Originally Answered: What are some quick and easy school lunches to make for kids?
cereal!!! put it in a plastic container with lid. when they get to the lunch room, they can buy the milk to add (35 cents now?). they can rinse it out (or just close it up if they are lazy) and bring the container home to reuse.
healthy cereals that are high in fiber and low in sugar (raisin bran, special k) are gonna be the best choice. the milk adds protein at a low cost, while the fiber in teh cereal will fill the kids up.
add sides of fresh fruit, baked chips, veggies, or other healthy snacks to fill out the meal. maybe a box of juice, or they can buy this at school also. trail mix makes a good hearty snack-type thing too, target has a lot of options. (just don't give too much, because nuts are nutritious but high in fat and calories).
of course, also the usual pb&j, lunchmeat & cheese, dinner leftovers, & ready made foods (microwavable containers of pasta & sauce, etc).
easy mac now makes bowls that all you do is add water to the bowl. or get the kind that needs your own bowl (cheaper) and just give the kids a plastic bowl to cook it in, with a lid so they can close it back up and not get everything all dirty when they bring the container home. (ps lines for the microwave might be too long for this to be a good option, your kids will be able to tell you).
i hesitate with the lunchmeats and/or leftovers ideas because those things need refrigeration (unless lunchtime is really early!). either buy an icy pack, or freeze their beverage (capri sun works great!!) to keep the lunch cool.