Easy Lunch Ideas Kid Friendly


The best,  easy lunch ideas kid friendly. Eating on the school schedule can be tough for everyone. Thinking up new food and packing it all by yourself can be challenging. Most of us wouldn’t mind finding more easy lunch ideas kid friendly to help us out!

Need a quick and easy lunch idea for kids? With these easy lunch ideas kid friendly you’ll be making cute little sandwiches, colorful snacks, and fun fruit kabobs before you can say “heart healthy lunches for kids.”

Easy Lunch Ideas Kid Friendly

Lunch Ideas for Kids at Home or for School

Vegan Hummus Avocado Wrap

Vegan Hummus Avocado Wrap

Use ripe avocado, or even leftover guacamole, and protein-rich hummus to make these vegan hummus avocado wraps. Add some sprouts or salad greens for crunch, but leave out the tomato if sending to school, to avoid sogginess.

Vegan Asian Rice Salad

Cold Asian Rice Salad

A healthy vegan Asian rice salad with plenty of vegetables is a fabulous way to give vegan kids a boost of energy at lunchtime. Brown rice is full of protein and fiber, and kids love the crunchy texture and sweet and sour flavors.

Kid-Friendly Energy Bites

Kid-Friendly Energy Bites

Skip the store-bought, highly-processed, sugar-loaded confections, and make your own kid-friendly energy bites at home, instead! With just a handful of wholesome ingredients (and a bit of chocolate!) these energy bites can be mixed up in a matter of minutes

Cheesy Meatball Bombs

Meatball Bombs

These cheesy meatball bombs that start with packaged biscuit dough explode with kid-favorite Italian flavors of meatballs, tomato sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

The Ultimate Avocado Toast

avocado toasts on a plate

Kids love creamy avocado, and this easy toast recipe is a hit. The ultimate avocado toast can be served simply as is or layered with slices of crispy bacon to make a great open-faced lunch sandwich

Easy Pizza Pockets

Easy Pizza Pockets

Whip up a simple tomato sauce, crack open a tube of refrigerated biscuit mix, gather some favorite pizza toppings, and you’ve got everything needed to make these kid-favorite easy pizza pockets.

Easy Meatloaf Muffins

Meatloaf Muffins

Give kids a comforting, home-style lunch with this recipe for cute easy meatloaf muffins that are made from a classic meatloaf mixture baked in muffin tins.

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

A thermos full of chicken noodle soup is the next best thing to a hug from mom. Make this tasty soup on the weekend and freeze in individual portions for heating and packing into a thermos for school lunches any day of the week.

Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

Send yours to school with this packed pasta salad full of chicken, spinach, tomatoes, and other crunchy veggies. Use cooked leftover chicken, canned chicken, or a rotisserie chicken for this tasty salad recipe. The recipe is very forgiving, so feel free to change some of the ingredients to suit your taste.

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Skip the takeout pizza with this pepperoni pizza sliders recipe, which layers ingredients from a pepperoni pie onto slider buns to create mini-pizza sandwiches kids will love to eat.

Salmon and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Salmon and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Cream cheese and smoked salmon have traditionally been a favorite topping for bagels, but this combination can also make a wonderful filling for finger sandwiches. This recipe is a quick and easy addition for a light lunch. Place them in a cold bag to keep chilled until it’s time to eat.

Kid Friendly Lunch Ideas For School

Main Course (Choose 1)

  • Italian Sandwich: Pepperoni, Salami & Mozzarella Cheese
  • Peanut Butter (or nut/seed butter of their liking) and Jelly
  • Ham and Cheese
  • Turkey, Avocado & Sprouts
  • Tuna Plain or With Celery
  • Egg Salad
  • Salami & Cheese
  • Peanut Butter and Banana
  • Cucumber & Cream Cheese
  • Turkey & Cheese
  • Pita Pizza Pocket: Spread pizza sauce inside pita bread and stuff with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and their favorite pizza toppings.
  • Roast Beef & Cheese
  • Club: Turkey, Ham, Cheese, Lettuce & Regular or Turkey Bacon
  • Hummus & Veggie
  • BLT
  • Chicken Cesar Salad
  • Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Roll-up
  • Chicken Ranch
  • Lettuce Wraps (Use lettuce instead of a tortilla)
  • Hummus, Meat & Veggie
  • Veggies & Cream Cheese
  • Any of the sandwiches listed above can be made into wraps.
  • Cold Pizza
  • Burritos
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Lunch Meat, Cheese & Crackers
  • Leftovers
  • Nachos: Healthy Baked Kid Nacho Recipe from Thriving Home
  • Pasta Salad
  • Chili & Cornbread
  • Bagel with cream cheese, avocado and sprouts
  • Steak or Chicken Quesadilla
  • Shredded chicken and barbecue dipping sauce
  • Rice and Beans
  • Baked egg cups: Check out my post 10 Egg Muffin Recipes for ideas!
  • Mac ‘n Cheese
  • Mini Corn Dogs
  • Taco Salad: Kid Friendly Taco Salad Recipe from Food Network’s Healthy Eats
  • Sloppy Joe’s (These are still tasty cold.)

Snacks & Sweet Treats (Choose 1-2)

  • Trail Mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Jerky or Beef Sticks
  • Pretzels
  • Veggie Chips
  • String Cheese
  • Yogurt & Granola
  • Popcorn
  • Hummus (Eat with veggies or crackers)
  • Salami & Cream Cheese
  • Hard Boiled Egg or Deviled Eggs
  • Laughing Cow or Babybel Cheese
  • Individually Packed Guacamole (Wholly Guacamole brand is great) & Tortilla Chips
  • Crackers: Saltines, Goldfish, Annie’s brand etc.
  • Cold Cuts & Cheese
  • Kind Bars
  • Pirate’s Booty Rice or Corn Puffs (Yes, the name is hilarious!)
  • Celery or Apple and Nut Butter (SunButter made from sunflower seeds is a great alternative to peanut butter if your child is allergic.)
  • Chex Mix or Cheerios (dry)
  • Pita Chips
  • Graham Crackers
  • Roasted Crunchy Chickpeas (They come repackaged in all different flavors or you can make your own. Ranch is yummy!)
  • Sun Chips
  • Raisins
  • Pickles
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pepperoni and Mozzarella Cheese
  • Rice Cakes
  • Banana and Peanut Butter
  • Homemade Baked Chips or Store Bought: Here’s a Baked Chip Recipe from Super Healthy Kids.

    Vegetable Lasagna

    Low-Fat Vegan Eggplant Lasagna

    Make a nutritious vegetable lasagna on the weekend and freeze it in individual portions for easy weekday meals. Prep by heating it through in the microwave and wrapping it in aluminum foil before placing it in insulated lunch bags and lunchboxes.

    Honeyed Fruit Salad

    Honeyed Fruit Salad

    For those hot days when kids often crave a lighter lunch, this sweetened honeyed fruit salad with honey, lemon, and just a little sugar does the trick. Pack it into a plastic or glass container and add some cheese cubes and crackers to their lunch bags as a delicious snack.

    BBQ Chicken Salad

    bbq ranch chicken salad

    This BBQ chicken salad is so satisfying even the adults will be fighting over it. We use poached chicken breast, but feel free to use a store-bought rotisserie chicken and bottled dressing if you’re short on time. Pack the dressing separately and let the kids shake it all together when ready to eat.

    Pizza Wraps

    Pizza Wrap Sandwiches

    These easy pizza wraps with just three ingredients are basically cheese quesadillas with spaghetti sauce added inside. Go ahead and stuff them with your little ones’ other favorite pizza toppings, such as diced green bell peppers, pepperoni slices, and mushrooms. Wrap in tinfoil to keep warm.

    Chicken Waldorf Sandwiches

    Chicken Salad Sandwich

    The short set will enjoy the sweet, crunchy ingredients in these unusual chicken Waldorf sandwiches. The chicken-and-mayo filling gets extra zip from honey mustard and is mixed with chopped green apples, walnuts, and dried cranberries.

    Vegan Banana Muffins

    Vegan Banana Muffins

    Vegan banana muffins are a great way to get healthy fruit into kids. Make them with or without walnuts and feel free to toss some vegan chocolate chips into the batter.

    Creamy Potato Soup With Ham

    Creamy Potato Soup With Ham

    This creamy potato soup with ham is like eating a stuffed baked potato in a bowl. Fill kids’ thermoses with the rich and filling soup, which—along with some crackers—makes an excellent school lunch on colder days.

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Tender chocolate chip banana bread packed with plenty of healthy fruit is a lunchbox snack kids will love. Give them a special treat by packing slices along with an orange or apple to keep their meal balanced.

    Vegetable Fried Rice With Spinach

    Fried rice with vegetables and sesame on stone slate background

    This vegetable fried rice with spinach makes a healthy, meat-free thermos lunch idea for busy kids. You could also add some diced marinated tofu and any other vegetables you usually toss into a stir-fry.

    Greek Salad

    Greek Salad

    Greek salad has plenty of bright, crunchy veggies, plus salty black olives and creamy feta cheese, all dressed simply in a drizzle of olive oil and oregano.

    Crescent Roll Pigs in a Blanket

    Crescent Roll Pigs in a Blanket

    Little ones will gobble up these crescent roll pigs in a blanket. Be sure to add extra for sharing and pack them along with little containers of mustard and ketchup for dipping.


    This bright little chick by Hungry Happenings is actually a sweet lemon bar dessert!

    LEMON BAR CHICK, 25 super silly snack ideas, snack ideas for kids, kids snacks, healthy food, creative snack ideas, cute snacks
    Hello, Chickie!


    This simple spider sandwich idea by Frogs, Snails, And Puppy Dog Tails will make lunchtime fun!

    SPIDER SANDWICH, 25 super silly snack ideas, snack ideas for kids, kids snacks, healthy food, creative snack ideas, cute snacks
    Gotta eat this spider first!


    Your dino-loving kid will love this dinosaur waffle breakfast idea by Tutus And Tea Parties!

    Yummy dinosaur! Rawr!


    Basketball burgers – what a perfect dish for a sports-themed birthday party! Such a cute snack idea by Hungry Happenings!

    These basketballs look so good!


    This mud pie idea by B-Inspired Mama is a childhood classic- complete with gummy worms!

    MUD PIE, 25 super silly snack ideas, snack ideas for kids, kids snacks, healthy food, creative snack ideas, cute snacks
    It’s not gross, it’s yummy!


    You can turn oreo cookies into adorable little koala bear cookies in this cute snack idea by Hungry Happenings!

    KOALA COOKIES, 25 super silly snack ideas, snack ideas for kids, kids snacks, healthy food, creative snack ideas, cute snacks
    Just too cute not to eat!

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