Four Fun & Inexpensive Back-to-School Lunch Recipes

By Brooke Drake, August 18, 2014, Events & Fun, Save Money

As a parent, packing school lunches is hard because many kids would rather order pizza, french fries, or some other deep fried item from the school lunch line rather than bring their own healthy lunch. But if parents make lunch a little more fun to eat, there’s a chance that their kids will actually eat it. And since packing a lunch is more likely to be friendlier to the budget, we want to share 4 fun and inexpensive lunches for back-to-school.

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Image courtesy of glorysmischief.com

1. Sandwich Sushi

This is a new spin on the old peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Still the same ingredients, but with a new look. First, take a piece of bread (whole wheat for a healthier option) and cut off the crust. Then flatten the bread with either a rolling pin, palm of your hand, back of a plate, or anything else to get the bread flat. After, spread peanut butter across the whole piece of bread and then spread the jelly only over half of the bread because it tends to spread and gets messy. Finally, gently roll the bread – not too tight or all the insides will ooze out – and then wrap and freeze for about 20 minutes. Once it’s firm, unwrap it and cut into slices.  Note: Use SunButter sunflower seed spread for those with any peanut allergies.

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Image courtesy of keeleymcguire.com

2. Apple Slices Sanchwich

This healthy sandwich is a fun option as it replaces bread with apple slices. Soak the slices in apple juice, which helps prevent them from turning brown and then add some peanut butter (or SunButter) and top with things like raisins and granola. Add some turkey and cheese slices in the lunchbox to round out the lunch.

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Image courtesy of i-brownbag.blogspot.com

3. Homemade “Lunchable”

Kids love “Lunchables.” My daughter loves them, her friends love them, and based upon the four thousand options stocked on the grocery shelf, it seems like the rest of American children love them too. While they are quick and easy, the amount of preservatives and other chemicals make them questionable to serve as a suitable lunch. So make them a homemade lunchable instead, which is healthier and cheaper – and you can get your kids involved in making them! Start by cutting some natural deli meat and cheese into squares and circles, but you can also use fun cookie cutter shapes instead. Add some of their favorite wheat crackers and some fruit to create a fun meal.

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Image courtesy of lovefromtheoven.com

4. Ladybug Sandwich. This idea takes a simple turkey and cheese sandwich and adds some pizzazz by turning the sandwich into a little lady bug. Garnish with some fruits or veggies, and there’s a complete meal. Start by making a meat and cheese sandwich and then cut into a circle either with a cookie cutter or by using the opening of a cup. Then cut the same size circle out of some Swiss cheese. Slice off the top of the cheese and cut in half and place on top of the sandwich. Add some eyes from the baking isle or create some out of the remaining cheese and then you have one cute and delicious ladybug.

Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for fun and inexpensive lunches your kids can enjoy when the new school year begins? Be sure to share them in the comments!

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  1. […] Many kids order from the lunch line instead of eating a healthy meal. So here are 4 fun lunch recipes for your kids heading back to school.  […]