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10 Fun, Sandwich-Free School Lunch Ideas for Kids

Don’t look now, but the back-to-school season is upon us. Time to start thinking about school supplies, wool sweaters, and the endless drudgery of making lunches each morning, er, the daily fun of packing a healthy and interesting lunch! Either way, sandwiches can get old, so here are 10 stellar ideas for sandwich-free school lunches that kids will love!


  • Black Bean Quesadillas 1 of 10
    Black Bean Quesadillas

    Simple quesadillas are a terrific way to change things up, and though they're fantastic after a quick re-warming in the microwave, they're also pretty darn good at room temperature.

    Make black bean quesadillas

    Image: Aggie Goodman

  • Whole Grain Waffles 2 of 10
    Whole Grain Waffles

    Why not have waffles for lunch? Make them with whole grains so they're relatively healthy, and add a host of fresh fruits and an easy protein like yogurt, and you're set.

    Make whole wheat lemon yogurt waffles

  • Heart-Shaped Brown Rice Sushi 3 of 10
    Heart-Shaped Brown Rice Sushi

    Show the kids how much you love them with this fun and healthy heart-shaped sushi.

    Make heart-shaped brown rice sushi

  • Mushroom Avocado Wraps 4 of 10
    Mushroom Avocado Wraps

    Kids will love these flavorful, filling, and healthy vegetable wraps.

    Make mushroom avocado wraps

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Pinto Bean Dip 5 of 10
    Pinto Bean Dip

    This simple and creamy pinto bean dip has a hint of leafy greens in it. Dip is a great lunch option, and can be teamed up with veggies, pita, or chips for a tasty lunch!

    Make pinto bean dip

  • Whole Wheat Pizza 6 of 10
    Whole Wheat Pizza

    Leftover pizza isn't just for college kids. Start with a healthy whole wheat crust, and then add your favorite seasonal vegetables. Kids will love the change of pace.

    Make whole wheat tomato and mushroom pizza

  • Pita Pockets 7 of 10
    Pita Pockets

    Send a simple and tasty pita pocket, or let your imagination run wild and stuff it with pesto, cheese, roast veggies--whatever looks good.

    Make pita pockets

    Image: Brooke McLay

  • Kid-Friendly Grain Salad 8 of 10
    Kid-Friendly Grain Salad

    Salad for kids? Sure! Just make sure it's a salad that they'll like. This one has kid favorites like avocado, mango, and yummy quinoa.

    Make mango avocado quinoa salad

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Heart-Shaped Eggs 9 of 10
    Heart-Shaped Eggs

    Protein-rich hard boiled eggs are a satisfying addition to any school lunch. Make them extra special with this simple trick for heart-shaped eggs!

    Make heart-shaped hard boiled eggs

  • Orange Cube Tofu Salad 10 of 10
    Orange Cube Tofu Salad

    This healthy and fun tofu salad has fun shapes and sweet citrus, and despite the "salad" moniker, is totally kid-friendly.

    Make orange cube tofu salad

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

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