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10 Kids’ Lunches That Surely Beat the School Cafeteria

Week after week, it can be difficult to come up with new and exciting recipes to prepare for your kid’s lunch. Not to mention, ones that aren’t filled with bad-for-you ingredients and don’t take a lot of time out of your already-busy schedule (sorry, but engraving letters into our child’s sandwich just isn’t in the cards). Fear not, moms. Below, ten nutritious lunches that provide flavor and a hint—just a hint—of creativity.

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Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Dress up an otherwise simple sandwich by adding chunks of avocado (their favorite!). Complaints? We see none here.

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Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches

These pinwheels are so easy a kid could do it. (But really, why not ask them to help?)

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BLT Pasta Salad

Swap the sandwich bread for pasta…et voilà.

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Vegetarian Sushi Cups

We think we just found the cleverest way to get your kids to enjoy their vegetables.

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Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Nuggets typically raise a few eyebrows. But organic tenders that are breaded with quinoa and baked in the oven? Now that’s a different story.

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15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders

We don’t know about you, but any lunch that takes only 15 minutes to prep and cook is a win in our book.

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Brussels Sprout Sliders

Can we talk about how cute these little guys are? Prosciutto, mini mozzarella balls and sliced cherry tomatoes are sandwiched between lightly roasted Brussels sprouts.

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Meal-Prep Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Prepare a whole week’s worth of lunches in about a half hour. Good-for-you greens with hearty turkey meatballs will surely catch everyone’s attention at the cafeteria table.

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Lunch Kebabs with Mortadella, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Layer your kid’s favorite deli foods between mini slices of bread and you’ve got yourself a gourmet-looking lunch.

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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

A colorful lunch makes our stomach sing. This might be a light version of chicken salad, but we promise that no flavor has been sacrificed.

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