20 School Lunch Ideas

Do you not feel good about the lunches being served at your child’s school? Many parents don’t. This is why parents turn to packing a lunch for their children. The only problem is that you often run out of ideas. Some kids are content with eating the same sandwich throughout the school year, but other kids want a variety of meals. If your child is protesting against eating one more of your lunches, it’s time to add some more school lunch ideas to your repertoire.

One of the easiest things you can do is start using a container that keeps food warm. This opens up lunch options a lot. You can serve everything from soup to chili to spaghetti to hotdogs. Last night’s leftovers can be heated up the next morning and placed in the container for a quick and easy lunch. Another great idea is to make your child’s favourites. For example, if your child loves the little packs that have crackers, meat, and cheese, make them at home. Not only can you make several varieties, but you can also save a lot of money.


School Lunch ideas
School Lunch ideas


The list below contains ideas for everything from pizza to themed lunches. You’ll be amazed at how excited younger children will be to eat the same foods when you make them fun. For example, creating a themed lunch (with jokes printable) and cutting a sandwich to look like a favourite character can make lunch enjoyable again. Will you have to spend a bit more time? Maybe but your kids will start eating their lunch again.

What do you like to pack in your child’s lunch? Does your child love sandwiches? Do they prefer salads? Do you find yourself running out of ideas before the school year is over? 


School Lunch Ideas


20 School Lunch Ideas
20 School Lunch Ideas


1.  Over 15 Thermos Lunch Ideas for Kids – Must Have Mom

2. BBQ Chicken Bacon and Pineapple Flatbread – Almost Supermom

3. Chicken Sliders with Pear Gouda and Arugula – Lydi Out Loud

4. Sandwich on a Stick – Spaceships and Laser Beams

5. Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch – Thrifty Jinxy

6. Fish Bento Box Lunch – Craft Create Cook

7. Easy Homemade Bagel Pizzas – Tuxedo Cats and Coffee

8. Pizza Pasta Salad Recipe – Plum Crazy about Coupons

9. 15 Disney Bento Lunch Ideas – Mom Endeavors

10. Vegan Chickpea Mayonnaise Salad Sandwich – Rhian’s Recipes

11. Easy Gluten-Free + Vegan Pizza Bagels (Allergy-Free) – Strength and Sunshine

12. Healthy Hummus Cucumber Boats – Peas and Crayons

13. Ham and Cheese Pinwheels – Ruffle and Rain Boots

14. Mini Muffin Corn Dogs – The Anthony Kitchen

15. Healthy Homemade Pita Pizza Pops (Pizza Pockets) – Food Meanderings

16. Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops – Home Cooking Memories

17. Avocado Salad Pittas – The Improving Cook

18. Lunchbox Empanadas with Ham and Cheese – The Anthony Kitchen

19. The 5 Minute Turkey Club Ranch Wrap Recipe – Food Meanderings

20. Turkey, Apple, and Cheddar Sandwich – Self


Which one is your favourite recipe to try?

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. A turkey, apple and cheddar sandwich sounds pretty good to me! I’d love to try it (especially if someone made it for me!).

  2. I think it’s great that kids get a variety of lunches ideas because I’d get sick of the same thing every day

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