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Best Brown Bag Lunch Recipes

The Top Ten


Packing school lunches is one of the more challenging tasks of the school year. For tips on making a brown bag lunch that your child will eat, see Brown Bag Lunch Recipes. Get your child involved in the process, think about creative ways to package foods she likes and will eat, and be sure to follow food safety rules. Then let your imagination take over! And don't forget to check out my Brown Bag Lunch Menus for ideas and recipes that are based on your child's preferences. These delicious and easy ten recipes are the best for school lunches. Your kids will love them!

1. Individual Layered Salad

Individual Layered Salad
Linda Larsen

One of the nicest things about this salad is the combination of textures and flavors. Another nice thing is the taste. And the third nice thing (I'm beginning to feel like Monty Python here) is how easy it is to make. And you can vary the ingredients to suit your child's taste! (I guess that's four nice things!)

2. Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches

Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches
Linda Larsen

I love how easy these sandwiches are to make. And they taste wonderful! There's something about the rich, buttery, salty flavor of Parmesan cheese that really complements the meaty flavor of tuna. And these sandwiches are inexpensive too.

3. Chicken Waldorf Sandwich

Chicken Waldorf Sandwich
Linda Larsen

Waldorf Salad is an irresistible combination of apples, walnuts, and raisins in a smooth and creamy dressing. Add chicken to this mixture and put it between slices of raisin bread for a delicious twist on the classic chicken salad sandwich.

4. Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato Tortellini Soup
Linda Larsen

Just four ingredients make this special and rich soup super easy. If your kids don't like peas (are there kids who don't like peas?) leave them out, or substitute corn or bell peppers. You can use this basic formula to enhance any canned soup too.

5. Crisp Tuna Salad

Crisp Tuna Salad
Linda Larsen

This simple four ingredient salad recipe has great flavor and crunch. I loved those crisp potato sticks as a child (and still do!) and they add the perfect note to this easy salad recipe.

6. M&M Cookies

M&M Cookies
Linda Larsen

These cookies are like a hyped up Chocolate Chip Cookie! You can use specialty M&M candies to make these cookies too - for instance, choose your child's school colors, or use orange, red, and brown M&Ms for Halloween treats. Yum.

7. Peanut Butter Granola Wraps

Peanut Butter Granola Wrap Sandwich
Linda Larsen

What could make peanut butter sandwiches even better? Add some crunchy granola and sweet dried cherries to the mix! Then spread it on a whole wheat tortilla, roll it up, and a delectable sandwich is ready in a snap.

8. Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log
Linda Larsen

I remember the first time I saw these little goodies in Brownies (the first step in the Girl Scout family). It's so descriptive, yet not gross at all! And the combination of crunchy celery, smooth and rich peanut butter, and chewy little dried cherries or raisins is really good. Kids love them!

9. Five Ingredient Crockpot Chili

Five Ingredient Crockpot Chili
Linda Larsen

This is an excellent soup to have for dinner on a cold fall night - you come home to the most wonderful aromas. Then, the next morning, reheat leftovers and pack into a warmed thermos. Add a bag of tortilla chips or corn chips and some baby carrots or sliced pears, and your child will have a wonderful and nutritious lunch that he will eat!

10. Cookie Brittle

Cookie Brittle Cookies
Linda Larsen

This delicious version of Chocolate Chip Cookies turns the classic cookie into shortbread! I love the texture of these cookies and so will you. It's melting and tender, yet crisp and a little bit chewy. And it's the perfect choice for tucking into a lunch box.

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