Lunch Ideas for Kids

Let your kids play with their food by preparing these fun, healthy, and personalized lunches! Forget the average pb&j sandwich with the side of carrot sticks — help your kids create silly characters with these bright, easy lunches packed with nutrition!

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Kids' Favorite Sandwich Recipes

Grilled cheese, sloppy joes, tuna melts, egg salad, chicken and broccoli pockets, heroes, and more: We've got a sandwich to please every kid's palate.

21 Kid-Friendly Chicken Recipes for Dinner Tonight

Nuggets and tenders aren't the only kid-approved chicken dinner options—but don't worry, we have recipes for them, too.
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Chicago Dog

Rating: 3.78 stars
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Some traditions you just don't mess with, and a Chicago dog is one of them. All-beef frankfurters are "dragged through the garden," meaning they're piled with a bunch of veggie condiments. Try rocking these dogs at home for your next casual buffet.

No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Rating: 3.41 stars
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With a candy-bar-inspired top and a crumbly cookie base, each of these rich squares packs a double dose of that perfect pairing: chocolate and peanut butter.

Berry Sorbet

Rating: 3.35 stars
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Chill your sorbet container before running the ice cream maker so when you transfer the sorbet to the freezer, it won't start melting.

Baked Salmon Sushi

There's no raw fish in these easy sushi rolls—just succulent, perfectly cooked salmon and plenty of fresh vegetables. For our food editor's tips on how to roll like a pro, see How to Make Sushi at Home.

Open Face Sandwiches

Eggs are tasty and healthy but they can be fun too! Make these Open Face Sandwiches for a nutritious and delicious meal.

Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger

Forget waiting in the drive-thru lane! You can make a better burger at home with quality ingredients in no time.

Quick Fried Chicken and Waffles

Keep the waffles warm in a 200-degree oven while making the chicken.

Avocado Sushi

Team creamy avocado with your favorite crunchy vegetables -- we used julienned cucumbers and carrots -- in these DIY sushi rolls. For our food editor's tips on how to roll like a pro, see How to Make Sushi at Home.

Creamy Tomato Soup

Rating: 3.59 stars
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This creamy tomato soup recipe is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." It's simply delicious and full of flavor.
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Inspiration and Ideas

15 Super-Cool Kids' Bento-Box Lunches You Can Actually Make

Hungry for ways to jazz up your child's lunchbox? These adorable DIY bento-box ideas, crafted by blogger, author, and mom of two, Wendy Copley, are sure to put smiles on faces and fill hungry bellies.

30 Creative Bento Box Lunch Ideas Kids Will Love

These creative bento boxes make for fun, tasty, and nutritious lunches your kids will love eating.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Our ultimate mac and cheese relies on three different kinds of cheese -- American, cheddar, and Parmesan. For easier grating, put the block of cheese in the freezer for five minutes first.