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30 days of lunchbox recipes: No Repeats!

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Back to School. Did that phrase just leave you in a cold sweat or fill you with glee?

Packing lunches is not my favorite part of school. Day in and day out this task must be done and it is so easy to fall into a ‘sandwich, chips, fruit, done!’ rut. That is not the most healthful approach and it makes eating lunch a chore for everyone.

So this year I’m heading in with a plan! I’ve made a list of all the popular combinations of lunch foods I can think of and am sharing them with you!

So what’s your favorite lunch combo for the kids?

Share your ideas in the comments below!


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Each of my menu suggestions have been tested on the Peanut and are as kid friendly as I can get while following this strict criteria:

1. Fairly light on veggies: I know the more veggies that get packed in that bag, the less that gets eaten and I hate throwing away food. We work on our veggie tasting skills together at dinnertime and I push the fruit for lunch instead. The few veggies I do mention are on the Peanut’s approved list.

2. Quick & easy packing: If you have the time and energy to be crafting animals and characters out of produce at 6 a.m. before your coffee more power to you. I don’t. These lunch combos take minutes to toss in the bag. That said, I find a simple cookie cutter and a handwritten note on a napkin works wonders!

3. No sandwiches!: Well, “almost” no. My girls get crazy tired of sandwiches and several times last year the Peanut would come home with a lunch bag full of bread. She’d eat the filling and leave the rest! I have several methods of getting that filling presented besides putting it in between 2 slices of bread.

4. Nut free!!: Probably the most important factor here. The Peanut’s school is peanut-free, so no peanut butter or nuts appear in these suggestions.

Materials you need, links to sources included:

  • Cute and easy lunch bag: Buy here
    UPDATED: The bag featured in my images is currently sold out but they do have 2 other cute styles available.
    You can find them both here and here.
  • Plastic bento-style container: Buy here
    UPDATED: I’m told my original container suggestion is sold out. Though I have not tried them personally, a great friend recommended these as another alternative. You can buy them here.
  • Ice pack
  • Small cookie cutters: Buy here
  • Toothpicks or skewers

Methods: I have 4 presentation methods I rotate depending on the ingredients and food.

1. Roll-ups: The Peanut’s favorite. Take the meat and/or cheese, lay it flat. Roll it up like a burrito. Slice it into chunks, hold in place with toothpicks.

2. Stackers: I call this the “make your own lunchables” method. Meat, cheese, crackers, and assorted toppings are presented for the kids to mix and match their own bites.

3. Nibble Plates: Also known as “What on earth do I have in the fridge?!” day! Random bits and pieces that have some seemingly cohesive theme are presented in their own containers to nibble on. Bits of leftover chicken, fruits, veggies, etc.

4. Cut-outs: There are a precious few sandwiches on this list. When they hit rotation, I use a larger cookie cutter to remove the crusts. My favorite is a scalloped heart shape that uses almost every ounce of food with little wasted edges.

30 Days of No Repeats!

1. Deli turkey + cheddar slices in roll-ups, pretzels, apple wedges

2. Turkey pepperoni + swiss cheese + butter crackers in stacks, red grapes, carrots

3. Deli ham + grilled corn guacamole + American cheese, rolled up in a tortilla and sliced into pinwheels, strawberries, carrots

4. Whole wheat pita wedges + cream cheese spread + raisins + ham roll-ups

5. Graham crackers + cookie butter sandwiches, strawberries, yogurt

6. Tortillas + cream cheese spiced with taco seasoning + rotisserie chicken rolled up and cut into pinwheels, cherry tomatoes

7. Pasta tossed with olive oil or salad dressing + pea pods + rotisserie chicken + grapes

8. Deli roast beef + cheddar in roll-ups, carrots, apple wedges

9. Jelly sandwich cut-out, cheese stick, banana

10. Nut-free homemade granola (that recipe has nuts but you can easily leave them out), yogurt, strawberries, Nilla wafers

11. Shredded cheese + rotisserie chicken microwaved into a tortilla quesadilla, salsa + tortilla chips

12. Deli ham + havarti + pear + rye toasts served as nibble plate

13. Bacon + tomato + shredded lettuce + cream cheese rolled into a tortilla pinwheel, berries

14. Asian marinated chicken bits leftover from dinner + pea pods + pasta noodles + grapes served as nibble platter

15. Breadsticks + marinara dip + mozzarella cheese stick cut into cubes + pepperoni slices served as a nibble platter

16. “Deconstructed chicken pot pie”: Rotisserie chicken + peas + carrots + butter crackers served as nibble platter, applesauce

17. Noodles tossed with pesto, parmesan cheese chunks, tomatoes

18. “The Toddler”: Goldfish crackers, raisins, cheese stick, apple cut into chunks

19. Honey soy chicken leftover from dinner, plain noodles (avoid the peanut butter that comes with the original recipe), carrots

20. Deli ham + cantaloupe + mozzarella cheese + tomatoes served as a nibble platter

21. Biscuit, split in half + pulled pork leftover from dinner + shredded cheddar cheese for a mini sandwich, watermelon chunks

22. English muffin + marinara sauce + shredded mozzarella for homemade pizza bites, grapes

23. Pumpkin bread + whipped cream cheese spread + raisins + plain ham rollups

24. Chicken pieces leftover from dinner + pita wedges + cherry tomatoes + tzatziki sauce served as dipping platter

25. Pancakes cut into strips + yogurt + berries + bacon served as dipping platter

26. Shrimp + cocktail sauce + pineapple chunks + bagel chips served as nibble plate

27. Banana zucchini bread + yogurt + raisins

28. Hawaiian bun + ham + american cheese for miniature sandwiches, apple slices, carrots

29. THINLY sliced cucumbers + cream cheese + white bread + sprinkle of dill for uncrusted cocktail sandwiches, grapes,

30. Leftover salmon chunks from dinner + blueberries + tomatoes + pita bread wedges served as nibble platter


Looking for more great ideas for feeding the family? Follow me on Pinterest!

I maintain several fun family-oriented food boards including:

Bring Back the Family Meal: Making meal time memorable and doable!

Healthy New Family: Making healthy changes in lifestyle for the whole family and getting the kids on board.


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  • Julie - I had catered to my two boys’ limited palates all through preschool since there was no lunch provided where they attended. But when both went off to kindergarten, we took advatage of the school lunch offered to address two issues: 1) betaing picky-eater syndrome and 2) getting my shy kids to interact and transact. I’m glad we did. Both took the school lunch until they were old enough to pack their own sack lunch.ReplyCancel

  • paula schuck - This is fantastic! Thanks for the list! I can use several of these ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Dahle - Julie, I agree with that tactic completely. We tried it last year only to discover that the Peanut’s school doesn’t do the single option lunches from my childhood. It’s a true cafeteria where the children are given choices. She was choosing horrendous nutritional combinations. A typical lunch consisted of: 1 chocolate milk, 1 juice box, a plate of french fries, and a cookie. Yikes! More info coming on that next week!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Casatelli - Hello,
    Thanks for sharing! The recipes look great. Does anyone know where I can find the bento box containers and the lunch bag to hold them? The one(s) in the picture look perfect.

  • Melissa - These look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • hannahammonds - how do you get apples to not go brown? or do you not worry about it and your kids are alright with that? :)ReplyCancel

  • patsy - How do you keep things warm? ??

    • Tiffany Dahle - Hannah: I’ve found the green apples don’t go brown as fast so it usually isn’t a problem but if you’re worried, a little pineapple juice or lemon juice will help them stay fresh.

      Patsy: All of these meals are intended to be served cold, I’ve never tried to keep things warm. An ice pack in an insulated bag should keep them safe until lunch time! I’ve heard other moms us Thermos bottles if you want to try hot lunches!ReplyCancel

  • Alisha B. - Love these!!!
    We do warm lunches like soup and leftover pastas. I use a Thermos Foogo lunch container. It’s the perfect size for an elementary kiddo!!ReplyCancel

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  • Melanie - These are wonderful!! Will help me greatly with my little ones lunch! The school lunch is so unhealthy love these ideas! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Great ideas! What is cookie butter??
    Also, for apples, I cut mine in four pieces (trying to leave them slightly attached at the bottom), close it up and wrap in saran wrap (and can put a rubber band around it if you need to). Helps keep it from getting brown. Believe I found the idea on pinterest.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - In Canada, has an abundance of litterless lunchbox products and ideas. Well worth a visit. :). I like the goodbyns because there are no little parts to lose and i can toss them in the dishwasher. Happy lunching!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - I don’t have any more lunches to pack for school , where was this site when my kids were in grade school, but I will share this page , great and wonderful ideasReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Love thisReplyCancel

  • Heather - How do I join pintrest ???ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - Planet Boxes saved us!! Metal! No lids, easy to open, room for water bottle in the carrying bag, throw in the dishwasher, customizable with magnets, etc! Hot food goes in a kids’ sized Thermos in their back packs. :)ReplyCancel

  • christiane - superd ideeReplyCancel

  • Monica - Awesome ideas! Great for the little guy. Anything for high schoolers?ReplyCancel

  • ATB - We are “nut” free also. We use Sunbutter with the jelly. It’s made from sunflower seeds. There is Soybutter too not as good.ReplyCancel

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  • Carissa Bonham - thanks for the great ideas! I linked to you in my post on “Tips for Packing Better School Lunches” on Creative Green Living (

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  • Ainsley - YumReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Shaw - My son Gavin is such a picky eater, and has peanut, and tree nut allergies. You have given me great ideas to start his Kindergarten year! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices to
    Keep them from going brown!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - OMG…. These are but snacks/starters. Bring on REAL FOOD ideas, these would never feed a Country Boy who Moves! Typical lunch for 1 boy here is Leftovers (mealtime) in a 4x4x2″dish (or Sandwich with meat, lettuce/cheese), Granola Bar, Juicebox, 4 Carrots, Yogurt Cup or Fruit Cup, Apple, A piece of desert square or a Muffin. As well he will buy a Milk thru the school Milk Program. His lunchkit is FULL but empty when he arrives home. I chuckle at these tiny lunches – wonder if that’s why some kids do poorly at school, not enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Annette - This is very helpful as I cannot stand making school lunches! This gives me simple crafty ideas! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - You’re my hero!! If I give my girls one more round of quesadillas, grapes and apple slices they may turn their forks on me!ReplyCancel

  • Rebeca - Good!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - Great ideas for school lunches!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joni - Now we just need 30 days of yummy gluten free packable kids lu chess!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - Michelle, I was thinking the same thing! That little amount of food wouldn’t do for a kid in upper elementary grades. Thankfully our elementary schools don’t have cafeteria’s….they have a healthy hot lunch program 2-3 days a week and other days we pack a lunch.ReplyCancel

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  • Mary - Great ideas! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Cj - Hi, I like to use a gluten free hot dog bun sliced into mini bread like pieces. Your meals are the perfect size for all those picky eaters that would rather go the day hungry than eat what they have in their lunch kits. I have run a home daycare for 25 years and I see this with all my kindergarten kids. Kudos to you for coming up with these fabulous ideas. Thanks and I’m sharing with my daycare moms this ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Is there a recipe for grilled corn guacamole? Or is this something you can purchase at the store?

  • Gary - Love the recipes but I am faced with 3 very picky boys. Lunches are not fun for me. Any suggestions to get them to be “out of the box” with their eating habits? I would love to make all of these but I know we will see a lot of this food back at the end of the day and maybe wasted. Please help?ReplyCancel

  • Lindelle - My daughter was picky in kindergarten. I had to be imaginative. I would use a sugar cone, smear peanut butter inside and give her a little container of chocolate chips to put in before eating. Another thing she liked was imitation crab meat in her lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Another idea for picky eaters- try muffins. I usually keep some in the freezer and throw in it the lunch bag, usually defrosted by lunch. Frozen go-gurts, yogurt covered raisins, those summer beef sausage sticks (I’ve found some that are already small and cut up), favorite hot dishes in a thermos (mac n cheese, spaghetti).ReplyCancel

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  • Tracey - These are great ideas for my girls. Do you have the recipes for some of the things in your menu?ReplyCancel

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  • Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom® Blog - Making lunches is the HARDEST thing for me…thanks for these ideas!ReplyCancel

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  • Shandi - My sons school is also nut free. Is the cookie butter allowed there? Just reading the label I see it may contain tree nuts and other tree nuts. Do you have any other suggestions of what I may use?ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - Tiffany, I love these ideas, as I’ve started packing my 7th grade daughter’s lunch this year in a healthier fashion, and have taken this same approach. For those complaining that these lunches aren’t big enough, you can increase the amounts that you put in the lunch. Or you can just use it as a guideline and add additional items. :)ReplyCancel

  • d king - Great ideas…thanksReplyCancel

  • Angie Cachia - These ideas are great! I tried ordering the lunch boxes via amazon..but they do not deliver to Malta:((( Does anyone know of another website from where I can order similar ones?ReplyCancel

  • LSH - We’ve used the divided Ziploc containers you show for going on four years now and love them! Walmart and Target both carry them year-round, not just at ‘back-to-school’ time. They are typically with the other plastic food storage containers and cost less than $3 on the East Cost for a packaged of 2 containers. Less than a box of sandwich bags, and you can reuse them for years!ReplyCancel

  • shereen - l like your ideasReplyCancel

  • visit website - I love this revealing detailed post on bento, espacially the fact of you mentioned that what kind neutration to go in boxes.Japanese lunch boxes attribute all these features to fit there.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - These meals are good for my toddler, but would not fill up my 1st grader or my 2nd grader. They’d come home starving.ReplyCancel

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  • CJ - I love the idea. While the portions are fairly small for some children, simply increase the amounts. It is an idea page, not written in stone that this must be followed exactly as is!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - This is a bento type box that I think is amazing. Inside the larger box, you can fit two of the triangle shaped boxes (each can fit a full sandwich when cut in half and stacked on top of each other) and two of the small rectangle boxes. These can be mixed and matched at will. The main lid incorporates not only an ice pack (included) but also a fork and spoon that are actually of decent size to use! The containers can all be put through the microwave and are BPA-free so nothing will leach out after multiple uses. You can keep salad dressing and runny toppings separate, put soup in one of the triangles and basically mix and match to make the box work for that days toppings. Top-rack dishwasher safe and the lid locks in place- the smaller containers all have lids attached so you don’t lose them. This is definitely of a size for the older kids and holds much more than those ziplock containers and the lid is much more secure in preventing leaks so you can store it sideways.

  • Becca - This is great!! I would love to know some of the brands that you use and feel are safe for you!ReplyCancel

  • Rukshan Zahir - Wow this is great. My kids will love it.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Excellent ideas! My boys are very picky eaters, one vegetarian and one omnivore. Also peanut free school. It got to a point this last year where they wouldn’t eat anything I made, even if it was previously a “can’t do without” item….. My solution was to make them create their own lunch menus that I would approve and shop for and THEY make their own lunches, so no more complaining…. HA! It worked! I’m going to share this with them, so they can get some new ideas for what they are going to make as we gear up for the school year! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Darby - I don’t have kids – but I take my lunch to work everyday and get tired of a sandwich (no one needs to eat that much bread) or a salad everyday. I like your ideas and plan to see how it works for me. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Many are talking about the lunch ideas, which they are just that and idea, are to small and would never fill your child up. Having worked in the school system and watching children from 3rd to 6 grade toss out lunches. Your child that might have an hefty appetite might been one that tossed out the breakfast and lunch. I would say over 80% tosses out food. The children that bring from home either will 1.) exchange for a food item from a student that bought from the cafeteria or 2.) will toss out or just give away there food. Yes, I seen it all! The ones that do buy from cafeteria will pick the good stuff off and toss the rest or just toss it all out.
    Children’s taste change all the time. This seems to be a good rotation idea that will keep a different pace for a child. But, of course if your child doesn’t like an item don’t pack it!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - I love all your ideas :)
    As a mom with a child who has a shellfish allergy- please be carefully sending shrimp to school! Some kids may not know that they have been in contact with a major allergen.
    Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • DamitaJo - AWESOME!! Love your ideas. I have some picky eaters. Lots of great lunch ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Some of these are good ideas, but there are quite a few that have very little protein, if any. Perhaps you could revamp the list to include a good protein source in each meal? :)ReplyCancel

  • cj - why add protein? you only need 1-2 servings of protein a day. most people have that at dinner. if you have an egg for breakfast you have it there…ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Edwards - Some great ideas! Please be aware that pesto is made with nuts and is very dangerous for those with nut allergies.ReplyCancel

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  • Gloria - I would think sending toothpicks to school would be frowned upon. Most little people love to use them in dangerous ways. Just a thought :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Savage - Idea ideas ideas !ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - LOL about your “the toddler” lunch combo! so correctly named. :-) i have a toddler and that would def be her favorite lunch. my 5 yr old is just starting k5 this year, so this post totally helped me get out of the “”sandwich, chip, fruit” rut” and open my eyes to the awesome lunch combos out there. thanks for such a helpful/great post!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Great ideas!! Do you have a good recipe for pesto without nuts? Pesto traditionally requires pine nuts, but I often sub in almonds or walnuts, depending on what I have on hand or feel like making. Seems like if the school doesn’t allow nuts, you could have a problem on your hands. Or was it just peanuts that are prohibited? Maybe I missed that detail and generalized to all nuts. Just curious to see if you have a good pesto without that element nonetheless. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Breed7 - I don’t get all this need to cater to picky eaters. As a kid in the 1970s, I tried to be a picky eater. It didn’t work, because the option was to eat what mom had packed or go hungry. I don’t recall hearing about any children who starved to death back then, either.

    Children today are picky — and get away with it — only because they know their parents will give in. Our three boys (triplets) aren’t picky, because we didn’t give them that option. Eat what you’re given for lunch or be hungry. With triplets, a lot of that nonsense just never gets started, because we don’t have time to deal with it.

    The real question is why so many of today’s parents allow the children to be the ones in control. Parents need to act like adults and do the parenting.ReplyCancel

  • Erika Marie - Thank you for this great list! Just in time for another school year. Hope you don’t mind if I share & link back!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - Lets not get into the mommy wars. Congratulations on your child not being a picky eater. That could be because of your wonderful parenting or it could just be that your children are not picky eaters. Some picky eating is because a child is trying to exert control over his life but that isn’t always the case.

    Science actually has found that different individuals experience taste in different ways. Taste buds also mature at different rates and it could be something as simple as a child’s taste buds aren’t mature enough to handle a particular substance (this is biological and very different from a child’s emotional maturity being ready to handle the new items). This also explains some of the issues children have with certain textures being highly unpleasant. Then there are the children whose tastes differ greatly from their parents; a parent may enjoy bland food while the child likes things flavorful and spicy or vice-versa. A child could be picky about the food they are served at home but maybe not elsewhere. Taste is something a body does have to learn over time but it is also a personal preference and no matter how much training a person endures, they will never learn to like some things. Even children can have their own opinion on food. I hated tomatoes and mayonnaise from infancy and to this day I still can’t stand them even though I have tried them in many different ways.

    I was a picky eater growing up and there is nothing in the parenting I received to justify it. I was exposed to a wide variety of foods from an early age. I was never force fed anything to the point of making me feel a need to control food. Did I go hungry? Yes. I waited until there was food I did like available and if I didn’t like it, then I ate the very minimal possible to avoid extreme hunger pains. I ate the school lunch maybe 25% of the time. I didn’t whine and complain, I simply did not eat. It wasn’t a case of eat what is in front of me or starve- it was a case of being hungry for a day or two until something acceptable came along. Almost no child in America is served something they hate every single day.

    And that is just one picky child. If there are multiple picky eaters, especially wide ages apart, things get even harder. That isn’t even getting into lifestyle difficulties that are unique to the family. Sometimes a parent doesn’t have the energy to fight over eating beans when there are so many other things needing their attention. That happens to every parent and they shouldn’t be judged for itReplyCancel

  • Abbie - Love New ideas…because I get bored packing sandwiches daily! In response to the anti-picky-eaters comment above, I have four boys. We have an eat or go hungry policy. My oldest is still picky. He will hold out for two or three meals if he doesn’t like what’s on the plate. He picks at it, eats enough to not starve and then he’s done. That doesn’t work at school: his meds cause upset stomach when he skips meals, and low blood sugar inhibits his focus. We fight the food battle at home and pack reasonable healthy options he likes for lunch. :) it’s not always bad parenting dear, sometimes a kid is just picky…I was until I was around 20…some of just take longer to adjust to new things :)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - So are saying these lunches are too small. My kiddos only get 15 minutes to eat lunch, and a couple eat like birds even though they are country kids running outside and playing most the day. These are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - What do you put on your apples to prevent them from turning brown??ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - To keep pears and apples from turning brown, cut them up, then soak them in a solution of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 c water. You can just dip them too. I usually let them in for about 30 seconds.

    No brown. Lemon juice stops the oxidation of the fruitReplyCancel

  • Mom to eight - These are GREAT! It may not be enough for some of my older kiddos so i plan on just making more for those kids. So instead of one deli roll up, I’ll put two or three in. I’m getting the planet boxes this year and will just fill them till they are full :-)ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - Great ideas, especially for a young child. This offers good snack ideas, too. Thank you. Unfortunately, one of mine has been placed on a high-protein, nut-rich diet by her endocrinologist. We’re blessed to be at a school that is not nut free, but goes to great lengths to keep those with nut allergies safe. My peanut’s dietary needs couldn’t be met at a nut-free school.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn - I packed a lunch every day for my healthy eating high school athlete last year. Saved lots of money because our school lunch prices were increasing and food was decreasing. These boxes were awesome! And I jammed packed them with raw as well as cooked veggies. Feeding a high schooler is totally doable.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - So glad I found this site (someone posted this on FB). LOVE these ideas and they will be put to use! I do have a question, that never seems to be answered when I’ve asked before: when slicing apples for lunch, do yours turn brown? I know it doesn’t hurt the taste, but my soon-to-be 1st grader NOT touch a brown apple :( So it’s always grapes or strawberries for lunch, which he gets bored with.

    Thank you so much!ReplyCancel


    To keep pears and apples from turning brown, cut them up, then soak them in a solution of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 c water. You can just dip them too. I usually let them in for about 30 seconds.
    No brown. Lemon juice stops the oxidation of the fruitReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Thank you! I should have looked at the prior comments. Sorry!ReplyCancel

  • mh - You cannot use the toothpicks in your child’s lunch. This is a big NO – NO.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Raum - Any of these have to be heated up? My child is lucky, she is in a special ed classroom & has a microwave. Maybe schools should provide this in lunchrooms. In high school I rem having one.ReplyCancel

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  • Tori - Apple cider vinegar works the very best on keeping apples looking fresh. It will work for a few daysReplyCancel

  • Michelle - The pesto you use, is it nut free? The only ones I’ve had myself have pine nuts or almondsReplyCancel

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  • Angela Raum - By buying all these fresh fruit that a typical family can’t buy how much went bad? Can u freeze fruit? How much did grocery bill go up?ReplyCancel

  • April Kahle - A favorite for my Toddler is hummus with veggie straws. I predip (bc she was only 12 months at the time) and stick them standing up in a compartment. Good protein.ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - I am so glad I came across this website! My daughter starts preschool in a week and she is such a picky eater. I am going to try a few of these out on her before she starts. :)ReplyCancel

  • ILOVEMYKIDDO! - Great post…thanks so much!

    Here’s another tip for keeping things warm: boil water and put it inside your empty thermos for 3-5 minutes. Dump the water and then fill with your lunch item. The hot water helps heat the thermos and keep your food warm longer. Have a great school year!ReplyCancel

  • Back to School Tips for Mommas! | Live More Give More - Blog - […] meals for lunch. You know what they like and don’t and you know what keeps them full. Here is a  link to help with packing lunches to help you out a […]ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra - I just came across this blog before school started this year and wanted to know that it’s been a lifesaver for me! My daughter just started carrying her lunch this year and insisted that I not pack sandwiches so this has been great. Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • New to School | Wee Watch - […] Lunchtime and Recess It’s always fun for children to enjoy delicious snacks and lunches. Need some recipe ideas? 30 days of lunchbox recipes: No Repeats […]ReplyCancel

  • Making the Transition Back-to-School EasierOur Gathering Place - […] lunches (cutouts, home-baked goods, yummy […]ReplyCancel

  • Tasha Poirier - Love these ideas they are perfect for my 5year old boyReplyCancel

  • Have a grateful and calm weekend | Chickadees and Stripes - […] 30 days of lunch box recipes, no repeats. […]ReplyCancel

  • Susie - I have both the Ziploc containers you have (no longer available) and the Easy Lunchbox ones that are very similar. The Easy lunchbox ones are sturdier, but the main difference is that they are NOT leakproof so be careful about using them for things like juicy fruit, and don’t use them at all for something as runny as applesauce or yogurt. =)ReplyCancel

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  • Paige Waters - Thank you SO much! I’m super excited to try some of these out. As a busy working mom I never get the chance to sit down and dream up ideas other than a boring old sandwich and fruit. You did the work for me!ReplyCancel

  • zameander - these bento photos are always so lovely…but i can’t imagine the cuteness is intact after transit to school, being tossed into the lunch bag bin, etc…?ReplyCancel

  • Farida Booysens - My child say i pack boring lunch.Your ideas look fantastic.I wpould like sum more ideas pleasReplyCancel

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