Summer is nice and all, but you’re not, like, that disappointed when it’s time for the kiddos to head back to school. (Nine-to-five childcare? Yes, please!) Here, 17 lunchbox ideas to help you send them on their merry way.

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Mason Jar Taco Salad

Turn lunchtime into a fiesta.

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Rainbow Hummus Wraps

Colorful and nutritious.

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Shhh it’s even gluten-free.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

We recommend making extras for yourself.

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We’d like to eat all of our lunches in mini form.

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Vegetarian Pizza with Zucchini and Bell Peppers

Your kid will love eating pizza for lunch and you'll love loading them up with veggies. Win-win.

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Veggie Sheet Pan Nachos

They’ll never fight you on nachos.

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Chicken Caesar Pita Pockets

The best way to make your kids like salad: Disguise it in a pillow of carbs.

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Definitely better than a bagel.

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Thai Lettuce Wraps

A lunch that lets them get their hands dirty.

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Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Hot Dogs

Dear Mom, just wondering why you didn’t think of this.

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Chopped Italian Salad Pizza

Creativity at its finest.

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Turkey Sandwich Kebabs

Skewers are wayyy more fun.

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Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices

This DIY meal will be a classroom favorite.

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Slow-Cooker Meal-Prep Burrito Bowls

A big-batch recipe you can cook once and eat all week.

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Citrus Chicken Quinoa Salad

Portable and packed with protein.

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BLT Pasta Salad

They won’t even notice the veggies.

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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