Are you looking to add some seasonal flair to lunchtimes? Delight your child with fall-themed lunches and snacks created with seasonal ingredients and lots of love! Each of our recommended fall lunch ideas is easy to prepare, and most use ingredients you’re likely to already have in the pantry or fridge.
Autumn School Lunch
Bursting with seasonal produce, this autumn school lunch idea from Weelicious packs in plenty of pumpkin appeal. Perfect for your preschooler to take to the nursery for a filling midday meal, it includes a pumpkin bagel spread with pumpkin butter and cream cheese and spiced pumpkin seeds, terrific for nibbling on. Increase your kid’s fruit intake with pieces of pear and persimmon, and crunchy pomegranate seeds, and add maple roast squash for a sweet treat.
Autumn Bento Box
This autumn bento box from Modern Parents Messy Kids features a cute, easy-to-make acorn-shaped sandwich. Make a sandwich using your child’s favorite filling (bonus points for using wholewheat bread!) and cut it into an acorn using a round cookie cooker or glass. Use leaf-shaped cutters to create enticing vegetable pieces; bell peppers are easy to cut and when you use red and yellow peppers, add fall colors. Add an apple or a pear for an extra health boost, along with pitta chips, cubes of roasted sweet potato, or a pumpkin muffin.
Autumn Vegetable Salad
Please your kid with a tasty, crunchy, colorful salad feast using this autumn vegetable salad idea from BBC Good Food. Featuring carrots, broccoli, zucchini, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, and more, it’s brimming with healthy appeal! While the recipe includes instructions for making a flavorful saffron-based dressing, we think any light dressing would work well with this salad taste sensation.
Fall Inspired Lunchbox
Betty Crocker provides several easy and fun fall-inspired lunch ideas for younger members of the family. We especially love the simplicity of the lunch meat and crackers option. Simply roll up some lunch meat, cut slices of cheese into leaf shapes, and add crackers, apple slices, and a few jelly candies in seasonal colors.
Family Fresh Meals also details several cute fall lunchbox ideas, with the squirrel quesadilla, in particular, giving off plenty of charming appeals. Your little one is sure to love this lunch! You just need a squirrel-shaped cutter to turn a regular cheese quesadilla into a popular fall animal and bring the woodlands to lunchtime. If your child isn’t keen on quesadillas, you could switch it out for their favorite sandwich. The nuts and cranberries are a nice touch and filled with goodness.
Baby Carrot Soup
Fill a flask with this baby carrot soup for a delicious, warming meal. Many kids love the sweeter flavor of baby carrots … and you may be tempted to enjoy a bowl too! Healthy and suitable for vegetarians, the soup takes just 10 minutes to prepare and a further 20 minutes to cook. Additionally, the ingredient list is fairly simple, including onion, baby carrot, tomato, vegetable stock, and soy sauce. Serve with chunks of crusty bread. Idea courtesy of Kidspot Kitchen.