15 School Lunch Ideas for a Mid-Year Refresh

Sending the kids back to school after winter break almost feels like September all over again. Everyone is slightly more rested (ok, not really), refreshed (the kids, at least?), and ready to head back to school – as the song goes, mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again, right?

The fresh start also gives you a chance to refresh other parts of your school routine, like school lunches. I know I can’t be the only one packing the same thing over and over again the last few weeks of December due to my brain being absolutely fried. Needless to say, my 5-year-old wasn’t loving it, and I wasn’t loving the fact that he was coming home with a lunchbox still half full.

The creative push I had in the beginning of the year quickly gave way to stress and rush, and I got stuck in a boring routine. But, new year, new me, right?

If you were stuck in the lunch rut too, we completely understand. And, we’re here with solutions – 15 fresh, interesting, easy ideas for your kid’s lunch to get the new year started off with a lunchbox bang.


1. Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks


2. Kid-Approved Lunch Wraps


3. Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Source: Well Plated


4. Hashbrown Egg and Bacon Muffin Cups


5. Homemade Alphabet Soup


6. Tuna Veggie Rolls

Source: Hip Foodie Mom


7. Yogurt and Granola Parfait


8. Honey, Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Panini 


9. Protein-Packed Bento Box

Source: Parents


10. Broccoli Mac and Cheese Muffins

Source: Mom’s Kitchen Handbook


11. Cobb Salad Kabobs


12. Bear Pizzas


13. Easy Baked Ravioli


14. Fairy Bread Sandwiches

This is perfect for birthdays!

Source: Eats Amazing


15. PB&J Tacos