Looking for tasty sandwich alternatives to pack in your child’s lunchbox? These creative school lunch ideas for kids are just the ticket! Mac and cheese muffins, pizza pancakes, chicken ranch roll-ups, and LOTS more!
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It’s back-to-school time, and along with the rush of school supply shopping and new backpacks comes the dreaded lunchbox dilemma – what should I pack for school lunch inside of that cute new lunchbox?! If your kids are anything like mine, sandwich burnout comes quickly into the school year, and I find myself on the hunt for new and creative sandwich alternatives and lunch ideas. Since many of you are probably in the same boat, I compiled a list of 25 fun and unique school lunch ideas for kids that is mostly sandwich-free!
School Lunch Ideas for Kids
Ham and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins – these muffins will be the envy of the cafeteria, and they’re a delicious way to use up leftover mac and cheese! Get the recipe here.
Pizza pancakes! Who wouldn’t love these?! Perfect for kids who don’t care for sandwiches! Get the recipe here.
Cheesy pepperoni pizza sticks are a surefire lunchbox hit! Get the recipe here.
Fruity Chicken Balls – these are great finger food for kids of all ages, a perfect healthy choice for lunch boxes! Get the recipe here.
Monster Sandwiches – if you’re going to pack a sandwich, be silly and fun with these cute monsters, and score points for creativity! See how to make them here.
Taco Pop Tarts – a savory, lunchbox-friendly twist on a beloved childhood treat! Get the recipe here.
Barbecue chicken cups are super easy to make, and they make a great sandwich alternative! Get the recipe here.
Chicken and cornbread waffle sliders are super yummy! Use store-bought chicken strips to save even more time for these fun lunchbox favorites! Get the recipe here.
Banana Cereal Snacks – here’s a very tasty lunchbox treat that is just as simple to make as it is to eat. You can find it here.
These chicken ranch wraps are a huge hit with my kiddos! Get the recipe here.
Lunch Box Kabobs – if your little ones are bored with traditional sandwiches, try putting the sandwich on a stick! Click here for the recipe.
Bagel Pizzas – these pizzas are a great way to use up leftover bread products! Cooled down, they are perfect for lunchboxes too and make a lovely change from sandwiches. See more here.
Whole Wheat Banana Muffins -no processed food here! Use real whole foods to create delicious, moist, and nut-free banana muffins for kids. Get the recipe here.
This PacMan bento box is so much fun (and super easy to make!)! Okay, it does include a sandwich, but it’s so cute and different that it will still score points with the kids! Get the details here.
Ham and Cheese Pockets – All you need is frozen puff pastry sheets, cheddar cheese slices, and ham slices! See how to put it all together here.
Grilled Cheese Roll-ups – these are SO easy, and my kids are ten times more likely to eat them in roll form vs a traditional grilled cheese sandwich! See how to make them here.
Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – this may be the greatest healthy strawberry treat you’ve ever had. They even qualify as healthy snacks, too! Look here to try them.
Mini Corn Dog Muffins – the perfect lunch box addition, these muffins taste just like the real thing! Get the recipe here.
Pancake Bites – who says you can only eat breakfast in the morning? Make up a batch of mini pancake bites and add some fruit and sausage for a complete meal! Get the recipe here.
Quesadillas are a kid favorite for a reason, and contrary to our adult biases, they don’t need to be piping hot to be delicious! See more great ideas for nut-free lunches here!
DIY Lunchables – there’s just something fun about deli meat, cheese and crackers! Add some fruit and veggies for a complete meal. Get more inspiration here.
Homemade Fruit Roll-ups – these yummy treats make the perfect addition to your kids lunches (especially with those homemade lunchables above!)! Find them here.
Mini Pizza Bites-these mini pizza bites are a delicious after school snack or lunchbox treat. Get the recipe here.
Nutella and Banana Sushi – add a special sweet treat to the lunch box with this fun “sushi roll!” See more here.
DIY Uncrustable Freezer Sandwiches – let’s face it, sandwiches are a lunchbox staple, so when you’re pressed for time, these easy freezer sandwiches are a huge time saver in the morning! See how to make them here.
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