Main Dish | August 23, 2018

4 Non-Sandwich School Lunches

When it comes to school lunches – sandwiches can get really boring, really fast.  So we came up with four non-sandwich school lunches ideas that your child will be delighted to eat at lunch time.  And these definitely will not get old quickly.

non-sandwich school lunches

I grew up eating hot lunch at school, but it seems that school cooked lunch is just not what it used to be.  I always send my son a home packed lunch.  That way I know that he is getting good, quality ingredients, and I feel I can do it more economically.  If you haven’t checked out our LunchBox Must Haves – take a minute to read up on all of our lunchbox favorites.

Non-sandwich school lunch with veggies, cheese, and peanut butter in a stainless steel lunchbox.

The Protein Pack

For our first non-sandwich lunch – we are going all out with the protein:

  • peanut butter
  • hard boiled egg
  • cheese

We added in some fruit and veggies for dipping, as well as some crackers and a few chocolate chips.

non-sandwich school lunch with yogurt, granola, and berries in an aqua lunchbox.

The Yogurt Parfait

Who doesn’t love a yogurt parfait? They are not reserved for breakfast – so why not serve them for lunch?  Make sure you use and ice pack to keep things cold.  We included all of the fixins for a delicious parfait:

  • yogurt
  • berries
  • granola
  • chocolate chips

Of course we added a veggie for good measure.

non-sandwich school lunch with a hotdog, cheese, fruit, and crackers in a turquoise lunchbox.

The Hot Dawg

My son loves hot dogs! So I had the idea to send one to school as his lunch.  I warmed it at home, wrapped it in foil, and it stayed warm until lunch.  To balance the meal out I included:

  • a cheese stick
  • carrots
  • grapes
  • crackers

non-sandwich school lunch with quesadillas, chips, and salsa in a stainless lunchbox.

The Taco Shop

Cheese quesadillas, tortilla chips, and salsa – all in the cafeteria!  This is a really fun lunch because it is not the norm!  Quesadillas can be served at room temp and kids still gobble them up!  We also added:

  • celery sticks
  • sliced apple
  • a few chocolate covered blueberries

Pro Tip: use silicone cupcake liners to divide dips and sauces from the rest of the lunch.

non-sandwich school lunches

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non-sandwich school lunches.
4 Non-Sandwich School Lunches
Prep Time
10 mins
 

When it comes to school lunches - sandwiches can get really boring, really fast.  So we came up with four non-sandwich school lunches ideas that your child will be delighted to eat at lunch time.  And these definitely will not get old quickly.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: non-sandwich school lunches
Servings: 4
Calories: 402 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
The Protein Pack
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1 mini cheese wheel
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 celery sticks sliced
  • 5 baby carrots
  • 7 grapes
  • 25 grams crackers
  • 5 chocolate chips
The Yogurt Parfait
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/8 cup strawberries
  • 1/8 cup blueberries
  • 1/8 cup raspberries
  • 5 baby carrots
The Hot Dawg
  • 1 hot dog
  • 1 hot dog bun
  • 1 string cheese
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 6 grapes
  • 25 grams crackers
The Taco Shop
  • 2 flour or corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/8 cup salsa
  • 6 tortilla chips
  • 2 celery sticks sliced
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 3 chocolate covered strawberries
Instructions
The Protein Pack
  1. Add all ingredients to lunch box.  Pack with an ice pack to keep cool

The Yogurt Parfait
  1. Add all ingredients to lunch box.  Pack with an ice pack to keep cool.

The Hot Dawg
  1. Heat hot dog and bun in a microwave.  Wrap in foil and add to lunch box.

  2. Add remaining ingredients to lunchbox.

The Taco Shop
  1. Sprinkle cheese on one tortilla, top with remaining tortilla.  On a microwave safe plate - heat for 30 seconds.  Slice and add to lunchbox.

  2. Add remaining ingredients to lunchbox

Nutrition Facts
4 Non-Sandwich School Lunches
Amount Per Serving (1 lunch)
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 568mg 24%
Potassium 481mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 18g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 118%
Vitamin C 10.9%
Calcium 20.1%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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