everyday!

  13. These are some wonderful ideas for lunch! I think soup or chili in a thermos is a great one!

  14. I need to bookmark this post for sure. I need more ideas for my kids lunches. While the offerings at my teenagers’ high school are top notch, not so much for my son, who is still in elementary school, and I’ve seen more changes that keep getting worse and worse. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thank you for posting this today of all days. I woke up dreading lunches. I couldn’t figure out what to make. Great ideas!

  16. These are great ideas, I usually use school lunches as a way to sneak in one new thing for my picky eater, that way maybe just maybe he will try it while at school 😉 I have shared this on FB so I can try to make some for school lunches, once school is back in session!

  17. Oh my goodness, what great lunch ideas! I’ll have to try some because my boys pack a lunch every day.

  18. These are all great ideas! My kids are so boring and want pb&j almost daily, but I have been mixing it up a little trying to make things like salami, cheese, and olive skewers and such for their boxes. They seem to like those.

  19. I always just made sandwiches but I love your ideas! How fun would it be to have chili and cheese in a thermos. Thanks for sharing great suggestions.

  20. These are great ideas for lunch, whether they go in the lunch box or not! We homeschool, and I think I’ll be using a few of these!

  21. MY son loves PB&J however due to the no peanut rule at school its makes lunches a bit hard. So I appreciate this more then you know for stress free lunches. Thanks

  22. Great ideas! I’ll be packing school lunches for the first time this year so these are helpful ideas!

  23. Awesome! I’ve bookmarked this for school! It will be my first year making lunches!

  24. The new school year is fast approaching for me. I like this post for providing more great lunch ideas for my children.

  25. I don’t have kids, but I like to use whatever leftovers I have in the fridge to come up with something new for my hubby’s lunch. Extra baked potato = single serving potato salad, left over hot dog & baked beans = beanie weenies.

  26. My son loves school lunches. Trying to tear him away from them and me from the convenience is hard, but maybe I can coerce him with some of these nifty ideas. I’ll likely be making these more for me, than for him, but we shall see.

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