20 Easy-to-Make Lunchbox Ideas for You or Your Kids!

Don’t you wish packing lunch was easier?

We always start every year off with the greatest and best intentions. 

PB&J’s cut into fun shapes with sweet notes to our kids. 
Salads pre-portioned perfectly into our prettiest containers.
Colorful, balanced meals that hit all the highlights of healthy eating.

But by the end of the year, we have caved to the convenience of Lean Cuisines and Lunchables. Yep, we’ve ALL been there!

What if there was a way to enjoy the health of homemade lunches, but with the convenience of a Lean Cuisine? Your favorite on-the-go meals that both you and your kids enjoy? You’d jump at that chance, right?

Well, look no more!

On-the-Go, Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Meal Plans For Every Season!

Choose from any of these seasonal lunchbox meal plans for not only inspiration, but complete instructions on how to make these mix-n-match entrees, sides, snacks, and desserts into delicious, on-the-go lunches you OR your children can enjoy!

What You’ll Find Below:

  • Summer Lunch Meal Plans
  • Fall Lunch Meal Plans
  • Spring Lunch Meal Plans
  • Winter Lunch Meal Plans
  • BONUS: The BEST freezer friendly, on-the-go containers

How it Works

  • Choose a lunch meal plan below (or a few!) that interest you and your kids!
    Take a look at all these meal plans completely free. We want you to see what you’re getting and if our carefully curated recipe ideas will work for you 
  • Become a member to Once A Month Meals to get the step-by-step instructions!
    As a member to Once A Month Meals you get access to ALL of the meal plans as well as their instructions! Once you activate your membership, dive straight in so you can print of your organized shopping list, prep instructions, cooking day instructions, recipe cards, printable labels, and a thaw sheet! 
  • See a recipe in your plan you don’t like? Delete it and add in a new one!
    That’s right! Get complete customization of the recipes in your lunch plan for you and kids. You’ll have access to search our database of over 10,000+ tasted and tested freezer friendly recipes! Did we mention you can filter by loads of tags for things like kid friendly, dietary preferences, and more?! 
  • Get cooking to make lunches ahead of time!
    Pick a date on the calendar to get started! Shop, prep, cook and freeze. It’s that simple. If you have never frozen meals before, don’t worry! We will walk you through every step of how to prepare your meals and how to freeze and reheat them so you can enjoy them when you want to!

Summer Lunch Meal Plans

We’ve paired them below, but feel free to mix and match as you like!

Summer Macaroni and Cheese Lunch Mini Menu Vol. 1

5 macaroni and cheese dishes

  • Thermos Macaroni and Cheese
  • Individual Mac and Cheese
  • Spinach Mac and Cheese Cups
  • Queso Mac and Cheese
  • Kielbasa Macaroni and Cheese

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 1

3 main dishes, 3 sides, 1 dessert

  • Mini Cheddar Meatloaves with Thermos Macaroni and Cheese
  • Homemade Spaghetti O’s and Meatballs with Cheesy Ham Biscuit Muffins
  • Kid Friendly Chicken Pesto Wraps with Quinoa Pizza Bites
  • Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 2

5 main dishes

  • Buffalo Chicken Rolls
  • Ham and Cheese Picnic Pinwheels
  • Summer Chicken Salad
  • Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
  • Kid Friendly Chicken and Broccoli Quesadilla

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 3

5 main dishes

  • Easy Pepperoni Pizza Balls
  • Kid Friendly Chicken and Broccoli Quesadilla
  • Gluten Free Dairy Free Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
  • Gluten Free Dairy Free Santa Fe-Style Quinoa Salad
  • Apple Chicken Nuggets

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 4

5 main dishes

  • Chicken Gyros
  • Spicy Wisconsin Cheese Bacon Soup
  • Thermos Macaroni and Cheese
  • Chili Cheese Potato Casserole
  • Cheesy Stuffed Pizza Bites

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 5

3 main dishes, 3 snacks

  • Poppy Seed Chicken Pinwheels with Balls of Energy
  • Quinoa Summer Salad with Skinny Monkey Cookies 
  • Southwestern Chicken Salad with Banana Bread Balls

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 6

2 main dishes, 2 sides, 2 desserts

  • Lightened Up Italian Pasta Salad paired with Spicy Cheese Twists and Quinoa Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies
  • Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts paired with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 7

2 main dishes, 1 side, 2 desserts

  • Homemade Bagel Bites
  • Caprese Pasta Salad
  • Sammie Roll-Ups 3 Ways
  • Funfetti Clean Eating Cookie Dough Bites
  • No Bake Brownie Bites

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 8

3 main dishes, 3 sides

  • Homemade Uncrustables with Nut-Free Trail Mix
  • Ham and Cheese Picnic Pinwheels with Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
  • Cherry Almond Chicken Salad with Pina Colada Energy Balls

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 9

3 main dishes, 3 desserts

  • Apple Curry Tuna Salad with Low Carb No-Bake Brownie Bites
  • Homemade Chicken Lunch Meat with Easy Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Fat Bombs
  • AIP Paleo Lemon Garlic Chicken Salad with Low Carb Avocado Fudge Brownies 

Summer Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 10

2 main dishes, 2 sides, 2 desserts

  • Corn Muffins with Apple Pie Bars
  • Poppyseed Chicken Pinwheels with Cookie Dough Dip
  • Mac n cheese and Snack Mix

 

Fall Lunch Meal Plans

We’ve paired them below, but feel free to mix and match as you like!

Fall Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 1

2 main dishes, 4 sides

  • Teriyaki Chicken Wings
  • Slow Cooker Apple Pork Roast
  • Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
  • Apple Cranberry Rice Pilaf
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Spiced Apples and Dates

Fall Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 2

3 soups or stews, 2 breads

  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Beef Stew
  • Mexican Chicken Chili
  • Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup 
  • No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies, Cheesy Beer Bread
  • Sweet and Spicy Southwest Corn Bread

Fall Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 3

3 entrees, 1 side, 2 desserts

  • Easy Turkey and Black Bean Enchilada with Taco Rice
  • Family Favorite Easy Chili with Peanut Butter Granola Bites
  • Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Spring Lunch Meal Plans

We’ve paired them below, but feel free to mix and match as you like!

Spring Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 1

3 entrees, 2 sides, 1 dessert

  • Ham and Potato Pockets with Garlicky Sweet Potato Fries
  • Slow Cooker Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta with Cookie Dough Dip
  • Slow Cooker Italian Loose Meat Sandwiches with Broccoli

Spring Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 2

3 entrees, 2 sides, 1 dessert

  • Broccoli Alfredo Pita Pizza with Crunchy Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
  • Creamy Taco Chicken Roll with Avocado Black Bean Dip
  • Slow Cooker Dr Pepper BBQ Sandwiches with Creamy Broccoli Salad

Spring Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 3

3 entrees, 1 side, 2 desserts

  • Poppy Seed Chicken Pinwheels with Strawberry Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
  • Cheesy Stuffed Pizza Bites with Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters
  • Quinoa Enchilada Bowl with No Peanut Trail Mix 

Spring Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 4

4 entrees, 1 dessert

  • Pressed Picnic Sandwiches
  • Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad
  • Oven Baked Fried Chicken
  • Caprese Pasta Salad
  • Classic Homemade Yogurt Banana Bread 

Winter Lunch Meal Plans

We’ve paired them below, but feel free to mix and match as you like!

Winter Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 1

3 entrees, 3 desserts

  • Roasted Cod with Broccoli paired with No-Bake Brownie Bites
  • Easy Sheet Pan Beef Teriyaki with Peanut Butter Balls
  • Sheet Pan Bratwurst with Phat Cow Fudge

Winter Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 2

3 entrees, 1 side, 2 desserts

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteak with Oven Baked Onion Rings
  • Easy Taco Soup Recipe with Popcorn Balls
  • Pizza Rolls with Chocolate Caramel Snack Mix

Winter Lunchbox Mini Menu Vol. 3

3 entrees, 1 side, 2 desserts

  • Ham and Mozzarella Stromboli with Oreo Truffle Balls
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup with Oatmeal Cookies
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks with Creamy Mashed Potatoes 

BONUS: The BEST freezable, to-go containers!

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