We’re back to school and my teenager refuses to buy lunch from school. She can’t have PB& J every single day so I’ve come up with a few things that work for here. Here are my ideas for a big kid school lunch. I’ve tried to stay healthy but I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit that things like fruit snacks, Goldfish and Cookies make it in her lunch box too.
First up? English Muffin Pepperoni Pizzas. You can make these before and freeze them. Take them out in the morning and they thaw by lunch. Super easy. Just split your muffin, top with sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and then bake at 350 until the cheese melts. Served with a side of edamame, some strawberries, fruit dip and a lemonade, it’s a balanced meal. See that cute lunchbox note? My friend Kari made a complete set that’s exclusive for the readers of my blog. You can download all of them here!
Next up? Ham and Cheese Roll Ups with baby carrots, pretzels and trail mix. If you’re in a school that has a peanut ban due to allergies, you’ll want to sub out the trail mix for yogurt covered raisins or another snack. Don’t forget to add a note to remind your child how proud you are of them!
Another great idea? BLT’s on little buns (I put the tomato on the side), celery and pickle chips (which if you haven’t tried them, they are amazing). I love these King’s Hawaiian Rolls. My teen doesn’t want a huge sandwich so they’re the perfect size. Of course, I want to reminder that she’ll kill her test this afternoon!
Finally, I sent Caeser salad for lunch a lot so I thought we’d try to mix it up. A nice garden salad, pasta salad (I have the perfect recipe here), cheese cubes and apples. Want a little more protein? Add some peanut butter. Make your kid’s day amazing with this free printable
Hope this gives you some great ideas! You’ll want to be sure to download the FREE lunchbox printables. Your kids will love them. Check them out!
Which one is your favorite? What’s in your big kid school lunch this week?