Easy and delish lunch and lunchbox ideas for kids
Updated: May 8
Lunchboxes: isn't it amazing that such a small, innocuous piece of square plastic can be the root cause of such drama? So, if like us, you have kiddos that turn their nose up at a cheese sandwich and frisbee a banana out of that box in disgust, then you're going to need this guide to easy and delish lunchtime and lunchbox ideas for kids. Even the fussy ones.
1. Cheese muffins
We recently discovered these nom-worthy cheese muffins by Food.com, and they've revolutionised the daily lunchbox grind. Whack in some finely grated carrot or courgette to sneak some veg into the little beasties.
Sushi rolls are not only surprisingly easy to make, but the combos are endless. Pop in whatever you know the kiddos will actually eat, but we like these tasty little numbers by Hello, Wonderful.
3. Ham and cheese pasta
Kids bored to death of cheese and ham sandwiches? Then mix things up with a cheese and ham pasta instead. Chuck in some peas (or whatever other kinda veg they'll go for) and, voila, easy lunch win. Head over to Simply Recipes for, well, a simple recipe. Sometimes we go wild and crazy and swap out the ham for chicken or tuna...
4. Vegan tofu and ricotta pasta shells
Whether you're vegan or not, these tofu and ricotta pasta shells by Lovewell Earth pack a flavoursome punch when it comes to great lunchbox ideas for kids. Don't forget to put aside a portion for yourself too: they're divine. Oh, and extra brownie points if you make your own pesto!
5. Marmite and cheese swirls
We whip these bad boys up on a regular basis, and they definitely make a yum addition to a lunchbox. We use this recipe by Baking Mad but usually add way more marmite and way more cheese. We're greedy like that.
6. Pizza quesadillas
Combine a pizza with a wrap and you get a rather tasty pizza quesadilla that's mega easy to make and super tasty to eat. These pepperoni numbers by Two Healthy Kitchens take just 5 mins to make (and about 30 seconds to wolf down).
7. Bubble and squeak
When it comes to using up leftovers, you can't go wrong with good ol' fashioned bubble and squeak. And if you're looking to sneak more veggies into your child's diet, then this is a cunning and tasty way for sure. Head over to Little Cooks Co for a no-peel, easy option the whole fam will love.
8. Sandwich kebabs
Forget being told off by your small menace because you cut their sandwiches into triangles instead of squares, and up your sarnie presentation skills with these fun sandwich kebabs by Eats Amazing.
9. Omelette rolls
Combine two lunchtime faves with a mealtime mashup that's sure to be a lunchbox hit. These omelette rolls are perfect either hot or cold, and are extra yum with a bit of feta and spinach thrown in for good measure. Head over to BBC Food for the full recipe deets.
10. Sausage rolls
Okay, so these are not the kinda thing you want to be fannying around making first thing in the morning, but bake these tasty pastry treats by Tesco Real Food the night before (get the kids to help), and you've got yourself a lunchbox filler that's sure to be a sausage-y success. Swap out for meat alternatives if you're veggie.
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