Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks — family meals may need a makeover come school time. Whether you need ideas for convenience, healthy recipes, simple snacks, or new ideas for packing a lunch every single day, we've rounded up the goods for you.

Packing It

1. Taste of Home has some delicious, simple ideas for your child's noon meal:

  • Apple-Swiss Turkey Sandwiches contain fruit, whole grains, and lean protein.
  • PB&J Spirals are a fabulous twist on an old standby. Make a whole pan of these for multiple lunches with a tube of refrigerated crescent rolls.
  • Lunch-box "Handwiches" is another recipe to make in bulk and store in the refrigerator.
  • Back-to-School Cookies come from a hearty recipe that will bring a smile to your child's face at lunchtime.
  • Lunch Box Pizzas. Can you say "Yum"?
  • Chicken Salad Pitas could be stored securely in zipper storage bags, and then placed with your child's lunch for a healthy, vegetable-and-protein filled meal.

2. Keep tortillas in stock so you can put together great sandwich wraps, a nice change from the standard sandwich. Check out these ideas from

3. While you're there, take a look at their tips on using leftover foods from family meals to create your own Sandwich Wraps.

4. Need ideas to keep the health in, and the junk out? MedicineNet has a great list of 15 Healthy Foods to Pack in a School Lunch

5. Get the kiddos involved, and take heed of good rules from with 10 Steps to a Great Lunch. Read it to find out why kids should quit cleaning their plate (all the time), and understanding more about the fat found in our food.


1. Need quick, easy-to-store snack ideas for hungry kids after school? Stock up on after-school goodies like yogurt, corn-syrup-free cereal bars, baked pita chips, and dried fruit.

2. Make big batches of this Ultimate Healthy Trail Mix from Shape magazine's website. This is also a great addition to any box lunch, and perfect for a snack before sports practice.

3. Granola Banana Sticks are sure to be a hit with kids when they walk through the door hungry.


Send kids off with a nutrient-filled, satisfied stomach.

1. Buckwheat Pancakes, Berry Powerful Bars, an Egg Muffin, and Scottish Oat Scones are just a few of the recipes you'll find on 8 Back-To-School Breakfast Ideas & Recipes at Simple Bites.

2. Tips for breakfast preparation, and keeping food on hand for the most important meal of the day with Back-To-School Recipes and Ideas.

Home For Supper

1. Put your slow cooker to good use with the many, many, many recipe choices from Stephanie O'Dea, creator of A Year of Slow Cooking Blog.

2. Go frugal with 10 Dinners for Under $10, including:


Allergy-Free Treats. This small collection includes some gluten-free treats, egg-free treats, nut-free bars, and lactose-free cupcakes. These are great ideas for children whether you are putting them in a lunch box, serving at home, or using as an alternative treat at a school function or party.