25 Real Teacher Lunches That Will Inspire You to Pack Yours More Often

Just because you can eat a whole sleeve of Oreos during recess doesn’t mean you should.

15 Real Teacher Lunches

When you’re running from the copier to recess duty and back again, it’s easy to fall back on fast-food teacher lunches and granola bars wolfed down in the car.

We get it. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for better ideas that are inexpensive, easy to pack, and nutritious, too. These teachers showed us how it’s done.

1. A homemade pizza bagel.

Because pizza is always a good idea. 

2. Lots of nibbles.

Who says you have to pack a sandwich or leftovers? Snacks FTW.

3. Mac + cheese.

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It’s not just for kids! Mix in some peas or broccoli and pack some raw veggies or fruit on the side for a healthy twist. 

4. Salads in a jar.

You’ve seen them on Pinterest, but honestly they don’t have to be complicated, and they’re a great way to get the veggies in.

5. Chickpea salad.

For when you’re tired of both chicken and tuna salad. Pack some crackers to go with it for an extra special lunchtime treat. 

6. A build-your-own yogurt parfait.

With veggies and an energy bar on the side. Sold.

7. A whole week of burrito bowls.

Why stop at Taco Tuesday?

8. When in doubt, go simple. 

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring! Sometimes the best lunches are those that rely on easy, wholesome ingredients. 

9. Chicken tikka masala.

BRB, drooling.

10. Cous cous and veggies.

Served cold or warm, this combination makes for a great salad that will also fill you up. 

11. Breakfast for lunch.

This is inspired.

12. Individual quiches.          

Imagine opening your lunch box and seeing this beauty waiting for you.

13. Pasta to go.

Standing on your feet all day does require carb loading.

14. Korean beef bowls. 

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Meal prep for the week ✅!

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This protein-packed lunch is guaranteed to keep you from getting hangry before dismissal.

15. A pita pocket.

It doesn’t get any easier than this. One pita, a little hummus, and a few veggies, and you’re good to go.

16. Tiny boxes.

Rather than go the mason jar route, this teacher packs her salad ingredients in individual containers so that everything is fresh come noon (or 10:30 at my school).

17. A rainbow of veggies.

Get your colors in.

18. Wrap it up.

Switch up your sandwich.

19. Mini cheese board. 

It’s like your own personal charcuterie platter.

20. Soup with all the toppings. 

Putting it in a glass bowl helps you feel civilized.

21. Pineapple and black bean salad.

What kind of genius came up with this perfect lunchtime creation?

22. Chicken gyros.

I want to be this teacher’s friend.

23. Stir-fried goodness.

Beats whatever they’re serving in the cafeteria.

24. Beef with brussels sprouts. 

This easy two-ingredient lunch will have you counting down the seconds until you can eat it.

25. Bacon-fat popcorn.

Plus lots of other yummy things … but also, bacon-fat popcorn.

What did YOU have for lunch today? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers Chat group on Facebook.

Plus, check out our favorite crockpot recipes for teachers.

25 Real Teacher Lunches That Will Inspire You to Pack Yours More Often

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

One Comment

  1. These are great ideas! I just wish recipes were included for a cooking novice like me 🙁 At least for the stir fry, gyro, chicken masala, and potato soup…

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