Back to School Roundup(50+ Lunch and Snack Ideas!)

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on August 30, 2013

So I mentioned last week that I’d pop in with a roundup of school ideas and here I am finally, with a ton of ideas for you.  My little guy is going into grade one this year and last year leftovers were so handy for packing in his lunches.  I love using a Thermos to keep food warm until lunch time so keep that in mind with the dishes that would be best served hot or warm.  If I’m sending leftovers I almost always round out my sons lunch with a little bit of fruit and/or a healthy treat like you’ll find towards the end of the list.  I also have some bread and crackers options further down the list as well.

So first off, some hot lunches that go great in a Thermos or that can be heated up at school if that’s an option:


Vegetarian Quinoa Chili


Spanakopita Stuffed Shells


Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

DSC_0011_03Butternut Squash and Black Bean Taco Soup

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Basic Butternut Squash Soup

DSC_0146 (3)Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque

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Cheesy Tomato Soup


From Scratch Mushroom Soup

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 Cheesy Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli




Pizza Quinoa


Pad Thai

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Green Pea Pesto

Tomato Soup

Clean out the Fridge Veggie Soup

Lightened up Baked Potato Soup

From Scratch Tuna Noodle Casserole

Garlic Fried Rice

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Pasta Bake

Vegan, Indian “Butter” Cauliflower with Coconut Rice

Rice and Bean Taco Bake

And now some dishes that can be served cold(or warm if you’d prefer for some):

DSC_0033_02BBQ Black Bean Pizza


Summery Corn Quinoa

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Greek Salad(plus a recipe in this post for spelt pita bread)


Dilly Cucumber Salad


Wheat Berry Salad

Baked Greek Brown Rice

Chili Black Bean Veggie Burgers

And now some Bread Options, both Sweet and Savory, Yeast or Quick Breads, all are great for packing in lunches:


100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

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100% Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

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Mountain Bread


Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread


Homemade 100% Whole Wheat GoldFish Crackers(and how to make your own Fish Cookie Cutter!)


Roasted Banana Streusel Bread


100% Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Muffins

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100% Whole Wheat Savory Tex Mex Muffins


Spelt and Oat Banana Muffins


Multigrain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins(that can also be made with all whole wheat pastry flour or even all purpose flour if that’s what you use!)

Whole Orange Muffins

Rhubarb Muffins

100% Whole Wheat Apple Cranberry Bran Muffins

100% Whole Wheat Cheesecake Swirl Pumpkin Bread


Cosmic Cookies (Whole Grain, Vegan and Nut Free)

(Plus you can find a whole roundup of cookies here for all kinds of whole grain cookie options!)


Hazelnut, Date and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chai Apple Butter Crumble Bars

Real Breakfast Cookies

Now for some Raw or No Bake treats: DSC_0289

One Bowl, All Natural, No Bake Energy Bites

Grain Free No Bake Cookie Dough Energy Bites

Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites


Peanut Butter Crunch Bars


Raw Coconut Brownies


Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies


Raw Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

Raw Chocolate Mint Bars

Raw Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Raw Trail Mix Cookies

Raw Chocolate Fig Truffles

Raw Apricot Coconut Bites

Some other cold snack ideas:


Caramel “Pudding” Greek Yogurt(and 4 other yogurt ideas in this post)


Fruit Power Salad

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Cinnamon Raisin Brown Rice Pudding(which can also be warmed and sent in a Thermos if your child prefers it that way!)


Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits with fresh fruit(or just by itself!)

Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

And of course I had to include a couple super healthy after school snacks that don’t travel so well but as great for when the kids come home from school 🙂


Frosty No Bake Granola Bars


Chocolate Covered Banana Split Bites


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Freezer Granola Bars

Happy Back to School!


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1 September 10, 2013 at 03:50

Yeah, back to school! Mountain Bread looks good, perfect for breakfast.


2 Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes September 5, 2013 at 15:26

What great ideas! I want to literally make all of them. 🙂 I have been wanting to make your banana split bites ever since I saw those. 🙂 I hope your kids are enjoying their first couple weeks of school!


3 Heather September 5, 2013 at 09:13

What a great recap! I love how well you soon eats, super adventurous for a 1st grader 🙂


4 Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 4, 2013 at 12:32

Whoa, you certainly have a lot of yummy looking back to school recipes! Your kids are so lucky. I got ham and turkey sandwiches for 12 years.

Woohoo! Fun, right? 😉


5 Julia August 30, 2013 at 21:14

Those banana split bites are BRILLIANT! Thanks for all the helpful inspiration!


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