Back to School Lunch Ideas

A tale as old as time: packing lunches for school. I, fortunately, have not personally had to go through the struggles of packing lunches for my oh so picky daughter yet but I came across a Facebook post in a mom group I’m in looking for advice and ideas about lunches.

She stresses her children are picky, and she didn’t know what sorts of things to send – especially since her child’s favourite thing is peanut butter and nut products are banned in schools here. Other moms began contributing their “go to” lunch ideas for their kids, and it inspired me to create this post!

The Equipment

  • Thermos for hot lunches
  • Containers (my daughter likes the separated ones like Bento)
  • Lunch box
  • Ice pack
  • Reusable utensils
  • Reusable water bottle

My daughter’s favourite container is a Paw Patrol themed separated box that we picked up from Winners for $2.97! It does the job and she loves it. Her water bottle is one of those metal Thermos brand ones with, you guessed it, Paw Patrol characters all over it.

The Ideas

Chicken Alfredo – recipe here.

Hot Lunches

  • Leftovers from the night before. My daughter loves pasta, so I would make a bit extra, reheat in the morning, add boiling water to her thermos to keep it extra hot and then dump the pasta into the container right before we leave.
  • Soup. Serve with crackers.

Sandwiches/Wraps/ Mains

  • deli meat (Turkey, ham, pastrami etc) on bread to create a sandwich or in a wrap.
  • Pinwheels using cheese and deli meat.
  • Cheese sandwich (grilled or cold).
  • Croissant sandwiches.
  • English Muffin pizzas.
  • Tacos (or deconstructed with all the taco ingredients and some Tosititos Scoop chips).
  • Chicken nuggets.
  • Bagel with cream cheese.
  • Pancakes.
  • Caesar salad with grilled chicken and bacon.
  • Pasta salad.
  • Garden salad.
  • Cold pizza.

Finger Foods (Cold)

  • Vegetables (celery, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli etc).
  • Cut up fruit (apples, pears, oranges).
  • Berries.
  • Crackers.
  • Cut up cheese.
  • Hummus and pita chips.
  • Hard boiled eggs.

Accompanying Foods

  • Yogurt or yogurt drinks.
  • Granola bars.
  • Additional fruit.
  • Dried fruit.
  • Trail mix.
  • Cereal.
  • Apple sauce.
  • Pudding.
  • Cheese string.
  • Milk carton.
  • Goldfish crackers.
  • Pretzels.
  • Salsa and chips.

Hopefully this list gave you some ideas! What do your children enjoy in their school lunches? Comment below.

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