The school year is winding down and we’re guessing you’re running out of lunch ideas for the kids—fast. We’ve all seen those amazing bento boxes with the cleverly shaped sandwiches and adorably cut-up fruit, but who has time to make that in the three minutes you have in the morning while you’re also brushing someone’s hair? And then there’s all that wasted bread and other ingredients you don’t wind up using. So here are some simple and fun new ways to liven up your kids’ lunches (because they’re probably sick of PB&J every day) that you won’t have to get up at 4:30 am to make.

DIY Pizza

Momma Lew

Why We Love It: In a rush to make your child their favorite lunch? Let your child topple as much fresh mozzarella, pepperoni and sauce as they choose for their do-it-yourself pizza.  

Full Recipe: mommalew

Desi Kebabs

Urdu Mom

Why We Love It: Make lunch playful by getting creative with your kids lunch! Try a shami kebab filled with garlic, onions, garam masala, and a tad bit of ginger. With vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, and celery, the food party continues!

Full Recipe: Urdu Mom

Fruits and Veggies

Pieces of a Mom

Why We Love It: Fruits and vegetables are every kids best friend which is why they would be perfect for lunch! Try adding hummus with different vegetables such as cucumbers, pita bread, to-go smoothie, cheddar crackers, and even a granola bar as a sweet treat. 

Full Recipe: Pieces of a Mom

Carrot Rice

Antos Kitchen

Why We Love It: With lots of antioxidants and nutrients for the kids, try carrot rice! Peel a few carrots and pop them on the stove along with onions as they simmer in a few gentle spices. Then, boil some Basmati rice or whatever type of rice you prefer. Mix all the ingredients together gently and you have got lunch!

Full Recipe: Anto’s Kitchen

Ham and Cheese Muffins

Stacie Billis

Why We Love It: In a rush to make lunch for the kids? Try making ham and cheese muffins. The delectable treat is perfect for a make ahead lunch and a great source of protein with ham and cheese included. Your kids will not be able to get enough of these tasty muffins. 

Full Recipe: Stacie Billis

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich

$5 Dinners

Why We Love It: Spread on some creamy peanut butter and drizzle some sweet and sticky honey that will make ask for more! As a side treat, chop up some juicy pineapple and cottage cheese to liven their meal. Within minutes, you’ve got lunch packed! 

Full Recipe: $5 Dinners

Potato Cutlet

Urdu Mom

Why We Love It: Try a plant based lunch for your kid with potato cutlets lightly fried in oil. With hints of red chili powder, cumin powder, and lemon your child will be on a flavor adventure!

Full Recipe: Urdu Mom