100+ of Our Best Lunch Box Recipes
This time of year parents are inundated with lists: lists from teachers on the school door, the school supply lists from the district, and the school clothes wishlist from your second-grader (no? Just mine?). Here’s a list that we hope will actually be helpful to you as you endeavor to pack 180 school lunches (multiplied by however many people you’re packing for) this year.
These are 100+ of our best lunchbox recipes — everything from sandwich basics to hearty pasta salad you can make in bulk. Plus you’ll also find links to over 100 of our best lunchbox filling ideas with combinations for preschoolers, sandwich-haters, and even your partner doing a Whole30. We’re rooting for you!
This line up includes some of our favorite ways to go beyond classic PB&J.
Muffin, Buns, and Hand Pies
Try one of these when you want a hand-held lunch that’s not a sandwich.
Bean and Lentil Salads
The beauty of these protein-packed lunches is that they can be made in advance, and most get even better as they sit.
Cook up your favorite whole grain, turn it into a hearty salad, and you’ll have lunch for days to come.
Chicken and Tuna Salads
The classics are always good, but wait til you try some of these variations.
Noodles are a good lunch option for big and little eater, alike.
Pasta salad is always a good idea for lunch. It can be made in advance, lasts for days, and some can last the morning with being refrigerated.
More Lunchbox Ideas
No matter what kind of lunch you’re packing, here’s some more inspiration to guide you.
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