20 Easy Cold Lunch Ideas For Kids (that Work at Room Temp!)

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian


Below is the recipe for the Sesame Noodles. The rest of the ideas are in the Notes so you can print them all for easy reference.


  • 1 pound fettucini, linguine, or spaghetti
  • 4 cups chopped green beans
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (or tamari if gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey for kids over 1)
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger (optional; grate on a microplane)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Add the green beans for the last 6 minutes of cooking. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the soy sauce, maple syrup, ginger (if using), and lime juice. Stir in the pasta.
  3. Pack in lunches or store in a container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve cold or at room temperature. (This can also be served warm.)


Here are the rest of the ideas for easy reference:

Parmesan Noodles with Peas

Sunflower Seed Butter and Jelly Sandwich with Crackers, Fruit, and a Veggie

Sunflower Seed Butter  and Apple Butter Sandwich with Banana

Granola Butter Roll Up with Applesauce and Snap Pea Crisps

Bagel Sandwich with Hummus or Sunflower Seed Butter with a Veggie and Fruit

Mini Bagel Sandwich with Sweet Potato White Bean Dip

Pesto Pasta Salad with Fruit and Puffs

Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing and Tomatoes

 Cheese and Crackers with Fruit and Veggies

Cheese and Crackers with Applesauce Pouch and Soft Roasted Chickpeas

Cheese Crackers, Applesauce Pouch, Halved Cherry Tomatoes

Hummus Roll Up with Shelf Stable Milk, Melon, Edamame, and Puffs

Hummus and Pita with Cucumbers and Babybel

Pasta with Olive Oil, Frozen Mango, Snack Bar, Carrot Coins

Granola Bar, Fruit, Veggies

Blueberry Zucchini Muffin with Carrots and Applesauce

Mini Carrot Cake Muffins, Almond Butter, Pear

Pancake Sandwich

Freezer Waffle Sandwich

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