Pizza-style whirl buns

Back to school: Packed lunch ideas that don’t involve a cheese sandwich

They'll be the envy of all their friends

By Rebecca Shepherd, 21 April 2017
Back to school: Packed lunch ideas that don’t involve a cheese sandwich

Creating packed lunches for our kids to take to school can be a tricky task. You have to consider, ease, time, what they like and dislike, and of course, making sure they are eating something nutritious to help fuel their school day. 

And there's no denying that sandwiches are always going to be packed lunch winners, but they can get a bit monotonous and aren't suitable for kids who are Coeliac.

There are lots of things you can try however, to mix up your little ones' lunches as Asda's shelves are bursting with different picnic-perfect ingredients. We've even got some lovely school lunch boxes to help package up their food, because nobody likes a bruised banana, do they? 

To help you create a great lunchbox for your little one, we've rounded up some of our favourite recipes ideas which they'll love munching on. 

Ham, Broccoli and sweetcorn frittata

If you know your little one would never chomp down on a few stalks of steamed veg, then try sneaking them into this ham, broccoli & sweetcorn frittata recipe. It takes 15 minutes to make and you can add as much veg as you want. Cut them a slice a day. Easy!

Potato crust pizza

This is perfect if your little ones are gluten-free as this pizza base is made from potatoes rather than flour for a treat that the whole family can enjoy. Simply slice it into portions and lunch is served!

Falafel wraps

This easy recipe makes a great midweek meal for vegetarians plus leftovers make for a great lunchbox meal. Remember to cover the wrap in foil so it stays in one piece in a lunchbox or picnic basket. If you don't have time to make your own falafel, you can buy them too.

Leek, cheese and bacon muffins

Your little one will love eating these savoury muffins. They're so easy to make on a Sunday, and can be chucked into a packed lunch as a great sandwich alternative. With cheese, leek and bacon flavours coming through, they'll definitely go down well. Plus you could freeze them if you make too many.

Greek style chicken pittas

This is a great lunch to make if you’ve got any leftover chicken, or cook the chicken from scratch with lemon zest, oregano, olive oil and garlic. If you buy a pack of pittas and have lots leftover you could also try toasting, slicing them up and dipping in houmous for after school snacks. 

Tuna melts

Simple, but great! These tuna melts make for the perfect lunch for your kids and big kids. Ask them what toppings they'd like to have on their melts like sweetcorn, ham, mushrooms, tuna, tomatoes and pineapple then wrap in foil.

Club sandwich pasta

Combine all the flavours of a classic club sandwich in this quick and easy club sandwich pasta recipe. Pasta dishes are a great way of using up whatever you have in the fridge so don't feel you have to stick to the recipe! Just remember to pack them a fork...


Pasta with broccoli

This broccoli pasta is a great family midweek meal that can easily be scaled up to serve in packed lunches. Pop a portion in a box and hey presto, lunch is served. Plus you can mix up the pasta shapes and swap for whatever their preferred pasta shape is. 

Pizza-style whirl buns

This budget recipe for pizza buns makes 12 savoury snacks ideal for picnics, parties and lunchboxes. Plus the dough is super easy to make - just add water to our bread mix flour. Simples. Then tear into portion-sized bits ready for the lunchbox. 

Make sure you stock up on everything you need at Asda to create your perfect lunch, including our huge range of lunchboxes, or pop into your local store