Lunchbox Rescue: 10 Easy-to-Make Recipes They'll Love

Last Updated August 17, 2017
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It won't take long for lunchbox burnout to set in -- for your kids, and for you as you make lunch week after week. To help you think outside the lunchbox, these easy recipes offer a fun twist on the usual fare. 

Make-Ahead Lunch: Mini Quiches

mini lunchbox quiches
Packing school lunches can be quick and easy if you cook and freeze items ahead of time. Quiche is traditionally served warm, but it’s actually pretty good cold as well and makes the perfect main...

Hand Ball Sushi (Temarizushi)

Hand Ball Sushi (Temarizushi) with dried seaweed
How to make perfect sushi rice every time and use the toppings of your choice to make these hand ball sushi balls.

Fusilli Kid Pasta

fusilli kid pasta
This easy recipe is adaptable for different diets (choose gluten free pasta, skip the Parmesan, etc.) and has several steps that are child-friendly. Suggestions for how to get your little one involved...

Lunchbox Inspiration: ABC Pinwheels

ABC Pinwheels lunch wrap
I love the combination of avocado and bacon. The sweet flavor of ripe avocado paired with the crunchy, salty flavor of bacon is definitely worth each savory bite.

Crispy Honey Lime Wings

Crispy Honey Lime Wings
We didn’t believe it until we tried it, but tossing wings in baking powder and par-baking them at a low temperature creates a crispy wing without the frying. Part of the trick is switching the...

Sweetening the Lunchbox Sandwich: Peaches and Cream Wafflewich

peaches and cream wafflewich
Waffles make the perfect sandwich bread, especially when the filling is sweet and creamy.

Broccoli, Spinach, and Apple Muffins

broccoli apple muffins
These sweet little muffins are packed with veggies.

One-Pot Chili with Baked Potatoes

One-Pot Chili with Baked Potatoes
Juicy, tangy, with a bit of chili heat, and easy to make—this is a one-pot recipe, so you won’t have much washing up! I like to use chipotle chili paste, because it’s made with smoked jalapeños...
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