Kid-Approved Lunches

From colorful roll-ups and kid-friendly pasta to homemade fruit leather and sweet lunchbox treats — these tasty bites are guaranteed to make your little ones smile.

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Lasagna Rolls-Ups

This is the quick and lunch-friendly version of lasagna. Try tucking in a few pieces of pepperoni when you need to switch it up. And be sure to cook an extra noodle in case one tears!

Get the Recipe: Lasagna Roll-Ups

Shark Quesadillas

Take a bite out of mid-day hunger with this shark-inspired lunch. For the perfect texture, let the quesadillas cool completely before packing them in your little one’s lunch box.

Get the Recipe: Shark Quesadillas

Broccoli and Bacon Mac and Cheese

What’s more fun than finding a container full of swirly, twirly corkscrew pasta smothered in creamy cheese sauce?

Get the Recipe: Broccoli and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Meat Lover’s Pizza Crescent Ring

All of the flavors of pizza, rolled up into buttery crescent dough: Send a slice of the ultimate kid-approved meal to school!

Get the Recipe: Meat Lover's Pizza Crescent Ring

Take-to-School Taco Bar

If your kids love taco night, surprise them with a taco bar that fits neatly into their lunchbox. Serve with quick, healthy versions of guacamole and salsa.

Get the Recipe: Take-to-School Taco Bar

Ree's Strawberry-Oatmeal Bars

Ree's sweet homemade strawberry bars are sure to become a lunchbox favorite.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad

Your kids will love eating their veggies with this yummy salad. Fun, wheel-shaped pasta gets a colorful makeover with broccoli, corn and tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad

Chicken Noodle Soup

Fill an insulated container with a good, old-fashioned favorite. No time to make the stock from scratch? Store-bought works just as well in this recipe.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup

Panko-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Few foods are more kid-friendly than nuggets, and this version is tender and crispy (without a deep fryer) thanks to buttermilk and Japanese breadcrumbs. Save time by making them the night before.

Get the Recipe: Panko Chicken Nuggets

Power Wraps with Sweet Potato Hummus

A homemade sweet potato hummus adds an extra-special touch to Trisha’s turkey wraps.

Get the Recipe: Power Wraps with Sweet Potato Hummus

Chocolate-Chip Sunflower-Butter Muffins

Lucky for busy parents, these muffins get better after a stay in the freezer. Make a batch on Sunday, freeze them, then pop one straight into a lunchbox for a moist, tender and delicious treat.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Chip Sunflower-Butter Muffins

Ham and Cheese Waffles

Tired of sandwiches? Put your ham and cheese into waffle batter instead. Get even more creative by slicing them into sticks to make it easier to dip into syrup.

Get the Recipe: Ham and Cheese Waffles

Pizza Rolls

These bite-sized rolls are stuffed with crumbled Italian sausage, pepperoni, pizza sauce and loads of cheese before they’re fried up to a perfect crisp.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Rolls

Fun Shaped Sandwiches

Pint-sized sandwiches in fun shapes make the perfect school lunch. These ones feature lots of kid-favorite ingredients: turkey, cheese, tomato and crisp cucumber.

Get the Recipe: Easy Kids' Lunches: Fun Shaped Sandwiches

Unicorn Bark

Your little one is sure to be the talk of the lunchroom when they pull this magical snack out of their lunch box. To make the swirly design, melt and combine white, purple, blue and pink candy melts, adding edible glitter and sprinkles as you go.

Get the Recipe: Unicorn Bark

Cream Cheese and Ham Stuffed Peppers

These creamy and crunchy stuffed peppers are perfect for a packed lunch. Use scallion instead of parsley or deli turkey instead of ham for a variation.

Get the Recipe: Cream Cheese and Ham Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Salad Rolls

Make this chicken salad the night before to let the flavors meld. In the morning, all you have to do is assemble.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Salad Rolls

Buttered Pasta for Children

If your kid's not a fan of pasta sauce, these buttered noodles will do the trick!

Get the Recipe: Buttered Pasta for Children

Crunchy Cereal Chicken Fingers

Breakfast cereal adds a playful crunch to otherwise run-of-the-mill chicken fingers. Plus, it's an ingredient that's probably already in your pantry!

Get the Recipe: Crunchy Cereal Chicken Fingers

10-Minute Tomato Soup

This soup really does take only 10 minutes, and that's including cleanup! Send it with a cheese sandwich for the perfect any-season meal.

Get the Recipe: Ten-Minute Tomato Soup

Tuna Salad

Skip the mayo and dress tuna with olive oil instead.

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Jeff's Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap

Use leftover roast chicken to whip up Jeff's chicken salad studded with sweet cranberries and crunchy celery. Wrap it up in soft tortillas for a lunchbox-friendly meal.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap

Fruit Leather Roll-Ups

Make your own fruit leather with this easy recipe and sneak it into your child's lunch for a surprise dessert.

Get the Recipe: Fruit Leather Roll-Ups

Sesame-Pecan Chicken Strips

Make a chicken dinner in 25 minutes, then bring the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Get the Recipe: Sesame-Pecan Chicken Strips

Mini Quiches with Peas and Bacon

Make their day with a breakfast-for-lunch-inspired recipe: cheesy eggs baked in a mini pie crust along with crisp, salty bacon.

Get the Recipe: Mini Quiches with Peas and Bacon

Mel’s Banana Muffins

These muffins are packed with two times the wholesome goodness; wheat germ and whole-wheat flour make them a hearty and satisfying lunch for anyone with a sweet tooth!

Get the Recipe: Mel's Banana Muffins

Animal Crackers

Upgrade their lunchbox dessert with a homemade version of the classic iced animal crackers — pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles, included!

Get the Recipe: Animal Crackers

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Guy Fieri's son Hunter whips up a mean brown-bag lunch with this chicken salad sandwich three times a week!

Get the Recipe: Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Chicken

Instead of leftover Chinese, send 'em to school with these soba noodles covered in a peanut butter and soy sauce glaze.

Get the Recipe: Cold Peanut Soba Noodles With Chicken

Cheesy Italian Beef Quesadillas

Kids large and small are sure to love these bite-sized quesadillas. Follow Jeff Mauro's lead and use creamy Provolone cheese, juicy roast beef and bell peppers to fill them or sub in your kiddos favorite ingredients to make them your very own!

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Italian Beef Quesadillas

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Hearty pasta gives classic Caesar salad a satisfying, kid-friendly upgrade.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Make-Ahead Lunch Box

Add color to your little one’s lunches with these tasty wraps. A variety of veggies and cold cuts make them fun to look at — and just as great to eat.

Get the Recipe: Make-Ahead Lunch Box

Turkey Reubens

This deli turkey sandwich is served on hearty rye bread and smothered in melted swiss cheese.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Reubens

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