Even picky eaters will love these lunches.
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Spring Fried Rice
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Packing a lunchbox day after day can feel tedious, especially if the literal fruits (and veggies) of your efforts come back uneaten after the bell rings. Make lunchtime more exciting and healthy with these easy recipes that can be prepared in minutes the night before, and packed easily to be in top tastiness come lunchtime. From sandwiches to bowls full of delicious and nutritious goodness, here's what to pack for lunch this school year.

Lemony Cucumber-and-Herb Pasta Salad
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1 Lemony Cucumber and Herb Pasta Salad

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Designed to be enjoyed cold, this pasta salad is packed with freshness and stores easily. Plus, it can be even better a few days in, when the noodles soak up all the zesty vinaigrette. Keep the dressing on the side for picky kids.

Ploughman's Sandwich
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2 Ploughman's Sandwich

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Jam, Cheddar, and apple come together nicely in this easy-to-make sandwich. Switch up the jam flavors to keep the recipe fresh if you want it to be a weekly staple. A whole apple may not always get eaten at lunchtime, but when it's sliced this temptingly, it will vanish.

PB&J Overnight Oats Recipe
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3 PB&J Overnight Oats

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Switch the classic combo from a sandwich to a lunch that packs easily in a lidded bowl or jar and is full of flavor and fiber. The oats themselves are a complete meal, or they can be a lunchbox component to a larger feast. For nut-free cafeterias, use sunflower butter instead of PB.

RELATED: This Easy Overnight Oats Recipe Will Change Your Breakfast Game

Tomato, Bacon, and Garlic Mayo Sandwich
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4 Tomato, Bacon, and Garlic Mayo Sandwich

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Upgrade your standard BLT with a simple Greek yogurt spread! The colors and crunch help ensure an empty lunchbox after school.

Avocado Toast
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5 Avocado Toast

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Avo toast is always a good idea! Add a little lemon or lime juice into your avocado mash to keep it from browning before lunchtime.

Chicken, Sprouts, and Provolone Sandwich
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6 Chicken, Sprouts and Provolone Sandwich

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Rotisserie chicken and cheese on a bagel is a perfect combo. Get creative with the bread and even the toppings with this sandwich that can be enjoyed warm (wrap it in foil) or cold.

hummus and cucumber toast
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7 Hummus and Cucumber Toast

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A swipe of hummus on crisp bread and layered cucumbers—feel free to cut them into cute shapes—makes for an easy and refreshing lunch that's beloved for its crunch! Package and serve open faced or as a sandwich.

RELATED: 9 Ways to Use Chickpeas (That Don't Involve Hummus)

Spring Fried Rice
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8 Fried Rice

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Add all your kid's favorite veggies to a big pot of fried rice to reheat and package in a thermos throughout the week. If they're a condiment kid, throw in a packet of soy sauce to amp it up at lunchtime.

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9 Caprese Skewers With Balsamic Glaze

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Food on a small skewer is always fun at lunch, and can be enjoyed without utensils. Serve with a salad or leftover rotisserie chicken for a complete meal.

Beef Koftas with Toasted Couscous
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10 Beef Kofta with Toasted Couscous

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These flavorful meatballs on a stick are perfect with the side of couscous or another grain. Package them all together or wrap the kofta in foil and add small bowls of sides.

Peanut Butter Ramen Recipe
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11 Peanut Butter Ramen

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These cold noodles are so fun to eat! Sneak in veggies or protein and swap out the peanut butter for tahini or almond butter depending on nut restrictions.

RELATED: How to Cook Ramen, According to Professional Chefs

Watermelon Poke Bowl
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12 Watermelon Poke Bowls

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This completely plant-based lunch will be the envy of lunchtime. It's colorful, tasty, healthy and on-trend.