School Lunch Ideas for Kids

You have to consider three things in planning your kid’s lunch: your kid’s preference, your budget, and the nutritional value.

Bite-size scrambled eggs with spring onions

We send kids to school to learn a bunch of things like the systems of the body in science, simple arithmetic in math, body coordination in P.E. and creative expression in art. A whole lot of these things they learn from a teacher and from books but that’s not what they often look forward too. Most kids look forward to seeing their buddies and run around during play time. They also look forward to the lunches their moms and dads have prepared for them and show it to other kids. Kind of like, “Hey everyone, look at my lunch, yup this is how much they love me,” moment for them.

I still remember back when I was in primary school, we would get biscuits, corn chips or sometimes fast food. I used to tell myself that they loved us so much because our lunches were from a famous fast food chain. Then again now that soon I will be a mom I don’t think that was the point of the whole fast food lunches. I guess my folks just didn’t have the time to prepare food for us so it had to be fast, easy and convenient. I think, teaching our kids about nutrition and staying healthy begins at home and not at school. Don’t worry, I have gone through a lot of recipes online and some are my own and have compiled at least a short list that you can use for school lunch ideas for your kids.

Your kids could be gone for as short as 30 minutes, an hour, half a day or an entire day. It all depends on the schedule of your kid’s classes and their school level. But you might want to give them something with a little bit more punch and a little more weight on their little stomachs. Here are some sandwich recipes, which you can add to your school lunch ideas for kids list.

School Lunch Ideas for Kids: Egg Sandwich Recipes

1. Cheese Club Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Butter
  • Smoked bacon or ham
  • Cucumbers (thinly sliced)
  • Tomatoes (thinly sliced)
  • Carrots (sliced in strips)
  • Fresh lettuce leaves

Preparation:

  1. Toast at least four slices of the whole wheat bread on each side. You can spread butter for taste but if it’s not for your kids, just lay off the butter. Some kids also don’t like the crust, removing them will be an option for you if your kids are like this.
  2. Cook the bacon or ham. Be careful not to burn the meat too much. Kids don’t like the burnt taste of meat.
  3. Clean all the vegetables and slice them and prep them up for assembly.
  4. Lay the loaf on a board, plate or any flat surface and put the cheddar on the loaf then the bacon or ham, next lay the tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers then put cheese again on top of the veggies. Top it off with a wheat bread loaf. Then make another set.

2. Salami and Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces of Whitebread
  • 4 slices of Mozzarella cheese
  • Salami,¬†4 pieces
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce

Preparation:

  1. Spread the butter on one side of the white bread and add one slice of mozzarella cheese then pan fry it for about 1-3 minutes or so until the cheese is slightly melted. Then do it again for the rest of the other pieces of white bread.
  2. Cook the salami and then put one piece on top of the mozzarella and white bread.
  3. Put an ample of mayonnaise then top it out with tomatoes and lettuce then add another salami then close it off with the white bread and mozzarella combination.

3. Creamy Tuna Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • Wheat bread
  • Canned tuna
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Celery (finely minced)
  • Lettuce

Preparation:

  1. Drain your canned tuna of its juices and in a separate bowl mix it in with some mayonnaise, celery. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Assemble the sandwich by laying fresh lettuce leaves on one side of the wheat bread spreading your tuna mayo mix on top of the lettuce leaves and then covering it once again with lettuce leaves and then top it off with one wheat bread.

Creative Cheap but Tasty Recipes

It cannot be helped that sometimes our budgets are drained because of the bills we pay. But who said eating healthy and delicious should be expensive. Here are some school lunch ideas for kids that binges on the taste but is not so heavy on the pocket.

1. Leftover Egg Fried Rice and Veggies

Ingredients:

  • Leftover rice
  • 2 eggs
  • Carrots (diced)
  • 3 cloves of Garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 small onion (finely minced)
  • Celery (optional)
  • Spring Onions (optional)
  • Green peas
  • Bell peppers (diced)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  1. In a clean bowl, mix in your leftover rice and 2 beaten eggs.
  2. Place pan in medium heat with some oil (olive oil since we are going for healthy foods) and sautè the garlic, onions, carrots, green peas, and bell peppers and spring onions until onions are translucent and carrots are tender to the bite.
  3. Add the egg and rice mixture and stir fry everything for about 5 minutes or so then add salt and pepper to taste, cook until vegetables are ready to eat and then top it off with chopped celery leaves.

2. Simple Egg Frittata

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese (or any cheese available in your kitchen)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Crack the eggs and whisk or beat adding some salt and pepper to taste.
    Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them into thin quarters. You can remove seeds or leave them in if you want to.
  2. Slice the cheese into thin strips.
  3. In a preheated pan, pour in some oil then pour the eggs. Keep the heat to medium only to prevent the eggs from burning. Add the cherry tomatoes and cheese then fold. Wait until all liquid parts of the egg are cooked then pack it into your kid’s lunch box.

3. Fruit Medley

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose cream
  • honey/sugar/ 1/4 cup condensed milk
  • other fruit combinations can be used depending on whatever fruit you have on your fruit tray

Preparation:

  1. Wash all the fruits until squeaky clean. Cut them into bite sizes large enough for your kids and not too small that they won’t notice what fruit it is.
  2. Mix in a separate bowl the 1/2 cup of all-purpose cream along with whatever choice of sweetener you want or your kids want. Just keep it light though and not too heavy since this is intended to be a light enjoyable snack especially on those hot days.
  3. Add everything together. Make sure that the cream mixture covers all of the fruits. Let it chill on the fridge and then put it on a well-sealed container as you wouldn’t want your kids’ fruit snack to smear all over his books and notebooks.

4. Beefy Mac and Cheese Pancake Roll

Ingredients:

  • Macaroni
  • Cheese
  • Leftover meatloaf
  • Pancake mix

Preparation:

  1. Cook the macaroni and cheese as you would regularly and set it aside to cool. Make sure that in this recipe your mac and cheese isn’t too soggy since it will be difficult to wrap it up if they are.
  2. If you have a handy pancake mix lying around at home let’s put them into good use. Prepare and cook medium sized pancakes. Make them thin but not too thin, just the right thinness to use as a wrap.
  3. Take your leftover meatloaf and slice them into strips.
  4. Now let’s assemble. Get one pancake and lay it flat on a clean surface. Put in at least two spoons of mac and cheese into a line on the edge of the pancake then add two to three strips of leftover meatloaf on the mac and cheese.
  5. Gently roll everything, you can use a toothpick or a sandwich wrap to hold everything together when you pack everything into the lunch box.

Remember, teaching our kids about nutrition should start at home. There is no limit to what you can prepare as lunch for your kids. There are a ton of school lunch ideas for kids for you to check out. What matters is that you consider three factors, first is, of course, your child’s preference when it comes to taste and his allergies if he has any. Second would be your budget. School lunches need not be expensive, they just have to be made with love. Lastly, it most definitely has to be healthy or else what is the point of preparing a meal for your kid when it’s all junk. You know what I mean. So eat healthily and be healthy.

School Lunch Ideas for Kids

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