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50+ Kid-Approved Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

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Breakfast.  Snack.  Lunch.  Snack.  Snack.  Dinner.  Dessert.  Snack.

Does it ever STOP? I know kids are growing but dang! Having kids home all day is rough on the grocery budget. Providing three big, healthy meals a day isn’t for the faint of heart. Instead, we opt for a hearty breakfast, quick and easy lunch and big dinner.
But quick and easy lunch ideas tend to get old. You can only eat so many sandwiches before you are ready to stab yourself in the eye with a butter knife.

So what’s an exhausted mama to do when the kiddos want lunch? Grab our main dish, then add healthy sides and desserts!

Sick of sandwiches? I LOVE this list of quick and easy foods to make the kids for lunch. Waving goodbye to chips and sandwiches!

If you’re looking for quick and easy lunch ideas, we’ve got you covered!  

 

Main Menu:

Leftovers

First things first. There’s no point in making another meal when you’ve got perfectly good food already prepared in your fridge. Wasted food is wasted money and when you’re on a tight budget, leftovers are the perfect meal. Use up those leftovers before they turn into science experiments!

Goulash

Toss cooked pasta, tomato sauce, ground beef and some Italian seasonings together for an easy lunch that tastes much like spaghetti.

Sloppy Joe

Ever since we started making Homemade Sloppy Joe Sauce, this has been our go-to lunch idea. For a fresh spin on the recipe, try serving it over noodles instead of on a bun!

Meatballs

Use eggs and breadcrumbs to hold your meatballs together while they bake. Serve them with ketchup and mustard, BBQ sauce or marinara.

Pizza Roll Up

Turn a can of crescent rolls into yummy pizza roll ups in just a few minutes. Add pepperoni and cheese to crescent rolls and bake. Serve with heated pizza sauce.

Soup

Whether it comes in a can or is homemade, soup is a lunchtime favorite.  Chicken noodle, vegetable, stew…The possibilities are endless! Throw soup in the crockpot and you can set it and forget it!50 Kid Approved quick and easy lunch ideas

Quesadilla

Quesadillas are both kid and mom-approved! Chicken, beef, cheese and beans are favorites but sly moms across the world know you can sneak in extra veggies without hearing complaints!

Wrap

Ham, cheese, turkey, avocado, chicken strips, onions, mushrooms, the list goes on and on. You name it, it can be put in a wrap! Drizzle with your favorite dressing, roll and EAT! It’s really that easy! Try adding leftovers to wraps for a fun new meal. (Spaghetti wrap, anyone? How about a chili wrap? You never know, it might be your new favorite meal!)

Salad

Lots of kids despise salad but by adding fresh fruit to your salad, it gives it a whole new kick. Strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries or chunks of peaches added to a green salad add an unexpected twist that you’ll fall in love with!

Meat & Cheese Kabob

Alternate deli meat, cubes of cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables on a skewer for a quick and easy lunch that will make the kids squeal.

 Burgers

Backyard burgers aren’t just for dinner. Throw them on the grill or opt to cook them indoors. Either way, they’re hard to beat!

Stir Fry

Noodles, veggies and thinly sliced veggies make this yummy lunch a favorite for all. Pre-packaged stir fry veggies make it even easier to dump and cook, without a ton of clean up.

Pig in a Blanket

This childhood favorite is still as fun as you remember as kids.  All you need is a package of hotdogs and a can of crescent rolls. Wrap them, bake them and eat them. Easy peasy!

 Nachos

Cheese, meat and sauces turn an ordinary pile of chips into a scrumptious lunch. For an extra healthy version, skip the chips and use veggie sticks instead.

50 Kid-Approved Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

Chili

A can of beans, some ground beef and chili seasoning can make a fast lunch that’s healthy and satisfying. Serve with crackers or jazz it up with Fritos!

Taco Salad

The perfect solution for an extra salad is to serve them up as a taco salad. Just add taco meat, sour cream and salsa for a completely new taste.

Mac & Cheese Delight

Macaroni and Cheese is a childhood fave. Stir in chunks of meat for a hearty meal that is easy to whip up and light on the wallet. Chunks of ham, hotdogs, turkey, chicken or meatballs all work well!

Baked Potatoes

When you add in the fun stuff, like chunks of ham, cheese, broccoli and sour cream, baked potatoes can become an entire healthy meal!

 

Sides and Snacks

Pair these with one of our quick and easy lunch ideas and you’ll fill tummies and create smiles!

String Cheese

Hardboiled Eggs

Veggie Sticks with Ranch

Pretzels

Yogurt

Sunflower Seeds

Fresh Fruit50 Kid-Approved Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

Popcorn

Cheese and Crackers

Apples and Peanut Butter

Olives

Nutella and Bananas

Jello with fresh fruit

Chex Mix

Applesauce

Goldfish

Muffins

Graham Crackers

Trail Mix

Almonds, Cashews or Peanuts

Pudding

 

Sandwich Tips:

No time to cook? Take sandwiches to another level by tossing the bread and adding a fun twist instead:

Make It!

Use a sandwich maker to turn up the taste! These handy gadgets take an ordinary sandwich and make them even yummier!

Slide It!50 Kid-Approved Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

Buy mini buns and serve them up. The kiddos are sure to love them!

Toast it!

By simply toasting your bread, you give your sandwich a whole new flavor.

Sub It!

Instead of using bread, make it a sub. Add lots of varieties to choose from and serve it in an assembly line fashion.

Roll It, Wrap it!

Throw any sandwich makings into a wrap or a tortilla and instantly change the flavor. A favorite around here is a peanut butter and jelly banana wrap!

Stuff It!

Grab a package of Pita Pockets and stuff them with whatever you wish! We love to fry lunch meat with onions and peppers and top with ranch but the possibilities are endless!

 

Need EVEN quicker options?

Try  making a large batch of one of these yummies on Sunday and eating them all week! They pair with pretty  much anything and are cheap, easy and healthy.

Potato Salad

Cole Slaw

Pasta Salad

Pea Salad

Fruit Salad

Veggie Tray

Just because you need a quick and easy lunch ideas every day doesn’t mean you should be stuck eating sandwiches all the time!

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Sick of sandwiches? I LOVE this list of quick and easy foods to make the kids for lunch. Waving goodbye to chips and sandwiches!

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eddie

Monday 14th of September 2020

Tired of eating omelete and bread, going to try these easy meals. Thank you

Bianca

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Is there a version of this that is printer friendly?

Meredith Fleming

Monday 13th of April 2020

I really enjoyed this blog post. I am a college student and i will definitely be making some of these quick snacks!! Thank you for the tips and tricks!

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