With back to school season around the corner, we’re here to help you save time with a roundup of easy back to school lunches. It can be stressful preparing for a new school year. From gathering school supplies to filling out required forms, there is a lot to get done before your child’s first bell. To take one thing off your plate, we’ve gathered a list of healthy mains, sides, and desserts. Check out the lists below to gather inspiration for your child’s lunches this school year! 





Keep your kiddo satisfied with deliciously simple meals this school year. Full of protein, healthy fat, and fiber, these easy lunch ideas will help fuel your child throughout their day. They’re quick to throw together, and won’t break the budget, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about as your child starts their school year!


Turkey Pinwheels


BLT Sandwich


Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich


Grilled Ham and Cheese


Chicken Ranch Wraps


Homemade Lunchables


Veggie Wraps


English Muffin Pizzas


Veggie Sandwiches


Hummus and Pita


Cheese and Crackers


Chicken Quesadillas






Simple sides can help round out your child’s lunch, without taking up a ton of prep time. Sliced vegetables, fruits, and pre-made snacks are quick and easy ways to ensure your child’s meal is well balanced and satisfying. Below, we’ve listed some of our tried and true favorites. You can easily mix and match mains and sides, ensuring your child always has something exciting packed in their lunch box!






  • Sliced Carrots and Ranch
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Red Pepper Slices
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Snap Peas
  • Celery Slices






  • Grapes
  • Apple Slices
  • Fresh Berries
  • Sliced Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Clementines
  • Cut Cantaloupe
  • Cut Watermelon






  • Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Trail Mix
  • Applesauce
  • String cheese





Don’t forget dessert! Add something sweet to finish off your child’s meals. They’ll thank you for it!


  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Rice Krispy Treats
  • Fruit Leather
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Oreos
  • Graham crackers 




Example Meals


Meal 1

  • Turkey Pinwheels
  • Carrots and Ranch
  • Fresh Berries
  • Almonds
  • Rice Krispy Treat


Meal 2

  • Chicken Quesadillas
  • Red Pepper Slices
  • Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Clementine
  • Fruit Leather


Meal 3

  • Veggie Wraps
  • Grapes
  • String Cheese
  • Walnuts
  • Graham Crackers


Meal 4

  • English Muffin Pizza
  • Carrots and Ranch
  • Apple Slices
  • Trail Mix
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies



Now that you know what you’re packing, all you need is an awesome lunch box! Check out this post, The Coolest Lunch Box Accessories, by Cool Mom Picks to learn more about the best accessories to include in your child’s lunch box. They make your life easier, while making lunchtime extra fun for your kiddos!


What are some of your go-to easy school lunches? Let us know in the comments below!


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