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Making sandwiches everyday for your homeschool lunch can get tedious and a little boring after a short time. Since you don’t have to pack a nonperishable lunch for your kids each day, the possibilities are seemingly endless as to what you can prepare. So think outside the lunchbox when you are planning your lunches during the school year and make things other than sandwiches. Besides, if your kids are like mine, I’m sure they’ll appreciate a change. Here are some ideas to inspire you and get you started.

Ideas for a Sandwich-Free Homeschool Lunch

Instant Pot Rosemary Lemon Wild Rice Soup From Awe Filled Homemaker
This soup is perfect for a fall day to warm you up or chase away sniffles. It is also just a delicious soup to enjoy anytime of the year!

Air Fryer Salmon Croquettes From Awe Filled Homemaker
This recipe is kid tested and approved! Very good and a great way to get more protein into the kiddos! One of my favorite lunches as a child was salmon patties. This is a twist on the same version I had back then— only better! (Just don’t tell my mom! HA!)

Air Fryer Pig in the BlanketFrom Awe Filled Homemaker
What kid doesn’t love pigs in the blanket?! These tasty treats make a great lunch. They are also super quick to make in my Air Fryer! 

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa From Awe Filled Homemaker
This is another kid approved instant pot recipe! This tasty Caribbean recipe would be perfect to tie into a homeschool study, too! 

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Simple Pizza Buns from Simple As That
This is what you get when pizza and a cinnamon roll get married and have a baby! These make a great freezer lunch, too. You can make them in advance, pop them in the freezer and have a meal ready to eat on a busy day.

Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Hot Pocket from The Jenny Evolution
Hot pockets are delicious, but homemade ones are even better! This recipe is for a chicken broccoli cheddar hot pocket, but you could easily stuff them with whatever you’d like, er, I mean what your kids like. 

Taco Pasta Salad from Craft Create Cook
This easy pasta salad makes for the perfect make-ahead lunch. 

Chicken Quesadillas from Ahead of Thyme
Chicken quesadillas are a classic lunch and not to mention simple to prepare. You can easily make them with beef, veggies, or just cheese as well.

Baked Chicken Burritos from My Joy-Filled Life
This dish is super quick to prepare, super kid-friendly, husband approved and the great thing about this recipe is you can always add or remove ingredients to your taste. 

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Crescent Calzones from Arts & Crackers
Here is another yummy version of pizza for lunch. Put your favorite toppings in a crescent roll, wrap it up and bake.

Easy Lemon Garlic Pasta from My Suburban Kitchen
Pasta is always a crowd pleaser for lunch or dinner and this pasta will surely have your kids asking for seconds.

Carrot Tomato Soup from Eat Thrive Grow
As the temperature outside begins to cool, this is a great lunch option while staying warm and toasty inside.

One-Pot American Goulash from Cincy Shopper
Goulash is another great food for the fall. Preparing this recipe all in one pot makes it super easy to get lunch ready. 

Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories
While these pesto tortilla pinwheels are great as an appetizer, they make for a great lunch, too! Eating them off a toothpick is fun, or you can leave them whole and eat them as a tortilla wrap.

Coming soon- The Cooking Whiz!

Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps from Somewhat Simple
These flavorful chicken taco lettuce wraps are easy to make and nutritious too!

Manwich Sloppy Joe Casserole from About a Mom
Instead of a Sloppy Joe sandwich, why not turn it into a casserole to shake things up a bit?

Ham Tomato and Feta Pasta Salad from Family Food and Travel
This pasta salad is the perfect blend of a variety of food groups all in one dish. Makes for a great lunch at home or on-the-go.

Southern Sheet Pan Nachos from Southern Bite
Your kids will devour lunch if you serve them up a pan of southern nachos. Pile on the toppings or keep it light, you decide. 

5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup from Wholesome Yum
With just five ingredients and 20 minutes you’ll be serving up a low-carb, gluten-free lunch in no time with this broccoli cheddar soup recipe.

Fresh Veggie and Cream Cheese Pizza from The Thrifty Couple
Pizza is always a good go-to meal – even a cold veggie pizza. This pizza is easy to make, healthy and satisfying.

Beef and Macaroni Chili from All She Cooks
Here is a comfort food for those cold fall and winter afternoons that will most likely end up as a regular in your lunch rotation.

Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices from Yummy Addiction
Serve cranberry chicken salad on top of apple slices to make a simple, crunchy and delicious lunch.

Italian Sandwich Roll-Ups from Happy Go Lucky
All the goodies of an Italian sandwich all rolled up in a wrap of yummy goodness! Another great make-ahead or on-the-go lunch.

Easiest One-Pot Mac and Cheese from Southern Bite
You can’t go wrong with mac and cheese, especially when it’s easy to make and homemade!

Read: Three Ways For Kids to Help in the Kitchen! 

Also, you may be interested in: Bible Lessons in the Kitchen! 


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