10 Sandwiches to Spice Up a Back-to-School Lunch

Roast Beef and Cheddar Roll-Ups
Photo: Dana Gallagher

Does your kid turn up his nose at basic peanut butter and jelly? Make lunchtime more fun with these 10 creative twists.

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Roast Beef and Cheddar Roll-Ups

Roast Beef and Cheddar Roll-Ups
Dana Gallagher

Turn a standard sandwich into a wrap to perk up your child's lunch. If he's not a fan of spicy food, just leave out the horseradish.

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Smoked Turkey Sandwich With Paprika Mayonnaise

Smoked Turkey Sandwich With Paprika Mayonnaise
John Lawton

A touch of paprika gives this sandwich an extra kick. Slices of manchego cheese are a welcome change from the usual Swiss or cheddar.

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Pickled Tuna-Salad Sandwiches

Pickled Tuna-Salad Sandwiches
Mark Lund

Upgrade your child's usual tuna sandwich by adding a spoonful of sweet or dill pickle relish to the mix.

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Cheddar and Apple Sandwich

Cheddar and Apple Sandwich
Frances Janisch

Fruit and cheese are a natural pair. Kids will love the combination of sweet and salty in this simple yet delicious sandwich.

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Turkey Wraps

Turkey Wraps
Anna Williams

Use large tortillas to wrap up this kid-friendly lunch, which is dressed up with store-bought pesto.

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Sliced-Egg Sandwich With Herbed Mayonnaise

Sliced-Egg Sandwich With Herb Mayonnaise
Jens Mortensen

Dijon mustard gives a slight tang to this variation on egg salad. Feel free to change the type of bread you use to add more variety to your child's lunchbox.

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Stromboli

Stromboli
Anna Williams

This pizza sandwich-in-a-roll contains essential kid-friendly ingredients—tomatoes and cheese wrapped up in a chewy crust. Plus, you can sneak in some spinach for an added nutritional boost.

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Prosciutto and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches

Prosciutto and roasted red pepper sandwiches
Dana Gallagher

If your kid doesn't like prosciutto, substitute salami instead. The roasted vegetables revive an otherwise basic meat-and-cheese combination.

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Chicken Potpie Empanadas

Chicken Potpie Empanadas
Antonis Achilleos

Better than the packaged versions you'll find at the store, these pastry pockets are filled with comforting ingredients—shredded chicken, peas, carrots, and onions.

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Roasted Red Peppers and Basil Tuna Sandwich

Roasted Red Peppers and Basil Tuna Sandwich
Kana Okada

Want to liven up your usual tuna salad? Skip the mayonnaise and add fresh basil, sliced peppers, and a splash of red wine vinegar.

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