Avocado and Cheese Roll-Ups
Serve cut-up wraps with pesto for a fun, dippable lunch option.
Get the recipe for Avocado and Cheese Roll-Ups
More roll-up ideas: Try bacon, lettuce, and tomato with barbecue sauce for dipping, or rotisserie chicken, guacamole, and sour cream with salsa for dipping.
The extras: A clementine and animal crackers.
Pack it in: Goodbyn Bynto lunch box, $9, and Leakproof Dipper container, $1.50: store.goodbyn.com.
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Salami and Cream Cheese Sandwich
Cut the sandwich into shapes with a sandwich cutter or large cookie cutter for a playful twist. Get the recipe for Salami and Cream Cheese Sandwiches
More sandwich ideas: Try sliced turkey with pesto mayonnaise, or almond butter and apple butter.
The extras: Multigrain chips, grape tomatoes, cookies, and cut-up kiwi.
Pack it in: Mom Invented Good Bites sandwich box, $6, ginsey.com. (Also available: Mom Invented Puzzle Bites sandwich cutter, $4, ginsey.com.)
Chickpea and Cucumber Salad With Hummus
Banish boring lunches with this lively Mediterranean salad served with hummus, mini pitas, and sliced bell peppers.
Get the recipe for Chickpea and Cucumber Salad With Hummus
More salad ideas: Try halved bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls) with grape tomatoes and basil, or macaroni with diced ham and baby spinach.
The extras: Grapes and dried apricots.
Pack it in: Laptop Lunches Bento-Ware lunch box, $24, laptoplunches.com.
Spaghetti With Spinach and Sausage
Forget tired old cafeteria spaghetti—this version boasts sliced chicken sausage and fresh spinach.
Get the recipe for Spaghetti With Spinach and Sausage
The extras: Bread sticks and an apple.
Pack it in: Aladdin Mini Lunch Bowl, $12, shopaladdin-pmi.com. LunchSkins Reusable Snack Bags, $7.90, lunchskins.com.
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