Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids
Summertime is a great time to get creative with your kids’ lunch ideas. From simple sandwiches and salads to more elaborate dishes, these delicious and easy-at-home summer lunch ideas for kids are perfect for busy working homeschool moms.
Add a few to your summer lunch meal plans. You’ll be glad you did!
35 Delicious and Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids
It's always a challenge to find easy, nutritious lunches that go beyond boring PB & J sandwiches when you're juggling working from home and homeschooling. Here are 35 easy lunch ideas for kids that will keep you on track and have your kids begging for more.
Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers
Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers are the perfect low-carb snack, appetizer, or light meal! This healthy recipe takes just 30 minutes to make and is the perfect finger food!
Macro-Friendly Cheesy Quesadilla
This Cheesy Quesadilla is packed with flavor and stupid easy to make! Crisp pita bread with melty cheese and a seasoning blend to top things off. Plenty of options to customize this recipe too!
Avocado Tuna Melt
Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly
Elevate your typical PB&J with this Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Kids will never get bored of this classic lunchtime sandwich when you throw some butter on the outside and fry it up nice and crisp on a warm skillet.
Chocolate Covered Banana Walnut Bites
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
Kids love meatballs, and Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs couldn't be any easier! Add your favorite sauce, and dig in!
Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad
Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad with a tangy Lemon Buttermilk Dressing ~ spring forward with this colorful and healthy pasta salad.
Mom’s Ham Salad
Ham salad just like mom made…with a few improvements to make this classic salad even better. Eat it in a sandwich, on crackers, or by the spoonful, it’s good!
These healthy banana pikelets are super easy to make with just four ingredients. They freeze well and make excellent kid-friendly lunches or snacks.
Recipe For Mac And Cheese Casserole - Any Reason Life
It’s so quick and easy to throw this Mac and cheese together for kids at lunchtime. Then store the leftovers for simple reheated meals the next day! Everyone loves cheesy pasta so you can feed the whole family.
Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole With Ground Beef
Kids adore tater tots so why not make a whole meal out of them? Summer lunch has never been easier with this casserole that’s tasty hot or cold. The leftovers are perfect for an extra meal for everyone too.
Sesame Soda Noodle Salad
This Sesame Soba Noodle Salad is a new family favorite! Not only is it ready in 15 minutes and it's great to make in advance, but it's also packed full of veggies and protein, making it the perfect hearty cold noodle salad!
Baked Pizza Casserole
This Baked Pizza Casserole Recipe combines rotini pasta, Italian sausage, onions, garlic, bell peppers, pepperoni, and black olives all smothered with a pizza marinara sauce blend and baked with a blanket of mozzarella cheese. It is everything you love about pizza and pasta combined. This is the perfect dish for families with young kids and hungry appetites.
Fish Tacos Recipe: Customize Your Fish, Sauce And Toppings
These fish tacos need less than 20 minutes of total prep and cook time, making for an easy lunch. Of course, the taco format is a great way of getting children to eat some healthy fish and veg.
Zucchini Fritters In The Air Fryer
The BEST Zucchini Fritters ever cooked in the air fryer. Loaded with zucchini, cheese, spring onion, and herbs, they make a quick dump-and-go air fryer recipe.
Air Fryer Chicken Legs
Air Fryer Chicken Legs are an easy and delicious dinner recipe loved by both kids and adults alike. Coated with olive oil and a blend of seasonings, cooking chicken legs in the air fryer takes just 20 minutes and results in the most perfectly crisp, flavorful skin.
Vegetable Vegan Kimbap (Gimbap)
This vegan kimbap is filled with colorful veggies and crispy tofu. A refreshing lunch that your kids will love!
Gluten Free Pizza Rolls- Vegan option, GF/DF, Top 8 Free
Homemade gluten-free pizza rolls that are dairy-free, vegetarian optional, and top 8 allergens free AND kids love them!! This gluten-free pizza roll recipe makes an easy lunch or dinner for kids or a side for a salad.
Homemade Sloppy Joes (Crock Pot Friendly!)
It is SUPER easy to make Homemade Sloppy Joes from scratch! This delicious sauce has a perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors. Your family will request this 30-minute meal every week!
Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp
Simple ingredients are all it takes for these light spring rolls. These shrimp spring rolls do not require the stovetop or oven to make!
Vegan Bean Quesadilla
These Vegan Bean Quesadillas are meat-free, dairy-free, and can even be made oil-free! The result is a protein-dense, fiber-rich, hearty yet healthy treat packed with a creamy, flavorful bean filling.
Easy Air Fryer Hot Ham and Cheese Wraps + Video
Air fryer ham and cheese wraps are quick and so easy to make! No need to turn on the hot oven, these can be made in the air fryer in 5 minutes!
Air Fryer Latkes
It’s about time you try a latke if you haven’t already. Kids love latkes!
Healthy Burger Bowls (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
These healthy burger bowls combine all the flavors of a classic burger in a low-carb, easy-to-prepare bowl. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and easily customizable for everyone to enjoy!
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe
These easy Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken bites are just what you need to recharge after a busy morning. Both kids and adults will love these, pus, they only take 35 minutes to prepare!
Egg Muffins Recipe
These Egg Muffins are one of the best ways to stuff veggies into your kids' meals! Featuring bacon, cheddar, and heavy cream to give the dish a savory touch, they're guaranteed to be a hit with the entire family!
How To Make Easy Chicken Caesar Wraps
This recipe is going to show you How To Make Chicken Caesar Wraps in the easiest way possible. Using various shortcuts, this is a lunch that you will be able to enjoy in under 10 minutes. The freshness of the vegetables paired with the smoky crispy bacon makes this wrap a lunchtime favorite.
Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings Recipe (Oven and Air Fryer)
Tender on the inside, and crispy on the outside, these Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings will be your new favorite appetizer! They're completely vegan, and can easily be made gluten-free!
Big Mac Salad - Cheeseburger Salad Recipe (Low Carb, Gluten-free)
This easy low-carb Big Mac salad recipe is ready in just 20 minutes! A gluten-free, keto cheeseburger salad like this makes a healthy lunch or dinner.
Lighter Chicken Fried Rice
This Healthy Fried Rice Recipe is packed with chicken, veggies, and brown rice. Full of flavor + so delicious – just like takeout chicken fried rice at home!
Delicious Instant Pot Hamburgers with Cheese | Copycat In N Out Burger
These Instant Pot Hamburgers with Cheese are super easy to make and a family favorite! This healthier fast food option is also ready in just 20 minutes!
Dino Nuggets Air Fryer Recipe (Dino Buddies Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets)
Air fryer dino nuggets are a kid favorite! Older kids can make these for themselves.
Frozen Mini Pizza in Air Fryer (English Muffin Pizzas)
Prep these frozen mini pizzas in the air fryer ahead of time, and put those "what's for lunch?" worries aside. They're great with a variety of yummy toppings!
Pepperoni Pizza Crescent Rolls
Crescent Rolls make these little bundles almost effortless. Fill them with cheese and pepperoni (or your favorite pizza toppings) and bake.
Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
Cheese is rolled up into plain bread and then pan-fried in a little bit of butter! The cheese inside gets all melty and the bread on the outside gets all crispy…what’s not to love?
I hope you’ve found these lunch ideas for kids helpful.
And I hope that your kids love them as much as mine do. If you try out any of these recipes, be sure to let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to share this post with your friends – they may just need a few easy lunch ideas for their own kiddos!
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