Simple School Lunches

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2010

School is just just around the corner — which means school lunches are back — again.

Packing homemade lunches for your children can get old. real. fast. especially if they are picky eaters! However, homemade lunches are totally worth it as they will ultimately save you lots of:

  • Time: packing lunches the night before will save lots of time during your morning rush.
  • Money: homemade lunches are so much cheaper than prepackaged meals and fast food.
  • Calories: skip the calories and sodium in prepackaged food and pack fresh fruits and veggies instead.
  • Waste: we use washable storage containers and reusable lunch bags/boxes to help “save the environment”!

We’ve got into the habit of packing lunches right after dinner, which is convenient because we already have storage containers out and we like eating the leftovers for lunch the next day! I love crossing this off my list {actually, I love crossing anything off my list} but when the lunches are packed, it’s just one less thing I have to think about in the morning when I’m rushing…and I do rush!

So now that you’re all motivated to pack your darling children delicious lunches, where do you start?

I would suggest heading on over to Melissa is all about homemade lunches and you have GOT to see what she manages to come up with every day…she’s amazing!

Here are some of the super fun, creative, and waste-free lunches she prepares for her children.  Most of the lunches below are actually part of a Muffin Tin Monday series over at {Yup, it seems there really IS a website for everything!}

A Meal Fit for a Princess:

Breakfast for Lunch:



Laptop Lunch: (with Bento Buddies)

OK, so if these don’t  have you inspire you to get a bit more creative with lunches this year…I don’t know what else I can do!

Here are a few more resources to help you simplify the lunch-packing routine.

  • lots of fun product to help you pack lunches quickly and easily.
  • Eco-friendly, products to simplify and organize your lunches.
  • Really cute sandwich “punches” to make eating lunch just a little more fun.
  • They just posted this great blog article with 9 of their favorite lunch-packing tools this year.

What ideas, tips, or tools do you use to simplify school lunches?


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  1. Jane


    I’ve found a lot of ideas on


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  3. Liz@HoosierHomemade


    What fabulous ideas…my boys are all teenagers, but it might be fun to pack my hubby lunch like that, just to make him smile 🙂
    Thanks so much for linking up to Blog Party!


  4. Jen @ BigBinder


    I don’t know how to do this yet. My son is in 1st grade, so this is his first year and his only requirement is that his lunch be packed in his Grand Rapids Griffins lunchbox. Thank you for giving me somewhere to start!


  5. Eos Mom


    Thank you so much for this post, I have lunch-packing on my mind this week, starting to gear up for the upcming school year–great info!


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  7. Betsy (Eco-novice)


    What a great collection of resources. Awesome photos. I am inspired. Makes me wish I had a kid old enough to pack a lunch for.


    Andrea Reply:

    Betsy, you could always use the muffin tins to create fun “at-home” lunches for your kids even if they aren’t in school yet!


  8. mandi@itscome2this


    Those are all great tips!! I am so boring for lunch … Sadly, I need to step it up;)