Another whole week of school lunches!

I am packing these lunches in my favorite thermal lunch bag from Thirty-One. Click the picture to get yours. 

I am packing these lunches in my favorite thermal lunch bag from Thirty-One. Click the picture to get yours. 

I've got another whole week of school lunches to share with you! This week has some fun variety of things that you can do to keep the lunches new and fresh. We've got fruits and veggies, snacks, a sandwich, and even a field trip lunch.

Leftovers from Taco Tuesday! They all have chips, sugar snap peas, and a quarter of an apple. In the small container one has fish sticks (my cheat for easy fish tacos!), one has chicken, one has refried beans, and one has refried beans with chicken and cheese.

These are packed in EasyLunchboxes. The little container with the protein is one I got a while back at Daiso, sadly I've never been able to find it online. The little spoons are just a disposable plastic baby spoon. They are the perfect size for the lunch box, and I don't have to worry about them getting lost. 

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A muffin lunch! the two in the EasyLunchbox container have two muffins, cheese, cheerios, dried fruit and nuts, and a few yogurt covered cookies. 

The other two were off on a field trip, so they got everything in disposable packages. They also have a muffin, cheese, and dried fruit. In addition to that they also got applesauce, seaweed snacks, and a juice. For field trips I like to pack things that are very portable and easy to eat. 

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I don't think it takes much to make a sandwich look like a nice meal. These are half sandwiches, each child has something a little different. They have cheese, strawberries, pirate's boody, and a couple of fig cookies. I love using a colorful little pick in a sandwich, it brightens it up so much. And a bright silicone cup is perfect for a couple of strawberries. 

Quick and simple school lunch from WhatLisaCooks.com

A box of little nibbles. For those with smaller appetites, a box with lots of little nibbles can be a lot of fun. Here she has crackers, broccoli, two cheeses, banana chips, cheerios, turkey, applesauce, and yogurt. These little flower pot cups are one of my favorites. 

Simple snack box lunch from WhatLisaCooks.com

Last but not least - this was one of my favorite lunches. It's just so bright and fresh. This is my kind of meal! They have grapes, cherries, strawberries, and half a plum. For a veggie they have sugar snap peas. Cheese and crackers go perfectly with fruit. And a few whole wheat fig cookies to round it out. 

Simple and pretty school lunch idea from WhatLisaCooks.com
A week of easy school lunch ideas from WhatLisaCooks.com
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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

A week of lunches

Here are five - another whole week - of easy lunch packing ideas for you! These are some of my favorites, they are quick and easy and generally popular with my kids. All of these lunches could easily be made the night before and stored in the fridge overnight, which can really make your school day morning even easier.

These lunches are all packed in EasyLunchboxes. I use silicone muffin cups as dividers. A pack of bamboo skewers and a few bento picks and forks can also make lunch packing a little more fun, but still quick and easy. 


A homemade "lunchable".

This is a homemade version of a "lunchable".

For this one I used a round cutter to make the cheese and ham into circles, just like in the real lunchables. You certainly don't have to do that, and I usually don't, but this day I had a little extra time so I went for it. I think varying the shape just makes things a little more fun.

They have crackers, cheese, fruit, and cookies. Two have ham, and the two that don't like ham got some almonds for extra protein.

The stars are little yogurt covered cookies from Trader Joe's.

Making strawberry hearts is the easiest thing ever, and it looks so great! You just use a knife to cut out the stem at an angle from each side, and it looks like a heart. 

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Pancake breakfast for lunch.

If you've read my posts you'll know that I love sending breakfast for lunch, and one of my kids' favorites is pancakes. Whenever I make pancakes I make lots extra. They are great leftover.

This is just two pancakes, spread with either butter or cream cheese, cut into quarters and put on a bamboo skewer. I also included fruit, cheese, and some Chex cereal. 

A lot of people ask about the bananas when I send them like this - do they get brown, and do the kids eat them? I cut the ends off and cut a slit so it's easy to peel. So they get a little brown on the ends, but my two banana lovers don't seem to mind it at all, the bananas always get eaten.

Easy school lunch idea from WhatLisaCooks.com

Cheeseburgers!

Burgers are another thing I make extra of. We think they are great leftover.

For this lunch my three meat eaters each got half of a cheeseburger. The one who doesn't eat meat got a toasted cheese sandwich - on an inside out hamburger bun! This is what she calls a cheese burger - a burger bun with cheese. They all have sugar snap peas, potato chips, grapes, and a cookie. 

Do they eat the burgers cold, you are wondering? Yes. Well, at room temperature. My philosophy on this is that most kids don't actually eat their food when it's hot anyway. Mine certainly don't. They mess around and talk at the table until their food is basically cold anyway. So sending them a cold food for lunch that most of us think should be eaten warm doesn't seem like any difference to me. 

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Muffins!

Muffins are another favorite lunch for us. I love them because they make for a super quick and easy lunch. And my kids just love muffins.

Every now and then I will make a couple of big batches of muffins and stick them in the freezer. Making the lunch is as simple as pulling them out of the freezer, and sticking them in the lunch box with a little protein and fruit. Here they have a cheese, some apple bites, and Chex.

Set the muffins out of the freezer the night before to that - or better yet, make the lunches the night before with frozen muffins and put them in the fridge, and they will be thawed and ready to eat by lunch time. 

Easy school lunch idea from WhatLisaCooks.com

Tortilla rolls / Pinwheels

Pinwheels are a great alternative to a sandwich. You can put anything in them that you would put in a sandwich, but it's an easy way to bring a little variety into the lunch box. 

You just lay out a big tortilla, layer the ingredients you like, roll up, and slice. I usually end up snacking on the little end bits myself, and just pack the nice evenly sized slices for the kids. Running a bamboo skewer through them helps hold everything together as the lunch box gets tossed around.

Two of these have cream cheese, ham, and sliced cheddar. The other two have butter and cheese. They have some veggies, a quarter of an apple, and a cookie. 

Easy school lunch idea from WhatLisaCooks.com

Happy lunch packing!

~ Lisa

A week of easy school lunch packing ideas from WhatLisaCooks.com
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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

Burritos for school lunch

Simple burritos are one of my favorite things to make for school lunch. I like that they are easy to make and easy to eat. 

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Burritos may just be the perfect meal - you can put anything you want in them, you can eat them with one hand, and you can eat them basically anywhere. I like packing them for lunch, and I think they are especially great for field trips. I make them on the weekends a lot for our ski lunches in the winter - you pack a really hearty meal in a handy package. 

Two of these have just refried beans and cheese. I lay out the tortilla - the biggest ones I can find - spread out some cold refried beans and shredded cheese, and warm it in the microwave just enough to melt the cheese. Then I roll it up. I always let them fully cool before putting them in the lunch box, that way the tortilla does not get soggy. 

One of these - the one with the toothpick - also has chicken. I put the toothpick in as soon as I made it, so I knew which one it was. 

I added a little extra protein on the side - two have turkey and two have cheese. Everyone has some fruit, and three have cheese crackers.

One of these lunches is not like the others though. I think this was a case of having just enough of the little muffins left for one lunch. So one child got muffins and yogurt instead of the burrito. Everybody wins!

These are packed in EasyLunchboxes, and I use silicone muffin cups for perfect sized dividers. 

 

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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

Pancakes for a birthday lunch!

We had a birthday on a school day, so I took one of my favorite easy lunch ideas and made it just a bit more fun!

These are my pancake sandwiches which I've talked about a lot in the past. This time I put them on these pretty skewers with a little fancy jewel on one end, with a strawberry in between. The two birthday kids got a Happy Birthday cupcake pick in theirs. On the side they have cheerios with a few chocolate chips, cheese, and a little maple whipped cream. 

The jewel skewers can be found here - but I will note that the bead is not on their very tight, so I wouldn't use these with small children that might swallow it. 

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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

Leftover meatballs and pasta

This is another easy lunch made up of dinner leftovers. The dinner gets packed up into lunchboxes before the food is even put away, so it makes both dinner clean up and lunch packing a little easier. 

We have bowtie pasta and a skewer with meatballs, and a few tomatoes from the garden. They also have grapes, and some fun little educational butter cookies with states & capitals on them. I found the cookies here, my kids loved them but I like that they're not super sweet.  The child who didn't like the meatballs got some cheese in her lunch. 

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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.