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Deliciously Cheap Homemade Lunchable for Kids


As parents, we’re always on the lookout for budget-friendly yet nutritious options for our children’s meals, especially when it comes to school lunches. Today, I want to share a fun and easy recipe that my kindergartener absolutely loves: Homemade Lunchables!


This morning, my son came up to me with a request for a lunchable, just like the ones he sees at the store. Instead of reaching for the pre-packaged version, I decided to create a homemade alternative that’s not only cheaper but also customizable and healthier.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Honey ham slices (or any deli meat of your choice)
  • Kraft singles (because who doesn’t love that cheesy goodness?)
  • Ritz crackers (or any other cracker your child enjoys)
  • Small container or lunchbox

To start, I used the small cup that comes with NyQuil (thoroughly washed and dried, of course!) to make perfect circles out of the honey ham slices and Kraft singles. This step adds a fun touch and mimics the look of traditional lunchables.

Next, I arranged the ham and cheese circles alongside a stack of Ritz crackers in a small container. You can also add in some sliced veggies or fruits for extra nutrition.

What I love about this homemade lunchable is that it’s not only affordable but also gives you control over the ingredients. You can opt for whole-grain crackers, low-sodium deli meat, or even swap the cheese for a dairy-free alternative if your child has dietary restrictions.

Now, here’s the funny part: as my son was getting ready, he suddenly remembered that lunchables come with a piece of candy. While I don’t usually include candy in his lunches, you can always add a small treat like a piece of chocolate or a few gummy bears to make it extra special.

This homemade lunchable is not just a hit with my son but also a lifesaver on busy mornings. It’s a balanced meal that satisfies his cravings while ensuring he gets the nutrients he needs to fuel his day at school.

So, the next time your little one asks for a lunchable, why not try this budget-friendly and delicious homemade version? It’s a win-win for both your wallet and your child’s taste buds!

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