If your kids are getting tired of the same old lunches that you are packing and giving them every day, here are 15 tasty lunch ideas that are not sandwiches!
If your kids are complaining about the same lunch that you are packing for them, or frankly if you are just tired of making sandwiches all the time, here are 15 great ideas for kids lunch alternatives to sandwiches!
Try these great alternatives to sandwiches to pack in your kids lunch box, or make at home!
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Set up the Perfect Lunch Experience first!
First of all, I completely feel that a great lunch bag or lunchbox for your kids, is the way to go in setting up their perfect lunch!
I absolutely love this Bento style lunchbox. It is great because you can separate out all the separate parts of their lunch, including a snack, fruit/veg etc.
Because it is completely washable you can wash it every day, and you don’t need to put all their food items into separate bags and containers. It has 5 compartments to keep all parts of their lunch separate, yet together! Plus it comes in great blue, pink and green colors!
All the Lunch Ideas for Kids
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Tortillas are a really fast and easy lunch dish that you can make up very quickly the morning of, or the night before.
They don’t have to be served hot, they are one of those dishes that tastes equally as good when served cold or at room temperature. But if you’re at home you can of course serve these hot.
You could also serve a salsa or guacamole on the side for them to dip these into, or even some sour cream. Get the complete recipe right here.
Ham & Mac & Cheese Lunchbox Muffins
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These tasty Ham and Mac and Cheese Lunch Muffins they will absolutely love! Who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese? What is also great about these is that you can also use up leftover mac & cheese in this recipe too.
Mini Corn Dog Muffins
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Everyone loves a hot dog, and especially a corn dog, so why not turn that combination into tasty easy to eat Corn Dog Muffins!
These are the perfect size for little hands, and they are baked which makes them so much healthier. You can see the complete recipe right here.
Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches
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Here is a sandwich – that isn’t! This is a twist on traditional peanut butter sandwiches – instead of bread it uses apple slices!
These are really quite ingenious! They combine all that is tasty about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the tastiness of apples all in one! They certainly don’t look boring or predictable! Get the how to right here!
Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad
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Pasta salad is a great alternative to sandwiches. It can also be made ahead of time, even on the weekend, ahead of the week ahead and all those lunch needs!
This is just like pepperoni pizza in a pasta salad! It will taste equally as good hot or cold. Get the complete recipe right here!
Mini Carrot Zucchini Muffins
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Here is a great serving of vegetables for your kids, all wrapped in a tasty muffin!
Give them a muffin as a lunch main, and make sure they eat their vegetables! These muffins are also the ideal size for little hands to handle. Get the complete recipe right here.
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
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This is a great alternate twist on a lunch main. These chicken parmesan meatballs are not just tasty. They are also so easy to pack and eat!
Pack them with some sauce or a dip so they can dip them and enjoy them!
Another great thing about these meatballs is that they can also be made ahead of time! A perfect lunch meal prep recipe! Get the full recipe right here.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
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These ham and cheese pinwheels are incredibly easy to make. They use Pillsbury crescent roll dough, which is easy to keep in your fridge ready for when you need it.
These are so easy you can make them in the morning, or even the night before. See the recipe right here.
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This is another great meal prep recipe. You can make these baked raviolis ahead of time, and then they will be all ready for an easy lunch to pack up!
Pack something to dip them into also, such as a tomato pasta sauce. Get the recipe here.
Mini Biscuit Pizzas
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What child doesn’t like pizza! Pack one of these mini biscuit pizzas in their lunchbox, or serve them at home.
These are so easy to make. They use a packet of biscuit pre-made dough. So they take little time to make up and cook! See the recipe right here.
Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels
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If you want to make sure that they get their veggies, this recipe will do just that! These pinwheels look so pretty that they will want to eat them immediately! But they are packed with so many good ingredients. Get the recipe right here.
Tuna Pasta Salad
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Pasta salads are so fast and easy to whip up. This tuna pasta salad not only gives them a protein, but a great alternative to sandwiches!
This is a really tasty tuna pasta salad. Make it ahead of time and just pack it on a busy school day!
Sesame Noodle Salad
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For another different type of lunch main for your kids, how about this Sesame Noodle Salad!
It is a really tasty noodle dish that is full of flavor. They will be sure to love this!
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Bean burritos are tasty and regarded as a treat by most kids. But what is also great about bean burritos is that you can make them ahead of time, and then freeze or refrigerate them ready to be packed for lunch!
These Freezer Bean Burritos are perfect for lunches, either at home or packed up for school. They hit every checkbox – easy, can be made ahead of time, tasty etc!
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These Rainbow Rolls are not just a pretty face! They are full of all kinds of goodness with vegetables. But they look so pretty your kids won’t be able to resist them!
These spring rolls use rice paper wrappers. But you could also use lettuce or anything else of your choosing. Get the recipe right here.
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