As Seen on KPRC Channel 2: 30 School Lunch Ideas to get the School Year Started Right!

” If you’ve already grown tired of the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich before the first bell, we’re helping you mix it up. We’ve pulled 30 of the most interesting lunch ideas from Houston bloggers and parents. Grab your child’s lunchbox and feel free to steal these ideas!”

See the list from Amy Davis on KPRC2… including some of our lunches! Get it HERE!

School Lunch Box Ideas: No-Peanut Lunches & No-Sandwich Lunches Ideas!

Back to school means…  180 school day lunches, multiplied by 3 kids.

I love being a mom and I love having little kids and I know that packing a lunch is no real hardship… but I really don’t like it.  I spent years making the cutest bento boxes, followed by years of making boring old PB&Js…

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This year I have a non-sandwich-eater at school and a kid in a no-peanut class.  With a little inspiration, I’m sure I can make lunches between super cute and super boring… so I asked the BigKidSmallCity community for suggestions.

This is what you told me.  Thank YOU!  (And if you have more ideas, let us know!)
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No-Peanut Sandwich Ideas:

  • Sunbutter: Made with sunflower seeds.  Check with your school, but this may be okay even if no nuts are allowed.
  • Wow Butter: Made with soy butter.  Check with your school, but this may be okay even if no nuts are allowed.
  • Honey Sesame Butter: Made with sesame seeds.  Check with your school, but this may be okay even if no nuts are allowed.
  • Nutella: Hazelnut spread (that some moms have been known to eat from the jar)
  • Almond Butter: Made with almonds.
  • Cream Cheese & Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Cheese, Meat and/or Veggie Sandwiches and Wraps
  • Cream Cheese & Jelly Sandwiches
  • Strawberry, Mayo, Turkey & Swiss Cheese Sandwiches!

No-Sandwich Lunch Ideas:

  • Quesadillas
  • Pasta Salad
  • Tacos/Burritos: Use Shredded Rotisserie Chicken and/or Veggies
  • Fruit & Cheese Plate:  Serve with Crackers or Pita Chips.
  • Hummus, Pita & Crudités
  • Cracker Sandwiches: Turkey Pepperoni, Salami with Cheese
  • Pasta “Muffins”
  • Zucchini Muffins: Freeze them… and they thaw by lunch.
  • Soup: Send in a thermos.
  • Dinner!: Send last night’s dinner in a thermos!  Spaghetti and meatballs, Tortellini, Mac and Cheese, Chicken Tenders, Broccoli Cheese Nuggets, Pasta, Couscous, Quinoa, Enchiladas, etc
  • Bentos/Homemade “Lunchables”: Fruit, cheese cubes, meat/chicken/tuna, etc

You can also see the highlights of my (old) years of cute bentos HERE.

Find even more ideas on and also watch this ABC13 Segment from last fall…

Here are Pranika’s ideas for school lunches that are not sandwiches!  (And everyone always asks about her lunch boxes… the links are HERE!)

Crazy Hard Boiled Eggs – Kotobuki Plastic Egg Mold


Last week our lunch box had the crazy car shaped hard boiled egg. We made them with these Kotobuki Plastic Egg Molds.

The instructions were in Japanese, but I think we got them figured out (after a little trial and error).


First you boil your eggs. My method is to cover eggs in cool water and then heat them to boiling on the stove.  Once the water is bubbling, let the eggs boil for 3 minutes.  After the 3 minutes,  turn off the heat, cover the eggs, and let them sit.


After about two hours, while the egg is still warm, we took of the shell and placed it in the egg mold.  After closing up the mold, it is important to put the egg and mold into cold water or the refrigerator. We found that if we did not do this, the egg held it’s new shape for only a few minutes. However, if the egg cools in the mold, the egg holds it’s shape for the next day’s lunch box.

 Here is our car egg. My son thought it was a pretty cool addition to his lunch.




Lunch Box Ideas

Go check out A Few Short Cuts for some really creative lunch box ideas. I’m not much of a cook, but I do think I can pull off some of these clever ideas for lunches.