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Kids Lunch Box Ideas & Recipes

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Kids Lunch Box Ideas & Recipes, is an everyday hunt for the parents who pack homemade lunches for kids school / picnics. 

I pack lunch & snack boxes for my 3 children everyday, with freshly, homemade recipes. Henceforth, I shall share few of them that I packed on different days.

Previously, I posted 24 healthy kids lunch box, where I blogged only the packed lunches for lunch time. But, this page has boxes which I pack, includes individual box for lunch, snack and dip / chutney too.


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Until last academic year, I used plastic snack boxes, but this year I discarded them, and bought these brand new steel snack boxes and dip / chutney boxes. These are very easy to pack, clean and are leak proof.

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Homemade Lunch Boxes that I packed for my 3 kids:


  • Lunch Box: One left side, it’s homemade Aloo Korma Curry (Recipe Link⇒  Aloo / Potato Korma (Instant Pot, Stove Top) ). I made this in the morning within 20 mins, using Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
  • The other side, I packed Beetroot leaves roti. (Recipe link⇒  Roti / Tortilla with Beetroot Greens & Stalk ).  I made them the previous day, and stored them in an air tight container.
  • And a small cupcake as a sweet treat. (Recipe Link⇒  Apple Cupcakes [Eggless] ).
  • The top rack has chopped fresh iceberg lettuce, just as a salad.
  • Chutney box has homemade plain curds
  • Snack box has freshly green grapes.




  • Lunch Box: One left side two plain chapati / tortilla (whole wheat). I made the dough & chapati the previous night, stored in an air tight container at room temperature.
  • The other side, I packed Chana Masala / Chickpeas Curry which is full of protein. (Recipe link⇒ Chana Masala / Vegan Chickpea Stew (Instant Pot, Stove top) ) I made the curry in the morning, using Instant pot / pressure cooker. Alternatively, you can even make it the previous night too. 
  • On the top rack, it’s freshly made salad with ice berg lettuce and couple of cherry tomatoes.
  • Chutney box has fresh homemade curds / yogurt, added very little salt.
  • Snack box has slice of homemade fresh vegan cake. Eliminated the nuts just added the seeds. I made this previous night, stored it in an air-tight cake box at room temperature. (Recipe Link⇒ Eggless Healthy Dry Fruits & Nuts Cake )


  • Lunch Box: One right side that’s slices of fresh yellow apple. 
  • The other side, I packed Medu Vada / Savoury Lentil Donuts which are full of protein, iron & fibre. (Recipe link⇒ Medu Vada / Minapa Garelu / Savoury Lentil Donuts) I made the batter, previous night and left it on kitchen platform at room temperature. In the morning, I made the vada / donuts, but packed them only when they are warm but not too hot. Alternatively, you can even fry them previous night but store in an air-tight container until morning.
  • On the top rack, it’s freshly made salad with mixed greens, to compensate the oil in the vada / donuts.
  • Chutney box has Ginger chutney (Recipe Link⇒ Ginger Chutney / Allam Pachadi) with more sweetness rather than spice.
  • Snack box has fresh clementine cuties.


  • Lunch Box: One side I packed fresh homemade salad with fresh yellow capsicum, carrot slices, chopped fresh coriander leaves. Topped with salt & chilli flakes.
  • The other side, that’s Oats Veg Idli / Steamed Oats Patties. (Recipe link⇒ Instant Oats Idli / Oats Veg Idli ) I made the Idli batter & steamed the idli(s) the previous night, and just left them in an air-tight container on kitchen platform. In the morning, I warmed the idli(s) and packed them. (you can even make the batter alone, store in fridge & steam the idli in the morning).
  • Chutney box has Capsicum & Tomato Chutney / Pachchadi with very low spice level.
  • Snack box has fresh juicy plums.


  • Lunch Box: One side I packed salad with fresh romaine lettuce and red onion pieces.
  • On the other side I packed, steamed white rice lightly mixed with tri-colour stir fry. (Recipe link⇒ Cauliflower, Carrots & Peas Stir Fry ) I made the stir fry the previous night and just left it on kitchen platform. (you can even store it in fridge). In the morning, I cooked plain white rice in my rice cooker within 15 mins. After mixing, packed them only after getting to warm temperature.
  • Chutney box has tutti fruti / dried fruit.
  • Snack box has Crackers with cheese bites.


  • Lunch Box: One side I packed salad with fresh white lettuce.
  • On the other side I packed, Cabbage & Red Lentil Pakoda / Fritters. I made the batter previous night and just left it on kitchen platform. (you can even put it in fridge). And, fried them in the morning, using my AIR-FRYER within 15 mins. Stove-top method is also given here. (Recipe link⇒  Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda (Air fryer, Stove top methods)).
  • On the top, are golden raisins / kishmish.
  • Chutney box has store bought tomato ketchup as a dip.
  • Snack box has fresh carrot sticks. 


  • Lunch Box: One side I packed salad with fresh tomatoes & green cucumber.
  • On the other side I packed, quick rice recipe made with the POWERFUL GREENS, moringa / drumstick leaves. Over the weekend, I plucked the leaves from moringa twigs, washed, wiped and stored in fridge. And, made this recipe quickly within 10 mins from left over rice. (Recipe link⇒  Moringa / Drumstick Leaves Rice / Munagaku Pulihora).
  • Chutney box has homemade yogurt / curds sweetened with powdered sugar.
  • Snack box has fresh pieces of Sharon fruit. 


  • Lunch Box: One side I packed Clementine cuties.
  • On the other side I packed one triangle of simple sandwich. Made with, Whole Wheat bread, applied butter on one side, tomato sauce on other side. For fillings, I used double cheese slice, fresh lettuce, tomato slices, fresh herbs (coriander). 
  • On the top rack, for dessert its homemade Coconut Fudge (Recipe link⇒ Fresh Coconut Fudge / Burfi ).
  • Chutney box has Salad of Cucumber pieces & carrot strips.
  • Snack box has fresh pieces of pear, which I cut at last i.e just before closing the box.


  • Lunch Box: One side I packed slices of Yellow skinned melon / musk melon.
  • On the other side I packed Air-fried arbi / taro root slices, which is full of carbs & does not need any major prep. (Recipe link⇒ Taro Root / Arbi / Colocasia / Chamadumpa Fry (Air-fryer, Stove-top) ). I pressure cooked the arbi / taro root the previous night. Left it at room temperature. But, air-fried in the morning with very little spice and then packed. Check the recipe link for stove top method. Homemade Papads on the top rack.
  • Chutney box has tomato sauce / ketchup as a dip for the fries.
  • Snack box has fresh pomegranate seeds, which I de-seeded the previous night and stored in fridge.
Arbi / Taro Root / Colocasia Fries (air-fried) with tomato ketchup as dip, slices of fresh musk melon and homemade papads. Fresh Pomegranate seeds for snack.

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