25 actual teacher lunches that will inspire you to pack your own

When you’re running from copier to recess duty and heading back, it’s easy to get back to the fast-food teacher lunch and granola bars lying in the car. We get it. This is why we are always on the lookout for better ideas that are cheaper, easier to pack and more nutritious. These teachers showed us how to do it.

1. Greek yogurt private pan pizza

Personal pizza in glassware

Because pizza is always a good idea.

Source: @teachertastes

2. Lots of nibbles

Pesto, vegetables and other snacks in a bowl

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

Source: @thepinspiredteacher

3. Mac + cheese

Mac and cheese plus peas, baby carrots, and fruit

It’s not just for kids! Add some peas or broccoli and pack some raw vegetables or fruits on the side for a healthy twist.

Source: taylorcaitlyn_

4. Salad in a jar

Salad in jars on a countertop

We love all the clever variations of this portable, ready-made salad.

Source: ericabohrer

5. Chola salad

Chickpea salad on a cracker

When you get tired of both chicken and tuna salad. Pack some crackers to go with an extra-special lunch time treat.

Source: @getbusyteaching

6. Sheet pan meal preparation

Sausage, peppers and vegetables in a glass food box

You had me in the sheet pan.

Source: @teachertastes

7. A hearty veggie soup

Still from @ katienorris27 channel

It’s great for a quick and healthy lunch throughout the week.

Source: ati katienorris27

8. If in doubt, go easy

Easy means not annoying! Sometimes the best lunches are those that rely on simple, healthy ingredients.

Source: teacherandtoddlermeals

9. Chicken Tikka Masala


Source: @themindfuleducator

10. Couscous and veggies

Serve cold or warm, this combination makes a great salad that will satisfy you.

Source: @ let.a.girl.eat

11. Breakfast for lunch

Still from the atekate_in_the_kitchen channel

This is inspired.

Source: atekate_in_the_kitchen

12. Unique quiches

Still from the @teachingtable channel

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

Source: @teachingtable

13. Pasta to go

Still from ilmillennialmusicteacher

Standing on his own two feet all day By Carbohydrate loading is required.

Source: millennialmusicteacher

14. Greek tuna salad

Whipped and lemon jazz-up tuna salad. Fill the cake or eat out of the bowl!

Source: @ captivatescience

15. A protein-and-veggie bowl

Still from the mpcomprehenibleclassroom channel

It never gets any easier than this. A variety of vegetables of your choice, a little protein, a little Greek yogurt, and you can go.

Source: mpcomprehensibleclassroom

16. Fried-cauliflower taco bowl

Fried cauliflower and veggie bowl

Literally saliva.

Source: udbudgetbytes

17. A rainbow of vegetables

Colorful vegetables in a pot

Get your color.

Source: heymissreception

18. Wrap it

Still from the @teacherandtoddlermeals channel

Switch up your sandwich.

Source: teacherandtoddlermeals

19. Mini Cheese Board

Still from the @easylunchboxes channel

It’s like your own personal charcuterie platter.

Source: aseasylunchboxes

20. Burger bowl

Burgers with pickles and fried in a glass dish

You heard me.

Source: @teachertastes

21. Corn salsa and chipotle chicken bowl

Corn salsa with chipotle chicken bowl

Fairly confident that I will eat these five food-preparation bowls on Monday.

Source: @teachertastes

22. Chicken Gyros

Still from 8

I want to be friends with this teacher.

Source: @carollovescupcakes

23. Fried righteousness

Still from 8

They beat what they are serving in the cafeteria.

Source: archers_all_stars

24. Beef with Brussels sprouts

Still from 8

This simple two-ingredient lunch will require you to count the seconds until you can eat it.

Source: @gettingfitwithlusee

25. Ravioli Sandwich

Bento box with creamed sandwiches and snacks

There are also many more delicious things… but the most beautiful mini sandwich in the world.

Source: @schoollunchbox

What is your favorite teacher lunch? Share comments with us!

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