Recipe: 45+ Back to School Lunch Ideas

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Over 45 School Lunch Ideas

For most of us, going back to school is right around the corner. What, how did that happen?! Going back to school means new supplies, schedules, homework and pure morning craziness! Because life can get so hectic, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed. Especially at the beginning when you’re trying to get back into the swing of things. I’ve found one way to ease the morning chaos is to have lunches packed and ready to grab on the way out the door. So with that in mind, we’ve come up with over 45 lunch ideas to help you! 

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins by See Vanessa Craft

Apple Crisp Energy Bites by Taste and See

Homemade Uncrustables PB & J Recipe by Thrifty Jinxy

 PB & J Crumble Bars by Strength & Sunshine

Easy Homemade Nut-Free Granola Bars Recipe by Melanie Cooks

School Lunch Roundup (No Lunchmeat!) by Moneywise Moms

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

5-Ingredient Paleo Low Carb Chicken Nuggets by Wholesome Yum

Hawaiian Sausage and Peppers with Rice by Savory Tooth

School Lunch Ideas: Healthy Foods and the Best Containers by Exploring Domesticity

Honey Mustard Chicken Pita Pockets by The Urben Life

Homemade Cereal Bars by Organized Island


Submarine Bento Lunch Idea by 3 Boys and A Dog

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas & Packing Tips by Megan Zeni

Nutritious Lunch Ideas from a Registered Dietician by Mosswood Connections

Sandwich Free Lunch Box Ideas by Kidz Activities

Power Your Lunchbox with Freezable Pizza Pockets by The Jenny Evolution


Nourish: Healthy Lunches Your Students Will Love by Outdoor Families

Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Muffins by In The Kids Kitchen 

Peanut Butter & Grape Roll-ups – Perfect for Lunches & Healthy Snacks by Having Fun Saving & Cooking

Lunchbox Kabobs by Who Needs A Cape?

Back to School Themed Lunch by Saving Dollars & Sense


Free Printable Lunch Box Jokes by The Inspiration Vault

Cherry Vanilla Oat Bars by The Mommy Mix

Kid Friendly Turkey Sandwich by Living Sweet Moments

Air Fryer Simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich by This Old Gal

Vegan Tuna Salad by Veggies Save the Day

Homemade Pizza Pocket Recipe for Kids

Pepperoni Pizza Pockets by See Vanessa Craft

Hungry Hippos (Fun Sandwiches Recipe for Kids) by Two Healthy Kitchens

Easy Appetizer Pinwheels Recipe (Great for Lunch Wraps, Too!) by Mission to Save

Quinoa Breakfast Muffins by the Petite Cook

Sugar-Free Apple Muffins with Salted Caramel by Wholesome Yum

Chickpea Potato Broccoli Patties by My Gorgeous Recipes 


Instant Pot Cheese Burger Macaroni Cheese by Recipe This

5 Easy Ways to Make Healthy School Lunches for Your Children by The Jenny Evolution

Mason Jar Lunchables by The Country Chic Cottage 

How to Make School Lunches Your Kids Will Love by All She Cooks

Lunch Box Mini Pizza by A Pumpkin & A Princess 

Muffin Tin Mac and Cheese Cups for School Lunches

Kale and Spinach Mac and Cheese Cups by See Vanessa Craft 

Healthy Tuna Casserole Muffins by Taste and See 

Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch with Printable Lunchbox Notes by Thrifty Jinxy

Tuna Canoes – A Fun After School or Back to School Lunch Idea by 3 Boys and A Dog

Pizza Poppers by Who Needs A Cape?

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Easy Cuban Sandwich Wrap by Living Sweet Moments

Granola Crunch Apple-Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps by Two Healthy Kitchens

Chocolate Apples: A Back to School Treat by The Country Chic Cottage

Simple Sandwich Solutions to Reduce School Lunch Stress by All She Cooks 


 And what better way to let your kiddos know you are thinking about them than some fun lunch notes? A healthy lunch and a fun surprise? That would totally make my day! What about you? Any favorite lunch items your kids’ can’t do without?

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.