Need new school lunch ideas for picky eaters? Look no further! These kid-approved school lunches will make even the pickiest eater happy!
So you have a picky eater. Yeah, me too. Which can make packing school lunches a bit difficult. I have to have a list of school lunch ideas for picky eaters on hand when packing lunches!
My picky eater? He won’t eat sandwiches, doesn’t like lunch meat, turns his nose up to peanut butter and jelly, and pretty much vetoes any quick and easy lunch ideas I come up with. What he does like are hot meals and leftovers. I don’t even understand it!
I have been trying to come up with some new school lunch ideas for my picky eater all summer long. I compiled this list for easy reference and we will be trying them throughout the school year.
Before we get to the list, let’s make sure we have the right school lunch supplies. Here are some things that I have found useful in the past.
School Lunch Supplies
If you are going to be packing a hot lunch, you need a thermos to keep it warm. While you are heating up lunch, fill the thermos with hot water to warm up the insides. When the food is warm, dump the water, wipe out, and fill with lunch!
This metal sandwich container works just like the thermos. I use this for lunches like leftovers or warm sandwiches. It makes it easier to eat at lunchtime. You can also use this for non-hot items like salad or sandwiches to keep them cool.
I would never send my metal forks and spoons to school because they would never make it back home! Instead, I bought some reusable plastic forks and spoons to keep in their lunch boxes. If they get thrown away, it’s no biggie! They are pretty inexpensive and last a while.
School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters
Easy Chicken Taco Pinwheels
A creamy filling made with chicken taco flavors spread over a soft flour tortilla and rolled up to make the most delicious easy chicken pinwheels ever!
BLT Pasta Salad
This bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta salad will be a hit at your summer cookouts and picnics!
Barbecue Chicken Pizza Pinwheels
Barbecue Chicken Pizza wrapped up in refrigerated crescent or pizza dough for an easy and tasty snack!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels are an easy wrap that everyone will love with chicken, bacon, cheese and ranch seasoning.
Homemade Spaghetti-Os – a homemade version of the childhood favorite. Pasta in creamy, cheesy tomato sauce. Only 6 ingredients and so easy!
Pretzel Dog Recipe
Pretzel Dog is a combination of chewy pretzel and a juicy sausage, which makes a delicious lunch or an appetizer for kids and adults alike!
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Mini Taco Hand Pies
Crispy and flaky hand pies with a kid-friendly taco filling! Kids of all ages are going to love these!
Fairy Sandwiches- A Perfect Back to School Lunch Surprise
Send your student back to school with a fun, festive packed lunch with these quick & easy Fairy Sandwiches.
Chicken Sandwich Wraps
Make lunch time delicious & easy with wrapping up some of the kids favorites dishes in their lunch box.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
These ham and cheese pinwheels are easy to make and fun to eat. They're a perfect option for a picky eater's lunch box.
PB&J Pinwheel Sandwich Kabobs
Classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are reinvented as easy roll-ups, then skewered together with gorgeous fresh fruit.
Ham and Cheese Pockets
All you need is frozen puff pastry sheets, cheddar cheese slices, and ham slices!
DIY Uncrustable Freezer Sandwiches
When you’re pressed for time, these easy freezer sandwiches are a huge time saver in the morning!
Teriyaki Chicken Lunch Bowls
Try packing a teriyaki chicken bowl for lunch! This recipe is quick, flavorful, and convenient!
Mini Corn Dog Muffins
The original Mini Corn Dog Muffins! These fun and poppable bites are perfect for snack time, dinner, or game day. Easily made gluten-free, too!
Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps
Ham, cheese, apple wraps…oh my! Who knew that these three classic ingredients would make such a delicious combination and are perfect for packing in the lunchbox or as a healthy snack!
Chicken Burritos Recipe
This Chicken Avocado Burritos come together with just 15 min prep!
Healthy Taco Salad
A healthy taco salad for lunch can be yours with just a little planning the night before!
Bite Size Taco Salads
These Bite Sized Taco Salads bring all of that to the table and more!
If you have leftover ground beef from the night before, this is the quick no-cook recipe for you!
Kid Friendly Pasta Salad
This kid-friendly pasta salad is packed with lots of fresh veggies, which makes it a healthy, filling, colorful and delicious meal that your child will love!