101 Simple Sack Lunches for the Busy Family

101 Simple Sack Lunches for the Busy Family
Having a list of lunch ideas for the coming school year makes the days a little more exciting and it’s healthy for the kids to get more variety in their lunches.
Homemade lunches can give kids a lot of bragging rights and it definitely makes them feel special and cared for.
And gluten free lunches are easy! Just put the sandwich fixings in, leaving out the bread. Add some rice crackers or corn chips for a nice crunch. Like having a homemade lunchable. Many of the following suggestions have no bread, or you can just leave the bread out.
I recommend a reusable lunch container like these.
Lunch Ideas:

  1. Egg Salad Sandwich
  2. Egg Salad with Crackers
  3. Tuna Salad Sandwich
  4. Tuna Salad with Crackers
  5. Salmon Salad on a Bagel
  6. Salmon Salad in Lettuce
  7. Chicken Salad Sandwich
  8. Chicken Salad with Crackers
  9. Avocado Chicken Salad in a Pita Pocket
  10. Ham Salad Sandwich
  11. Ham Salad in Lettuce
  12. Roast Beef Sandwich
  13. Roast Beef, Cheddar and Lettuce in Tortilla wrap
  14. Roast Turkey breast, Spinach and Bacon in a Bagel
  15. Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato in Tortilla Wrap
  16. Ham & Cheese Waffle Sandwich
  17. Chicken Breast and lettuce in a croissant
  18. Meat & Cheese Chunks in a Pita Pocket
  19. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
  20. Peanut Butter & Jelly Tortilla wrap
  21. Peanut Butter, Apple Slices, Cinnamon & Raisin Tortilla wrap
  22. Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich
  23. Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwich
  24. Peanut Butter & Dried Cranberries Tortilla Wrap
  25. Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips Tortilla Wrap
  26. Almond Butter, Cream Cheese & Blueberries
  27. Cashew Butter & Sliced Grapes
  28. Cashew Butter & Date Paste
  29. Sunflower Butter, Raisins & Cinnamon
  30. Sunflower Butter, Cream Cheese & Dried Cranberries
  31. Homemade Nutella Sandwich
  32. Homemade Nutella & Banana Tortilla Wrap
  33. Cheddar Cheese & Whole Grain Crackers
  34. Cream Cheese, Chicken & Sunflower Basil Crackers
  35. Cheese, Bison Summer Sausage & Round Crackers
  36. Turkey, Havarti & Rice Crackers
  37. Buffalo Snack Sticks & Cheese
  38. Ham & Swiss wrapped in a  Tortilla
  39. Turkey & Avocado wrapped in a Tortilla
  40. Chicken, Salsa & Guacamole wrapped in a Tortilla
  41. Guacamole, Chips & Cheese Stick
  42. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Bagel
  43. Deviled Eggs
  44. Granola & Yogurt Parfait
  45. Nut & Yogurt Parfait
  46. Yogurt & Fruit
  47. Leftover Pizza
  48. English Muffin Pizza
  49. Cold Quesadillas, with salsa and sour cream
  50. Leftover Pancakes with a Yogurt & Jelly dip
  51. Leftover French Toast with Jelly
  52. Crepes with Peanut Butter & Jelly
  53. Baked Oatmeal
  54. Banana Bread and Peanut Butter
  55. Zucchini Bread and Butter
  56. Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese
  57. Zucchini Muffins with Sliced Chicken
  58. Breakfast Muffins
  59. Blueberry Muffins
  60. Strawberry Banana Muffins
  61. Carrot Raisin Muffins
  62. Banana Nut Muffins
  63. Poppyseed Muffin
  64. Corn Muffin & Baked Beans
  65. Bean Burrito
  66. Shrimp Taco
  67. Refried Beans, Sour Cream & Chips
  68. Lentil Chili & Chips
  69. Pasta Salad with Chicken
  70. Mini Meatloaf
  71. Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
  72. Cinnamon Raisin Bagel & Cream Cheese
  73. Bagel with Peanut Butter & Jelly
  74. Biscuit with Butter & Jelly
  75. Meatballs & Mustard
  76. Roast Turkey & Roasted Pepper Tortilla Wrap
  77. Cottage Cheese & Peaches
  78. Leftover Lasagna (Use a thermos if they like it hot)
  79. Leftover Spaghetti
  80.  Hard Boiled Egg & Cheese Stick
  81. Cheese & Apples
  82. Cheese Stick wrapped in Ham
  83. Pepper Jack Cheese Stick wrapped in Turkey
  84. Summer Sausage & Cheese
  85. Bread Sticks, Marinara & Cheese stick
  86. Spicy Chicken Bites with Ranch Dip
  87. Chicken Fingers & Honey Mustard
  88. Chef Salad
  89. Taco Salad
  90. Breakfast Burrito
  91. Breakfast Sausage & Veggies
  92. Stir Fry on Rice
  93. Polish Sausage & Fruit
  94. Italian Sausage & Crackers
  95. Pulled Pork Sandwich
  96. Cold Fried Chicken
  97. Egg Rolls
  98. Spring Rolls
  99. Nori Rolls
  100. Hummus & Veggie Sticks
  101. Smoked Salmon & Crackers

Allergies? No problem! Here are a few great suggestions:


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  1. Jessica @ConveyAwareness on 08/20/2014 at 1:20 pm

    I had to do a double take when I read Nutella. I scrolled back up and it said “homemade Nutella” – whew! A superb list! Pinned. =)

    • Rachel on 08/20/2014 at 9:37 pm

      LOL! Yes, homemade… but I do love the taste of regular Nutella. 😉

  2. Victoria on 08/20/2014 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the ideas. My hubby just started college again so we will need some inspiration.

  3. Trina on 08/22/2014 at 11:59 am

    Great list! Here are a couple other go-to options in our house: ham/cream cheese/pickle roll up. Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich (sounds odd, but very good!)
    Celery topped with ___________. peanut butter, cinnamon & raisins, cream cheese & cranberries, cucumbers topped with tuna salad and cranberries.

    • Rachel on 08/22/2014 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Trina! I’ve heard of the PB & Pickle sandwich. Haven’t tried that one yet, but my son did and said it was good. 🙂

      • Nicole on 04/07/2016 at 9:35 pm

        In Canada, most schools are NO NUTS allowed. Interesting that the U.S is not the same. Makes lunch variety challenging.

    • Cindy Larson on 10/10/2020 at 11:38 am

      I grew up on peanut butter and pickle , love it
      But everyone i talked to never heard of it and thought I was funny eating it
      Nice to see others like it too

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