Do you need ideas for kids lunches? If you are like me it can be
simple to plan easy kids meals for breakfast.
Dinner is the major event to plan. But lunches are difficult for me.
You can only have so much peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or
To help I've made a list of kid lunch ideas and posted it on the
fridge and in my cookbook. I even had the kids sit down with
me and we brainstormed lunch ideas. I especially like to do this
before the school year starts and I'm always in need of kid lunch
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Here are Some of Our Favorite Ideas for Kids Lunches
These ideas work well served at home or put into a lunch box.
Just stock up on plastic containers of various sizes, a kid size
thermos, several ice packs and a lunch box and you can turn most
healthy meal recipes into kids lunches.
Pasta Noodles sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.(add chopped ham
Peanut butter sandwich
Toasted honey sandwich. Place honey in a mini container and
include a spreader for putting together at lunchtime.
Taco ingredients with a tortilla or tortilla chips
Leftovers! Make a little extra each night for dinner.
This provides lunch for anyone the next day including your kids
school lunches. Or if you don?t want to eat something twice in a
row freeze them in Rubbermaid containers to pull out later.
Homemade Chicken Soup. Place roast chicken with chopped
carrots, a quartered onion, 1-2 celery leaves and 2 bay leaves
in a large soup pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook
and simmer on medium-low 1 hour. Drain broth into large bowl.
Allow to cool. Shred chicken. Use the shredded chicken for a
casserole or other dish. Freeze the broth for a quick soup for
lunches. Or if you want soup now add noodles, frozen carrots and
peas and cook until vegetables and pasta are tender. A quick
homemade soup that can be used for kids lunches or eaten at
Think ?out of the box? for sandwiches. Try cut out
bread with fun cookie cutters, bagels, tortilla wraps, crackers,
pancakes or crepes. This changes things up. I've even given my
son peanut butter on a pancake cut into triangles. It was a hit!
See some kids sandwich
Some of our favorite products for Kids lunches
Something I've found that has made a difference for lunchtime, is a
roomy, reusable lunch box set and fun kid size containers.
Pasta. When cooking
macaroni and cheese add in peas, ham or tuna. Or for school
lunches cook fun pasta noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese,
Italian dressing, leftover spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce.
Make small ham and cheese or pepperoni calzones and freeze for
Omelets. Add cheese,
meat and chopped vegetables of your choice. May not work for your
kids school lunches but great for kids lunches at home.
Use left over pork or beef roast. Shred and put on top of a
tortilla. Add cheese and other taco fixings for your child to put
together at school. Or shred and mix with barbecue sauce. Eat with
a hard roll.
Muffins. Pizza muffins or corn dog muffins are great for
a change in kids school lunches.
Simple Goulash soup. Add cooked noodles and cooked ground
beef to tomato juice. Season with pepper.
store bought frozen meatballs or make a large batch and freeze on
a cookie sheet until frozen then place in storage bag. With
leftover spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce make a meatball sandwich
with French bread or eat with cooked noodles. For a child's school
lunch you can put meatballs in a rubbermaid container and sauce in
a separate container. Give them a toothpick or fork and they can
dip their meatball. Or make a meatball
bought cheese or meat ravioli. Add to chicken soup, toss with
spaghetti sauce or plain yogurt sauce. Many kids like to eat
Mini size hamburgers, chicken legs, or chicken wings are
also a kids favorite and can be used for kids lunches.
Salads. Make a meal
out of a salad. Cobb salad or pasta salad work great in their
lunchbox with the dressing in a small container on the side.
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Kids Lunches -Packing Vegetables
Don't forget to provide vegetables in small
containers to go in your kids lunch box. Talk with your kids
and add what vegetables they would like to your "lunch list."
Mini green salads
Carrots-cut in coins, sticks or diced
Corn in a small container
Steamed broccoli or raw
Steamed cauliflower or raw
Peas in a small container
Bell pepper strips
Cucumbers cut in coins or sticks
Make sure to include vegetables in their sandwiches as well as on
the side in their lunch boxes. Get them involved in deciding which
ones to include but try to get them to add at least one and work on
adding more as they get use to it.
Kid Lunches- Ideas and Recipes
Lo Mein Serve for dinner and include leftovers in your lunch
8 ounces uncooked linguine
chicken breast halves, cubed
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen stir fry vegetables
Cook noodles. While noodles are cooking, cook chicken pieces in a
frying pan. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and chicken broth.
Stir in frozen vegetables and cook covered on medium. When chicken
is cooked through and vegetables are tender mix drained noodles into
chicken mixture. Serve immediately.
Deli ham, turkey or other meat
Vegetables your kids like such as shredded lettuce, shredded
Place deli meat on top of tortilla and add vegetables. Roll up and
cutin half. Wrap in plastic wrap or in a plastic container. If
desired included mayo or miracle whip on the side.
Add chopped ham or other deli meat and shredded cheese to
homemade biscuit dough. Flatten onto cookie sheet and cut into
2 Cups flour
2 teaspoons Sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 Cup milk
3 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Cream of tartar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup Chopped ham
1/2 Cup shredded cheese
In mixer blend flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cream of
tartar.Add shortening and blend. Stir in milk until dough forms a
ball. Stir in ham and cheese. Roll or pat dough into a
rectangle. Cut into rectangle sticks and bake at 450 degrees for 10
minutes or until golden.
A thermos works great for bringing soup in a lunch box.
Before placing soup in thermos pour boiling water in thermos and let
it sit for 10minutes. Pour water out and add soup.
6 oz. ground turkey
large beaten egg
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
6 Cups chicken broth
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 Cup pasta bowtie
Combine turkey, egg, bread crumbs and parsley and form into
meatballs.In saucepan cook broth and add carrots. Bring to a boil
and add pasta cook 5 minutes. Lower heat and add meatballs. Simmer
until cooked through.
1 slice baked ham, diced or chopped
1/4 Cup celery, diced
1/4-1/2 cup mayo
Blend all together and serve with toasted bread or wheat crackers.
Beans and Franks
1 Can baked beans
1 pkg turkey hot dogs, chopped
1 teaspoon mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar, optional
Stir all together and warm up. Place kids portion size in warmed
thermos for lunchtime.
1 lb. chicken breasts, cut in strips
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1 1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lime juice
Add ingredients together in a ziploc baggie. Marinate for 1
hour. Bake or grill. Add to lunch box in the morning.
Picnic Taco Packets
(Utah) For each person have:
1 bag Doritos or Fritos chips
taco meat browned, drained, seasoned
ketchup or taco sauce packets (like from the deli or convenience
Open the bag of chips. Toss in a scoop of meat, handful of lettuce
and grated cheese. Top with ketchup or hot sauce.
Instant taco salad picnic! YUM
We like to place a piece of teriyaki chicken inside the rice ball.
My kids won't eat cold rice, but they will eat rice balls in their
lunch. A friend who is Korean and Japanese makes them for her
children, and my children wanted to try them.
Use short-grain rice cooked so it is sticky (Uncle Ben's will not do
this!). You might have to experiment with your rice-cooking a few
times. It doesn't have to be Japanese rice. Dip your hands in a bowl
of salted water, then grab some rice and shape into a ball.
You can put a filling in the middle or not. This works the same way
food on a stick works. Kids like to eat it! My kids like them very
small, with other little foods.
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