A Week’s Worth of Lunches for Back-to-School

Can you believe the new school year is upon us? It seems like just yesterday I was making our summer bucket list and yet the school supply list for Parker’s new preschool just arrived in my inbox last week. She is actually going to be starting at a new school this fall and we are all feeling super excited about it. I’m really glad to not be doing the daily commute that we’ve been keeping up for over a year now and I’m also looking forward to being able to pack her lunch for the first time!  Her current school provides lunch, which has been so great and convenient, but I’m really excited to be able to actually choose what she’s eating for lunch every day. (I’ve been brainstorming lunch ideas and stocking up on bento boxes in preparation!) How do you feel about packing lunches? Do you find it’s easy to get stumped? Do your kids prefer variety or gravitate towards the same things every day? We partnered with Target and Annie’s today to share a week’s worth of lunch ideas to get you (and me!) started this school year!  My requirements for these lunches? They can’t be super fancy or time consuming because there’s nothing more disappointing than spending an hour making a scratch veggie lasagna that nobody wants to eat.  (Speaking from personal experience here!)  Also, they have to be things Parker would actually eat, not tuna stuffed tomatoes or smoked salmon.  We aimed for balanced lunches, too– they all provide a good source of protein, even though three are vegetarian, and all of them include fruits or vegetables or both.  (PS. During the month of August Target will have a variety of Cartwheel offers that you don’t want to miss to celebrate back to school yum with Annie’s!)  Also, all of you more experienced mamas, what are your go-to lunch ideas?!  I’d love to hear!


Sweet Potato and Cheese Quesadilla

Wild Rice

Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks

Black Beans


Whole Wheat Bagel Pizzas with halved Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Sliced Cucumbers

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Mixed Berries


Scrambled Eggs

Annie’s Organic Berry Bunnies Cereal

Turkey Sausage

Peeled Clementines


Annie’s Bunny Pasta with Yummy Cheese and Green Peas


Grilled Chicken

Carrot Sticks


Celery Sticks and Apple Slices

Almond Butter

Cheddar Cheese Cubes

Annie’s Chewy Granola Bars

Photography by Aaron Pinkston

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Target & Annie’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. I love Annie’s!

    JenniferEffortlessly Sophisticated

  2. Jennifer


    Does your daughter eat things like the quesadilla and pasta cold or does her school warm them up? I’ve been trying to figure out what to send with my son but his school won’t microwave so been stuck trying to figure out good options and containers.

    • Jen Pinkston


      That’s a really good question. They don’t heat them up, either, but she normally doesn’t mind eating things cold. Since this will be our first foray into school lunches it will be really interesting to see what and how much she eats while she is there.

  3. I don’t have anyone to pack a lunch for but those could be modified for me! 🙂 Where are the containers from? Adorable post.

    • Jen Pinkston


      You totally could! Just updated the post with a link at the bottom for the bento boxes– a lot of people have been asking on Instagram, too! Xo

  4. Kay schoening


    Such great ideas!

  5. Kay schoening


    Such great ideas! Such cute girls!

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