Gather homeschool lunch ideas and watch how easily your day will flow!
With a bit of research and prep, you can enjoy a smooth transition for your midday meal. And make sure everyone maintains their energy and focus.
We’re sharing some of our favorite simple homeschool lunch ideas in the hopes of taking some of the stress out of lunchtime for all 😊
One of My Secrets for a Successful Homeschool Day
As I’m sure you heard, a smart way to get your homeschool day off to a great start is with a healthy breakfast. This early meal serves as a foundation and helps you have the energy you need for your learning fun adventures. Breakfast has truly helped our homeschool morning time shine!
But, if I’ve learned anything from life with 5 boys (besides how to thoroughly clean a toilet), it’s that meal times are essential for success. And those meals need to be healthy AND affordable!
For lunch time, I’d add easy and quick prep to the list of requirements 😉
Some days, everyone fends for themselves (that usually when #19 comes in handy).
Lately, however, I’ve been trying to make sure that we have the ingredients for these 20 simple homeschool lunch ideas. I don’t plan out what we’re having each day. We like to see what we’re in the mood for that day. But, I’ve found that homeschool lunchtime has been a much smoother and enjoyable experience having this growing list of ideas to refer to.
20 Easy Homeschool Lunch Ideas to Enjoy with Your Kids
Here are our ideas for simple homeschool lunches that can help you power through the day. Please use these ideas for inspiration and make any necessary substitutions for food allergies or other diet restrictions.
1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
This classic sandwich is a longtime favorite of children everywhere and it’s easy to see why! Peanut butter and jelly are a delicious and nutritious combo that will fill you up without weighing you down. The peanut butter offers protein and healthy fats, while the jelly provides a boost of sweetness and some much-needed fruit power.
I have a peanut allergy so my boys make these sandwiches for themselves. I enjoy a delicious seed butter for my tasty sandwich.
2. Ham and cheese sandwiches
Another protein-packed option, ham and cheese sandwiches are delicious and easy to make. Plus, these sandwiches keep you full until dinner time. Add condiments like mustard or mayo to taste.
My boys like to try different lunchmeats for their sandwiches, like roast beef, chicken breast, and turkey.
4. Italian wraps
For a hearty lunch, try an Italian wrap. Fill a whole wheat tortilla with salami, ham, and cheese, then roll it up and enjoy. Add some lettuce and tomato for extra flavor and nutrition.
5. Pizza pasta salad
This easy lunch is sure to be a hit with the kids. Simply mix cooked pasta, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese, then pop it in the fridge to chill. Add pepperoni or other favorite toppings for an extra-special treat.
It’s easy to prepare ahead of time so it’s a great choice for when you know you have an especially busy day ahead of you.
6. Chicken salad
This light but filling lunch is a great way to use up leftover chicken. Combine shredded chicken with mayonnaise, grapes, celery, and almonds (optional), then serve on a bed of lettuce or in a whole wheat pita pocket.
7. Loaded nachos
Nachos are always a hit and they’re easy to quickly make.
Simply layer tortilla chips with shredded cheese, black beans, diced tomatoes, and green onions. When you’re ready to eat, pop them in the microwave for a minute or two until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Add sour cream or guacamole for extra deliciousness.
8. Quinoa bowls
Quinoa is a nutrient-rich grain that makes a great base for a healthy lunch. Top cooked quinoa with black beans, corn, salsa, and shredded cheese for a filling and satisfying meal. If you have some extra time, roast some chicken or veggies to add on top.
9. Hummus and cucumber wraps
This wrap is a delicious and healthy lunch option. Spread hummus on a wrap and add cucumber slices. Roll up and enjoy!
10. Egg salad sandwiches
Egg salad is another great way to use up leftover cooked eggs. Mix the eggs with mayonnaise, mustard, celery, and relish, then spread on bread or stuff into a pita pocket. Serve with lettuce and tomato for extra flavor and nutrition.
11. Tuna salad sandwiches
Tuna salad is similar to egg salad, but made with tuna instead of eggs. Mix canned tuna with mayonnaise, onion, celery, and pickle relish, then spread on bread or stuff into a pita pocket. Serve with lettuce and tomato for an easy and delicious lunch.
Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, making it perfect for a filling lunch. Top plain yogurt with fruit, granola, and honey for a sweet and satisfying meal. Or mix in savory toppings like diced cucumber, shredded carrot, and chopped nuts for a bit of variety.
This Asian-inspired salad is perfect for a light but filling lunch. Cook soba noodles according to package directions, then mix with shredded cabbage, carrots, green onions, and cilantro. Dress with a simple mixture of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
14. Bean and cheese burritos
Bean and cheese burritos are a quick and easy lunch option. Simply mix cooked beans with shredded cheese, then roll up in a whole wheat tortilla. Serve with salsa or guacamole for extra flavor.
15. Bagel pizzas
Bagel pizzas are a fun and easy way to make pizza for lunch. Simply top mini bagels with pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, then bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Add favorite toppings like pepperoni or sausage before serving.
16. Grilled cheese sandwiches
Grilled cheese sandwiches are a classic lunchtime favorite. Make them with whole wheat bread and your favorite cheese for a satisfying meal. Serve with soup or salad for a complete meal.
17. Charcuterie boards for kids
Charcuterie boards make a great lunch for busy days. Simply arrange a variety of meats, cheeses, crackers, and fruit on a plate or cutting board. It’s an easy way to put together a tasty and filling meal with minimal effort.
18. Pita pockets
Pita pockets are a great way to pack a lot of flavor into a small space. Fill whole wheat pita pockets with your favorite fillings, like chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad, or hummus. Then, top with lettuce, tomatoes, and other veggies for an easy and delicious lunch.
Don’t forget that leftovers can make a great lunch, too! Simply reheat and enjoy your favorite meals from the night before.
Oatmeal makes a great, filling lunch option. Top cooked oatmeal with fruit, nuts, and honey for a sweet and satisfying meal. Or mix in savory toppings like shredded cheese, diced bacon, and chopped green onions for a savory twist.
What Homeschool Lunch Ideas Would You Add to This List?
These 20 easy lunches for busy homeschool days provide a variety of healthy and delicious options to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a sandwich, salad, or something more hearty, we’ve got you covered.
What are your favorite easy lunches for busy homeschool days? Let us know in the comments below!