21 Ideas for Making Creative School Lunches {recipes}

Best Recipes that are perfect for lunch foods that would make great school lunch menus.  Never wonder what to have for lunch with these homemade lunch recipes, creative sandwiches and food, as well as free printable lunch box jokes and lunch menu ideas.

Best Lunch Recipes

School Lunches

1.  Made to Order Lunch ~ Inspired by the Which Wich sandwich chain, this crafty mom created these awesome made-to-order lunch sacks so the kids can make special requests for their school lunch. This allows them a say in what they eat, while still keeping them within the realm of what is available/appropriate. Not to mention, it’s fun!

2.  Birdie Lunch ~ This adorable lunch contains a bird shaped turkey sandwich, sliced cucumbers and baby carrots, and wheat thin crackers with a silicone muffin cup of marble cheese stars.

3.  Lunch Box Ideas {free printable} ~ Stay out of a rut with these lunch ideas. This free printable list has lunch ideas from veggies, fruits, carbs, dairy and proteins. Put the list on your refrigerator for a quick reference everyday.

4.  Cut the Rope Lunch ~ Kids love fun food, and if your kids have played they game Cut the Rope, they’ll love this snack! This lunch is based off that fun game! 🙂 I made use of my cookie cutters to make this lunch easy to make and fun.

5.  Non-Sandwich Lunchbox Ideas {School Lunches} ~ If you are looking for some out of the box ideas for school lunches, check out this post! With twenty ideas that are as healthy as they are yummy, your child is sure to love these lunch ideas!

6.  5 Creative Lunch Box Ideas ~ Five creative lunch ideas that are sure to spark your child’s tastebuds.  They include a summer camp lunch, tic tac toe lunch, star wars lunch, dinosaur lunch and basketball lunch.

7.  Despicable Me Bento Lunch ~ Minion lovers are going to swoon when they see this lunch!  It contains an egg salad sandwich on a hot dog bun, half a banana, minion crackers and a rice krispie treat.

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Best Lunch Recipes

8.  Grilled Cheese Roll Up ~ A twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich.  The crust is removed from the bread then flattened with a rolling pin and rolled up with the cheese.

9.  Leftovers for Lunch ~ Corey shows you how to use leftover crockpot cool ranch chicken and make it into a salad or wrap sandwiches.

10.  Homemade Chicken Hand Pies {Recipe} ~ This is a fun kid-friendly lunch, if only for the fact that kids love anything they can eat with their hands. But what I love even more about this is they are portable, making them great picnic food. And because they are warm, you can take them on a picnic in the middle of winter if you want, just like Sonja did.

11.  DIY Pizza Kit Lunch ~ Instead of buying the lunchables pizza kit you can make your own with this easy recipe.  Crescent roll dough sheets is used for the crust.

12.  Mac & Cheese Lunchbox Muffins ~ I’m always on the lookout for something fun and different to put in the kid’s lunch boxes. I think these might actually get eaten.

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Healthy School Lunch

13.  Sandwich On A Stick ~ When it comes to getting kids to eat, presentation is everything. Changing up the regular sandwich ingredients like this is a fun way to mix up a boring lunch. These are also a great party food for younger children.

14.  Homemade Pizza Buns ~ A quick and easy homemade recipe for pizza buns.  Perfect for freezing and having a ready made meal.

15.  Healthy Lunchbox Ideas {Healthy Kids Foods} ~ Now that school is back in session are you on the hunt for fun and healthy lunch ideas!? Check out this post with a couple great ideas that your kiddos are sure to love! From actual food ideas to ideas on how to package it all up, this post is a great resource!

16.  Fun, Yummy & Healthy School Lunches {Healthy Lunches} ~ Packing a lunch for your children that they want to eat and is healthy can be a challenge! This is a great post featuring several great ideas! Both you and your kiddos will be happy with these lunches!

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Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

17.  Encouraging Lunch Box Notes ~ Free Printable for encouraging and loving on your kidlets!

18.  Pillow Box Notes for Lunch Boxes ~ Check out these super cute pillow box notes to put into your child’s lunch box! With a couple different sayings to choose from all you have to do is print, cut out and fill with your child’s favorite treat! A fun way to let your child know you are thinking of them even while they are at school!

19.  Lunch Box Jokes and Notes ~ I am swooning over these lunch box jokes and notes. You could laminate them and use them over and over. Just use a dry erase marker to fill in the blanks.

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Lunch Menu and Planners

20.  Weekday Lunch Planner ~ What’s for lunch?  Plan an entire month of lunches on this free printable planner.

21.  Free Printable Lunch Box Planner ~ Plan your child’s lunches for the week with this free planner. Makes getting lunch ready so much easier.


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