31 Days of Back-to-School Lunches for Kids

It’s not even September, and you’re already feeling the back-to-school lunch fatigue. That’s why we put together an epic list of low-maintenance options to get you through an entire month of lunch-box meals.

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Day 1: Taco Salad In A Jar

Better than nachos.

Day 2: Cucumber Avocado Toast

To keep cukes in place, use plastic wrap for each slice.

Day 3: Rainbow Hummus Wraps


Day 4: Mini Broccoli Quiche

Bite-size and also basic, even for picky palates.

Day 5: Turkey Sandwich Kebabs

Your kids will go nuts for this deconstructed version.

Day 6: Tuscan Pasta Salad

Don’t forget the Parmesan.

Day 7: Thai Peanut Wraps

Sauce on the side.

Day 8: Orzo Pasta Salad

Tastes just as delicious cold.

Day 9: Caesar Salad Pita Pocket

For an inventive spin on the traditional salad.

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Pip and Ebby

Day 10: Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches

Better than a bagel.

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Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels

Send your kid to school with two or three.

Day 12: Blt Pasta Salad

Pasta and bacon. You can’t go wrong.

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Sally's Baking Addiction

Day 13: Citrus Chicken Quinoa Salad

Nutritious and delicious.

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Day 14: Pretzel Sandwich Kebabs

No food left behind.

Day 15: Tabouleh

For when your kid prefers something light and refreshing.

Day 16: Taco Salad Lunch Bowls


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Scaling Back

Day 17: Ultimate Rainbow Veggie Sandwich

Colorful and filling.

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Day 18: Blt Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

Bonus points if you wrap ’em up with baker’s twine.

Day 19: Buddha Bowl With Sweet Potatoes And Chickpeas

Day 20: Mini Taco Salad Cups

For a variation on Taco Tuesday.

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Kristine's Kitchen

Day 21: Pear Almond Butter Toast With Granola

Even the pickiest eater will love munching on this.

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Day 22: Avocado Pasta

Your kids will love the creamy goodness.

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Scaling Back

Day 23: Butternut Squash Noodles With Tahini Sauce

For a pasta alternative.

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Day 24: The Easiest Chopped Chickpea Greek Salad

It’s all about the crunch.

Day 25: Watermelon Poke Bowl

So on trend.

Day 26: Cauliflower Couscous With Kale And Cabbage

Lunch-box genius.

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Seasons and Suppers

Day 27: Spicy Udon Stir-fry

Perfect for your gourmet kid.

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Day 29: Mexican Brown Rice

Tastes equally delicious served cold.

Day 30: Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms And Quinoa

Yum…marinated mushrooms.

Day 31: Banana Dogs

The anything-but-basic PB&J.

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