By now, you can probably pack those school lunches in your sleep. But if you are looking for easy lunch recipes that are anything but boring, we’ve got you covered! And if they happen to be healthy lunch recipes? Well, that’s a win-win for everyone. Keep reading to see a month’s worth of lunch recipes sure to bring new life to your lunchbox.
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1. Rainbow Wrap
The gorgeous colors in this vitamin-rich veggie wrap are stunning, and the cream cheese pulls it all together. Your kids will taste the rainbow!
2. Easy Dumplings
Try a few of these simple dumplings with a sweet and salty dipping sauce on the side. They are easy to make and can be wrapped up and kept warm until lunch.
3. Tricolor Pasta Salad
Transform plain pasta with bright veggies for a healthy salad that kids will munch right up. For even more color, use tricolor noodles and make a batch of this tricolor pasta salad.
4. Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap
Tangy honey-mustard makes this chicken wrap a winner. Serve it on the wrap or as a side for dipping.
5. Taco Salad Supreme
Taco salads are filling, nutritious and delicious. Pack the meat and salsa separately, and let kids put it together at lunchtime. Our super simple five-ingredient taco salad makes it a snap.
6. Pizza Bites
Two words: pizza bites. Keep a batch in the freezer and you’ll always have them at the ready. Check out this version by Super Healthy Kids.
7. Super Sliders
Pack leftover pulled pork, some slaw and small rolls for some unbeatable pulled pork sliders. Give it a whirl with this recipe.
8. Ultimate Kiddie Cobb Salad
Pack a salad loaded with goodies, and add a container of dressing on the side. Try out this kiddie cobb salad from Katie Sullivan Morford of Mom's Kitchen Handbook.
9. Gouda Rollup
The standard turkey and cheese gets a playful makeover in this totally easy gouda roll up. It's a perfect way to shake up your kids' bento box!
10. Alphabet Veggie Soup
Use a thermos and serve up some warm soup for those chilly days. Try this alphabet veggie soup for a lunch they’ll L-O-V-E.
11. Lemon & Ginger Wings
These lemon and ginger wings from Simple Provisions are a great alternative to messier, stickier versions. Make a batch and toss a handful in a lunchbox for a hearty dish.
12. Mini Corndog Muffins
Get those carnival vibes with this version of a corn dog in muffin form. Good warm or cold!
13. Favorite Fried Rice
Use any combination of veggies and proteins to make your own version of this versatile fried rice (Pack it up in a thermos to keep it warm until lunchtime.).
14. Meatball Soup
Some things naturally go together, like pasta and meatballs. This easy soup by Kim's Cravings captures those favorite flavors. Try a batch for dinner, and then tuck some into a thermos for a hot lunch.
15. Pizza Sandwich
Pack the sauce and guac on the side, and let kids try this unexpected and delicious pizza and sandwich mashup.
16. Energy Bites
Beat any lunchtime slump by tossing in a few of these quick and easy energy bites as a fun side. We've got 12 great options right here.
17. Savory Pastries
Savory stuffed pastry bites pack perfectly in a lunch. Check out this ham and cheese version by The Clever Carrot.
18. Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs
Put those leftovers to work! Enjoy these cheese-stuffed meatballs for dinner, and save some to pack the next day. Don’t forget a side of marinara for dipping.
Change up that sandwich bread by wrapping everything in a tortilla and slicing it into fun pinwheels. Try out this BLT pinwheel idea from Genius Kitchen.
20. Go-To Pesto
Basil, parmesan and sunflower seeds combine to make this fresh and flavorful nut-free pesto. Mix it up in pasta, use it as a sandwich spread or make it a yummy dip for veggies.
21. Miniature Quiche
Just the right size for little hands! Make a batch of mini quiche bites for breakfast, and save a few extra to pop into a lunchbox.
22. Perfect Pasta Salad
Excellent warm or cold, colorful pasta salads are a tasty way to throw in a healthy dose of veggies. This Mediterranean bowl is sure to be a hit.
23. Sushi Sandwiches
Surprise them with some sushi-inspired sandwich bites. We love this carrot and hummus version, created by Catherine McCord of Weelicious
24. Tofu Salad
For a protein-packed vegetarian lunch, use tofu to create a batch of this egg-less egg salad for a wrap or sandwich. Try this recipe from The Hidden Veggies.
25. PB&J with a Twist
Jazz up this classic lunchbox staple. You'll find 20 totally fun variations right here.
26. Noodle Sandwich
Swap out the bread and use a cooked lasagna noodle to hold favorite sandwich fillings. Try this version with salami, turkey, and mozzarella.
27. DIY Lunchable
Ditch the pre-packaged stuff, and try a healthy twist on Lunchables! Check out some ideas over at 100 Days of Real Food.
28. Pizza Cupcakes
Pizza in cupcake form? Yes, please! Try this fun take on a favorite from Kirbie’s Cravings.
29. Veggie-licious Quesadilla
Give quesadillas a fresh spin. Try this veggie-stuffed version with sweet potatoes and black beans from Katie Sullivan, author of Best Lunch Box Ever.
30. Taco Bento Box
Pack all the ingredients for a delicious taco, and they’ll have a blast assembling their own creation at lunchtime! Learn how here.
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