20 school lunches you can make in five minutes or less

Because it shouldn’t have to take any longer.

Weekday mornings are tough for everyone, but working mothers definitely have the most to balance. It’s a huge chore to get the kids ready to go out the door and do the same for yourself. The details, like preparing lunch, can be overwhelming, especially when you’re in a crunch for time. Thankfully, we found 20 easy recipes that you can prepare in 5 minutes or less to make the morning rush just a bit easier.

1. DIY Lunchable

DIY Lunchable
The possibilities are easy and endless.Recipe and photo via: Marla Meridith

This lunch is an upgrade from the highly processed supermarket favorite: sliced cheese and salami, cut veggies, layered crackers and fresh fruit is finger food with nutritional value.

2. Cream Cheese and Ham Pinwheels

Cream  Cheese and Ham Pinwheels
A creamy lunchtime main packed with protein.Recipe and photo via: Following In My Shoes

Sandwich rollups never fail, especially when paired with rich cream cheese and savory ham. Add a handful of fruits and veggies on the side for a lunchtime platter your kid can’t resist.

3. Mini Pizza

Mini Pizza
This pizza is possible without an oven.Recipe and photo via: A Pumpkin and a Princess

There’s no need to bake these pizza creations. Your child can make their own pie using shredded cheese, mini pepperoni, marinara sauce and round pieces of flatbread.

4. Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwich

Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwich
Your kid will love these squares of strawberry heaven.Recipe and photo via: My Fussy Eater

This sweet sandwich is super easy to make. Just layer sliced strawberries on a cream cheese spread. Add sides of blueberries and bananas for extra fruity flavor.

5. Chicken and Avocado Mayo Wrap

Chicken and Avocado Mayo Wrap
Heart-healthy fats and lean protein power this wrap.Recipe and photo via: My Fussy Eater

Avocado-mayo spread, pre-cooked chicken and crisp lettuce come together to create a power-packed super sandwich. You can rely on it alone to keep your kid full all day.

6. Salmon, Cream Cheese and Spinach Pinwheels

Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Spinach Pinwheels
Delicious smoked salmon deserves its chance to shine.Recipe and photo via: My Fussy Eater

Stuck in a basic lunch meat rut? Switch out turkey and ham for omega-3-rich salmon. Roll it up with a swipe of cream cheese and a spread of spinach.

7. Fruit Wrap Snack

Fruit Wrap Snack
Taste the rainbow with this light and refreshing wrap.Recipe and photo via: Natural Beach Living

This rainbow roll of fruits is tasty alone, but a side of almond or peanut butter adds protein-packed flavor. Cut the fruit the night before to slice prep time in half.

8. Turkey and Roast Beef String Cheese Wraps

Turkey and Roast Beef String Cheese Wraps
This traditional snack will be the star of your kid's lunch.Recipe and photo via: Baked Bree

Most kids love string cheese, but it isn’t enough to stand alone for lunch. Instead, wrap them in your choice of lunch meat to add bulk.

9. Waffle Taco Bar

Waffle Taco Bar
Trade the traditional tortilla for a breakfast favorite.Recipe and photo via: Kids Activities Blog

Use handmade leftovers from breakfast or heat a favorite frozen variety pack to create waffle taco shells. Pack pre-cooked meat (or dinner leftovers), sprinkles of cheese, simple veggies and smashed avocado to complete this taco takeaway box.

10. Mini Chicken and Waffle Skewers

Mini Chicken And Waffle Skewers
A downsized take on an American classic.Recipe and photo via: Kids Activity Blog

This take on a soul food favorite alternates pre-cooked chicken nuggets and mini waffles on a popsicle stick.

11. PB&J Waffle Sandwiches

PB&J Waffle Sandwiches
These little poppers can work for breakfast or lunch.Recipe and photo via: Cooking Classy

The PB&J sandwich is in desperate need of an upgrade: Try substituting bread for mini waffles you can pop in the toaster.

12. Applewiches

Applewiches
A sandwich has never been so crisp.Recipe and photo via: Add a Pinch

Apples make great lunchtime sides, but why not make them the star of the show? Try tart Granny Smiths or sweet Golden Delicious apples to entice your kid's palate.

13. Banana Wrap

Banana Wrap
Bananas deserve more than sidekick status.Recipe and photo via: The Gracious Pantry

Don’t throw a banana in your child’s bag: put it in their sandwich! This recipe also points to a sneaky way to incorporate additional nutrition: sprinkle chia or flax seeds onto the spread.

14. Taco Salad

Taco Salad
Eating veggies is a no-fuss matter with this taco-inspired salad.Recipe and photo via: Kristine's Kitchen

Pre-cooked meat (or dinner leftovers) is key to this salad’s success. Simply layer all ingredients in a container. Add a side of salsa for “dressing.”

15. Granola Crunch Apple-Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps

Granola Crunch Apple-Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps
Granola doesn't just belong in trail mix. It's good for sandwiches too!Recipe and photo via: Two Healthy Kitchens

Most wraps get their crunch from lettuce, but this recipe uses crisp apple and crumbly granola. It’s essentially a trail mix sandwich, held together by trusty peanut butter.

16. Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich

Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich
Egg salad can step to the side for this modern mash.Recipe and photo via: Two Peas and Their Pod

Avocado and chickpeas make a creamy, nutrient-rich spread for any sandwich. Bonus: it can be used as a dip for veggies and crackers for other lunchtime combinations.

17. Lettuce Wrap Sandwich

## Lettuce Wrap Sandwich
Tortillas can get tiring. Try this refreshing leafy wrap instead.Recipe and photo via: Simply Sissom

Parchment paper is the key to keeping this wrap together. Layer your sandwich toppings on lettuce and roll.

18. Mini Salad Pita Pockets

Mini Salad Pita Pockets
The cutest "salad" you will ever see.Recipe and photo via: Lauren's Latest

You can stuff these pita pockets with anything your heart desires. Even better: they’re low-mess since toppings can’t slip from the sides.

19. Bite Sized Greek Salad

Bite Sized Greek Salad
They say the best things in life come in small packages, perhaps like these little vegetarian bites.Recipe and photo via: Cooking With My Kid

Veggie and cheese kabobs have never been more adorable. These are the perfect size for dunking into sides of sauce.

20. Rainbow Fruit Salad

Rainbow Fruit Salad
No sugar is necessary for this very sweet salad.Recipe and photo via: Living Well Mom

Slice your child’s favorite fruit and throw it in a to-go container. It’s packed with nutrients and hydration to keep your kid fully charged all day.