Egg-cellent and Easy Easter Lunch – Keeping the Lunch Box Simple

For three years I spent most weekday mornings putting together edible works of art for my daughter to demolish at lunchtime. I was (and sometimes still am) ‘that mom’ – the one you will claim has too much time on her hands. The truth is, this morning routine was something I looked forward to. Filling my daughter’s lunch box with beautiful food presentations served as my daily creative therapy. 

easy easter lunch lunches ideas
Veggie noodles (using a spiralizer), yogurt with sprinkles, strawberry ‘carrot’ in crushed oreo ‘dirt’, granola ‘bunny food’, berries, salad with bunny egg.

Then, this year something happened that changed it all. The bell schedule changed and the school day began almost an hour earlier than before. No amount of creative aspiration could motivate me to get out of bed earlier than necessary. The result? Very few edible masterpieces and many more mornings spent trying to convince my 3rd grader she would actually enjoy the hot lunch entrée.

However, whenever special events or holidays roll around I still have the urge to make something fun for lunch. Although I don’t have much time in the morning, I do have an abundance of plastic eggs around the house.

So, whether you’re an aspiring food artist or a lazy morning mom, you can impress your kids with an Easter Egg Hunt lunch.

easy easter lunch lunches ideas

Easter Egg Hunt Lunch

This is as simple as it comes; just choose one food from eachgroup and cut/shape them to fit in plastic eggs. For your big eaters try the larger eggs or throw in some extras. Easy for you and magical for your kids!


Protein

Hard boiled eggs

Energy balls or peanut butter balls

Cubed grilled chicken

Meatballs

easy easter lunch lunches ideas


Fruits

Berries

Grapes

Clementines  

Cut up fruit like mangos and kiwi

easy easter lunch lunches ideas


Veggies

Spiral veggie noodles

Baby carrots

Peas

Broccoli

easy easter lunch lunches ideas


Dairy

Cheese slices (get fancy with some mini cookie cutters)

String cheese (cut into pieces)

Mini Babybel

Mozzarella pearls 

easy easter lunch lunches ideas


Grains

Crackers

Cereal

Mini Muffins

French toast bites

Pasta

easy easter lunch lunches ideas


Sweet Treats

Peeps

Mini cookies

Cake balls

Bunny food (trail mix, granola, cereal, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, and marshmallows… basically any random stuff in your pantry works.) 

easy easter lunch lunches ideas


Don’t forget the drink! Throw in a silly straw, paper straw, or magic milk straw to make that carton of milk a little more fun.

This is also great for picky eaters. Having bite-size food that isn’t touching is ideal. Try to pick some foods that still go together. 

Pasta wheels and meatballs make the perfect pair!

easy easter lunch lunches ideas

French toast bites and peanut butter balls are great for a breakfast-inspired lunch. 

easy easter lunch lunches ideas 

What other foods could you put in an egg for Easter lunch? 

 

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Michele is a wife and a mother of three girls (7, 4, &1). She is originally from Sioux City, IA but has lived with her husband in North Liberty for almost 9 years. She works from home as an in-home childcare provider as well as a mompreneur making specialty desserts as well as children’s accessories and apparel. She spends her days creating all types of artwork and food while constantly learning new skills. She began her blog vanillabeansanddaydreams.blogspot.com this year as a way to document her journey to rediscover her passion for art.

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