These 10 No-Cook to minimum cooking school lunch ideas are perfect for Not So perfect busy weekdays.
Hey There, everyone. School is in session, and so are we. At my side, my daughter started Kindergarten. It was a significant milestone for all of us.
Now almost a month has gone, and I have spent my last few weeks figuring out lunch foods for her. They were filled with trial and errors.
Some foods stayed well and got an A+ in my daughter’s tummy, while others didn’t make it so well.
So today, I am sharing with you all 10 Quick School Lunch Ideas for your kid’s lunch box. Now, these ideas are especially for busy weekdays when you don’t have time to make something hot and fresh.
These ideas are filled with No-Cook options to minimal cooking required ones. They are the ones that my daughter actually likes and finishes off. It is a win-win situation.
Let’s check them out.
I realized I am not a Pinterest Mom (sorry, but Not Sorry). While researching for school lunch ideas, I went through so many lunch box ideas and tried a few.
I couldn’t believe, how much food was getting wasted. Just cutting a sandwich into any shape, along with the time that is spent while cutting, arranging and decorating. (Phew, not for me)
Plus I wanted her to eat what is given in the Lunch Box without any fancy tricks, so I ended up doing just the necessary things that could help me close the lunch box lid. And if you have crazy busy mornings, I bet you don’t have time for those time-consuming tricks.
In short, the Lunch Box Ideas shared here today are the basic ones, nothing fancy, just proper complete nutrition filled Lunch.
Mini Naans And Hummus Lunch:
These are store bought mini naans, with garlic hummus on the side. To make it a whole meal I added some fruits and vegetables to it.
Garlic Crackers With Herb Cheese Dip:
These Garlic Crackers with the side of Her Cheese Dip are a meal on its own. Along with blueberries and cucumber slices, they make a little tummy happy for sure.
Mini Pancake Lunch:
Who says Pancakes are only for breakfast? This Mini Pancake Lunch was a big hit with my daughter. She was ready to eat this for lunch every day. They are frozen pancakes which I just heated in the microwave.
Bread With Herb Cheese Dip:
This is where I tried to be a Pinterest Mom and decided, I am not doing this to food again. (Quick Tip- Get hold of few of your favorite cheese dips. And mix and match with other foods like bread, pita bread, flatbread, etc.) You will save a lot of time.
Jam Filled Graham Crackers:
Jam Filled Graham Crakers are my personal favorite to have with a cup of coffee. It is my quick go-to snack with I am out of bread. These work well for my kiddo’s lunch as well. (Quick Tip- Do not overdo the jam, the crackers might get soggy)Check out these 10 Quick School Lunch Ideas. These are great for busy weekday mornings. Click To Tweet
Mac Cheese Lunch:
Who doesn’t like the cheesy goodness? I stuffed my pantry with Organic Mac And Cheese boxes, these are quick to make and ends up in a complete meal. ( Quick Tip- I like to add pasta sauce as well for variation of flavor)
Croizont With Herb Cheese Spread:
I was introduced to croissant and fell in love with them. So does my daughter. I usually fill them up with some leftover salad or meat and make it a meal. These mini croissants are perfect for little hands.
Mini Waffles Lunch:
Another breakfast special, why not? Especially if it’s one of the favorites. For the Broccoli Carrot Salad- I have just added some ranch to the pre-cut broccoli and carrots. Those are in the shape of noodles, so she loves it.
Flat Bread With Melted Cheese:
These flatbreads are again my go-to for quick school lunch. I added a cheese slice inside and cooked it for a few minutes. For the busy mornings, ideas like these make life easy. (Quick Tip- Make sure the flatbread a little cooled down, before putting it into the lunch box. Otherwise, the moisture might make it soggy.) This goes well with hummus as well.
Bread With Garlic Cheese Spread:
After the earlier cutting shaping disappointment, this time I just sliced it in four pieces. (Quick Tip- Stock up your pantry with organic dried fruits. They act as fillers for lunch.)
These are the 10 Quick School Lunch Ideas, which I came up with for the past month since the school started. I am still figuring out what she likes and what works well as her lunch when I am not able to make something fresh.
The above ideas are all based on:
- My daughter’s preferences, i.e., right now she doesn’t like taking meat to school lunch, so you don’t see any meat options here. But you can as well add meat to these combinations.
- She like cucumbers and carrots a lot, so those are there in most of her lunches.
- She like berries as well, so they make to the list as well. You can add other fruits as well.
- She is not allergic to any food, so she eats pretty much everything.
Every individual child is different so that you can tailor the Lunch, according to your child’s likes and dislikes.
Since we are already talking about School Lunch Box ideas, I thought why not share some of these Lunch recipes with you all.
These are easy to make lunch wraps. Filled with deli meat, and vegetables, these Chicken Veggie Warps make healthy meals.
If you want to sneak in some vegetables along with kale and spinach for lunch, then these are for you. Plus, you can make these ahead of time. Just reheat and filled it in the lunch box.
All-time favorite noodles. These Stir Fry Noodles is another make-ahead Lunch Box option.
This concludes my post today. I hope you find inspiration for your little one’s lunch box when there is less to no time to cook.
What are you giving to your kids for their school lunch? What is their favorite? Let me know in the comments.
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My school lunches growing up suddenly seem boring. That’s a super cute lunchbox!
Lol, I remember my school lunches as well. These days kids have so many options available. 🙂
You have so many wonderful ideas! That lunch container is awesome and perfect for a kid sized meal. My kids love breakfast foods so I really like the waffle and pancakes ideas.
Thank you, Vicky. Yes, breakfast favorites are always a hit for lunch box. 🙂
This is so perfect for back to school, thanks so much for all the ideas!
You are most welcome. I am glad you like ideas. 🙂
Those mini naans are so adorable! Great lunch ideas – I love how cute your lunch box is!
Thank you, I love those Mini Naans as well. They are good to snack on. 😀
Appreciate all your ideas. Very good lunch boxes. May I ask you where you found them??
I am glad you like the ideas Mehal. You can find that Lunch Box online. It’s Bentgo Lunch Box for kids. Hope this helps. 🙂
This post is awesome! My son is going to start pre-school next week and all of these ideas come at just the right time!
That’s great. I am glad that these ideas will be helpful to you. 🙂