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50 Easy Kids Lunch Recipes

Having the option to assemble easy lunches from foods you have on hand is one of the best ways to shortcut prep for this meal. Below you'll find our approach to making muffin lunches. Refer to the post for additional recipe ideas.
Course lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 428kcal



  • 2 mini muffins
  • ½ cup diced fruit (such as strawberries, kiwi, melon, blueberries, or peaches)
  • ½ cup veggies (such as thinly sliced cucumber or bell pepper, or leftover cooked veggies)
  • 1 ounce cheese (or cooked chicken, shrimp, beans, or other protein)


  • Add all of the foods to a lunchbox or separate containers. (If packing leftover veggies, you can warm them and pack in a thermos.)
  • Add a drink if needed and pack in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack.


  • Cut up muffins (or sandwiches and any other baked goods or breads) into cubes if it's easier for your child to eat them that way.
  • Pack smoothies in a reusable pouch to send with lunch as an added food to go with this lunch. (You can also make them right before lunch to serve at home.)
  • Make a batch of muffins on the weekend and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.
  • Swap in savory muffins like Pizza Muffins, Veggie Muffins, or Egg Muffins to vary this idea.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 564mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 4919IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 537mg | Iron: 4mg