Back To School Lunch Ideas

Whether you choose to feed your child all natural foods, or something quick and easy, you’ll need to come up with back to school lunch ideas! Of course, most kids would be satisfied with a sandwich and a snack every day, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up for them!


1. Pasta Salad.
If your kids are a little more adventurous in taste, they’ll love some fresh pasta salad for lunch! It’s easy to store, just send a chilled bowl and a fork and you’re set! You could couple this with some nice crackers to go along with it, and you’re set. Check out this pasta salad recipe with salami and mozzarella for a great idea!

2. Chicken noodle soup.
This is always a great option for kids who have been sick recently, or are getting over their bout of sickness that caused them to miss school. The first day back after an illness is always pretty miserable, and chicken noodle soup can make it a little less so. Additionally, it’s a nice and comforting “home” food, so it’s nice to be able to eat something like that at school!

3. Classic sandwich meal.
Of course there’s always the classic turkey or ham sandwich, chips as a side, and a piece of fruit to boot! This is a timeless classic, and extremely easy and convenient! To put a twist on this lunch idea, try a chicken salad sandwich instead of normal deli meat!

4. “Lunchable” meal.
For an alternative to a classic sandwich meal, you could do a “Lunchable” style meal, packing crackers, turkey or ham, and some snacks. Rather than a candy item like a Lunchable provides, you could provide a fruit like grapes or oranges, and granola instead of chips.

5. Macaroni and cheese.
This is something that is easily stored, and can be kept in a container to keep it hot, or eaten cold! You can use leftovers from a big dinner or homebaked macaroni and cheese, or just make it specifically for lunches throughout the week. Mac and cheese is a huge kid favorite and would make a lovely lunch surprise! To complete this meal, send a cup of fruit to balance it out!

Try these lunch ideas to give some variety to your student’s life and they’ll be sure to love it! What kinds of lunch meals do you send to school with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!

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