8 Childhood School Lunch Classics

Lunch Nachos With Spiced Cauliflower

Memorize this school lunch idea: grab tortilla chips, refried beans, shredded cheddar cheese, and quickly cook spiced veggies like cauliflower or Brussels sprouts.

BBQ Mushroom Pizza

While a hot grilled cheese sandwich may not travel well, this pizza with mozzarella, Gouda, and mushrooms is a perfect homage to California Pizza Kitchen, suitable for grown-up children of suburbia.

Hoisin-Turkey Meatballs With Glass Noodles

Looking for a kid-friendly approach to introduce fiber- and antioxidant-rich quinoa? Incorporate the grain into meatballs to keep them light and fluffy referring to the meatballs, not your kids.

Pecan-Miso Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

This isn't the classic PB&J from your grandmother's lunchbox unless she was as cool as making her own nut butter infused with a touch of umami-rich red or white miso.

Garlic-Ginger Chicken With Cilantro and Mint

This flavorful, succulent chicken is delicious on its own or rolled up in a roti with chutney. Shred it for quesadillas with black beans and guacamole its versatility knows no bounds.

Easy Peanut Butter Noodles

This kid's lunch only needs two pantry staples: peanut butter and dried noodles. Feel free to swap peanut butter for almond or sesame butter if needed.

Green Goddess Crunch Sandwich

No salami or deli meat here. Packed with green goodness like chives, tarragon, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, and sprouts.

Corn Cacio e Pepe

Seeking a mac and cheese alternative, we drew inspiration from an iconic Italian dish. Only five ingredients needed: pasta, corn, Pecorino Romano or Parmesan, salt, and pepper.