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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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.

Chicago Dog

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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.

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.

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.

Quick Fried Chicken and Waffles

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

Emeril's Kicked-Up Tuna Melts

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Little ones will have fun measuring and mixing ingredients for the tuna melts.

Taco Salad

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It would be easy to believe that taco salads were invented by kids. They're just as yummy as traditional tacos, but everything is tossed in a crunchy "bowl" that you can eat.

Open-Faced Grilled Cheese with Apple and Bacon

This variation on a classic is topped with apple and bacon slices for the ultimate sweet and savory combination.

Cheddar-and-Scallion Savory Pancakes

Keep the cooked pancakes warm on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet in a 200-degree oven while making the rest.

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.
Berry Sorbet
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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.