Quick and Easy Lunchbox Ideas

Well, it’s here…school is upon us! Our youngest starts High School on Tuesday! Yikes! Where has the time gone?

With the start of the school year, comes lots of extra planning that needs to be done, and packing lunches can often get pushed aside until the last minute. Having these Quick and Easy Lunchbox Ideas on hand is sure to make your school year a little easier…and your kiddos a little happier!

We’ve put together several easy, delicious and of course budget friendly lunchbox solutions for you! We found everything at Walmart, including several lunchbox containers.

This spin on the traditional Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich are just about as fun to make as they are to eat. Your kiddos will gobble them up…but be sure to make extra because you are going to love the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi too!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi

  • Bread {I used white sandwich loaf}
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly

Cut the crust off the bread, then roll the bread with a rolling pin {or heavy can} to flatten. Spread with peanut butter and jelly. Roll up and cut into small pieces.

Lunchbox: The Sushi are in sandwich keepers that I found in the Housewares Department, they are only $.97 cents for 3 of them. The Goldfish are in a silicone baking cup and the fruit is from the product section, it comes already cleaned and cut for you in a variety of container sizes.

Your kids will love these Ham and Cheese Sliders! Fill the lunchbox with some Goldfish, Grapes and Fruit Snacks for a complete, quick and easy lunch!

Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Dinner Rolls from the bakery {Marketside at Walmart}
  • Ham or your favorite lunchmeat
  • Cheese Slices

Slice bun in half {if needed}, layer on a couple pieces of lunchmeat. Then using a round cookie cutter, cut the cheese and add to the top.

Lunchbox: This set is called L.O.T.G. {lunch on the go} Lunch Set, also from the Housewares Department. The cool thing about this set is that it comes with 2 smaller containers and an ice pack. To hold the Goldfish and grapes, I used paper nut cups.

Up next are the Pizza Bagels, which are great for any age, my oldest son loved them!

Pizza Bagels

  • Mini Bagels
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza Sauce {I usually make my own, but Walmart brand is only $1…you can’t go wrong with that}
  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded or sliced

Cut bagel apart, spoon a little pizza sauce on bagel, sprinkle with cheese and top with pepperoni.

Every kid…and adult, loves food on a stick…it’s just fun!

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

  • Block Cheese, your favorite kind
  • Lunchmeat
  • Pepperoni
  • Grapes or favorite fruit
  • Sticks – we used Skinny Sticks, found in the craft department, skewers are sharp for little hands

Cut cheese with small cookie cutters. Thread fruit, cheese, lunchmeat and pepperoni onto sticks.

Sometimes children need to go to school early, and breakfast isn’t always an option until they arrive at school. So how about starting their day off right with oatmeal?

Add hot water to a thermos and pack an envelope of instant oatmeal. We found this thermos in the Housewares Department, it’s from Mainstay and it also came with the spoon.

Original Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi idea from $5 Dollar Dinners

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation and product for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

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  1. Fun ideas! We like to make banana sushi like that only with nutella and a banana inside, then sliced. So yummy!

  2. Thankyou so much these are so helpful school lunches are not the best at my high school so i tend to pack my lunch and this is great for just a quick snack to! 🙂 Thanks and please post more. I love them!


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