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

    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

    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

    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

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

    Make mushroom avocado wraps

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Pinto Bean Dip 5 of 10

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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