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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Creamy Tomato Soup

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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.

Emeril's Slow-Cooker Split-Pea Soup

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This slow-cooker version of split-pea soup is as easy as it gets and is packed with healthy fiber and protein. Serve it with crusty bread and you've got a soul-warming meal ready to go.

Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup

Broccoli is used two ways in this kid-friendly dish: it's simmered until tender for the soup base and roasted for the garnish.

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.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Tomato Soup

No cream here! A butter-and-flour roux is the secret to this lush, velvety tomato soup. Gild with fresh basil, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of your best olive oil. Serve alongside our Test Kitchen's Favorite Grilled Cheese for the ultimate comforting meal.

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.

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.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken Soup Made with a Whole Chicken

Ask your butcher to cut a chicken into pieces and give you the backbone—it makes for a richer broth.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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.
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.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese is definitely a kid-friendly choice, but adults will likely enjoy it, too.