25 Crazy Easy Summer Lunch Recipes for Kids

Moms and Kids Will Love these Summer Lunch Ideas!

Easy summer lunch recipes for kids (like these meal stations!) are a must-have!

Kids and moms need more time to enjoy the summer weather, crazy vacations and of course — catching fireflies!

To give you and your kids a stress-free summer with lots of yummy food, I’m offering you a huge list of ideas that will be a winner with moms and kids!

Easy Summer Lunch Ideas for Moms and Kids

Whether it's summer time or the busy school days, parents need super easy lunch recipes that are ready in minutes, make littleness and taste crazy good.

Summer Lunch Idea #1: Italian skillet.

Oh yeah.

This is my go-to meal during the week!

I’ve been making it for years and no one is tired of it yet!

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Summer Lunch Idea #2: Quesadillas.

This is one of those fun ideas I wish I had come up with sooner!

Easy and versatile, each kid can pick out their very own flavors for a personalized quesadilla.

easy summer lunch ideas for moms and kids

Summer Lunch Idea #3: Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Yes, definitely!

This kid-friendly restaurant has just rolled out an awesome lunch buffet that’s summer budget friendly!

My kids and I just headed there the other week and had a blast!

My daughter is on a strict, gluten-free diet and guess what?

They even had gluten-free pizza!

They served it on a separate pan and even had a separated pizza cutter that was labeled gluten-free.

She was one happy pizza-eater that day!

Summer Lunch Idea #4: Quick Tuna Croquettes.

You can use canned salmon OR tuna for this recipe!

Even our teens make these on a weekly basis.

It’s a family favorite for a quick and hearty lunch!

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Summer Lunch Idea #5: Stove-top Bacon Shells and Cheese.

We never use the box macaroni and cheese anymore after diving into this recipe!

The tiny pieces of bacon make this recipe top notch!

Summer Lunch Idea #6: Easy Sloppy Joes.

Move over canned sauce!

This homemade, super-simple recipe will knock your kids’ socks off!

And do me a teensy, weeny favor?

Add a slice of cheese on these babies!

Summer Lunch Idea #7: Easy Chicken Salad.

I love I can whip up this ahh-mazing salad the night before and we can just grab some bread and make some quick and yummy sandwiches!

Kitchen never gets hot and kids and mom enjoy a change-up on quick lunches!

Summer Lunch Idea #8: Tater Tot Nachos.

These are really popular on Pinterest right now!

Head on over and find out why!

Summer Lunch Idea #9: Homemade Ham, Turkey and Cheese Pockets.

These will bring back memories for parents!

But, our homemade version is healthier, super easy and a HUGE winner with moms and kids!

Grab the recipe here!

Summer Lunch Idea #10: 15 Minute Simple Tortilla pizza.

Store-bought flour and corn tortillas are an absolute necessity in our busy home.

We’re grabbing those easy-meal-making helpers severalties per week so we can keep our large, busy family fed!

You’ll love this easy recipe that kids can helpmate too!

Personalize them for even more lunch time fun!

Summer Lunch Idea #11: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Yes it’s a classic.

Yes, you may have already thought of it.

But, just in case….

Here’s a few tweaks.

  • Use sourdough bread
  • Use two slices of cheese
  • Cook in butter and not oil
  • Make homemade tomato soup instead of canned.

Summer Lunch Idea #12: Easy baked taco pie.

We’re Tex-Mex food lovin’ family and no one complains when deserve this super-easy dish for lunch!

If we eat a hearty lunch, we’ll plan lighter dinner!

Summer Lunch Idea #13: Meatless burritos.

Just a few simple ingredients get this easy summer lunch on the table!

Summer Lunch Idea #14: Taco Lasagna.

A creative spin on tacos and lasagna!

This one dish meal is super quick to toss together and keeps the kids happy and full!

Summer Lunch Idea #15: Easy Tuna BLT.

Can you tell our family loves tuna?

Here’s a super simple way to jazz up a plain sandwich during the summer months!

Summer Lunch Idea #16: Zucchini pizza bites.

A fresh and healthier twist to pizza.

These look adorable! Get the full directions here.

Summer Lunch Idea #17: Easy Mexican Pinwheels.

These are great for the summer, but work beautifully during the school year too!

Keep these cuties in the fridge and you’ll ready to dig into lunch any day of the week!

Summer Lunch Idea #18: Easy Skillet Burgers.

Just made these for my kids yesterday for the umpteenth time and there were no complaints — only thumbs up and smiles!

Just enough of a “thank you”before they headed out for some more roller-blading and water fights!

Summer Lunch Idea #19: Pizza Spaghetti Bake.

No kid will complain about getting pizza and spaghetti for lunch!

This is a super simple dish that’s your fave Italian foods all dressed up!

Add a salad and you’ve got a little pizza restaurant in your own home!

Summer Lunch Idea #20: Pizza Egg Rolls

These are SO fun to make!

We made a supreme version here and they’re a little more complicated, ut definitely a fun adventure!

Summer Lunch Idea #21: Grilled Smothered Reuben

Leave the sauerkraut on for the parents and remove it for most kids!

Summer Lunch Idea #22: Pigs in a Blanket

These are simple, fun, and can be made by parents and kids in just minutes! You can use super cheap biscuits, cheap hotdogs, and almost any kind of sliced cheese!

We also made an easy honey mustard for a dipping sauce, Add some veggies nd dip and fresh fruit for a healthier, simple lunch!

Summer Lunch Idea #23: Perfect Salmon Patties

We made these ALL the time and they’re super simple! When you add a few splashes of lime or lemon, they taste super summery!

Summer Lunch Idea #24: Turkey and Cheese Skewers

These are simple and made with lunch meat and veggies! Perfect for little hands ot help assemble!

Summer Lunch Idea #25: Easy Stir Fry

Don’t be intimidated by a stir fry! They’re truly super simple and make the perfect, lazy lunch! Plus, you can get a LOT of veggies into one stir fry recipe!


Homemade Corn Dogs.

We just found this recipe and can’t believe how easy it is to make these! Brings back summer fair memories for parents!

Kids LOVE these!

What easy summer lunch ideas do you have?

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