Easy Homemade Recipes for School Lunches | Friday Feature

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Summer break is coming to an end in our house. Our P is headed into Senior Kindergarten in less than a week and I’m no where near prepared to start making his lunches again. I mean, I dread making my lunches every day for work and now it will be back to making his too. So, I thought I’d do a little looking around and gather some ideas I know the picky eater I have will love – some easy homemade ideas for school lunches that I can definitely make ahead and you can too.

Easy Homemade Ideas for School Lunches

Last year our lunches always consisted of fruit, a snack, water, crackers and sometimes cheese or sandwich meat. I have a serious picky eater on my hands, and with peanut butter on the do not send list, it makes lunch prep even harder for me and less exciting for him to eat. But after taking a look around, I think I’ve actually got a handle on some new ideas that can be put in his lunchbox the night before. Best of all, they don’t require me to get up at 5 AM to have them heated and ready to go!

First Up, Mac ‘N Cheese Cups from Ziploc®

Mac N Cheese Cups from Ziploc®
Photo Credit: Ziploc®

This was the first recipe I found and I honestly wanted to stop right here. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? Every hot item my kid likes, I know won’t work with our schedules, but now it doesn’t have to. You won’t believe how simple these are to make – just prepare you favorite mac ‘n cheese recipe, add an egg and bake. For the full recipe, check out: Say Mac ‘N Cheese by Ziploc®. This isn’t their only great snack idea, but it is my favorite.

Easy Baked Ravioli from Laura Fuentes

Easy Baked Ravioli
Photo Credit: Laura Fuentes

These look so good, I think I want them in my lunch too! Not that all of the rest don’t, but what a great idea. I’m not sure if my little guy will try them, as he is a little pickier, but I’m thinking our little Em would be all over these. Check out: Easy Baked Ravioli from Laura Fuentes for the full recipe.

Pizza Lunchbox Savoury Muffins from My Fussy Eater

Pizza Lunchbox Savoury Muffins
Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

These easy one-bowl pizza muffins are sure to be a hit in our house. The best part, one bowl means my little ones can easily make them too. And for me, I can change up the ingredients to make their favorite pizza flavors, plus make a dozen at once, saving time in the kitchen on our already busy weekends. Check out: Pizza Lunchbox Savoury Muffins from My Fussy Eater. My picky eater is just starting to like pizza, so here’s hoping he’s all for these too.

Carrot Stars from Healthy Little Foodies

Carrot Stars (Only 4 Ingredients) from Healthy Little Foodies
Photo Credit: Healthy Little Foodies

You would never guess what is in these cute little healthy stars – four easy ingredients and a whole lot of love! I can’t wait to make these ones too, as they’re packed with a whole bunch of healthy and fun too. Check out: Healthy Little Foodies’ Carrot Stars (Only Four Ingredients). And while you’re there, look for her Zucchini Bites, the original recipe that led me to this easy homemade lunch idea for school.

How Fun – Puff Pastry Cheese Straws from Kitchn

Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
Photo Credit: Emma Christensen (Kitchn)

These may be a little long to fit into my little guys lunch, but I’m thinking he’d love them cut into bite sized pieces. Another easy recipe, with only two ingredients, I keep surprising myself with the items I’ve been able to find. Check out the full recipe: How to Make Puff Pastry Cheese Straws from Kitchn. I can just imagine his eyes when he sees me pull these long straws out of the oven – how fun!

Just One More – Healthy Baked Broccoli Tots from Gimme Delicious

Healthy Baked Broccoli Tots
Photo Credit: Gimme Delicious

Believe it or not, P may be picky, but he loves broccoli – I’ll take it! I’m hoping his love of broccoli will bring him the courage to try these in his lunch this year. For the full recipe, pop on over to: Healthy Baked Broccoli Tots at Gimme Delicious. Made with cheese, broccoli, bread crumbs and a few other easy ingredients, I’m sure I’ll be able to make them a new favorite on his school lunch list.

School may be just around the corner, but with a list of new ideas to try for lunch, prepping and making might not be that bad. I’m definitely excited to try out these six easy ideas and to have P back in school. Be sure to let us all know which you try, which you love or even any easy lunch recipes you have, by commenting below.


Disclaimer – I’ve truly done my best to source all images and give credit to those who have shared these fabulous ideas. If I happen to get something wrong, please do let me know so I can give credit where it is due. Thank you!

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