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School Lunch Ideas

50 Back-to-School Lunchbox Ideas. Skip the same ol' sandwiches and upgrade to these outside-the-lunch-box surprises. Your kids' faces will light up when they ...


It's back-to-school time, and we've got 25 quick and easy school ... Make one of these back-to-school lunches to let your little girl or guy know you are thinking of them. My wife makes my kids lunch every day.

  • Hard boiled egg
  • PB&J Apple Roll-Ups
  • An apple/sunflower butter sandwich
  • trail mix
  • Honeydew melon

  • whole-grain cornbread muffin
  • Prosciutto wrapped mozzarella
  • Turkey Wraps
  • chicken noodle soup

  • Whole-wheat “pita pizza” (toasted in the toaster oven and served cold)
  • bagel sandwich
  • Quiche with a whole-wheat crust (served cold)
  • Pineapple
  • Grilled cheese with pesto

  • Aapplesauce
  • Carrots from the farmers’ market
  • Frozen smoothie pop (made with berries / bananas / plain yogurt / swiss chard leaves)
  • Plain yogurt mixed with berry sauce
  • Leftover veggie corn chowder (warm in thermos)
  • whole-wheat scone (broken in half to fit)

  • Popcorn
  • Cheese stick
  • Spaghetti and meatballs (made with carrot bits and defrosted from freezer)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bread
  • Berry / yogurt / spinach frozen smoothie pop
  • ham and cheese with mango
  • Some apple slices
  • Carrots and bell peppers
  • Xucchini muffin
  • Carrots and frozen peas
  • Refried bean / cheese tostada (cut into 4 triangles and served cold)
  • Leftover broccoli cheese soup topped with bacon

  • PB & B
  • Salad (lettuce / carrots / almonds / vinaigrette)
  • Plain yogurt (mixed with a little pure maple syrup and vanilla extract) topped with strawberries
  • Whole-wheat pitas filled with hummus, cheese and carrot shreds
  • little cheese wheel
  • Leftover Crock-Pot chicken
  • the Elvis Burrito
  • Whole-wheat pretzels and veggies with hummus for dipping
  • Cheese
  • Havarti cheese slices
  • Veggies

  • Frozen smoothie pop (berries, spinach, yogurt, milk, peanut butter)
  • Whole grain (brown rice) crackers
  • Whole-wheat pretzels (from Trader Joe’s)
  • whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bagel with organic cream cheese
  • Some whole grain “woven wheat” crackers
  • Turkey-Cheese Pita Pockets
  • Apples
  • “Uncrustable” sandwich (defrosted from freezer)
  • Whole-grain pretzels
  • An organic ham / cheese roll up (once in a blue moon I buy Applegate organic sandwich meat just to switch things up)
  • Some whole-wheat pretzels (from Trader Joe’s)

  • Purple bell pepper slices (from the farmers’ market) withhummus for dipping
  • Whole-wheat blueberry muffin (also defrosted from the freezer)
  • Ham, Cheese, and Apple Butter Crackers
  • This is in a PlanetBox
  • Sliced apples
  • Organic bacon
  • Salad with almonds / raisins / parmesan / olive oil
  • Lunchbox Pizza Quesadillas
  • Melon / raspberries
  • Tomato Grilled-Cheese Soup
  • tomato bisque (with whole-wheat noodles floating in it)
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Grilled cheese with pesto on whole wheat (served cold)
  • Leftover steamed broccoli
  • 100% whole-wheat and organic boxed mac and cheese (by Annie’s) mixed with peas
  • whole-grain zucchini muffin
  • Potato soup (in cookbook)
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Whole-wheat waffle / cream cheese / cinnamon sandwich

  • BLTs on whole-wheat (with organic bacon, local tomato, and local lettuce)
  • Popcorn & roasted pumpkin seed mix
  • Ants on a Log
  • Pizza toast (served cold)
  • onion dip (in cookbook)
  • Salad with (local) tomatoes, parmesan cheese & olive oil
  • granola chunks
  • Frozen peas
  • Fresh mozzarella and (local) tomato
  • No-Bake Granola Bars
  • Whole spelt pumpkin muffin
  • Havarti cheese
  • Carrot
  • 3 mini whole-grain pumpkin muffins
  • Whole-wheat pretzels
  • Sliced pears
  • Whole-wheat carrot applesauce muffin
  • Whole-grain crackers (Multi-Seed variety)
  • Sliced apples in the monster bag
  • Leftover egg salad
  • Piece of dark chocolate
  • BLTA Wraps
  • Cinnamon / raisin / walnut bread and organic cream cheese sandwich
  • Blueberry / spinach / yogurt smoothie pop
  • 1 corn tortilla (rolled up in foil)

  • whole-wheat banana nut muffin
  • Apple / peanut butter sandwich
  • Deviled eggs
  • Brown Bread and Boiled Eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Whole spelt pumpkin muffin (defrosted from freezer)
  • An apple / PB sandwich
  • Cream Cheese, Pear, Honey
  • Chips and Dips
  • Kiwi
  • Sunflower seed butter and honey sandwich
  • pimento cheese
  • Plain yogurt mixed with a little pure maple syrup and topped with orange segments
  • Leftover cooked broccoli
  • Egg salad
  • Hummus
  • BLT Pinwheels
  • Leftover spinach salad
  • Organic Kettle brand potato chips
  • Red bell pepper slices
  • Applegate Farms organic ham with cheese rolled up inside
  • Applesauce
  • Wild cherry tomatoes (from the farmers’ market)

  • Plain yogurt topped with pomegranate seeds (and mixed with a little pure maple syrup and vanilla extract)
  • Whole-wheat pita pizzas – made previously and defrosted (in cookbook)
  • Clementines with grapes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Mini-Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
  • Whole-wheat waffle and cream cheese sandwich
  • Whole-grain (ak-mak brand) crackers
  • Peanuts







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