Roundup: 25 Back To School Lunch Ideas To Fuel Up Your Kids

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Roundup: 25 Back To School Lunch Ideas To Fuel Up Your Kids 

Do you hear that? What do you mean, no? It’s the sound of silence! 

Yep, it’s that time of year again where the kiddos head back to school. 

While the kiddos are moaning and groaning, moms everywhere are rejoicing and possibly high fiving each other too.

Oh, but wait, what to feed them? 

No worries, girlfriend here’s a handy dandy list of 25 Back To School Lunch Ideas to help fuel your kids up for school. 

Now you can get back to doing what we moms do best while our kiddos are away at school. 😉


Are you looking for an easy lunch for school or a picnic away from home? Check out these DIY Lunchables using a mason jar hack. You can choose which ingredients to include and they can be adjusted for taste and/or allergies. Yum!

1.)  DIY Lunchables Mason Jar Hack

How practical and adorable are these? Come check out how Corrie uses this mason jar hack to make DIY Lunchable for her kiddos and be inspired to make these for your own kiddos too!




Mini Muffin Corndogs

2.) Corn Dog Muffins Recipe

When you think back to your best food memories of your childhood, there’s almost nothing that can perfectly describe it as well as pizza, fries, ice cream, & of course, corn dogs! Here’s a great corn dog muffin recipe from Kelly that is sure to get you reminiscing about your own childhood.




Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats Lunch Box Recipe

3.) Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats

Here’s a cool and healthy lunch option perfect for a hot sunny day, like today. These tuna salad cucumber boats from Jenn are packed with protein and all the yumminess without the guilt. 



For an easy after school snack, make these cheesy pizza crescent rollups kids are sure to love. The best part is, big kids can make this recipe themselves!

4.) Cheesy Pizza Crescent Rollups

Got a pizza lover? Of course, you do! Your kiddo is sure to love this recipe from Jennifer then! Pack a couple of these cheesy pizza crescent rollups in their lunchbox and you’ll know it’s a hit!





Welcome to my Instant Pot luxury egg mayonnaise sandwiches. Using the Instant Pot these are the egg sandwiches that you dream of.

5.) Instant Pot Luxury Egg Mayonaise Sandwiches

If you have a kiddo who loves eggs like mine does, you have to try Samantha’s recipe for Instant Pot Luxury Egg Mayonaise Sandwiches served hot. Mmmm, I’m already salivating over these. ?




Kid Lunch Ideas - Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops Recipe

6.) Kid Lunch Ideas: Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops

Now, these Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops are a cute new twists on a tried and true kiddo favorite, from Brandie. If you’ve got yourself a picky eater at home, as I do too, you should totally give these suckers a try.




Kid Friendly Pasta Salad

7.) Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad Recipe

Check out this beautiful array of veggies that are nicely paired with organic chickpea fusilli from Cindy. This simple yet filling recipe is both gluten-free as well as vegetarian to help satiate even the pickiest little eaters as it is very easy to adjust depending on your kiddos palate.




hello kitty

8.) Hello Kitty Bento Lunch

Hello Kitty fans everywhere will unite for this super adorable bento lunch idea from Jamie. If you’re looking for another alternative besides bread sandwiches for your kiddo, look no further than this.



Homemade Spaghetti Os (Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan) | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Kick the can and make this healthy recipe for the kids instead! Homemade Spaghetti O's that are allergy-free, gluten-free, and vegan! A super easy lunch or dinner that's kid-friendly and mom-approved!

9.) Homemade Spaghetti Os

Do you remember eating spaghetti-os as a kid? Check out Rebecca’s recipe to bring back those nostalgic childhood memories and pass them on to your own kiddos. As you can tell from the title, the best about this recipe is that it is also allergy-free, gluten-free, as well as vegan-friendly for your little ones to enjoy!



Healthy, easy to make, delicious Rotisserie Chicken Salad. Use leftover Rotisserie chicken to make this healthy, delicious salad #cooking #recipes #healthy #chicken

10.) Rotisserie Chicken Salad Recipe

If your kiddo loves rotisserie chicken as much as my son does, you’re in for a real treat. This recipe uses leftover rotisserie chicken to revamp a salad that is packed with protein to keep your kiddo nice and full during school.



a plate of instant pot chicken tacos surrounded by toppings

11.) Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Tutorial 

If you’re looking for more chicken recipes to fill your kiddos up to last them throughout their school day, check out this instant pot chicken tacos recipe from Bintu. These look absolutely scrumptious and juicy!



Easy One Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese // deliciousobsessions.com

12.) Easy One-Pot Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Here is another gem of a recipe that is sure to incorporate more veggies into your kiddos’ diet. If you have a picky kiddo or a few who just won’t go near a veggie, this one is for you. I am so excited to try out this recipe out from Jessica!



Fun back to school Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich!

13.) Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

As a kiddo, there’s nothing like the good ol’ stand by of PB&J sandwich for lunch. Wash it down with a nice cold container of milk and a side of chips and you’re good to go for the rest of your school day. Check out this cute fish cut-out PB&J sandwich post from Jillian for more inspirational ideas on how to prep your kiddos’ PB&J sandwiches.



Pizza Muffins

14.) Pizza Muffins

I don’t know of any kid who doesn’t love pizza, do you? If your kiddo is an avid pizza lover, do try these pizza muffins recipe out from Layne. Bonus points as these fit nicely in a food jar too (if you make them in mini muffin tins)! 🙂


15.) Ham & Cheese Biscuits

Here’s another food jar friendly food recipe from Kathy. These ham & cheese biscuits are sure to please any kiddo and satisfy their lunch cravings.



16.) Baked Macaroni Cheese Cups

We are on a roll with food jar friendly foods as this recipe from Amanda also fits into that category! Give your kiddo this nice warm, ooey, gooey, yummy treat for lunch and they are sure to love you for it!



Baked Pizza Pockets | healthy - foodmeanderings.com

17.) Healthy Homemade Pita Pizza Pockets

Here’s another treat for your pizza-loving kiddo. This healthy homemade pizza pocket recipe from Terri is sure to please their palate with all the flavors of a pizza and none of the grease.


Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls with Sauce and Corn Aside

18.) Vegan Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

Just take a look at this gorgeous plate of Vegan Spring Rolls from Elena and I’m sure you’ll be salivating too. Count these as a healthy treat for the entire family, not just as a filling lunch for the kiddos but on any given night of the week as a healthy dinner option as well.



19.) Healthy No-Bake Mini Date Nut Bars

Look at this tower of yumminess from Meymi! Can you imagine how wonderfully sweet it must be? Give it a try the next time you have a hankering for a sweet dessert.



20.) DIY Uncrustable Sandwiches

Don’t shell out any more money than you have to whenever your kiddo asks for no crusts PB&J sandwiches. Try this recipe from Ashley to DIY and cut and seal your very own uncrustable sandwiches and keep your wallets full instead.


Protein-rich and delicious, No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars made with all HEALTHY natural ingredients. These bars are vegan, refined sugar-free and gluten-free and packed with healthy dietary fibers. A perfect midday bite, or post workout snack. #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree #dairyfree #healthy #oatmeal #oats #family #kidsfriendly #whole30 #weightloss #skinny #fit #workout #nobake #raw | natalieshealth.com

21.) Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

What a delicious way to restore your energy! Try these wonderful albeit healthy chocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal bars from Natalie anytime you need a quick pick-me-up or an on-the-go breakfast bar.



Cheeseburger Rollups

22.) Cheeseburger Rollups

Do you love cheeseburgers but hate the mess? Then try these awesome cheeseburger rollups from Alli and pack them inside your kiddos lunchbox for a neat and yummy meal that’s easy to clean up.



EASY to make zucchini tots recipe that your family is going to love - even your picky toddler! These healthy nuggets are ready in less than 20 minutes total and are 136 calories a serving. Low carb and keto recipe! 

23.) Shredded Zucchini Tots

Here’s another sneaky way to get your kiddos to eat more veggies. Try these delectable shredded zucchini tots from Pamela and pack them in your kiddos’ food jar, they’ll love it!



24.) Healthy School Lunch Deli Kabobs

I am a big fan of revamping favorites, particularly when it comes to tried and true recipes, like this healthy school lunch deli kabobs recipe from Deanna. If your kiddo is tired of having the same old same old foods for lunch, try mixing it up and put it on a stick!




25.) Puff Pastry Mini Pizza Three Ways

Oh pizza, how I love thee, let me count the ways, three to be exact! Give these puff pastry mini pizzas a try from My Pinch of Italy. Even Elizabeth Barrett Browning can’t deny how yummy these are!


For More Back To School Ideas, check out these posts below:

1.) First Day of School Signs 

2.) How To Get Your Kids Back On A School Schedule 

3.) How To Make A Back To School Decorative Doormat 

4.) Back To School Themed Crafts To Get Your Kids Excited For School



A Roundup of 25 Back To School Lunch Ideas To Help Fuel Up Your Kids

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