Are you stuck in a lunchbox rut? Try one of these tasty non-sandwich school lunch ideas to start feeling excited about lunch again.
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To help you get out of your lunchtime routine a little, we’ve put together this list of our member’s favorite Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas!
Not every kid loves bread or, due to dietary restrictions, can have it. Specialty gluten-free and allergy-friendly bread can get expensive. Though I do often make my own grain-free paleo bread, I also serve up tons of breadless lunches for the whole family too.
Non-Sandwich Lunch Recipes
Ready to check out these favorite no bread lunches? Here’s my top ten. And when you’d cooked your way through this list, you’ll find my top gluten-free lunches here.
1. Apple Wraps
Tons of flavor without the bread! These ham and cheese apple wraps are also low in carbohydrates making them diabetic-friendly.
2. Tiny Pumpkin Pancakes
Mini Pumpkin Pancakes are a fun way to rock Breakfast for Lunch! The best part about pancakes is when you make one big batch, you can freeze them so they’re ready at your fingertips for breakfast on the go or in your lunch box.
3. Homemade Fish Sticks
Make your own fish fingers and pack them in the lunchbox! These fish sticks are gluten-free and the recipe even has a dairy-free alternative in case you need to go without dairy as well.
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4. Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
Not only will I show you how to make your own homemade fruit and yogurt parfait, but I’ll also show you how to pack yogurt in a lunchbox so it stays cool all day long.
5. Tortilla Pizza
This one is always a family hit. This recipe is so easy you can serve pizza any day of the week, and since these tortilla pizzas are personal-sized each child can pack their own pizza for lunch with all of their favorite toppings.
6. CopyCat McDonald’s Nuggets
There’s a reason our Homemade Chicken Nugget recipe has been enjoyed more than 300,000 times. It’s simple and delicious! Stop buying the unhealthy bagged ones in the freezer section, and make your own for dinners or lunches.
7. Chicken Noodle Soup
8. Mini Quiches / Egg Cups
Whip up a batch of these amazing Taco Egg Cups. Made with eggs, cheese, and your favorite taco mix-ins these are an instant lunchtime win.
9. BLT Salad
The Classic BLT sandwich transforms into an epic BLT salad. Packed with bacon, avocado, and cheese and drizzled with ranch dressing this salad is loved by both kids and adults.
10. Parmesan Spinach Bites
These Spinach Balls are packed with parmesan cheese and hands down the most delicious way to eat your daily greens!
Since I’m all about balance, here’s my big list of epic sandwich fillings so you can make exciting sandwiches when you do pack them for lunch!
Which of these non sandwich lunches will you enjoy first?
Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas
Get out of the sandwich lunch rut and try one of these 10 non-sandwich lunch ideas, starting with these crispy taco cups.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 20 taco cups 1x
- Category: lunch
- 40 wonton wrappers
- 1 can refried black beans, warmed
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- ¾ cup pico de gallo/salsa
- Sour cream, for topping
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease 2 muffin tins with cooking spray. Line each cup with 2 wonton wrappers and lightly spray with cooking oil.
- Transfer the muffin tins to the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the wonton wrappers are golden brown and crispy.
- Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, warm the beans.
- Remove the taco cups from the oven and fill each with warmed black beans, cheese, pico de gallo/salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and green onions.
- Serving Size: 2 taco cups
- Calories: 240
- Sugar: 1.2g
- Sodium: 465.9mg
- Fat: 10.6g
- Saturated Fat: 4.4g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 27.5g
- Fiber: 3.9g
- Protein: 8.8g
- Cholesterol: 24.2mg
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