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16 Kids Lunch Ideas You Can Whip Up In The Morning

Quick, easy, no-frills lunch ideas.

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1. Pizza bagel bites

raininghotcoupons.com

Fresher AND healthier than last night's leftover pizza. Recipe here.

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2. Turkey roll-ups

culinaryhill.com

And if your kid is a picky eater, you can leave out the cranberry cream cheese or just sub it for mayonnaise or ranch dressing. Recipe here.

3. Fried-Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich

greatgrubdelicioustreats.com

Whip these up while making breakfast. Recipe here.

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4. Spaghetti and meatballs

twopeasandtheirpod.com

The perfect recipe to make-ahead and reheat for lunch and dinner all week long. If you do make the pasta ahead of time, remember to drizzle some olive oil onto the batch so your noodles don't stick together. Recipe here.

5. Freezer PB&J sandwiches

thecraftingchicks.com

Honestly, you don't even need the sandwich cutter to make these freezer sandwiches. Just make sure you spread each side of bread with peanut butter and sandwich the jelly between the two slices — this way the bread won't get soggy overnight. Recipe here.

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6. Bean and cheese quesadilla

grandmotherskitchen.org

Pack with a side of salsa or sour cream for dipping. Recipe here.

7. Cinnamon french toast sticks

Thick-cut bread is essential if you want the sticks to hold their shape. Recipe here.

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8. Cheesy calzones

Either freeze, and reheat these in the morning before throwing them in a lunch bag, or save and bake the calzone dough in the morning with whatever filling (cheese, cooked meat, cooked veggies) you want. Recipe here.

9. Chicken and jack cheese pasta salad

wearychef.com

Because ain't nobody got time for an Instagram-perfect meal. Simple and filling, this pasta dish will satiate your kids well into snack time. Recipe here.

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10. Freezable ham, egg, and cheese pockets

dashingdish.com

The recipe might read tedious but TBH the most time-consuming part of these pockets will be the eggs — which you can totally leave out if you're short on time. Recipe here.

11. Rice with teriyaki chicken and broccoli

crunchycreamysweet.com

If your kids are broccoli-averse, you can also drizzle some of the teriyaki sauce on them to make them a lil' more appealing. Recipe here.

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12. Egg salad

bellyfull.net

Pack it by itself or as a sandwich. Recipe here.

13. BLT pasta salad

life-in-the-lofthouse.com

Pack the dressing on the side so it doesn't get soggy by lunchtime. Salads aren't typically kids' favorite foods, but this creamy version will get a thumbs up. Recipe here.

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14. Mac 'n' cheese lunchbox muffins

thedailymeal.com

No fork necessary AND you can eat it cold. Recipe here.

15. Healthier sloppy Joes

slimsanity.com

Made with agave instead of the usual brown sugar in sloppy Joes. Recipe here.

16. Slow cooker white chicken chili

shelikesfood.com

Use a sturdy temperature-retaining thermos like this one so your kid doesn't have cold soup for lunch. Recipe here.

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