10 school lunch box recipes the kids will actually eat! #Pinterest

It’s only the first day of school but I’m already thinking about that time when a month from now my daughter will start complaining about the daily PB&J sandwich that she usually finds in her lunch bag. She’s picky though and I can’t just throw anything in there or it will come back with a crumb picked off here and there or a decimated sandwich that she “says” she took a few bites out of.

Just for the record, tearing your sandwich apart into many many small pieces and piling them back on top of each other does not mean that you tried a few bites or ate your lunch in any way whatsoever… it just doesn’t. *insert eye roll from 10 year old girl-child here.

So enters my yearly quest to find lunchbox snacks which my daughter will actually eat. This year we’re going to experiment with sending some hot lunch items. We have never had luck with using a thermos to keep foods hot in the lunchbox in years past, but I am willing to give it a try again so that she can have more options.

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Oh my does this look so good and creamy!


Turkey Provolone Wrap

A wrap can be stuffed with almost anything! This version looks especially tasty.


Whole Wheat Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

Delicious and healthy combo, perfect for snacks or lunch!


Fruit on the bottom Yogurt

Why buy it when you can make it at home! My daughter loves this!


easy oreo-stuffed brownies

Sometimes you just have to have dessert!

Source: ahensnest.com via Kelly on Pinterest


Pizza Sticks

Simple and delicious!


Simple Lunchbox Salad Rolls

These look really tasty and could also be good with a lettuce leaf wrap.

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Homemade Fruit Leather

I remember my Gramma N. always having fresh fruit leather in the freezer. She used to grow her own fruits and dry them in her huge dehydrator, they were so good!


Homemade Chicken Soup

Leftovers of Chicken Noodle Soup would be the perfect lunch on a cold winter school day! I make mine similar but am going to be trying this recipe soon.


Creamy Fruit & Tortellini Salad

Such an unusual way to use tortellini! I have to try this!


A few more lunch box recipes ideas:

So what’s in your kid’s box?

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    Oooh those pizza sticks look amazing! I love them all! Thanks for the great list. :)


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