Ready to branch out from PB&J? It’s easy to shake up your lunch ideas with these kid-approved recipes! From homemade chicken nuggets to cobb salad, there are tons of ways to give sandwiches a break. Lunchtime is about to get way more interesting!
Deep Dish Mini Pizzas
Pizza lovers, rejoice! With this idea from One Little Project, you can have itty bitty deep dish pizzas that are the perfect size for lunchboxes. Customize with your fave toppings for a truly magical lunch. Get the how-to here.
Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Ups
You can’t get more colorful (or yummy!) than this lunchbox idea from Damn Delicious! It’s packed with strawberries, pretzels, tangerines, and celery sticks, along with quick wraps that are—you guessed it—super quick to make. For the recipe, head here.
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Load up their lunchboxes with a healthy and homemade version of a fast food staple! These ideas will go over like gangbusters with kids who crave nuggets 24/7—and you’ll be surprised how easy they are to make. Snag the recipe here.
Step away from the store-bought Lunchables! You can totally whip up your own version of this lunchbox classic—and even add some healthy additions (hello, fruit!) while you’re at it. Get inspired to make your own over at Snap. Eat. Run.
Pigs in a Blanket
Psst! Your fave party hors d'oeuvre is also an awesome lunch option for kids and grownups alike. And with just two ingredients and four steps, your little chefs can even help make these irresistible bites. Want the recipe? Head here.
Turkey Spinach Pinwheels Lunch Box
More pinwheels, please! These super healthy bites—along with a hefty dose of fruits and veggies—are customizable, easy to make, and utterly delicious. Plus, you can make them ahead of time and have lunch for the whole week. Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.
Taco Salad Lunch Bowl
Turn your lunch into a fiesta with this creative idea from Kristine’s Kitchen! Filled with taco beef, lettuce, cheese, black beans, corn and salsa, these lunch bowls are bursting with flavor and healthy to boot. Score the recipe here.
Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Got thirty minutes? That’s how long it takes to make these four-ingredient bites from A Taste of Madness! Sporting some pepperoni and your fave cheese, they’ve got all the flavors of pizza and will fit just-right in a lunchbox. Get the easy recipe here.
Fruit and Cream Cheese Wraps
Kiddie Cobb Salad
Turn veggie-averse kids into salad eaters with this genius take on cobb salad from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook. You can customize it with toppings your littles will like, but we figure avocados, turkey and hard-boiled eggs are a delicious place to start. To get the recipe, click here.
Homemade Kraft Easy Mac
Mac and cheese is a surefire win for our kids, which is why we love this take on easy mac from Food Fanatic. The best part? It’s made entirely in the microwave and comes together in a flash. Click here to grab the recipe.
Satisfy your pizza craving with a yummy pita pizza like this one from Easy Peasy Organic. Just let the kids pick their toppings and throw them in the oven for a few minutes, and you’ve got a foolproof healthy meal. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Sweetie Pie Quesadilla
Sneak veggies into your kid’s diet with these delish quesadillas by Katie Sullivan. In addition to being tot-approved, they’re also easy to make ahead and quickly reheat. Click here to get the recipe.
Corn Dog Muffins
Pizza Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is always a great lunch choice, and this pizza-inspired version from Veggie Quest is bound to be a hit with the little ones. With good-for-you ingredients like beans and veggies, it’s a win for health, too. Click here to get the recipe.
What’s your favorite non-sandwich lunch recipe? Let us know below.
—Abigail Matsumoto & Susie Foresman