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Parent Approved, Kid Friendly Lunch Ideas

August 23, 2021

A white plate holds sweet and savory pinwheels with oat butter and mayo, plus school supplies on either side.

School is back in session, and that means quick, easy lunch ideas for kids are back on the menu! These lunch recipes for kids are full of flavor that even the most finicky kiddo can get behind. Whether they’re brown baggin’ it or dining at home while distance learning, this is our ultimate round up of parent approved lunch food for kids, featuring some of our favorite products that little ones love. So skip sending them off with soggy sandwiches or meals that’ll come home half-eaten with kid-approved dishes that are delicious and made with real, quality ingredients.

A Sample Kids Lunch Menu: Sweet n’ Savory Pinwheels

These bitty, bite-sized pinwheels are a playful and space-efficient way to pack lunch for little ones. Simply make your kid’s favorite sammy on a wrap, and roll it up. Place about 5 toothpicks throughout, then using a sharp knife, slice each “pinwheel” about 2 inches wide. Serve these lil’ skewers as a study break snack or add them to the lunch box.

A white plate with sweet and savory pinwheels is surrounded by ingredients and school supplies. The “savory” works as a main dish and the sweet is great for a dessert or snack.

Here’s what we put in ours:



  • Greek Yogurt
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Sliced Raspberries
  • Chocolate Oat Butter


Lunch Ideas for Kids at Home

Keep their growing minds active even at lunchtime with interactive recipes kids can help make, or serve up family favorites that can’t make the trek to school.

4-Ingredient Cheese Pizza

Even the pickiest eater can’t resist pizza. Made with our Unsweetened Pizza Sauce, this easy, grain-free pizza recipe comes together in just twenty minutes. Kids can join in preparing their own pizza with string cheese and marinara sauce.

A little hand reaches out to grab a grain free pizza.

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Older kids love this take on a fast food favorite. With a bit of kick, this finger-licking Buffalo Chicken Sammy is loaded with all the fixings.This study-fueling sandwich is the perfect mix of saucy and crunchy.

Chicken Nuggets

It’s a fact that can’t be denied: kids love their chicken nuggets. DIY your own nuggets and be sure to have Ketchup or their favorite sauces on hand for dipping and dunking!

Easy-to-Pack, Quick Lunches for Kids

Preparing packed lunches on busy mornings can feel impossible. These quick, easy lunches will stay tasty in a lunchbox until the bell rings!

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

Make these delicious BBQ Chicken Quesadillas in 20 minutes or less for a fool-proof, fiesta-ready lunch recipe kids will love. Smokey chicken and gooey cheese come together in this unexpected new classic.

A hand holds a bbq chicken quesadilla over the ingredients.

Chicken Salad, Three Ways

This make-ahead meal was made for school lunches! Personalize this classic chicken salad recipe to please tiny taste buds, and then stash leftovers in the fridge to top your midday salad!

Turkey Club Lettuce Wrap

That’s a wrap on lunch! Take the turkey sandwich to the next level with a no-mess wrap and a layer of Garlic Aioli Mayo.

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