Homemade Lunchables

It’s time for Back To School! One of my favorite things to pack for lunches is Lunchables. They are quick and easy to make, store well in the fridge when planning ahead of time, and my kids LOVE them! And, by making them myself, I can save A LOT of money, and control the quality of the ingredients.

I use these containers that I found on Amazon to keep the food separated when sending to school. Depending on what I am serving, I use the rectangle or square ones.

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How To Make Homemade Lunchables

Base Recipe

2 proteins
1 carb
2 fruits or veggies
1 sweet
1 dip, optional

How To Assemble

Choose 2 protein, 1 carb, 2 fruits or veggies, 1 sweet and 1 dip and add to a Bento Box.

Use silicone cupcake liners and small dip containers to keep items separate and prevent leaks and sogginess.  

Lunchable Ideas

Proteins

Carbs

Fruits

Vegetables

Sweets

Dips

turkey breast
ham
pepperoni
salami
roast beef
chicken nuggets

hard boiled eggs
hot dogs
chicken salad
rotisserie chicken
bacon
taco meat

ritz crackers
sandwich thins
pretzel crisps
triscuits
pitas
pretzels

tortillas
tortilla chips
mini muffins
slider buns
pita chips
bagel thins

grapes
berries
melon
apples
oranges
kiwi
peaches
bananas

baby carrots
celery
cucumber
snap peas
cherry tomatoes
green peppers
red peppers

oreos
dried fruits
apple sauce
yogurt covered raisins
chocolate chips
yogurt
granola
ants on a log
nuts
raisins

hummus
peanut butter
ranch dressing
guacamole
salsa
buffalo sauce
honey mustard
pizza sauce
BBQ sauce
pancake syrup

Ham & Cheese

ham + american cheese + crackers + baby carrots + ranch

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Turkey & Cheese

turkey breast + cheddar cheese + crackers + apples + peanut butter

Italian

salami + mozzarella cheese + crusty bread + black olives

Pizza

sandwich thins + mozzarella cheese + pizza sauce + mini pepperoni + grapes

Bagel

bagel thins + cream cheese + smoked salmon + apples

Quesadilla

cheese quesadilla + salsa or guacamole + pineapple

Pita

pita chips + hummus + cucumber + olives

Nacho

tortilla chips + guacamole + cheese sauce + apples

Cuban

ham + swiss cheese + dill pickles + crackers + pineapple

Breakfast

pancakes or waffles + berries + pancake syrup + bacon

Taco

taco meat + cheddar cheese + tortilla chips + salsa or guacamole

Hot Dog

hot dogs + buns + apples + carrots + ranch dressing

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