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20 Quick & Easy Kid-Approved Lunch Ideas

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
August 23, 2016 · 3.4k Views

Anyone who’s ever tried to feed a kiddo knows what picky eaters they can be. Attempting to give them something nutritious and filling, that they actually like, is not the easiest of tasks. Never fear! We’ve had our pickiest eaters put the following recipes to the test to bring you easy, kid approved recipes your little ones will be begging for. See which recipes make the cut and add them into your weekly recipe rotation!

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1. Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders with Barbeque Sauce

What kid doesn’t love ham and cheese? The addition of barbeque sauce put’s a messy and satisfying twist on an old classic.

Recipe from Meatloaf and Melodrama.

2. Pizza Wafflewich

Kids love pizza. Kids love waffles. So this pizza wafflewich is a no brainer! Prepare it today and watch the pure joy appear on their faces!

Recipe from It’s Always Autumn.

3. Gluten Free Paleo Chicken Tenders

Sometimes you have to sneak something healthy their way. If your kiddo struggles with gluten intolerance, this is a perfect alternative for store bought chicken tenders.

Recipe from Nurture My Gut.

4. Cheesy Quinoa


The fastest way to get your kids to eat something healthy? Cover it in cheese. This quinoa recipe is so delicious; they won’t even know it’s good for them.

Recipe from Feeding Finn.

5. Caterpillar Chicken Tortilla Wraps


Perfect for small hands and big appetites. This recipe can easily be made with leftover chicken from last night's dinner. It's a fun surprise for your kid to open up at lunch, too!

Recipe from Ready Set Eat.

6. Mini Taco Handpies

When you’re on the go, tacos can be a mess. Give your kids the same satisfying flavor in an easy, portable handpie.

Recipe from  Lemons for Lulu.

7. Chicken Enchilada Roll Ups

Another south of the border favorite! These roll ups are lunch box friendly and are sure to win over the pickiest of eaters.

Recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

8. Cauliflower Nuggets

Veggies? What veggies? These nuggets are just as good as fast food favorites, without feeling guilty for feeding your kids junk.

Recipe from One Handed Cooks.

9. Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese gets an upgrade with this pizza inspired variation that’s so satisfying you may steal a few bites.

Recipe from Baking Beauty.

10. Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Your child’s favorite flavor in small bite sized portions. These muffins can easily be made in advance, heated up, and tossed into a lunch box.

Recipe from Hip 2 Save.

11. Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Does your kid turn up their nose to broccoli? Of course they do, they’re a kid. Sneak in their least favorite veggie in these tasty, cheesy broccoli bites.

Recipe from Simply Recipes.

12. Pizza Roll-Ups

Have we mentioned how perfect roll-ups are for kids? This recipe combines your kid’s favorite pizza flavor in a way that’s portable and convenient.

Recipe from Damn Delicioius.

13. Lunch Kabobs

Pack your child one or all of these mini kabobs for lunch. They're fun to eat, taste great, and they're easy to assemble for you.

Recipe from Mom on Timeout.

14. Nutella Banana Sushi

Okay, so maybe they’re not a fan of California rolls, but no kid can resist a combination of Nutella and banana. Maybe you just don’t tell them the word “sushi” is in the recipe name.

Recipe from Kidspot.

15. Cheesy Meatball Bites

Meatballs don’t are a perfect snack on their own, and when cheese is thrown into the mix they are completely kid approved.

Recipe from Butter With a Side of Bread.

16. PB&J Sushi Rolls

Kids love foods they can easily hold with one hand. That’s why this creative take on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is sure to become a household favorite.

Recipe from Jif.

17. Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels

If you have a tough time getting your kid to eat their vegetables, this might solve your problem. It's a fun and cool-looking way of getting your veggies!

Recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.

18. Mini Taco Bowls

It’s a DIY taco box! What kid wouldn't love this? By giving them a chance to put the final touches on their lunch, they'll feel like a big kid in no time. 

Recipe from This Lunch Rox.

19. Teriyaki Chicken Lunch Bowls

You can make rice bowls portable by sending your child off to school with their own small container of their favorite combination. Just make sure to pack it in a thermos so it stays warm.

Recipe from Momables.

20. Sumbarine Lunch

One of the easiest, portable lunches you can make is a sandwich. Make it a more fun meal by turning it to a submarine, complete with Goldfish crackers swimming underneath.

Recipe from Lisa Storms.


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.
juillet27Aug 23, 2016
How cute! I love these ideas
dtran5Aug 24, 2016
me too! I wish I could still have these lunches :P