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15 Easy Lunch Recipes Your Kid Won't Trade

by Ni'Kesia Pannell

With the school year back in full effect, it's so necessary for parents to find easy way to get their kids back into the swing of things . For some, making sure their children have a healthy and substantial lunch to get them through the mid-day slump is just as important as it is difficult. That's why it's essential to have some easy lunch recipes your kid won't trade or toss in the trash.

As a child, my mom packed my lunch most of the time. And when did, she always made sure it included all the things that she knew I would enjoy. Some kids were eating regular peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, while my mom stepped up a few notches with some really tasty home cooked lunches. Because of her brown bag skills, I would always get one person asking me to trade a snack or my main meal for theirs and I proudly declined. For kids, having a delicious lunch is a badge of honor that makes you the King or Queen of the Cafeteria. And it's kind of an awesome feeling.

If you're looking for a few ideas on how to spruce up your child's lunchbox this school year, these 15 recipes will do the trick.


Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy Joe sandwiches are a favored pastime for '90s kids, and these sloppy joe sliders from A Cozy Kitchen are a delicious way to make your kids understand why.


Broccoli Cheese Whole Wheat Pasta

Food Nasty's recipe for this easy broccoli and cheese whole wheat pasta is great for filling your child up while at school and can be eaten hot or cold depending on their preference.


Chick'n Nuggets

Another hot or cold lunch option for your child, Deliciously Yum's chick'n nuggets recipe will have your little one waiting for lunch time.


BBQ Chicken Salad

If your hope is to get your kid to eat more veggies, this BBQ chicken salad recipe from Damn Delicious will get them excited about doing just that.


Classic Turkey Sandwich

This classic turkey sandwich from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs is perfect for a delicious lunch worthy of being selfish with.


Mini Chicken Pot Pies

A Spicy Perspective's recipe for these mini chicken pot pies are great for a low-mess lunch alternative for the kids to pack up for school.


Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing

Everyone loves tacos and this loaded beef taco salad with creamy lime cilantro dressing from Averie Cooks is a great way to have tacos for lunch.


Pizza Rolls

Deliciously Yum's pizza rolls recipe is the cutest and tastiest lunch for kids to enjoy this school year.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Coconut Cashew Sandwich Cookies

Though these peanut butter and jelly coconut cashew sandwich cookies from Averie Cooks can double as a snack, they're also a great alternative for lunch too.


Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Baked by Rachel's recipe for these delicious spinach ricotta stuffed shells may be ideal for dinner, but if you have any leftover, throwing them in a container for lunch won't get you any complaints from your crew.


Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme Lookalike

Depending on your child's preference for eating their food hot or cold, this tasty recipe from Big Girls, Small Kitchen for the Taco Bell crunchwrap supreme lookalike would be a first draft pick for lunch.


Spaghetti Pie

This spaghetti pie from Cara's Cravings will have your child being the talk of the school every time they bring it in.


Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich

This cucumber and avocado sandwich from Good Life Eats is perfect for the little one that likes to eat healthy.


Philly Cheesestake Sliders

Mini versions of your child's favorite meal are always a terrific choice and these Philly cheesesteak sliders from Cooking for Keeps is a great recipe to try it out with.


20-Minute Tomato Pesto Pasta

Mel's Kitchen Cafe's recipe for this 20-minute tomato pesto pasta will be the perfect lunch option from your leftover dinner.