School lunch box ideas

School lunch Box Ideas
Schools have opened ( finally !!) after 2 months summer break and life is back to normal. But kids are having a hard time going back to school after long holidays. Packing lunch box is another struggle as they have to be lured into going to school by making their favorite dishes.

I really hate to see food left in the lunch boxes when kids come back from school because they did not feel like eating it.Β We can not compromise on nutrition also. It has to be tasty and healthy. Parantha with vegetable is my first choice for kids School lunch box but they need variety and get bored with parantha in 2-3 days. So I try my best to pack some healthy snacks too.

I have prepared of list of items my kids love to take in their school lunch boxes. Hope these help you in packing your kids lunch box. If you have some recipe that your kids enjoy taking in their tiffin box I would love to hear about that. Please leave a comment below about that.

Update:
Our blog postΒ school lunch box ideasΒ has been mentioned by the leading paper ‘THE HINDU’ in their article lunch time treat.
http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/lunch-time-treats/article6078638.ece

Spicy vegetable toast
My son took these to school and when he came home he said mom you have to send 2 tiffins of these now bcoz his friends loved them so much that there were not enough left.

spicy vegetable toast

 

Bread Pancakes
This is also perfect to take in lunchboxes and you can sneak in as many vegetables as you like.

savory bread uttapam

Suji Dhokla
You can prepare the batter night before and steam the dhokla in the morning. A very healthy option.

dhokla4

 

Suji uttapam

Cute isn’t it :-). Suji Uttapam or semolina pancakes are quite easy to make and healthy.uttapam1

Bread cup pizza
IΒ have not really sent them in my kids lunchbox yet but my son is asking me to make these for some time. May be I will give it a try this week.

Bread cup pizzas

 

Bread roll with Potato filling

This one is a childhood favorite of mine.I used to love taking these in lunch box. you can prepare the potato mixture in advance and prepare the rolls in the morning.

Bread rolls with potato filling

Moong Dal Dhokla
Though it tastes best when fresh this can be sent in kids school lunch box as side dish.
moong dal dhokla

Hung Curd Sandwich
very easy to make. Yummy, healthy, packed with vegetables, I rest my case πŸ˜‰
hung curd sandwich 1

Poha tikki
My kids love it. I usually make this with left over Poha but you can make it with fresh poha also.
poha tikki 3

 

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60 Responses to School lunch box ideas

  1. Sameera says:

    I ll try it very very helpful Tasty recipes

  2. farzana says:

    I’ll try it

  3. Abha says:

    Hi Nidhi,
    It’s interesting to note that am not alone when it comes to planning for tiffin…a cumbersome job,indeed!
    I was going G thru’ your blog which certainly was very interesting but I noticed you have largely used bread (maida) which I vehemently object specially to be given to kids…that too soo often.
    Even if you suggest using wheat/brown bread I guess it still won’t make kids food healthy.
    No offence intended.Your blog is excellent.Its just that I feel as a parent we should expose our children to Maida so much,so often.
    My best wishes to you.

  4. Asmita says:

    Tried many of Ur recipes….loved all of them…..Thx…☺

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  6. sami says:

    Very very helpful and tasty recipes

  7. Anagha says:

    Thanks for this post . I keep referring to this page again and again πŸ™‚
    I think its time to print it now.

  8. Sanjana says:

    The bread pancakes are amazing….just wanted to ask if we can make and store the batter beforehand?

    • Nidhi says:

      THanks Sanjana
      The mixture will become dilute and runny if you make it beforehand. and then it will be very difficult to make pancakes. So it is better to prepare batter just before cooking.

  9. Jyoti Goswami says:

    Thank you so much … It is really a great help and i am very sure my daughters are gonna love all these……

    Such a relief…..

  10. KHUSHWANT says:

    aap pohe or aloo ke prathe to bhool hi gye

  11. Shalini Chakraborty says:

    Thanks a lot for these recipes. My 2 yr old daughter is starting her playschool and i was racking my brain out for tiffin ideas, as it is compulsory in the school to give some tiffin. Just loved your site. Hope my daughter loves it as well. πŸ™‚

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Shalini. All the best to your daughter. Hope she has a good time in School.
      Yeah lets hope she enjoys her tiffin also πŸ™‚

  12. jasmit says:

    Hello nidhi thank u so much for this post.
    Monday mere bete ke school me healthy tiffin ka competition hai.kya aap mujhe achi achi tiffin recipes btaa sakte ho plz.

    • Nidhi says:

      Hi Jasmit
      you can add small portion of fruits(grapes,apple, watermelon pieces), some raisins or almonds with regular food you send to your kids. sprouts with salad also score high on nutrition. And for drink along with water you can send chaach, shikanji or panna in a thermos for complete summer meal.
      So you can select one main dish with lots of vegetables, one portion fruits, one portion dry fruits, some sprouts and a healthy drink.
      other than recipes in this post you can check
      http://whatscookingmom.in/healthy-recipes-for-kids/
      http://whatscookingmom.in/category/recipy/kids-lunch-box/
      Hope this helps you. please let me know know if you want to ask something else. πŸ™‚

  13. shikha says:

    Thnx for ideas.i will try sure.i really lved reading urs recipies.

  14. Anitha says:

    Thank you very much, very good receipes

  15. parvinder says:

    Thanks for this recipe good idea for my child thanku souh much

  16. Sweta says:

    Hi! Nidhi Aunty I am 13 years old now and I am searching for delicious food items which I could tell my mom to make for me as I always get boring tiffin to school πŸ™ and I want something new because my friends didn’t like those tiffins which I take and I have to eat it all alone πŸ™ . It sounds amazing but I want something which is not so sweet and less spicy. Can you please give me some ideas which I could give my mom.

  17. SHILPA ADHIKARY says:

    really these recipes are fabulous. my little son will definitely like this. many thanks for this.

  18. Nancy Rai says:

    Hi,
    These Recipes are looking fantastic and will surely like by my Son.will definitely try all & let you Know.Thanks for sharing..

  19. nisha says:

    hi, i am having great problem for making any recipes as my child is allergic to milk milkproduct almond fish and many more. its a request can i know an alternative ingredient for cheese as he wants to eat pizza. but pizza cann.t be made without cheese. i would luv ur reply and hope u solve my problem, i have not tried tofu or soya product and only soya nutrela is given to him. bye seeya

    • Nidhi says:

      Hello Nisha. many people are allergic to milk products or they are turning vegan and do not consume milk products. They are some vegan cheese available in market which you can use to make pizza. you can also add lots of sauces and vegetables of his choice on pizza. May be he will not miss cheese. Some people use tofu or cashew cheese on pizza but I have never tried these.
      You can also search internet for vegan recipes and search for vegan pizza recipes keeping in mind what he is allergic too.
      Take care

  20. Nimisha Singh says:

    Kindly post something for 3 yrs kid

    • Nidhi says:

      Hi Nimisha. you can try Poha, Bread cup pizza, pizza with cottage cheese, kidney bean burritos, Suji Uttapam. my younger son loved them when he was 3 years old.

  21. ramya says:

    hi, had done this bread toast and paneer balls, sent for lunch box to my son in Jr KG with sauce.. totally he wiped offf the box.. looking for more receipes for kids lunch box..

  22. Madhu Gaggar says:

    Nice ideas,looking for things which I can make in advance and store as mornings r vry hectic wen u hv two boys and hv to ok 3 tiff ins for each…..and then ur hubby dear…

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Madhu. yes mornings are pretty hectic. u can make suji dhoklas in advance and then in morning saute onions capsicum tomato and spices and add to it.

  23. naaz says:

    Hi… I really love ur blog and will soon try all ur recipes one by one. But but I have some quires 1.how to keep food warm in lunch box for long time ?
    2. And sometime thing get soggy specially potato stuff… PLzz give me some ideas πŸ™‚

  24. sujata asodkar says:

    fantastic raciepes…jst love thm..
    gonna try 1 by 1
    thanx alot ma’m…

  25. keyakoli says:

    Thanks for the lovely lunch box ideas and looking fwd for some more ideas like that.

  26. Roshni says:

    Thanks so much for these options, Nidhi! School is starting soon and now I have 2 lunchboxes to pack!! Pinning this!
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  27. thank you so much for this post, mine are so picky , if they like something I stuck with it, will have to try all these, I am sure they will like it one or two. we still have one and half month to open the school so before that I will try it at home.
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    • Nidhi says:

      My kids are also like that sometimes. Do try the recipes and I would love to hear how your kids liked them. Spicy vegetable toast is my kids most favorite item of all of these.

  28. Swapna says:

    Thank you so much for this post Nidhi! I have been racking my brains for creating a healthy yet tasty lunch menu for my daughter. Your bread rolls I tried last year and they made way to our menu and have stayed there. Yum! And now I am definitely going to try the Suji dhokla and bread cup pizza. My daughter will love them!
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