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!



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  1. Robin Rue says:

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

  2. if sushi would keep in a lunchbox, I’d send it! My kid just started to eat PB&J. Such a picky eater.

  3. Thanks for the ideas! My daughter’s school does not allow peanut butter- so I will be trying these recipes out!

  4. These all sound great,my kids love BLT,also they love chicken mayo with sweetcorn in Their sandwiches.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. lsdgconstruction says:

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

  8. Liz Mays says:

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

  9. These are great options. I’m especially a fan of homemade granola. My kids love it!

  10. Great ideas for switching up kids lunch. Tasty.

  11. 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.

  12. Amy Desrosiers says:

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

  13. Thanks for the great tips. After about the second week of school I am stumped as to what to include on their lunch box menu. I think I will try some wraps tomorrow.

  14. yumeating says:

    Yummy yummy. I love that you have them set up to be like little bento boxes!

  15. These are great ideas. I’m sure Hubs is getting tired of cold PB&J every day.

  16. gaynycdad says:

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

  17. Rachael says:

    These are some great lunch ideas. #2 sushi is my favorite!

  18. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says:

    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.

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

  20. savoryexperiments says:

    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!

  21. I homeschool so I don’t have to pack a lunch – but I am always looking for lunch ideas. My kids are always hungry!

  22. Dawn McAlexander Crawford says:

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

  23. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) says:

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

  24. I am making school lunches for the first time and I am nervous. Thank you for the great ideas.

  25. Thank you for this list! We cannot do PB&J at my sons school.

  26. Definitely need to book mark this post. I get so stumped when it comes to lunches.

  27. michelleswank says:

    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!

  28. I’ve never thought to do the tortilla pizzas. I bet my crew would like those!

  29. These are great, I hate sending the kids with peanut butter and jelly everyday!

  30. thechattymomma says:

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

  31. Brandy says:

    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!

  32. Christie says:

    I wish my kid would eat soup at school! The wraps are definitely up his alley

  33. Mel Outnumbered says:

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

  34. These are great ideas. I love the BLT idea.

  35. casavilorainteriors says:

    Great ideas! I will bookmark so I can get these for my son.

  36. Homemade Sushi and Homemade Granola Bars are great ideas! Love them all!

  37. Krystal's Kitsch says:

    My toddler is such a picky eater. THanks for the tips!

  38. Theresa says:

    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.

  39. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    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.

  40. Virginia Higgins (@thatbaldchick) says:

    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!

  41. Debbie L. says:

    Thanks for the list of fun lunches! I like to switch out lunches – this list is great!

  42. This is a great list! My kids love applesauce with their lunch.

  43. Thank you for these. Graham gets so tired of the same old sandwich.

  44. aordinarylife says:

    YUM!!! Great lunch ideas, gotta try some myself!

  45. 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

  46. amushro says:

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

  47. Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife) says:

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

  48. I definitely am going to want to switch up my kids lunches giving them a variety of foods. thanks for sharing!

  49. Janeane M. Davis says:

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

  50. 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.

  51. Giveaways 4 Mom says:

    These are some great ideas. #ThrowbackThursdayLP

  52. Melissa M. Miller says:

    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.