Recipe Roundups

17 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Back to School

Kosher.com Staff October 11, 2023

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Lunch ideas for kids? Easy enough. Lunch ideas for kids that are healthy? Admittedly, not as easy. While preparing healthy lunches for kids is always the goal, it takes a lot of planning, time, and energy to achieve. But we’re here to tell you that it’s not impossible! You simply need some inspiration and a list of recipe ideas to get you started!

Below is a list of kid-friendly lunch ideas that we know you (and your kids) will enjoy!

So next time you’re wondering what to put in your kid’s lunchbox, resort to this roundup for healthy, delicious and easy to prepare recipes!

Check out our roundup of healthy snack ideas!

1. One Pot Zucchini Feta Noodles by Faigy Reiner

That viral roasted feta tomato dish is the basis for this low carb zoodle spaghetti alternative. With the squash added in at the end, it doesn’t get mushy but retains some of its bite.

2. Collard Green Wraps with Sesame and Soy Quinoa Filling by Aliza Salem

Don’t want the carbs of a wrap but still want to bite into something that’s like a sandwich? Collard wraps are the perfect refreshing summer dish. Stuff ’em with quinoa and crunchy fresh veggies and you have a hearty and energizing lunch that’s also easy to make. Collard leaves are big and flat, so they’re not overwhelming to check, either.

3. Avocado Toast by Chayie Schlisselfeld

Jazz up your buttered toast by serving with a simple guacamole, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Can be served on gluten-free bread, if desired.

4. Egg White Cauliflower Bites by Riva Fogel-Landy, RDN, CDN

The following recipe tastes so good – you will want doubles. And being that it is so low calorie you can take doubles guilt free!

5. Baked Spinach-Mushroom Quesadillas by Leah Leora

A crispy and delicious meal that comes together quickly and easily for a hot summer night.

6. Tuna Rolls by Esther Ottensoser

7. Mock-o-roni (Cauliflower Mac ‘n Cheese) by Rorie Weisberg

Want a healthier version of mac-and-cheese that comes together even faster than the original? Try Rorie’s Mock-o-Roni. You won’t miss those elbow noodles one bit! The kids will love it too! It’s the perfect new dairy recipe to try this year. Simple and quick, and definitely delicious! Watch how quickly this comes together here!

8. “Pizzadillas” and Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas by Chayie Schlisselfeld

Make the most of the last days of summer with these simple, light quesadillas for supper.

9. Turkey Rollup by Rorie Weisberg

It is essential that people with metabolic and blood sugar issues not skip meals. Sitting down to a balanced meal 3–4 times a day is ideal but like everyone sometimes we need something on the go. Finding meals that are quick and easy and hit the spot is challenging when most standard snack foods are not the best fit. This turkey rollup really fits the bill for a snack or meal idea that’s quick, easy, portable, and filling. It has protein, fat, fiber, and minimal carbs all rolled into one. The best part is you can enjoy it on the go. It doesn’t need mixing, heating, or even a fork!

10. Baked Turkey Meatballs by Chayie Schlisselfeld

Growing up as an only girl had lots of perks. Having my own room was a nice one…but my favorite perk was being the first one home in the afternoon, when my brothers were still in yeshivah. It was nice quality time that I got to spend alone with my mother, enjoying the hot supper that had been simmering on the stove top.

During that time, one of my favorite suppers was spaghetti and meatballs. One time, my mother made a different version for a simchah, but I didn’t want any change; I wanted the regular delicious meatballs I had always enjoyed, with my mother sitting at the table asking me about my day.

11. Apple Sandwiches 3 Ways by Esty Wolbe

Watch Esty’s tips for making this in a snap, here!

12. Chicken Salad 2 Ways from the Nitra Cookbook

Here are two ways to prepare classic and delicious Chicken Salad. Choose your favorite, or try them both! Chicken Salad is delicious on its on or inside a sandwich for lunch or even supper on warm days when you’d rather be outside than stuck in the kitchen.   For a chunky variation, try this chicken salad recipe from the OU.

13. Carb-Free Lasagna Pepper Boats by Elky Friedman

This is my newest innovative way to make lasagna absolutely carb-free! So whether you’re avoiding gluten, watching your carbs, or just a mom trying to get her children to eat their veggies…this is the perfect dish for all of you. You may also like this innovative low carb butternut squash lasagna.

14. Deli Roll Pinwheels with Chopped Salad by Jamie Geller

Lighten up the traditional deli roll by making these healthier pinwheels. Loaded with flavor and whole grain they are a filling lunch or dinner served with an Italian-inspired chopped salad.

15. Homemade Fish Sticks by Sina Mizrahi

The breading for these homemade tilapia fish sticks has a unique twist- the bread crumbs or panko are combined with ground coconut. Lightly seasoned, this dish will go over well with kids.

16. Pita Chicken Pockets from the Nitra Cookbook

Here’s a quick supper idea that is even easy to pack up and take along on your outdoor adventures now that the weather is (finally) warm and the sunlight lasts longer.

17. Falafel-Inspired Wraps by Chavi Feldman

One of my sons barely eats any protein; he’s a pizza and macaroni kind of guy. But for some reason, he actually likes chickpeas! Needless to say, I try to have them in my fridge at all times. When trying to use up some of the extra chickpeas, I came up with this delicious version of a chickpea salad. Think deconstructed falafel, without all of the frying and extra calories! Yum!