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Top 10 Handy School Lunch Ideas for Your Little One

Choosing a dish for your kid’s lunchbox can be pretty harrowing, especially when you and your little one have dramatically different food favorites. However, it’s still possible to incorporate taste and health in a single meal that takes less time to whip up and stays fresh all day. Your kids tend to love you even more when they open their lunchbox to find a delightful-looking dish. And they will keep on begging you for more and more of these delectable meals. These healthy school lunch ideas will make it easier for you to prepare a toothsome meal every single day of week.

1 Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps

This delightful dish combines the juicy sweetness of apples with the savory flavors of ham and cheese. In addition to being incredibly delicious, these wraps are full of nutrients and healthy carbs that makes them a nice side in your child’s lunchbox.

Ingredients:

-Thinly sliced Deli ham
-Apple slices
-Thickly sliced Cheddar cheese, cut in triangular shapes

Directions:

-Place a piece of apple against a piece of Cheddar cheese slice
-Wrap the ham around the center of the apple and cheese.

Note: If you want to prevent the apples from turning brown, rub them with lemon juice after slicing.

2 Peanut Butter & Fruit Kabobs

A unique take on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this particular recipe substitutes jelly with juicy, luscious whole fruits like strawberries and blueberries for a refreshing burst of flavor and health benefits with each bite.

Ingredients:

2 slices of whole wheat/ multi-grain bread
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1/2 cup of mixed strawberries and blueberries

Instructions:

-Spread a spoonful or two of peanut butter evenly on each slice of the bread. Cover them up and cut them into twelve equal pieces.

-Rinse the fruits thoroughly and chop off the tops of strawberries before cutting them into half.

-Now take 4 to 6-inch skewers and start threading the fruit pieces and peanut butter sandwich pieces one by one. Store in a lidded sandwich container or a handy Ziploc bag for convenience.

3 Parmesan & Zucchini Waffles

Cheesy, gooey zucchini waffles is a great lunchbox idea to get your tiny tots to have their daily dose of veggies without any fuss. They are easy to pack and taste equally good when warm or cool.

Ingredients

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup grated zucchini, excess liquid squeezed out
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup grated tasty cheese
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions

-Preheat the oven to 350F and slightly grease a muffin pan.

-Thereafter, combine baking powder and flours in a bowl. Ensure to mix properly, especially in the center and add in the oil, egg and milk.

Add the cheeses and zucchini as well.

-Now spoon portions of the mixture between muffin wraps or patty cases and bake for 20 minutes or till they turn golden, crispy and firm in texture.

4 Chicken Avocado Burritos

Mini burritos stuffed with ooey gooey cheese, juicy chicken and cool avocados are your best bet when you are in a big rush to pack something nutritious yet scrumptious for your kid’s lunchbox. Use sour cream and chopped cilantro for a zesty twist to your ordinary burritos.

Ingredients

-2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken
1 avocado -diced
1 cup grated cheese
2 Tbs of cilantro-chopped
4 Tablespoon sour cream
4 large tortillas
1 Tablespoon oil
salt and pepper- to taste

Instructions

-In a skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add in the chicken breast seasoned with salt and pepper. Roast for around five minutes on each side.

-Then spread a tablespoon of mustard over the chicken and toss in one-fourth cup of water. Cook uncovered for a couple of minutes.
-Slice the cooked chicken into thin strips.

-Mix the cheese, chicken, cilantro and chopped avocados.

-Spread a tablespoon of sour cream on the tortilla and add a portion of the aforementioned mixture to form a roll.

-Take a tablespoon of oil in a pan and cook the tortillas for two minutes on medium-high flame. Flip and cook for another few minutes till the tortillas have turned golden.

-Cover in aluminum foil and pack them gently in the lunch box.

5 Healthy Taco Salad

Kids cringe at the thought of having salad for lunch, but this spicy taco salad with enhanced flavors is a nice way to keep them from skipping their tiffin for unhealthy fast food. These are packed with the goodness of a wide assortment of vegetables and look appealing to a hungry stomach.

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground beef
1 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
8 oz Romaine lettuce (chopped)
1 1/3 cup Grape tomatoes (halved)
1/2 cup Scallions (chopped)
1 medium Avocado (cubed)
1/3 cup Salsa
1 tbsp Taco seasoning
1/3 cup Sour cream

Instructions:

-Heat a tablespoon of olive in a pan over high flame. Add in the ground beef and stir fry, while breaking up the pieces gently with a spatula.

Cook for 10 minutes or till the beef has browned and any excess moisture has evaporated.

-Toss in some taco seasoning to the ground beef and stir until the mix is well-combined.

-In the mean time, combine all other ingredients in a bowl and add in the ground beef. Mix everything together and pack neatly.

6 Homemade Spaghetti Os

There is something about those tiny little os that appeals to the kids. Make your homemade version in a cheesy, tangy tomato sauce to whip up an irresistible lunch that is both high in protein and carries an impressive array of vitamins.

Ingredients

15oz no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp milk of choice

1/4 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp to 1 tsp salt
2-3 tsp butter-type spread
2 tbsp sugar
3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 cup uncooked tiny pasta

Instructions

-Stir all the ingredients together in a saucepan, except for the pasta. Bring the mixture to the boil and cook on low flame till the butter spread has melted entirely.

-In the mean time, bring another pot of salted water to boil. Once it starts boiling, add in the pasta gently, and cook till the desired consistency has reached.

-Drain excess water and dry with a kitchen towel. Add the pasta to the cooked sauce and stir everything well to combine.

-Pack piping hot into your kid’s tiffin box and garnish with a few spring onions or some lemon juice to enhance the flavors.

7 Tiny Pumpkin Pancakes

Light and fluffy mini pumpkin pancakes keep your tiny tot full for a decent amount of time and nourish their body with a host of vitamins, carbs and calories. Thanks to their cute shape and adequate size, they are perfect to pack in a lunchbox thermos and also give you the chance to re-purpose any leftovers from the night before.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1¼ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions:

-Add the all-purpose flour, baking powder, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a bowl. Stir everything together to combine.

-Combine milk, whisked eggs, butter and pumpkin puree in a large bowl and mix till there are no lumps left.

-Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ones and whisk until the mixture is homogeneous and devoid of lumps.

-Add two tablespoons of the batter onto a slightly greased skillet kept over medium-flame. When the upper side of pancake starts to turn golden-brown and crisp, gently flip it over and cook the underside until done

-Pack 4-5 pancakes with mini bowls of maple syrup and whipped cream.

8 Chicken & Rice Patties

Chicken and rice are both examples of comfort food. And when you combine them together in a meal, you get a wholesome, nutritious dish that is loaded with healthy carbs, protein and minerals to bolster premium performance in school. Make a batch of these rice and chicken patties the night before and stuff them in your child’s lunchbox the following morning!

Number of patties: 12

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked jasmine rice
1⅓ cups grated cheese
1 chicken breast
3 eggs
1 large carrot
3 spring onions stalks
tablespoon olive oil

Instructions:

-Preheat the oven for 200 degrees Celsius.

-Slice the chicken breast in half so as to enable speedy cooking.

-Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and cook chicken breast till it begins to brown.

-Keep the pan aside and shred the cooked chicken with a fork.

-Grate the carrot as much as needed to fill a cup. Then slice the spring onions finely and beat the eggs lightly.

-Mix cooked rice, grated carrot, spring onions, beaten eggs and chicken in a bowl and add about three-fourths of the grated cheese.

-Spoon the mixture into muffin trays and top with the remaining cheese.

-Place the trays in the oven for 20 minutes or until the top cheese turns golden-brown.

-Allow them to sit in the oven for a few minutes before placing them in the rack to cool. User a sharp knife to gently work around the borders of rice patties to enable easy removal.

9 Jam & Granola Doughnut Sandwiches

Who knew doughnuts could be so versatile! These jam and granola doughnut sandwiches help you add the yummy, juicy flavors of jam and the goodness of granola in a delightful meal that is fun to have with friends and easy on the delicate stomachs of your child as well.

Ingredients:

20 plain doughnuts
2 cups granola
1 jar of raspberry jam
⅓ cup dried cherries

Instructions:

With a serrate knife, slice each doughnut into half horizontally. Spread jam on every side of doughnut and sprinkle on some cherries and granola and cover both slices to make delightful little sandwiches.

10 Melted Cheese RollUps

A pretty fancy spin-off to the classic grilled-cheese, these rollups are the perfect finger food for your cute little picky eater. They are succulent and taste best when accompanied with tomato ketchup.

Ingredients:

9 slices of wheat bread
2-1/2 tablespoons butter
9 slices of cheese

Instructions:

-Cut off the crusts from each slice of bread and use the rolling pin to flatten the bread slices. Place a slice of cheese on every piece of bread and roll it tightly with the cheese slice in the middle.

-Heat butter in a skillet over medium-heat. Us tongs to roll the sides of the bread roll ups in the heated butter. Turn every side of the roll-ups light brown and if the arrangement starts to loosen, use tongs to squeeze them together.

-Pack them using aluminum foil and add in a bowl of salad or ketchup for added flavors.

Ending Note…

A nicely packed wholesome lunch is exactly what your child needs to feel at home when he is away from home. These handy and healthy school lunch ideas are easy to prepare and require a few ingredients. Thus, they are designed to make your life simpler and that too without compromising on your child’s nourishment!

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