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19 Easy Kids School Lunch Ideas (NO sandwiches)

19 Easy Kids School Lunch Ideas (NO sandwiches)

If you’re sick of packing school lunches that are sandwiches- I bet your kids are sick of them too! Try something new for their lunch tomorrow. We’ve rounded up some simple and neat ideas that you will like packing and the kids will like eating (fingers crossed).

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Pizza Pancakes

These are so cool. Like pizza? Like pancakes? Combine them and see what you think!

BBQ Chicken Cups

Sandwich Appetizer Skewers

If the kids are sick of sandwiches, try putting the sandwich ingredients on a kabob! It’ll be a hit.

Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables (Vegan)

Uncrustables can be super expensive when buying them at the grocery store, so why not make your own!

You know exactly what’s in them, so no artificial ingredients, and even the kids may enjoy making them. Experiment with different shapes and flavors of jelly for a new fun lunch idea! 

Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables (Vegan) | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Just what the little picky eaters want! Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables! A school-friendly, top food allergy-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free version of the packaged "PBJ crustless pocket" sandwich! Make these ahead of time for a quick and easy lunch recipe or snack for the entire school week!
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Easy Pepperoni Pizza Muffins Kids Can Make

Almost every kid loves pizza but you don’t always have leftover takeout in the fridge. Let them help you make pizza muffins using canned biscuits, pasta sauce, cheese, and pepperoni! Plus these don’t take up much room in their lunchbox so there’s space to add fruit and their other favorite snacks. 

Pretzel Dogs

Similar to the regular hotdog, except the bun is wrapped in a soft pretzel. Serve with their favorite dipping sauce like ketchup, mustard, or even ranch!

These are full size but you could also make them into minis. 

Pretzel Dogs stacked on top of each other topped with salt.
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Ham And Cheese Pinwheels

Spread a little mustard and mayo on a Pillsbury crescent roll. Layer on the ham and cheese, bake, and cut. So simple and easy!

If your picky eater likes a different lunchmeat just replace the ham. 

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Mini Taco Hand Pies

A regular taco would be super messy to send in a lunch box, so these hand pies are perfect! Load on their favorite taco toppings then place another piece of dough on top.

Bake for 15 minutes and they are ready to eat. You can freeze a batch of these ahead of time to make packing lunches easier. 

Mini savory hand pies filled a with a taco meat, beans and cheese! #OhioBeef
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PB&J Pinwheel Sandwich Kabobs

Serving food in different ways is how you introduce a picky eater to new things! Make a PB & J on a wrap, then slice into pinwheels. Alternate their favorite fruit and cheese onto a skewer and you have an easy school lunch idea.

If you don’t want to skewer them, just divide them into a bento box or separate containers. 

Healthy school lunch recipes don’t have to be boring! Reinvent that tried-and-true peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a PB&J roll-up! Thread those cute sandwich pinwheels onto a skewer with nutritious fruit, and in just minutes you’ve got a creative lunch box meal they’ll love!
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Owl Rice Cake Snacks

This recipe is healthy and has some added protein from the peanut butter. While it’s such a fun snack, it’s also great for kids who aren’t big meat fans.

Smear peanut butter onto a rice cake and make the owl face out of sliced fruit and Cheerios.

Owl Rice Cake Snacks Food art
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Quick And Easy Homemade Quesadillas Recipe

Depending on what your picky eater likes, you make a ton of different versions when it comes to quesadillas.

All you need is flour tortillas, cheese, and whatever protein you would like in it. 

This quick and easy homemade quesadillas recipe makes a great quick meal for your family. Quesadillas are very versatile, because you can make them with chiles and salsa or you can make them with only cheese for young kids or picky eaters.And for the more adventurous, you can easily add anything that sounds like it would go well with Mexican food!
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Corn Dog Muffins

These mini muffins are super easy to make, budget-friendly, and yield 32 muffins at a time! You can easily freeze some for later if needed.

Pack their favorite sauce and let them dig in at lunchtime! 

These mini corn dog muffins are the perfect weeknight meal for busy families (and picky eaters). Hearty, kid-pleasing, and super fast to make--a winner of a dinner!
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Mini Sandwich Lunchbox Idea

Sandwiches don’t have to be boring anymore! Swap the regular bread for slider buns for a whole new lunch!

Serve with a veggie, their favorite fruit, and a crunchy snack like pretzels or crackers for a simple lunchbox that your picky eater will love. 

Mini Sliders Lunchbox Idea - School lunch from Family Fresh Meals
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Kid Friendly Sausage Pancake Breakfast Bites Recipe

Yep! Breakfast can be served as lunch! Fry up some sausage meatballs then dip them into your pancake batter. Fry for a couple of minutes and they are ready!

You can freeze them once they cool to be ready for another week ahead of time. 

Sausage Pancake Breakfast Bites. Easy kid friendly breakfast idea for busy mornings!
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Chicken & Waffle Sliders

If the kids love breakfast and chicken nuggets, this is the best of both worlds!

To make things easier toast mini frozen waffles, then add the chicken nuggets. 

Easy Chicken and Waffle Sliders recipe
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Easy Air Fryer Pizza Roll Ups

Skip the Totinos pizza rolls and make them yourself! Pizza roll-ups only require 5 simple ingredients and are ready in just a couple of minutes!

This is a great idea to switch things up for your little pizza lover. 

Air Fryer Pizza Roll Ups stacked on top of each other on a white serving dish.
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Healthy Muffins For Kids

These muffins are packed with fruits and hidden veggies.

Kids won’t even be able to tell but they will still get the nutrition they need! 

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Homemade Spaghettios – Kid Friendly and Healthy!

If your little one likes Spaghettios from the can but you would rather them not eat that constantly, make a healthier version instead. Made with whole ingredients and hidden veggies!

These are great to make in a thermos so they are still warm until lunch. 

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad

This is such a simple pasta salad recipe that most kids will love! For nutrition use a plant-based protein option like Banza.

It’s also great because it’s best served cold but still has the famous pizza flavor. 

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad recipe in a bowl.
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Ham And Cheese Sliders

While we love making these as a game-day snack, they are just as delicious in a school lunch!

If needed you can swap the cheese or meat for their favorite. 

A stack of ham and cheese sliders topped with poppy seed butter and parsley.
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Cucumber Ranch Turkey Tortilla Wrap Recipe

Turkey ranch wraps only take a few minutes to make and use dry ranch seasoning, cream cheese, cucumbers, and turkey wrapped in a tortilla.

To make pinwheels, simply slice them once you have them rolled. 

How to make a Cucumber Ranch Turkey Wrap Recipe
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Sloppy Joe Sticks

This classic family favorite can now be a lunchbox addition! Add the sloppy joe mixture onto a rectangle of refrigerated pizza dough, top with a  cheese stick, then roll!

Brush the outsides with a little butter and bake. Pack the night before for the next school day! 

These sloppy joe sticks are handheld sloppy joes that meld meat and cheese together inside a burrito made from pizza crust.

Before sending these lunches, try a few out on the weekend just to be sure the kids like them. Most are easy enough that they can even pitch in and help! Hope you found some shiny new lunch ideas for your fam!

Which one was a favorite??