21 Healthy Yet Easy Cold Lunch Ideas For Kids

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Lunch is an important meal that a child mostly eats in school. As a loving parent, you may wish your child to carry homemade lunch to school, but you may worry about it getting cold. While eating cold, homemade food isn’t a problem, its palatability could be a concern. In such cases, you may wish to explore some cold lunch ideas for children.

Cold lunch recipes are for dishes that your child can eat cold. It means these dishes do not require reheating before eating. Several of these preparations do not even require cooking. Yet, they are healthy, tasty, and highly nutritious.

In this post, we bring you 20+ cold lunch ideas for children that you can prepare even a day before to save time on days when cooking fresh isn’t possible.   

20+ Healthy And Yummy Cold Lunch Ideas For Children

Here are some interesting cold lunch recipes you can try for your child and even involve them during preparation.

1. Udon with veggies

Udon with veggies

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You will need:

  • ½ cup udon (cooked)
  • ½ cup broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup green peas (boiled)
  • ¼ cup carrot (shredded)
  • 1 orange or yellow capsicum
  • 1 red paprika (chopped)
  • 1tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1tbsp dried oregano
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Salt, to taste

How to prepare: 

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over low-medium heat. Add sesame seeds and fry for a minute or two.
  2. Add all the veggies and stir-fry for seven to eight minutes until all the veggies look cooked through.
  3. Turn off the heat and set the skillet aside to cool. Stir in dried oregano, salt, and udon.
  4. Serve the noodles with a cup of fresh lemon water or pack them for your child’s lunch with a cup of fresh seasonal fruits, such as pineapple or dragon fruit.

2. Soba noodles with peanut sauce

Soba noodles with peanut sauce

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You will need:

  • 1 cup soba noodles (cooked)
  • 1 cup snap peas (trimmed and cooked)
  • 1 cup scallions (thinly sliced)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3tbp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 1tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1tbsp agave syrup
  • 2tsp ginger (minced)
  • 2tsp sesame oil
  • 3tsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt, to taste

How to prepare: 

  1. Blend peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, water, lime juice, agave syrup, minced ginger and garlic, sriracha, and salt into a smooth, lump-free dip. Pour the dip into a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the noodles, snap peas, scallions, sesame seeds, cilantro, and peanut sauce. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve chilled with a cucumber dip and a cup of fresh fruit juice, lemon water, ginger ale, or homemade cordial.
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