17 Healthy and Simple Back-to-School Lunchbox Ideas
Summer is nice and all, but you’re not, like, that disappointed when it’s time for the kiddos to head back to school. (Nine-to-five childcare? Yes, please!) Here, 17 lunchbox ideas to help you send them on their merry way.
CRISPY BAKED CHICKEN TENDERS
We recommend making extras for yourself.
MINI AVOCADO & HUMMUS QUESADILLA
We’d like to eat all of our lunches in mini form.
VEGETARIAN PIZZA WITH ZUCCHINI AND BELL PEPPERS
Your kid will love eating pizza for lunch and you’ll love loading them up with veggies. Win-win.
CHICKEN CAESAR PITA POCKETS
The best way to make your kids like salad: Disguise it in a pillow of carbs.
CHOPPED ITALIAN SALAD PIZZA
Creativity at its finest.
CRANBERRY CHICKEN SALAD ON APPLE SLICES
This DIY meal will be a classroom favorite.
SLOW-COOKER MEAL-PREP BURRITO BOWLS
A big-batch recipe you can cook once and eat all week.
CITRUS CHICKEN QUINOA SALAD
Portable and packed with protein.
BLT PASTA SALAD
They won’t even notice the veggies.
BLT Pasta Salad
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
Raise your hand if you adore salad. (“Bueller…?”) We get it. That’s because you haven’t met BLT pasta salad. It combines all the crunchy, savory, creamy ingredients of the classic sandwich—minus, well, the bread (because pasta is way more fun).
1 pound bacon
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound pasta
½ cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 medium tomatoes, cut into small wedges
1 avocado, diced
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped