50 Lunch Ideas for Kids

From lunchbox staples to creative at-home favorites, this collection of our top lunch ideas for kids has something for every little one.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Puffs

“My kids love these! They also love to help me make them. I let them put the dollops of peanut butter and jelly inside. What fun, and yummy too!”


Homemade Pasta

“We’ve tried several different recipes and this is the best. Nothing beats homemade pasta! A great recipe.”


Waffle Cone Fried Chicken

What better option for making lunches fun for the kids than fried chicken in a cone? Try it now and they’ll want it everyday!

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

“Way better than mine! We loved this. I thought the parmesan would be too much, but no way! It was good. In fact, very good! A definite keeper.”


Ground Beef Gyros

“Outta control delicious. Easy and fast. I’m in love!”

-Sindee B.


"Definitely make these if you love horseradish and garlic. The best burger I’ve had in a very long time. They were great!”


Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

"We live in New Mexico and can definitely say that these are restaurant-quality chimichangas! Everything turned out wonderful. These are so good that we agreed to put them on our weekly menu!"


Sheet-Pan Breakfast Bake

“This was delish! I wish I would’ve made more. It was really easy to make and the crowd was pleased.”


Pizza Scrolls

“My daughter was very proud that she made these herself. She loved taking them for lunch the next day. The recipe was really easy to follow and they turned out great!”


Grandma's Sloppy Joes

"This is not just amazing, a keeper or great — it is the bomb!”

-David G.

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

“This recipe is awesome. I made pizza from scratch at home for the first time and it turned out like professional pizza straight out of a pizzeria.”

-Anshum M.

Yogurt Fruit Bars

“My girls and I really like this for a great on-the-go breakfast. It’s not too sweet and it’s full of healthy stuff. I’ll be making these a lot!”


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi Rolls

"These are so good and so much fun. Everyone got a kick out of them. Yummy!"


Cheesy Taco Pockets

“I’m always looking for creative lunch recipes. This one is a keeper. I added a hint of cinnamon and it added earthiness without overpowering the dish.”


Chicken Ranch Pizza

“I like this recipe because it’s easy and tastes good! I added my favorite crust.”


Cauliflower Tots

A healthy alternative to the deliciously fried potatoes we’re all used to! Trust us when we say you won’t miss the carbs, and these are much more nutritious.

Green Eggs & Ham Appetizers

“This is such a great idea! Wouldn’t it be fun to dye the eggs different colors for an easter appetizer?”

-hunny bunny

Berry Banana Smoothies

"One of the best and easiest smoothie recipes that always works. Plus, berry season is just around the corner — can’t wait to make it with local berries!"


Crazy Crust Pizza

"What a great pizza recipe. The baked crust is very light in texture. We will definitely make it again!”


English Muffin Panini With Goat Cheese & Tomato

“So tasty! I used a plain English muffin and home grown tomatoes. I didn’t toast the muffin beforehand and thought it got plenty toasted once it was in the skillet.”


Cajun Chicken Strips

“Delicious! That seasoning, oh my word. I love how easy these are. They disappeared very quickly here. We couldn’t stop eating them!”


Taco Roll-Ups

“These are my husbands favorite lunch! They’re wonderful fresh out of the oven, and pretty good out of the freezer as well.”


Crazy Pancakes

“I’ve been eating this all my life. I don’t know where my mom got it but it’s the easiest dish to make and fun to watch as is rises. The funny part is it tastes just like french toast to me."


Pizza Hut-Style Pizza Dough

“A great dough! I make this for my son, and throughout the week i’ll make mini pizzas for him that keeps very well in the fridge. I recommend this recipe!”

-Giselle C.

Creamy Burrito Casserole

“I made this for my husband and myself. It was very tasty and my husband really liked it! It’s a keeper recipe — so good and so easy to make.”


Oven-baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

"My family enjoyed these very much! Enough that they didn't use anything to dip them in. I’ll continue to make these, doubling the recipe for convenient snacks and meals.”


Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit

“I made these and doubled the recipe. I’m so glad I did! They were amazing, my family loved them!”


Hummus Pizza

“I made this for lunch today and wondered why I never thought of it. This was a really quick and deliciously satisfying lunch.”


Easy Pizza Muffins

“I used to eat these as a kid and now I make them for my husband and three year-old. They love pepperoni on theirs but ham and pineapple is a favorite of mine!”


Beef Nacho Crescent Bake

"This meal was absolutely delicious! The filling was very flavorful, and while there was a lot of cheese, it wasn't too cheesy. It was really easy to make as well!”


Stove-Top Macaroni & Cheese

“Excellent and easy! I don’t change a thing for my family. They love it just the way it is.”

-Yvette O.

Quick & Easy Pizza Dough

“Truly amazing and such a time saver! I love the texture and flavor of the crust. No need to order pizza when you can make it faster than they can deliver.”


Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

“This is a fantastic recipe! We love it around my house.”

-Andy P.

Pizza Meatloaf Cups

“Wow, these are such an easy, quick and fun thing to make for dinner! It would also be super easy to add other ingredients.”

-Debby R.

English Muffin French Toast

“I made this for our weekly breakfast for dinner and it was perfect! Everyone loved it.”


Orange Chicken Dino Nuggets

“The flavor of these nuggets was really delicious. I appreciated that the sauce wasn’t too sweet and was full of gingery, orangey flavor.”

-Izy Hossack

Grilled Chicken Flatbread Pizzas

"Super easy to make and delicious! I used fresh tomatoes and a lot more fresh basil leaves. Very yummy!"


Corn Dog Muffins

“Delicious, easy and very kid-friendly. I lightened it up by using light hot dogs and skim milk. We all loved it, which is rare in this house!”


Crispy Parmesan-Ranch Chicken Breasts

“Delicious, super moist and flavorful chicken. I used chicken tenderloins and served them with onion rings.”


Pizza Roll Ups

"These are amazing! I made my own dough as we don't get frozen bread dough here, but honestly these are the most amazing little treats ever. I could easily have eaten them all!"


Turkey Burger

“I’ve had turkey burgers that are dry and tasteless, thus having never been a big fan. These have just enough flavor and added moisture to make them really delicious! I served it with mixed greens, onion, tomato and spicy brown mustard.”


Nacho's in a Cup

“This is so good! My son really liked this. We ate it just like that without sour cream.”


Colorful Fruit Kabobs

“A super simple recipe for cute fruit skewers. It's great because you can really use whatever fruit is in season!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Angry Birds Onigiri Bento Box

What a fun way to get the kids to venture into new foods! Get them to help make funny faces, or put seaweed clothes on them.

Portobello Pizzas

“A very easy recipe! My husband ate one and very quickly devoured another one. He can’t wait for me to make more!”


Turkey Porcupine Meatballs

“These were good and easy! I served it with a cucumber salad.”


BBQ Bacon Meatloaf Cupcakes & Mashed Potato Frosting

“Great! I used ground beef. I loved the meat and potato combination.”

-Lavendar Lynn

Baked Salmon Fish Sticks

“This worked out really well for me! I made these for my children today and they really enjoyed them.”

-magpie diner

Mustard Baked Chicken

“An excellent baked chicken recipe. It had a nice crunch with a moist tender inside.”


Club Sandwich

"I hadn't made a club sandwich in a long time. I was glad to revisit a classic!”

-Susie D