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Menu Planning: A Month's Worth of School Lunch Ideas

Michael Kraus

Week 1:

Monday:

Sandwich Fingers: Cut your kid's favorite sandwich lengthwise into 4 sticks.

Tuesday:

Pack breakfast for lunch! We've got 15 easy recipes here.

Wednesday:

Combine roasted red-pepper hummus, tuna and bagged coleslaw. Spoon into a mini-whole-wheat pita.

Thursday:

Tortellini Kebabs Thread tortellini, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls on a skewer. (Best for kids over 4!)

Friday:

Bento Boxes: Try one of our 20 supercute ideas (it's easier than you think!)

Week 2:

Monday:

Pile guacamole, pepper jack cheese, tomato and sliced deli turkey on a toasted English muffin.

Tuesday:

Cover 2 toasted whole-wheat bagel thins with veggie cream cheese. Top with cucumber slices.

Wendesday:

Spread pesto on 2 slices of toasted sourdough bread. Top with slices of fresh mozzarella, bacon, sliced tomato and lettuce.

Thursday:

Split a corn muffin in half. Cover cut sides with honey mustard. Top with sliced deli ham, lettuce and gruyère cheese.

Friday:

Sandwich sliced strawberries and bananas between 2 pieces of whole-wheat bread covered with Nutella.

Week 3:

Monday:

Top 2 blueberry bagel thins with cream cheese, sliced turkey and avocado.

Tuesday:

Wrap monterey jack cheese, black beans, salsa and avocado in a whole-wheat tortilla.

Wednesday:

PB & Banana S'mores Stack graham crackers with peanut butter and banana slices.

Thursday:

Toss together shredded chicken and carrots, crunchy Asian noodles and peanut dressing. Spoon into a mini-whole-wheat pita.

Friday:

Italian Sub Add mustard to half of a demi baguette. Top with provolone cheese, salami and roasted red peppers.
 

Week 4:

Monday:

BLT Wrap Roll bacon, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and ranch dressing in a spinach tortilla, and cut crosswise.

Tuesday:

Layer sliced deli chicken, swiss cheese and pesto on a spinach tortilla. Roll up, and cut crosswise into slices.

Wednesday:

Cover flatbread or 2 slices of toasted sourdough bread with edamame hummus. Top with sliced red peppers.

Thursday:

Tea Sandwiches Spread cranberry sauce on cinnamon bread. Top with Brie.

Friday:

Fill a pita with deli turkey, strawberry cream cheese and baby spinach.

Plus:

Out of bread? No biggie. Here are five kid-friendly breadless wonders.
  1. Fill a Bibb lettuce leaf with sliced turkey or leftover chicken, sliced carrots and chopped peanuts.
  2. Thread quartered grape tomatoes, leftover meat (like chicken), lettuce and bacon pieces on a skewer (snip off pointy end). Serve with their fave salad dressing for dipping.
  3. Stuff a taco shell with your choice of black beans, corn kernels, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, a splash of lime and salt.
  4. Smear cream cheese on a breadstick, or a thick cucumber strip, and wrap with sliced deli ham or turkey.
  5. Fill celery stalks with veggie cream cheese and chunks of tuna. (Best for kids over 4.)

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