Meal Planning Monday ~ School Lunches



            This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

           This week is bittersweet.  My little girl starts first grade!  She’ll be away from 8am until 4pm.  I’m sad because she’ll be gone all day… but happy since I’ll be able to spend more time with my other two little ones.  My daughter, Ivy, went to half-day morning Kindergarten last year, so I didn’t have to pack her lunches.  This whole “packing a lunch” thing is new to me!  She starts school on Wednesday, so instead of doing a week of lunch planning, I’ll just give you seven awesome lunch ideas that kids will love.  Here are a few things I thought I’d pack her for lunch:

Jack the Skeleton Bento Box (pictured above) ~ One of Ivy’s favorite movies is “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  You can change up the items you put in there also if your kids won’t eat carrots or cucumbers.

Peanut Butter, Honey & Banana sandwich, frozen yogurt tube, and Kettle chips.

Pizza Lunchables ~ She loves these things

Mock Sushi ~ I can’t wait to make this!  Take a piece of bread and roll it out. Spread peanut butter and then lay apple strips (slice apples really thin).  Just roll it up and slice. You could also spread on hummus and top pieces of carrot or cucumber.

Broccoli and Chicken Pasta Salad, frozen peaches (They’ll be somewhat thawed out by lunch) and celery sticks.

Sesame Peanut Noodles and Strawberry fruit leather (depending on your school you might not be able to send anything with nuts.)

Cheese and Pickle Sandwich, Kettle chips, and frozen yogurt ~ Ivy loves these sandwiches.  2 slices of bread, American cheese and bread and butter pickles.



  1. It’s hard to believe it’s time for school to start again! That PB, honey, and banana sandwich sounds really good!

  2. Tracy says:

    Love the Mock Sushi idea!!!!! I can’t wait to try it tomorrow!