School Lunch Ideas

If you’re in need of some school lunch ideas that are quick to make, easy to pack, kid-approved, and flexible enough to substitute when you don’t have an ingredient on hand, you’re at the right place.

I’ve been sharing school lunch ideas on the internet since 2011 so I’ve got a few epic school lunch ideas up my sleeve -at all times.

If you love visuals, in this video I am sharing a few easy cold lunch ideas you can pack for school.

See, I’m all about keeping lunches easy, achievable and tasty enough that kids will eat them!

If coming up with nutritious kid-friendly lunches daily has become a daunting task, my lunch and dinner meal plans make have been helping thousands of parents for years make delicious school lunches and dinners.

Now, if you need a quick dinner idea for tonight save this post.

All meal plans include a meal-prep sheet to get organized in the kitchen, the recipes, a full meal plan, and a completed shopping list.

I love my meal plans so much that I don’t think any mom should face this school year without them, so download a free week of my lunch and dinner meal plan so you can try it for yourself.

image: meal plan printable

Got your free plan? Perfect. Now, let’s get started with today’s school lunch inspiration!

Best School Lunch Ideas

The best school lunches are filling, tasty and make sure the lunchbox comes home empty.

All lunches have a “main dish” and then the “sides.” Let’s work through some of the top ideas for the “main dish” part of the lunchbox.

image: overhead view of four different lunchboxes

School Snack Ideas

You can use these tasty snacks as sides for the main lunch, or as “sides” or bonus snacks if your children have snack time at school. Here are some of our favorites.

Thermos Lunch Ideas

One of the best ways to pack a lunch so that it stays hot and delicious all day is in a thermos. Grab one of my favorite lunchbox thermoses here, and then you start packing these healthy and delicious lunches for your kids too.

If you want to learn how to heat food in a thermos to make sure it stays hot through lunch, check out this post.

And, if you need a thermos container and want to see how the ones on the market hold up, check out the Top 5 Thermos Containers Comparison Guide.

Lunchbox Dips

Because Everything goes better with dip! Try one of these healthy dip recipes as a companion for your child’s next lunchbox.

School Lunch Ideas for Kids + Avocado, Bacon & Cheese Pinwheels

Tired of trying to find school lunch ideas your kids actually want to eat? Here are the BEST recipes that are nutritious, simple and 100% kid-approved.

  • Author: MOMables – Laura
  • Yield: 8 pinwheels 1x


  • 1 8-inch flour tortilla
  • 1/4 avocado, mashed
  • 2 slices (15 g) bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons (15 g) of cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) mayonnaise


  1. In a small bowl, mash avocado and mix with mayonnaise.
  2. Place flour tortilla on a flat surface and spread the mayonnaise avocado mixture evenly throughout the flour tortilla.
  3. Top with crumbled bacon and shredded cheese.
  4. Roll tortilla tightly. Cut tortilla roll in half, and then into 1-inch pieces.


  • Serving Size: 8 pinwheels
  • Calories: 457
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 784.9mg
  • Fat: 32g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.2g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 12.9g
  • Cholesterol: 36.7mg

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Special School Lunch Ideas

If you are working with special dietary needs, I have you covered. You can always browse my recipe index and search by your particular dietary need OR, I’ve pulled together a few of. the top lunch ideas for a few of the main lunch restrictions I’m frequently asked about. Grab these lunch ideas below.

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!