Lunch Box Ideas for the Whole Family

It’s baaaaccckkk.  Yep, you know what I’m talking about: school.  At this point everyone is refreshed, refocused and ready to have a successful year.  But there’s one thing that I don’t particularly love about going back to school.  I love the homework, don’t mind organizing our schedules, but I LOATHE making lunches.  So thankfully I have come up with some easy lunch box ideas that work for both kids AND parents (talk about two birds with one stone, eh?):



Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram and Pinterest (I mean, if you aren’t already following me, you’re missing out!), but I have been super skeptical about the whole Bento Box thing.  I mean, I’m not the mom who is going to cut sandwiches into cute shapes.  I’m just not.  But I love the fact that I can quickly pack both of my boys lunches, ensure that I am including a wide variety of options, and being as “green” as possible with bento boxes.

After a bit of research, I have found these Bento Box winners:


For young kids—Bentgo Kids




For big kids—YumBox



For everyone—LunchBots


Here is a week (plus one day, just because) of some Bento box recipe ideas for BOTH kids and parents:

*Turkey lunch meat roll, carrot sticks, mixed berries, cheese stick

*Slice of frittata (use any type of cheese and veggies you have at home), melon medley, yogurt

*Cubed chicken, mixed green salad with dressing and berries, smoothie

*Mac n’ cheese, apple slices, raw broccoli with ranch dip, trail mix

*Banana muffins (or any variety you prefer), sliced peppers with Italian dressing, orange slices, cheese cubes

*Hummus with pita chips, sliced veggies for dipping, banana, boccocini mozzarella balls

*Grilled cheese, cucumber slices with dressing for dipping, grapes, chickpeas (either fresh or roasted)

*Cubed turkey, pasta salad with veggies and cheese mixed in, pineapple chunks


And since I absolutely LOVE Pinterest (Are you following me yet?  You should!), here are some fantastic recipes I came across while surfing the Internet.


50 On the Go Healthy Snacks from Practical Parenting

Summer Veggie Pasta Salad from Strength and Sunshine

Slow Roasted Tomato Basil Soup from Almost Getting it Together

Tomato Spinach Quinoa Salad from Pancake Warriors




Looking for other slam dunk recipes?  Check out my recipes page.

Bon Appetite!


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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I love the idea of bento boxes. My little guy has this weird thing about his food not touching, so those bento containers are PERFECT for him.

  2. Maria says

    My kids are a bit older and eat a lot more than what Bento-style boxes fit. But I think these are great options for younger kids who like a variety of foods.

    • amandasimkin says

      I have used an adult sized bento box so I would recommend looking into those…love that it eliminates so much waste!

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