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50 Easy School Lunch Ideas for Kindergarten (and Beyond!)

Below is the recipe for the Mac and Cheese with Peas. The rest of the ideas are in the Notes section so you can have all of the inspiration in one easy to print place!
Course lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 431kcal


Mac and Cheese with Peas

  • 1 box mac and cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Prepare the mac and cheese according to the package directions.
  • Drain over the peas placed in a colander. The peas will thaw almost immediately.
  • Prepare the cheese sauce with the butter and milk according to package directions. Stir in the pasta and peas.
  • Pack into a thermos for school with simple sides like fruit.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Reheat to serve or pack.


Here are the rest of my easy kindergarten ideas:
  • Sunbutter and jam sandwich, applesauce pouch, cheese stick
  • Turkey and cheese sandwich, snap pea crisps, raspberries
  • Ham and cheese sandwich, snap peas, clementine
  • Cheese sandwich, fruit, veggie of choice
  • Hummus sandwich, banana, cookie
  • Cream cheese and jam sandwich, apple slices, roasted chickpeas
  • Pita pocket sandwich with hummus and cucumbers, veggie medley (in a thermos), fruit cup
  • Pita pocket wedges with hummus or ranch, diced chicken, baked chips, and strawberries
  • DIY lunchables with meat, cheese, crackers, and fruit in a lunchbox
  • Crackers, cheese, fruit, and veggies (carrots, cucumber, snap peas)
  • Crackers, hummus, fruit, and veggies (carrots, celery, mini cucumbers)
  • Mac and cheese with peas and fruit (see below for the full recipe)
  • Pesto pasta with fruit
  • Bean and cheese burrito with fruit and dessert 
  • Healthy Chocolate Muffin with cheese and fruit
  • Blueberry Banana Muffin with yogurt pouch and cucumber
  • Banana Zucchini Muffin with pepperoni and cheese
  • Pretzels, cheese, fruit, and a veggie
  • Pretzels, hummus, fruit, and a veggie
  • Cheerios, raisins, nondairy yogurt, grapes
  • Snap pea crisps, cheese, fruit and a veggie
  • Granola bar, cheese, fruit, and a veggie
  • Granola bar, cheese, salami, fruit, and a veggie
  • Tortilla with Sunbutter and banana, sliced into rounds, with bell peppers
  • Tortilla with hummus and cucumbers, with strawberries and cheese crackers
  • Tortilla with refried beans and cheese, applesauce and peas
  • Tortilla with turkey and cheese rolled up, side of baked chips and fruit
  • Black Bean quesadillas, corn, apple
  • Leftover pancakes with syrup and fruit
  • Leftover pancakes as a sandwich with nut/seed butter, fruit
  • Leftover French toast with syrup and fruit
  • Hard-cooked eggs, crackers, grapes, carrots
  • Hard-cooked egg, pretzels, berries, bell peppers
  • Pesto Pizza Roll, fruit
  • Mini Pizza Rolls with Spinach, applesauce pouch, carrot sticks
  • Broccoli and Cheese Pizza Pocket, Strawberry Applesauce
  • Mini bagel with cream cheese, celery sticks, small pear
  • Mini bagel sandwich with turkey and cheese, applesauce
  • Pasta and meatballs, clementine
  • Meatball sandwich, blueberries
  • Turkey wrapped around a cheese stick, pretzels, cucumbers, orange slices
  • Ham wrapped around a cheese stick, roll, rainbow carrots, pineapple
  • Apple slices with nut/seed butter, crackers, cookie
  • Yogurt and granola, blackberries
  • Greek yogurt, Banana Bread, sliced carrots
  • Greek yogurt, crackers, banana, olives
  • Cottage cheese with pineapple, whole grain crackers, bell peppers
  • Cottage cheese with blueberries and granola
  • Favorite pasta salad with watermelon cubes
  • Baked tortilla chips, salsa, diced chicken or black beans, shredded cheese, and fruit


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 3mg