Fresh and Simple Kid Friendly Lunch Ideas for School

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Kid Approved Quick School Lunch Ideas for 2019 – 2020 School Year

Have you kicked you back to school lunchbox planning into high gear already this summer? Preparing fresh and easy kid friendly lunches for school is one of a parent’s most important school year jobs!

You have 180 school days ahead of you and it’s time to get planning! Sure we can fall back into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but 180 days is a lot!

Don’t worry between this post and my huge plethora of other back to school lunchbox ideas from previous years, there are enough easy kid-friendly lunch ideas to cover you for the entire year and beyond!

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All my Kid Friendly Lunch Ideas Posts

Typically I create one post a year right around back to school time, and one more to perk up your ideas after the new year. Because that mid-year school slump after New Years doesn’t JUST affect the kiddos! It hits us parents too, right in the lunch creativity department.

This year when I reached out to some fellow bloggers for great fresh and easy school lunch ideas for the year (Because this year that is my focus: things that can be made fresh, easily, fast, and hopefully in batches.) the response was so overwhelming I have created 2 separate back to school roundups for you!

Giving you even more great ideas for creative homemade lunch ideas that are kid approved!

This is part 2 already of my 2019 – 2020 school year fresh and easy school lunchbox ideas! This post is focused on really mixing it up. Kids and parents alike get stuck in a food rut.

This post has very unique but still kid friendly ideas and who knows, you might just find a new family favorite here!

Part one of the 2019 – 2020 Easy Lunchbox Ideas can be found here and has great but more traditional lunchbox ideas. It also details how to organize the school lunch making process to save you tons more time EVERY DAY prepping those lunches.

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Let’s get started with fresh and simple school lunchbox ideas for kids

1. School Lunch Ideas for Kids

This video is great! It breaks down step by step great ideas for packing school lunches for little kids. How to mix it up, add fun colors and treats to make them want to eat it all up! Like Halloween sprinkles on their healthy yogurt!

To pack a spill-proof organized school lunchbox fast and easy just like in this video pick up your very own Yumbox here, a cute character thermos like this Cars one of this adorable bright Trolls option, and a convenient lunchbox that keeps it all cool and fits the Yumbox perfectly like this super affordable cute shark lunchbox or this precious unicorn and rainbows option.

2. Ham and Cheese Pinwheel

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Ham and Cheese Wrappers from Nine on a Dime

These ham and cheese rollups are easy peasy and delicious! Taking ingredients that are all set up to wrap together and fry for a tasty kid-approved lunch idea that you can make in minutes!

3. Caesar Chicken Wraps

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Caesar Chicken Wraps from Nine on a Dime

Once again, a delicious feature from Nine on a Dime. This mama’s got seven kids so she really knows how to put together some fast and tasty lunches! This wrap is the perfect kid approved version of a Caesar salad that can be held in your hand.


4. Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps

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Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps from The Rising Spoon

These are an exciting recipe that the whole family could get behind. If you have adventurous kids they will be a perfect healthy lunch, and of course, they are definitely adult approved. These easy wraps look too mouthwatering to not be included in this roundup!


5. Easy Peasy Chutney Sandwiches

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Chutney Sandwiches from Indian Ambrosia

The gist of this post is to bring you out of the box new ideas that are easy to make to keep your kids’ lunchboxes fresh every day! This sandwich really mixes it up and is quite a kid friendly delight. Chutney is an irresistable Indian sauce made with cilantro and mint. Adding slices of potatoes on this sandwich makes it truly unique for American lunchboxes, but something kids will love!


6. Easy Crockpot Vegetable Soup

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Healthy Crockpot Vegetable Soup from Vigor it Out

Healthy, easy, and perfect for fall. I adore slow cookers. They are perfect for batch cooking, busy days, and homecooked meals. This healthy recipe is a family favorite of ours and when kept in a nice insulated and leakproof lunch box or a simple kids thermos, it’s the perfect school lunch on a chilly fall day.


7. Slow Cooker Carrot and Quinoa Stew

This easy and healthy slow cooker stew is a simple vegetarian dump and go dinner for your Crockpot. The simple carrot ginger soup is the best to detox in a delicious way. This cheap whole vegan recipes even low carb and gluten free! Containing quinoa, cabbage, and more. #slowcooker #slowcookerrecipes #slowcookersoup #slowcookerstew #healthydinnerrecipes    

Slow Cooker Carrot and Quinoa Detox Stew from Vigor it Out

This recipe is beyond creative, and so easy and good for you! On a chilly fall day at school, nothing warms up your insides and heart like pulling out a cute thermos of a warm home-cooked stew. This recipe is thick, satisfying, and detoxifying… perfect to combat all those sugary fall treats on the rise!


8. 5 Minute Air Fryer Pizzas

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Air Fryer Pita Pizzas from Recipes From a Pantry

You read that right, 5 minutes to pizza when you use your air fryer! While the cheese won’t be melty in the lunchbox, can we all agree pizza is equally delicious hot or cold? This ridiculously easy recipe is perfect for your lunchbox or even an after school snack! Pairing pizza-y goodness with a crispy pita crust, this will quickly become a new family favorite.


9. Mediterranian Chickpea Stuffed Pitas

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Chickpea “Tuna” Pitas from Rhian’s Recipes

As a child, I remember making stuffed pitas being such a fun treat! Your kids will love this easy and tasty vegan chickpea “tuna mayo” for something new, healthy, and satisfying.


Wrapping Up Fresh and Easy Kid Friendly School Lunch Ideas

I hope you loved this creative list of lunchbox ideas and try them out for the kids and yourself! I am eager to know what your favorite recipe was!

You can always let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to hop on over to part 1 of the 2019 -2020 school year back to school lunch roundup!

More School Lunch Ideas from Vigor it Out



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