20 Quick And Healthy Lunch Box Recipes For Kids 

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Yes, we know that a healthy, wholesome sandwich is the quintessential lunchbox choice of many. But let’s face it. Smearing the same mayonnaise and topping on the bread, day after day, week after week can leave the kids a bit bored.

Falling into the lunchbox rut is easy, especially when you have a fussy eater or if you are running out of ideas. So if early morning cooking is a nightmare for you, then here’s some help. We’ve rounded up 20 lunch box recipes for kids that can help you think outside the ‘breadbox’.

20 Easy And Delicious Lunch Box Recipes For Kids:

1. Turkey Wrap:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids 

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You Will Need:

  • 8-ounce package of cream cheese with chives.
  • 6, 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce.
  • 12 slices of thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled.
  • 1 large avocado, sliced

How To:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix Dijon Mustard and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Spread two tablespoons of cream cheese mixture on each tortilla.
  3. Arrange ¼ cup shredded lettuce on each tortilla and press it down slightly.
  4. Place 2 turkey slices over the lettuce and sprinkle two tablespoons grated Swiss cheese over it.
  5. Top with avocado slices, crumbled bacon, and tomato.
  6. Roll up the tortillas tightly and cut into halves, diagonally.

It can be one of the best kids lunch box ideas and sure you can see smile on your little one’s face!

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2. Whole-Wheat Pumpkin And Applesauce Muffins:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Whole-Wheat Pumpkin And Applesauce Muffins

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You Will Need:

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed.
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line the muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix baking soda, flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and leave it aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine white sugar, oil, brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, buttermilk, eggs and mix until well combined. Pour this mixture into the dry mixture and stir well. Now fold in the pecans and raisins.
  4. Pour the batter into the muffin pans and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out cool.
  5. Cool, the muffins on the wire rack before taking it out of the muffin pans.

3. Vegetable Bagel Sandwich:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Vegetable Bagel Sandwich

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You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of coarse-grain brown mustard.
  • 1 bagel
  • 2 rings of green bell pepper.
  • 1 leaf romaine lettuce
  • 4 slices cucumber
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 slices red onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts.

How To:

  1. Slice the bagel in half and spread mustard on its inner sides.
  2. Now layer the lettuce leaves, cucumber, green bell pepper and tomato slices on one-half.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and top it with alfalfa sprouts and onion. Now cover it with the other half of the bagel.

One of the great lunch box ideas for kids that you must try.

4. Granola Bars:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Granola Bars

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You Will Need:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, wheat germ, oats, flour, cinnamon, raisins and salt.
  3. Make a pit in the center and pour egg, oil, honey and vanilla. Mix well using your hand.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the bar begins to turn golden at the edges.
  5. Leave it to cool for five and then cut into squares or rectangles.

5. Peanut Butter Noodles:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Peanut Butter Noodles

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You Will Need:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root.
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili paste (optional).
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces Udon noodles
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions.
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts.

How To:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the noodles and cook according to the package instruction. Drain and rinse with cold water. Leave it aside.
  2. Meanwhile, combine ginger, chicken broth, honey, peanut butter, and garlic and chili paste in a saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the peanut butter melts.
  4. Add the noodles and toss to coat.
  5. Garnish with peanuts and onions.

It can be one of the simple and yet yummy kids lunch box recipes that’s of sure to be included in your regular recipe list.

[ Read: Bento Box Lunch Ideas For Kids ]

6. Chicken Quesadillas:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Chicken Quesadillas

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You Will Need:

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, diced.
  • 1 package of shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 packet of fajita seasoning
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped.
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10, 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon of bacon bits.
  • 1 (8 ounces) package shredded Cheddar cheese.

How To:

  1. Preheat the broiler and grease a baking sheet.
  2. Mix the chicken cubes with fajita seasoning and spread on the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet under the broiler and cook until the chicken pieces turn white.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large sized saucepan, heat oil and add red and green bell peppers, chicken and onion. Cook until the veggies soften.
  4. Layer half of each tortilla with the chicken and veggie mixture. Sprinkle cheddar, Monterey Jack and bacon bits on it. Fold the tortillas in half and place on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake the quesadillas for 6 minutes or until the cheese melts.

7. Egg Salad Sandwich:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Egg Salad Sandwich

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You Will Need:

  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

How To:

  1. In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, eggs, salt, garlic powder, mustard powder, onion flakes, dill, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Spread equal amounts of mayonnaise mixture on 4 slices of bread and top it with remaining slices to make sandwiches. Egg salad sandwich is one of the simple kids lunchbox ideas that you must try!

8. Mexican Bean And Rice Salad:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Mexican Bean And Rice Salad

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You Will Need:

  • 1 can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained.
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn, drained.
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained.
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced.
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced.
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin.
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic.
  • Salt to taste

How To:

  1. In a salad bowl, combine kidney beans, brown rice, corn, onion, black beans, lemon juice, jalapeno peppers, cumin, garlic and cilantro and mix lightly.
  2. Season with salt and toss again.
  3. Refrigerate the salad before packing in the lunch box. It is one of the great and healthy lunchbox ideas for kids that will provide necessary nutrition for the children.

9. Snack Wraps:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Snack Wraps

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You Will Need:

  • 12, 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1 package of sliced deli-style turkey.
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 2 cups of minced tomato
  • 2 cups of shredded carrots.

How To:

  1. Spread two teaspoons of cream cheese over the tortillas.
  2. Top the cheese with lettuce leaves and layer sliced turkey on it.
  3. Now place carrot and tomato over the turkey slices and roll the tortillas into wraps.
  4. Cut the wraps diagonally and secure with toothpicks.

10. Couscous Salad:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Couscous Salad

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You Will Need:

  • 6 tablespoons organic vegetable broth.
  • 3/4 cup uncooked couscous
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • 1/3 cup of chopped seeded plum tomato.
  • 3/4 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained.
  • 6 tablespoons of feta cheese, crumbled.
  • 2 tablespoons of minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped and pitted olives.
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley.
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil.
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • A dash of freshly ground black pepper.

How To:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring six tablespoons of water and vegetable broth to boil.
  2. Gradually, stir in the couscous.
  3. Remove from the flame, cover and leave it to stand for 10 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked couscous with the remaining ingredients. Couscous salad is one of the easy lunch box recipes for kids.

11. Creamy Chicken Salad In Pita Bread:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Creamy Chicken Salad In Pita Bread

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You Will Need:

  • 2 pounds skinless and boneless chicken breast halves.
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise.
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  • 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries.
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • 7 tablespoons of coarsely chopped smoked almonds.
  • 4 pita bread

How To:

  1. Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds with water and bring it to boil.
  2. Wrap the chicken breasts in a durable plastic film and put them in boiling water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and leave it to stand for 5 min.
  4. Unwrap the chicken and shred. Refrigerate the chicken for 30 minutes or until old.
  5. In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, vinegar, Dijon Mustard, kosher salt, honey and black pepper and whisk until well-combined.
  6. Next, add chicken, cranberries, 1/3 cup celery, almonds and toss well to coat.
  7. Fill the pita bread will the salad and place in the lunch box.

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12. Penne Pasta In Creamy Pumpkin Sauce:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Penne Pasta In Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

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You Will Need:

  • 500 grams of penne pasta.
  • 500 grams of broccoli
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Basil leaves
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Italian seasoning, for garnish.

For Pumpkin Sauce:

  • 500 grams of yellow pumpkin, peeled and diced.
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped.
  • 200 ml milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese

How To:

  1. To make the pumpkin sauce, heat oil in a saucepan and add garlic, pumpkin, and red pepper. Add salt and stir-fry for a few minutes.
  2. Cover the pan, reduce the heat and cook until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Turn off the heat and transfer the veggies into a blender jar along with the cream cheese. Blend to make a smooth puree. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
  4. Next, cook the pasta according to the package’s instruction. Drain, rinse with hot water and leave it aside.
  5. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil on medium flame and add the broccoli florets.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper on it and cook until the broccoli is lightly steamed. Transfer to another bowl.
  7. In the same wok, heat a tablespoon of oil and add pasta and pasta sauce in it. Cook for 2 minutes or until the pasta is well coated.

13. Beetroot Rice:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Beetroot Rice

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You Will Need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds.
  • 2 cups of cooked rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds.
  • 1-inch piece of grated ginger
  • A sprig of curry leaves, finely chopped.
  • 10-12 small sized onions, finely chopped.
  • 2 small beetroots, finely chopped or grated.
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 teaspoon of Sāmbhar powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder.
  • Salt to taste
  • A handful of chopped coriander leaves.
  • Oil for cooking
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee for flavoring.

How To:

  1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a wok and add cumin and mustard seeds.
  2. When it starts crackling, add the ginger, onions, and curry leaves and sauté until onions turn golden brown.
  3. Next, add the tomatoes, Sāmbhar powder and turmeric powder and mix to combine.
  4. Now add the beet and salt and stir well.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the beet softens.
  6. When the beet is cooked, add the cardamom powder, ghee and chopped coriander.
  7. Once all the ingredients are well combined, add the cooked rice to it. Toss to coat well. This is one of the best kid lunch box ideas to encourage fussy eaters.

14. Eggless Pancakes:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Eggless Pancakes

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder.
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, melted and warm.
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

How To:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, but do not over mix. There will be a few lumps, but it’s fine. Leave the batter aside for 4 minutes.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan on medium flame and pour a generous dollop of batter in the center of the pan. Do not spread the batter. Let the batter spread on own.
  3. Cook the pancake of medium flame for around half a minute or until bubbles start appearing.
  4. Flip it over and cook for another minute or until you get a nice, golden color.
  5. Top the pancake with honey, butter or maple sauce and place in the tiffin box.

15. Carrot Idli:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Carrot Idli

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 2 cups of idli rava
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of cooking soda bicarbonate.
  • 1/4 cup, packed coriander leaves.
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder

How To:

  1. In a processor jar, add green chilies, cumin powder, coriander leaves and pulse on high.
  2. Soak the urad dal for 2 to 3 hours. Soak idli rava in water separately for an hour.
  3. After 2 hours, grind the urad dal until smooth and fluffy. Keep it aside.
  4. Drain the water from idli rava and add to the urad dal batter. Mix well. Place the mixture for 8 to 10 hours in a warm place. The mixture will be double in volume after 10 hours.
  5. After the fermentation process, add soda bicarbonate and salt to the mixture. Mix well.
  6. Now add the ground coriander leaves mixture and mix again.
  7. Grease the idli plates with oil and place half teaspoon of grated carrot in the depression. Top it with idli batter.
  8. Steam for around 12 to 14 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the idli stand for a few minutes.
  9. Remove the idli carefully and serve with chutney and Sāmbhar. Carrot Idli is an interesting lunch box recipe for kids.

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16. Chocolate Fudge Brownie:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Chocolate Fudge Brownie

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You Will Need:

  • 140 grams of butter, cut into pieces.
  • 225 grams of plain chocolate
  • 225 grams of golden caster sugar.
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.
  • 100 grams of self-raising flour

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven and line a baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt 175 grams of chocolate in the microwave or double boiler.
  3. Chop the rest of the chocolate into small pieces and leave it aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs using an electric hand mixer for a few minutes or until it doubles in volume.
  5. Pour in the melted chocolate and fold gently.
  6. Add the flour and cocoa and fold again.
  7. Lastly, add the chopped chocolates.
  8. Pour the mixture into the baking tin, spreading into all corners.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the wire rack. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top.

17. Wholemeal Chicken Wrap:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Wholemeal Chicken Wrap

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You Will Need:

  • 140 grams of cooked sliced chicken.
  • 4 wholemeal tortillas
  • 1 yellow or orange pepper, deseeded, and sliced.
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 100 grams of low-fat cheese, grated.
  • 125 grams of cherry tomatoes, halved.

How To:

  1. Place the tortillas on a plate, cover with cling film and warm in the microwave for ten seconds.
  2. Spread a teaspoon of sour cream on each tortilla, top it with sliced chicken, sliced cherry tomatoes, and sliced pepper.
  3. Fold and wrap in foil. Chill in the refrigerator before packing.

[ Read: Gluten Free Lunch Ideas For Kids ]

18. Mexican Bean Burgers With Guacamole:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Mexican Bean Burgers with Guacamole

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You Will Need:

  • 400 gram tin of kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 15 grams of fresh coriander
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed.
  • 4 Cheddar slices
  • 1 tablespoon of plain flour
  • 250 grams of microwave wholegrain rice.
  • 30ml of soured cream
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 burger buns, split
  • 15ml lime juice
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves.

How To:

  1. Put coriander, beans, spring onion, eggs, 2 cheese slices in a food processor jar and pulse until roughly chopped. Stir in the rice and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 and shape into patties. Coat the patties with flour.
  3. Heat some oil in a non-stick frying pan and put the patties on it.
  4. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until the patties are golden in color.
  5. Place half a cheese slice on the patty so that it melts slightly.
  6. Preheat the grill to high.
  7. Meanwhile, scoop the avocado into a bowl and mash with a fork. Now add sour cream and lime juice to it. Season to taste.
  8. Grill the burger buns for one to two minutes until golden.
  9. Place a lettuce leaf on each bun, followed by a slice of tomato, burger patty and a spoon of guacamole. Put another slice of bread on it and pack in the box. This is one of the easy lunch box ideas for kids that is packed with nutrition!

19. Beef Mini Pies:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Beef Mini Pies

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You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • A few drops Worcestershire sauce.
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 200 grams of lean beef steak, mince.
  • 320 grams of pastry sheet
  • 14 grams of tomato purée
  • 40 grams Stilton
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard

How To:

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add the onions and fry until it softens. Now add the beef mince and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Add tomato puree, cover and simmer on low heat for 15 min or until the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and season to taste. Leave it aside to cool.
  4. Unroll the pastry sheet and cut out 15 discs. Use these discs to line the mini muffin molds.
  5. Crumble the Stilton into the meat mixture, add mustard and mix until well-combined.
  6. Divide the filling into the pastry case and press it down firmly.
  7. Brush the top with the egg and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown in color.

[ Read: Nutrition For Kids ]

20. Tuna Salad:

Lunch Box Recipes For Kids  - Tuna Salad

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You Will Need:

  • 100 grams of pasta
  • 1/4 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped into small pieces.
  • 1/4 red pepper, deseeded and cut into small pieces.
  • 40 grams of sweet corn, drained
  • 40 grams of low-fat cheese, cut into small cubes.
  • 50 grams of frozen peas
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise
  • 150 grams of tinned tuna, drained.

How To:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water and transfer in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, add cheese cubes, diced peppers, peas, sweet corn to the pasta and stir using a wooden spoon.
  3. Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, and zest and mix again.
  4. Finally, add the tuna and pasta and give a gentle mixing. Chill for a few hours before serving.

Your kid’s face will light up when he opens his lunch box during the recess. So which of these recipes are you planning to make for your kiddo? Tell us in the comment section below!

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