I’m on a mission to make homeschool lunches easier this year. To not have lunch be an afterthought. To not have the same thing over and over again. To have a list I can pull from for days we are at home and days we are out and about. To make a healthy lunch every day for my kids. Healthy and easy homeschool lunch ideas. Are you with me?
Lunch Ideas for Days When You Are At Home
These ideas involve some cooking. These are all main dishes. My kids can grab fresh fruit and/or fresh cut-up veggies (do the cutting once a week and have it ready to go) and a drink.
- Grilled cheese with ham or turkey with slow-cooker tomato soup (throw it in at breakfast and it’s ready for lunch).
- Mini pizzas on tortillas aka Pizzadillas
- Easy Tortellini Soup with meatballs
- Stuffed Crescent Rolls
- Homemade hot-pocket ham and cheese (great for freezing).
- Breakfast for Lunch: omelets with cheese and veggies or pancakes/waffles with bacon/sausage.
- Mac-n-cheese with carrots. (Mix 2-3 tbsps pureed carrots into the cheese sauce. It’s orange so kids can’t tell.)
- Cheese quesadillas. For a twist, try them Margarita style with tomatoes and basil.
- Easy Beef Empanadas
- Lasagna roll-ups
- Freezer chili
- Easy Philly cheesesteak on crusty French bread or in crescent rolls.
Lunch Ideas for Days When You Are On-The-Go
Of course, these work for at home, too. They just happen to be portable.
- Chicken salad with leftover roasted or grilled chicken alone or as a sandwich
- Lunchmeat and cheese rolled up in a lettuce wrap
- Cheese and crackers
- Stuffed pita pockets with tuna salad
- Freezer smoothies with yogurt, fruit and veggies. Freeze small portions of smoothies. Defrost in fridge or lunch box.
- Healthy muffins: Zucchini, carrot, etc. Throw in greens. Freeze them in a big ziplock bag. Ready to go.
- Homemade uncrustables and freeze them
- Bagel and cream cheese
- Skewer lunches
- Hummus with pita bread and raw veggies
- Hard-boiled eggs alone or in egg-salad sandwiches
Tips and Tricks
- Make thing like hard-boiled eggs for lunch while you make breakfast or the night before.
- Prep leftovers during dinner clean-up to be ready for lunch the next day. Dice chicken into cubes for chicken salad.
- Double your dinner so that you have lunch portions to freeze or for the next day.
- If you cook in batches and freeze dinner items, freeze lunchtime portions, too. Chili, spaghetti sauce, meatballs, soups, pizza dough, etc.
- If you make meat balls, make mini ones. My kids love these. Every few months, my husband makes homemade meatballs and we make and freeze them. The mini meatballs are the size of large marbles. We throw them in soups, make them for lunch on their own or put them on top of pasta or rice. A quick and easy protein option.
On The Side
Pair each of the above dishes with:
- A side of fruit
- A side of fresh veggies
- A healthy drink. We’ve recently added Capri Sun 100% Juice and Capri Sun Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink to our lunch options. I like that both these products have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and the kids like that it tastes good.
Capri Sun pouches now have a clear bottom. They are available in four varieties:
- Capri Sun Juice Drink
- Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Flavored Water Beverage
- Capri Sun 100% Juice
- Capri Sun Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink