May 22, 2012
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A Homemade Lunchables Pizza made with real ingredients that your kid will be excited to assemble and eat.
We all know store-bought Lunchables are a highly appealing option for kids, and it’s not hard to see why. Unfortunately, it’s also not hard to overlook the lack of nutrition and quality ingredients in these pre-packaged lunches.
This recipe for Homemade Pizza Lunchables shows you how to recreate this concept into a much healthier lunch that’s just as fun to assemble.
Homemade Pizza Lunchable
This Homemade Pizza Lunchable uses better-for-you ingredients like nitrate-free pepperoni, whole wheat pita rounds, shredded Mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce. It’s just as easy to put together as the store-bought option and tastes way better. Here’s how to do it:
- Spread the marinara sauce over the pita round
- Top with cheese and pepperoni
That’s it! Add a drink, some fresh fruit, and a homemade treat, and this meal is complete.
Pizza Lunchable Topping Ideas
Another bonus to creating your pizza lunchable is choosing what ingredients and toppings go into the lunch. Below are ideas your child can select to create their personal pizza:
- Chopped deli meat
- Black olives
- Sliced bell peppers
- Tomato Sauce
- Homemade Alfredo
- Veggie Pesto
- Shredded cheese
- Feta cheese
- Hummus (if your child doesn’t like sauce)
Making healthy homemade lunchables isn’t hard; just swap “their” ingredients with more wholesome alternatives. Easy!
Homemade Lunchable Essentials
To make your own lunchables, I recommend investing in the items below:
- A compartmentalized lunch container: to keep wet and dry ingredients separate
- Lidded sauce containers (2-4 ounces): perfect for sauces and prevents spills
- Ice pack: keeps ingredients chilled
- Reusable plastic cutlery: for spreading
If you don’t have a lunch container with compartments, use a regular container and silicone muffin cups to keep the ingredients separate.
Easy Homemade Lunchables Pizza
- 1 pita round
- ¼ cup shredded cheese
- 4-6 nitrate-free pepperoni slices
- ¼ cup marinara sauce
- In a compartmentalized lunch container, divide the pita round, cheese, and pepperoni slices, making sure to keep the ingredients separate.
- Pack the marinara into a lidded sauce container and send with the rest of the ingredients and a plastic spoon.
- To assemble, spread the marinara sauce over the pita and top with cheese and pepperoni.
do you use regular jar pizza sauce?
MOMables - Laura
Yup! Whatever I have on hand!
Such an awesome post!! Definitely trying this one next :) I was wondering, what is the brand you used? Or where to buy it or make it? I tried finding in my local grocery (I live in Hawai’i) & I can’t seem to find any.
They are open sandwich thins. I can’t remember the brand but thin bagels work too!
Does the child need to heat up this lunch or does he/she make the little pizza and eat it right out of the box?
most kids do it right out of the lunch box, at room temperature. Enjoy!
I am very sad to say that my 5 year old loves the pizza lunchables. I am a military wife and have 3 kids. Husband deploys for a minimum of 6 months every year. Our youngest (10 months) just had major surgery. So, trying to cook every meal is very difficult. But I’ve noticed on the days that I try really hard to feed them healthy food they seem happier and aren’t so moody. I googled “homemade pizza lunchables” and this post came up. I am so happy I found your website!
I’ve felt so guilty for so long about what I feed my kids. There’s been days when I feed them spaghettios from a can. I hate that!!!! I want to feed them healthy meals. I grew up eating unhealthy. I don’t want to do that to my kids. Thank you for your website! I am going grocery shopping this weekend and have written out several meals from your recipe index. I hope the kids like them!
My son’s favorite lunch – my homemade one of course! I make my own pizza rounds and homemade pizza sauce too. I will do about 15 pizza rounds and once and freeze what we don’t use for later. Love all your great ideas for lunches and just picked up your cookbook. Keep up the good work!!
thanks for picking up my cookbook! I hope you enjoy many of the recipes for years to come!
What do you make your pizza rounds out of? Regular pizza dough?
the ones in this post are store bought sandwich thins.
the ones in this post are store bought sandwich thins.
My son’s favorite lunch, my homemade one of course. I make my own pizza crust rounds and my own homemade sauce as well. I do about 15 rounds at once and then freeze the rest for a future lunch!
I shared this idea on my Facebook Page (Fearless Freezer Cooking) today. So excited to try it this week! I also found that Kroger makes less expensive sandwich thins….
thank you for sharing Joy!
Love it! So fun and pretty. :) Thanks for sharing it! :)
This is a great find! I will definitely be using this!
Such a great idea!
Thank you! I’d love to!!
Thanks so much for sharing this great post on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes last week! :) Hope to see you again this weekend! :)
I love these. I am going to be a first time school mom this fall so I will have to visit often for ideas!
Tiffany, we are glad you love our ideas! if you decide you need a little help and a plan… it’s what we do! :)
Great idea! It looks a lot tastier than the boxed one. I will be using this idea for the school year.
Where do you find the little dip cup with attached lid? I love your lunches!
the ‘dip’ cup is a re-purposed to-go dip form a while back. It’s difficult to find something for sure, I also use gerber plastic baby food containers -although they are not leak-proof- but i place them inside the lunchbox and it does the trick.
You can buy reusable sauce cups online! I actually bought some that sort of look like the ones pictured here except in assorted colors.
I found a 6 pack of the cups with lids at Dollar General. They are great.
Where to find the bread rounds? I’ve found mini pitas, but not those.
They are actually sandwich thin/round/flats. I’m not sure what brands you have in your shops so here are a few examples : Nature’s Own Sandwich Rounds, Orowheat Sandwich Thins, Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats. They are softer than a pita but firmer than bread – they work great for mini pizzas.
Target has the Archer Farms and Brownberry versions too. Yum!
thanks! we will go check them out and see..
As kitchen challenged and as pressed for time as I am, I think even I could do this!
Holly, all our school lunches in our menus are for the ‘kitchen challenged’ and take less than 10minutes to make. :)