Many times, the school lunch menu for children seems to be rather unappealing and unhealthy.
If you wish to keep your child energised at noon, you might want to give them a great lunch menu.
Luckily, these amazing 20 school lunch ideas will do just that. Also, they will keep you inspired to make your child happy and healthy at school!
Spicy, healthy, and delicious; this carb lunch is one of the easiest school lunch ideas you can prepare days before. Steam and mash the cauliflower, then stir it with onions, ginger, curry spices, chickpeas, and cilantro. Then, simply wrap them with tortillas and bake them, and store the rest in the freezer for future lunch.
Pizza is arguably one of the most favoured kids school lunch ideas. You can make a mini version of it that’s both compact and easy to prepare and freeze. Make regular pizza dough, cut them into smaller doughs, flatten them, pour your pizza toppings, then roll the flat dough.
If your child doesn’t eat fruits often, then this recipe may change their mind. Cut a fresh pear into chunks, put them into a cup container, mix with blueberries, then pour lemonade into them. It’s fresh, healthy, and one of the easiest and quickest school lunch ideas that your child will love.
Some parents agree that this is one of the most exciting and easiest veggie school lunch ideas that their kids love. You only need a lavash flatbread, thinly sliced cucumbers, cream cheese, and kosher salt to make some.
While turkey sandwich’s arguably the easiest of all school lunch ideas here, it’s still very healthy and appealing for children. Pan-Fried or baked turkey breasts, then slap them onto the sandwich. Don’t forget to add veggies and sauces to make it healthier and tastier.
You can make an amazing sandwich out of a leftover lamb, topped with avocado and jam. Cranberry or lingonberry jam works best, but you can substitute them with caramelised onion chutney, apple chutney, or mint sauce. Cycle between each spread to make this school lunch menu even more exciting.
Kids love crispy chicken bites, and you can take that in mind to make simple chicken wraps. Fry the popcorn chicken bites, spread them to whole wheat tortillas, then add lettuce, tomato, and pepper slices to them.
Fruit and veggie purees can be made into jellies with gelatine to make a healthy and exciting lunch snack. But because it’s a snack, it needs to be accompanied by other school lunch ideas to make it wholesome.
These energy balls are sweet, energising, gluten-free, dairy-free, and easy to make—how much healthier can they be? Blitz raw almonds, dates, almond butter, agave syrup, and coconut flour with a food processor. Then, shape the dough into balls, and coat them with either coconut or cacao powder for additional flavour.
Zucchini slice is a very refined lunch meal for kids that uses everyday ingredients. You grate zucchini, rinse the bits, beat some eggs with flour and baking powder, and add cheese and zucchini bits to them. Then, pour them on a tray, bake them, and serve them.
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, cheesy courgette fritter is one of the most flexible school lunch ideas. Children can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time. Mix grated zucchini, egg, cheese, flour, and salt, then pan-fry the fritter mixture.
Here’s an amazing school lunch menu using leftover chickens and other exciting ingredients. Wrap shredded goat cheese, hummus, chimichurri sauce, and chicken slices with tortilla wraps or pita bread, then bake away. Or, you can store the remaining chicken wraps in the freezer and cook when needed.
This recipe is a cheaper alternative to the energy balls as mentioned above, but still healthy and mouth-watering. Blitz whole grain oats, peanut butter, honey, and protein powder with a food processor to make a moist dough. Then, make some snack bites out of the dough.
Unlike other school lunch ideas here, this recipe is quite spicy. Therefore, it might not suit some kids. But if your child loves spicy food, then this might be their new favourite school lunch menu. Spread chipotle spread to a tortilla, add roasted beef, lettuce, red onion, and tomato slices to it, then bake away.
Ring ding is simply a chocolate cake ‘sandwich’ with two cake slices sandwiching vanilla cream, then glazed with a chocolate finish. You can make it gluten-free by using gluten-free baking flour to make it as healthy as it is exciting.
Kids school lunch ideas can be exciting both cosmetically and flavour-wise, including this one. It looks like a regular healthy burger, except you can make the base dough to shape like a bear head. As for the teddy bear’s face, you can make the eyes with food gels, black olives, capers, or sesame seeds.
The filling in these empanadas is so fulfilling, tasty, and healthy. Roast beef and ground it, then cook it with tomato sauce, paprika, garlic, onion, and chilli powder. After that, roll pie crusts and insert the fillings to the crusts, make an empanada shape to it, then bake away.
Shredded rotisserie chicken/leftover chicken, mozzarella, tomato, and basil are all you need to make some exciting quesadillas. Pan-fry your tortilla, put mozzarella, shredded chicken, tomato slices, and chopped basil simultaneously on one half of it. Once the cheese melts and tortilla’s cooked, fold the other half to make a quesadilla, then cook the other side.
Wholesome strawberry sour cream muffins can be your child’s guilty pleasure—or can they? You can add more health benefits to them by using gluten-free flour and rolled oats instead of using the usual flour.
Unlike other sweet biscuits, this school lunch recipe is savoury and fulfilling. Make some regular biscuit doughs with diced ham and grated cheddar cheese, then bake them. You can make it either an amazing school lunch menu or light snack for your child.
So, which school lunch ideas are the very best?
It dependss on your child’s needs and preference. There is no best of the best school lunch ideas—they’re similarly amazing, healthy, and tasty.
What you can do to make them less boring is to cycle the school lunch menu between some school lunch ideas every day.
To help you out, many recipes on this list can be made days before and stored. That way, you won’t run out of exciting things to cook for your child.