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Kids' lunchbox recipes

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Pack healthy bites and a few special treats for your little ones to keep them alert and full all day, from filling pasta salads to sweet, fruity treats.

For more recipes that your kids will love, check out our vegetarian kids' recipes, kids' healthy lunch recipes and healthy dinner for kids recipes.

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  • Pasta salad served in a lunchbox

    Lunchbox pasta salad

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.7 ratings

    Rustle up this pasta salad for kids' lunchboxes. Customise with ham, prawns or eggs for a dose of protein – or cheese if catering for vegetarian diets

  • Super-salad wraps served in a lunchbox alongside fruit

    Super-salad wraps

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.8 ratings

    Make an exciting vegetarian salad wrap with crunchy veg for texture and a good hit of cheddar cheese. Perfect for packing into a lunchbox

  • Crunchy chopped salad served on an oval plate

    Crunchy chopped salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Encourage kids to learn essential kitchen skills with this crunchy salad made with pomegranate seeds. The recipe is easy for children aged seven to 11 to follow

  • A pot of hummus with vegetable crudites

    Hummus snack packs

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Save the liquid from a can of chickpeas to make a creamy hummus. We’ve served it with vegetable crudités for a healthy snack that contributes to your 5-a-day

  • Coronation chickpea sandwich filler being spread onto a slice of bread

    Coronation chickpea sandwich filler

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    Create this veggie version of sandwich favourite Coronation chicken using chickpeas. It makes a lovely addition to a summer picnic menu.

  • Pile of fruity skewers with a bowl of yogurt dip and a smaller bowl of cinnamon

    Fruity skewers with yogurt dip

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make these yummy fruit skewers with kids. The recipe guides children through the basics of using a knife to help them build confidence in key kitchen skills

  • Cheesy black bean quesadillas cut into slices

    Cheesy black bean quesadillas

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Inspire kids to start cooking with these easy cheesy black bean quesadillas. We've listed all the equipment they'll need, along with an easy-to-follow method

  • Apple flapjack squares in a tin with drink on the side

    Apple flapjacks

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratings

    These flapjacks add a fruity twist to the classic oat bakes with a mixture of fresh and dried apple, and they're a winning snack for the whole family when you're on the go or out on a picnic.

  • Caprese sandwich cut into squares

    Caprese sandwich

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Load slices of focaccia with pesto, mozzarella, rocket, red onion and tomato. They're a perfect sandwich for feeding a crowd in a picnic.

  • Spinach & cheddar super green muffins on a child's plate

    Spinach savoury muffins

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make these super green muffins as a first weaning food. Made with spinach, cheese and wholemeal flour, they're a good first food for babies from six months

  • Chickpea fritters with crudites

    Chickpea fritters

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.4 ratings

    Make a batch of these chickpea fritters for your little ones. Full of healthy goodness, they're also freezable so are ideal for making ahead

  • Greek pasta salad in a shallow bowl with a knife and fork

    Kids' pasta salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make our Greek pasta salad with the kids. The recipe is specially designed for younger cooks, and we've noted all the equipment they'll need to make it

  • A falafel lunchbox with ingredients separated in compartments

    Falafel lunchbox

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Make this falafel salad fun with a bento-style lunchbox. It's great for toddlers and young children who prefer lunches with lots of individual elements. Use shop-bought falafel or make our Edamame falafel

  • Tomato, oregano and cheese omelette served on a decorative young child's plate

    Easy kids’ omelette

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Rustle up this omelette for your little one. Suitable from 6 months, it's a great first food to get weaning children familiar with new tastes and textures

  • Three fish finger hot dogs

    Fish finger hot dogs

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    A twist on a classic fish finger sandwich the whole family will love. Try Paul AInsworth's trick of lightly salting the cod to firm it up before cooking – it's a game-changer

  • Mini pumpkin & feta pies on a wire rack

    Mini pumpkin & feta pies

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.6 ratings

    Throw a Halloween party and serve these fearsome pumpkin and feta pies. Perfect for little hands, kids will enjoy helping to make them in the kitchen

  • Savoury muffins in wrappers on rack

    Savoury muffins

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    Make a batch of these easy savoury muffins for your next picnic or an easy lunch. These cheesy bites with seasonal veg are great for lunchboxes

  • A collection of apple ‘doughnuts’

    Apple ‘doughnuts’

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Make these doughnut-style apple rings for a picnic with the kids. Children will love helping to make, decorate and eat these fruity treats, and there's no cooking required

  • Omelette in a bun served on a chopping board alongside fruit

    Omelette in a bun

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    Make this tasty vegetarian omelette roll for lunchboxes, or a quick and easy dinner for kids. It's guaranteed to satisfy fussy eaters

  • You're a star sarnies

    You're a star sarnies

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Pop these in little lunchboxes for a cheesy treat come lunch time - great for kids aged 4 - 8

  • A pasta and tuna salad in a yellow lunch box

    Pasta salad with tuna mayo

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.11 ratings

    This is quick to throw together and perfect as a lunchbox feast whether you’re on a picnic or at your desk.

  • Chicken taco salad

    Chicken taco salad

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.7 ratings

    A crunchy chicken salad that's zesty, healthy and 4 of your 5-a-day. Try this for variety in your teenager's lunchbox or take it to work

  • Pesto egg muffin bites on a plate

    Pesto egg muffin bites

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.3 ratings

    Prepare these pesto egg and feta muffin bites for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or as part of a picnic hamper. Simple to make, kids will love them!

  • Swedish-style meatballs served in bowls

    Super-versatile meatballs

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Serve these meatballs Swedish-style with potatoes and lingonberry jam. You can also pack them in a wide-necked thermos with pasta for kids to take to school

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