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15 Packable, Exciting School Lunches That Are Actually Wholesome

You might even want to make them for yourself.

Summer is winding down, which means it's almost time for the kids to go back to school. If you're looking for some new and exciting school lunches your little ones will get excited about, we've got you covered. You might even want to make some for yourself.

1. Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Pesto

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To make this recipe more health-focused, swap regular potato gnocchi for Trader Joe's famous cauliflower gnocchi. You can always use store bought pesto to save time. Get the recipe for gnocchi with Brussels sprouts, chicken sausage, and kale pesto here.

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2. Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

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These savory muffins are an easy hit with kids. They won't even realize these cheesy bites are chockfull of veggies. Get the recipe for broccoli cheddar muffins here.

3. Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles

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Even picky eaters won't mind eating their vegetables when they're covered with this creamy, sweet-and-tangy peanut dressing. Get the recipe for Thai peanut zucchini noodles here.

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4. Cherry Tomato Couscous Salad

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If your child needs a more filling lunch, you can always add grilled chicken, shrimp, or avocado and chickpeas. Get the recipe for cherry tomato couscous salad here.

5. Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Caprese

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Swap spaghetti for zucchini noodles. This hearty salad is loaded with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and roasted chicken so you won't even miss the pasta. Get the recipe for chicken and zucchini noodle caprese here.

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6. Avocado, Cucumber, and Goat Cheese Sandwich

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For a meatless meal that'll fill your kiddo right up, opt for this creamy, crunchy combo on whole wheat or multi-grain bread. Get the recipe for avocado, cucumber, and goat cheese sandwich here.

7. Asian Shredded Chicken Salad

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This Chinese-inspired chicken salad features Napa cabbage, julienned carrots, green onions, and shredded chicken, all dressed in a delicious peanut butter, soy sauce, and honey dressing. Get the recipe for Asian shredded chicken salad here.

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8. Avocado Egg Sandwich

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Ditch the mayonnaise and use avocado to dress up egg salad. Serve it on a sandwich, a salad, or even with crackers and veggie sticks. Get the recipe for avocado egg salad sandwich here.

9. Almond Coconut Crusted Chicken Fingers

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These tenders are dipped in egg and then battered in a mixture of almond flour, unsweetened coconut, and spices. Then they're baked in the oven until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Get the recipe for almond coconut crusted chicken fingers here.

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10. Italian Pinwheel Sandwiches

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Let your kids help make these easy pinwheel sandwiches, then pack them for lunch. You can can creative and fill them with any of your favorite cold cuts, veggies, and condiments. Get the recipe for Italian pinwheel sandwiches here.

11. Taco Salad

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If you're not a fan of ground beef you could always substitute turkey, grilled chicken, blackened shrimp, or grilled salmon. Or add some avocado and keep things totally meatless. Get the recipe for taco salad here.

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12. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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There's something irresistible about the flavors of a Caesar salad, especially when pasta. We like using whole wheat penne in this no-fuss lunch. Get the recipe for chicken caesar pasta salad here.

13. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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Make a big batch of this juicy chicken and pack it for the kids along with tortillas, sliced avocado, and their favorite toppings. They can assemble the tacos at lunch time. Get the recipe for slow cooker chicken tacos here.

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14. 15-Minute Soba Noodle Salad

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You can add any of your favorite veggies like bell pepper, edamame, carrots, and bok choy to this buckwheat pasta salad. Get the recipe for 15-minute soba noodle salad here.

15. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Avocado Bowls

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If your kid is an adventurous eater, they'll love this spicy chicken salad topped with tangy blue cheese. For more picky eaters, you can always stick to classic and mild chicken salad recipe. Get the recipe for buffalo chicken stuffed avocado bowls here.

For more school lunch inspiration, check out these posts:

15 Five-Ingredient Lunches You Can Pack For Work Or School

15 Meatless Lunch Sandwiches That Kids Will Love

16 Salad Ideas With No Lettuce At All

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