Kids often have their own idea for what makes a great lunch, which can often be a challenge, especially for fussy eaters. On top of that, we know that you moms and dads are super busy, and are on the hunt for quick lunchbox meals.
If you’re looking for easy to make, no cook, nutritious lunches your kids will actually eat, you’ve come to the right place. From creamy avocado toast to sweet banana ‘sushi’, 5 minute cheese & tomato sandwiches to filling ‘pizza’ wraps, these lunches go way beyond the typical ham sandwich.
All of these ideas are low prep, no cook, and perfect for those ultra-busy days. Not only will these tasty options please even the fussiest eaters, but they will also keep their tummies full thanks to all the vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber!
Take the hassle out of preparing healthy and fun lunches for school or even for your little ones at home by picking up one of the quick recipes below!
Veggie & Cream Cheese Turkey Bagel Sandwich
This one is super quick and easy to modify! Slice and toast a bagel. Top with some cream cheese, turkey slices, Swiss cheese, tomato slices, cucumber, and mashed avocado for a super tasty and filling lunch! You can also add extra toppings such as spinach (if your kid likes the stuff of course!).
Hummus Avocado Wrap
Mash up some ripe avocado, or guacamole and protein rich hummus to make these vegan hummus avocado wraps. Add in some grated carrot for a color kick. Try adding some rocket leaf salad, or other salad greens for crunch too. Combine into a wrap and pack into a lunchbox. Simple but tasty.
Banana & Chocolate Nutella ‘Sushi’
These are super cute and easy to make, and don’t worry no actual fish involved! Place some flatbread or tortilla wraps on a cutting board and spread with Nutella. Peel the banana and place it at the edge of bread wrap. Roll the banana in the tortilla wrap, and slice it up until you have little circular sweet treat banana bites. Use as a sweet treat or as an easy lunch dessert.
5 Minute Cheese & Tomato Baton
This is the veggie alternative to a ham and cheese sandwich, except it’s much tastier (and healthier!). With a traditional french bread baton, wholemeal baton, or our favorite a tiger bread baton, layer some cheese and tomato slices together and sprinkle a dash of black pepper on top (or not, if your kid hates pepper). Quick and easy, this is a 5 minute prep lunch.
Ultimate Creamy Avocado Toast
Kids will love this creamy avocado and toast lunch! Cut, pit, and remove the avocado from its peel. Mash them with a fork, mix in some lemon juice as you mash, and spread the mixture onto two slices of wholegrain or multigrain toast. Drizzle a dash of olive oil over the top of each slice, and for extra taste, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and salt to each piece. Why not layer with some slices of crispy bacon for a great open sandwich?
Turkey Wraps with Honey Mustard Dip
Who doesn’t love honey mustard? This great combo makes a great lunch option for picky eaters. Simply wrap some turkey slices, rocket salad and grated cheese together into a wrap, and serve with a pot of ready-made honey mustard dip! 5 minute lunch right there.
Healthy Chicken Waldorf Sandwiches
Combine chicken pieces, Granny Smith apple slices, celery, walnuts, dried cranberries, mayonnaise, yogurt, honey mustard, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl. Top some multi-grain slices of bread with this delicious mixture for a sandwich or add to a salad.
Parma Ham, Green Salad and Mayonnaise Baguettes
Kids love ham sandwiches, but sometimes we need to spice things up. Add some parma ham and green salad for crunchiness to a traditional longstick baguette. You can half it for younger kids. Add a small squeeze of mayonnaise to make it less dry. If your kid is eating at home, add some tomato slices for color and vitamins!
Apple & Peanut Butter Sandwich
So this one may sound a little weird, but kids love it, and it gets them eating one of their five a day which is always a bonus! Takes only 2 minutes to make too. Grab 2 slices of wholemeal bread, spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto one side of each slice and place thinly sliced slices of apple on top. That’s it!
Honeyed Fruit Salad
For a lighter, more colourful lunch, why not create a sweetened fruit salad with a drizzle of honey. Combine your kiddo’s favorite fruits into a bowl and pack into a plastic or glass container. Add some cheese cubes and crackers as a side snack.
Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwich
Not only will this avocado tuna salad sandwich keep them feeling full, it’s jam packed with protein and other essential nutrients. Mash up some avocado in a bowl with a fork. Add in tuna, celery, red onion, apple and walnuts. Mix well. For extra taste, add in some pickle juice, dried dill, Dijon, a dash of salt and pepper. Serve this tasty mixture on bread to make a sandwich or top on salad.
Old School Pizza Wraps
Grab some pita bread, drizzle some spaghetti sauce inside and stuff with your little ones’ favorite pizza toppings, such as diced green bell peppers, mushrooms, cheese, and peperoni slices. To keep things simple, heat the sauce in the microwave and wrap the wraps in tinfoil to keep warm.
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