Are you looking to add some delicious fall flavors to your child’s packed lunch? Try these fall lunch ideas to add some seasonal tastes at lunchtime. All are easy to make and use ingredients that are both easy to find and sure to entice youngsters to clear their plates. You might also be tempted to pack some of these tasty meals and snacks for yourself!
This delightful sandwich idea from Eats Amazing is so easy to make; you only need a round cookie cutter (or a steady hand with a sharp knife!). It just adds a couple of minutes more onto lunchtime prep time and you can use all your child’s favorite fillings. Imagine their delight when they open their lunchbox and see a cute owl sandwich!
Apple Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
Load up the lunchbox with fall flavors with this delicious and fruity homemade apple salsa with cinnamon chips recipe from Taste of Home. The sweet snack is colorful, packed with nutrients, and helps kids to get their 5 a day of fruits and vegetables. It contains no saturated fats and is perfect for many dietary requirements.
Great finger food for a fall lunch, these appetizing squash quesadillas from BBC Good Food use just a handful of ingredients and need minimal preparation. While the original recipe is vegetarian, you could try adding thin slices of cooked ham to meat-loving little ones. Pack with a healthy side salad and fresh seasonal fruit for a filling lunch.
Fall Pasta Salad
Bursting with flavor and texture, bright and colorful and delicious served cold, this fall pasta salad from Inspired by Charm may quickly become a firm lunchtime favorite. With ingredients like sweet potato, broccoli, goat’s cheese, pine nuts, and cranberries, it’s positively packed with nutrients. Plus, it’s hearty enough to keep your little ones full for the afternoon.
This pumpkin hummus from Delish takes around 10 minutes to make and is a tasty addition to your child’s lunch. Spices like cinnamon and paprika add extra zing to popular seasonal vegetables. Pack crispy sticks of carrot, cucumber, and bell pepper for dipping, along with crunchy pita chips or breadsticks.
Turkey and Cheese Croissant Bento Box
We love these fall-themed bento box ideas from Life Made Sweeter, especially the mini croissant sandwiches loaded with turkey and cheese. Combine with apple and pumpkin energy bites, a cheese star, hummus, and raw veg for a balanced lunch that looks as good as it tastes.
Leaf Cheese and Crackers
This cute fall lunch idea from Family Fresh Meals is perfect if you don’t have much prep time but want to add a touch of fall to your child’s lunch. Use a cookie cutter to cut cheese into leaf shapes and pair with mini crackers. We love the idea of using different types of cheese for even more color. Add chunks of raw carrot and dried apple chips for more flavor and fall-themed food fun.