Back-to-School Kids' Lunch IdeasFruity Peanut Butter PitasMini Lunchbox PizzasPizza WrapsSpinach and Turkey PinwheelsWheely-Good Pasta Salad

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

Schools are starting up this week. In light of the Covid pandemic, many may choose to pack a lunch for their kids to take to school. Here are some ideas for packing a tasty, yet nutritional lunch.

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Back to School Kids’ Lunch Ideas


Pita Bread + Hummus

Cheese + Crackers

Turkey + Cheese Roll-ups

Almond/Peanut Butter + Jam Sandwich

Cheese Quesadilla

Hard Boiled Eggs

Pasta Salad

Meat + Cheese Kabob

Chips + Guacamole

Ham + Cheese Sandwich

Bagel + Cream Cheese

Veggie +Hummus Wrap




Cuties, Mandarines/Tangerines









Natural Applesauce




Baby Carrots



Grape Tomatoes

Snap Peas

Spinach/Lettuce for Sandwiches or Salad




Granola Bars


String Cheese


Trail Mix

Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts

Lara Bar or Cliff Bar

Fruit Leather

Fruit Snacks



Chips + Salsa

Fruit Cup

Pudding Cup

Graham Crackers


Rice Krispies Treats



Water Bottle

100 % Juice Boxes or Bags


Milk, Strawberry, Chocolate


Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

1/4 c. peanut butter (or almond butter)

1/8 tsp. each ground allspice, cinnamon, & nutmeg

2 whole wheat pita pocket halves

1/2 med. apple, thinly sliced

1/2 med. firm banana, sliced


In a small bowl, blend the peanut butter, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spread inside pita bread halves; fill with apple and banana slices. 2 servings


Mini Lunchbox Pizzas 

King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls

Pizza Sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Pepperoni (optional)


Preheat oven at 350°F.

First, slice the King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls in half and place on a cookie sheet with the crust facing down.

Next, spread a spoonful of pizza sauce on each dinner roll half and top with shredded cheese. If desired, add a piece of pepperoni to top of each mini pizza.

Once your pizzas are assembled, place them in the oven for 15 minutes to crisp up the bread and melt the cheese. Remove them from the oven and let them cool off. Once cool, properly wrap or store in lunch containers, add the mini pizzas to your lunch box.


Pizza Wraps

1 pkg. (8 oz.) sliced pepperoni

4 flour tortillas (8”), room temperature

1/2 c. chopped tomatoes, de-seeded if taken in lunch box

1/4 c. each chopped sweet onion, chopped fresh mushrooms, & chopped ripe olives

1/4 c. chopped green pepper, optional

1 c. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Arrange pepperoni off center on each tortilla. Top with remaining ingredients. Fold sides and bottom over filling and roll up. 4 wraps


Spinach and Turkey Pinwheels

1 carton (8 oz.) spreadable garden vegetable cream cheese, or plain

8 flour tortillas (8”)

4 c. fresh baby spinach

1 lb. sliced deli turkey


Spread cream cheese over tortillas. Layer with spinach and turkey. Roll up tightly; if not serving immediately, wrap and refrigerate. To serve, cut rolls crosswise into 1-in. slices. 8 servings


Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

1 pkg. (16 oz.) wagon wheel pasta

8 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes

1 med. sweet red pepper, diced

1 can (3.8 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained

2 tsp. minced fresh oregano

1 bottle (16 oz.) creamy Parmesan Romano salad dressing


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large serving bowl, combine the pasta, cheese, red pepper, olives and oregano. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. 12 servings Note: Can add 1 cup cooked, cubed chicken or ham for protein.


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~ Booker T. Washington



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