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Easy No-Sandwich Lunch Box Ideas To Break Your PB&J Routine

Tired of making PB&J every day?

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1. Ham and Cheese Kebabs

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HAM AND CHEESE KEBABS

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

2 cherry tomatoes, cut in half on a diagonal

2 slices of ham

2 cubes of cheddar cheese

2 pieces of diced sandwich bread

1 orange (optional)

Crackers (optional)

Carrots sticks (optional)

Place one cherry tomato (cut-sides facing each other), a slice of ham, a cube of cheddar cheese, and a piece of bread on each skewer. Serve with an orange and carrot sticks.

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Pro tip: Slice the orange like this so that it's super easy to unroll and eat later.

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Note: Do this by cutting the top and bottom off, then making a small cut through the skin. Pull the cut apart so it opens slightly (without tearing the orange in half) and roll it back up.

2. DIY Pizza Lunchables

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DIY PIZZA LUNCHABLES

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

5 crackers

┬╝ cup marinara sauce

┬╝ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

5 slices of pepperoni

Cupcake liners (to separate the ingredients)

Grapes (optional)

Crackers (optional)

Place marinara in small container (we reused an old baby food jar) and place in lunchbox. Place crackers, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni in cupcake liners next to it. Serve with grapes and crackers.

3. Peanut Butter and Strawberry Loaded Bagel

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PEANUT BUTTER & STRAWBERRY LOADED BAGEL

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Half a plain bagel

2 tablespoons peanut butter

┬╝ cup sliced strawberries

1 hard-boiled egg (optional)

Carrot sticks (optional)

Spread bagel with peanut butter and top with strawberries. Serve with a hard-boiled egg and carrot sticks.

4. Build-Your-Own Tacos

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BUILD-YOUR-OWN TACOS

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

2 mini tortillas

2 tablespoons black beans, drained

2 tablespoons frozen corn, thawed

┬╝ cup shredded cheddar cheese

┬╝ cup grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 apple, sliced (optional)

Carrot sticks (optional)

Crackers (optional)

Roll tortillas and place in lunch box. Combine black beans and corn and place in a cupcake liner in the lunch box. Place cheddar cheese and tomatoes in two more cupcake liners and put in the lunch box. Serve with a sliced apple and crackers.

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5. Kid-Friendly Tuna Wrap

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KID-FRIENDLY TUNA WRAP

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

┬╝ cup canned tuna, drained

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon mustard

┬╝ teaspoon kosher salt

┬╝ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large flour tortilla

┬╝ cup shredded carrots

┬╝ cup baby spinach

1 fruit skewer (optional)

Pretzels (optional)

Combine tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Fill tortilla with the prepared tuna mix, carrots, and baby spinach and tightly roll into a wrap and slice in half diagonally (securing with toothpicks, if needed). Serve with a fruit skewer and carrot sticks.

Pro tip: Get creative with the fruit!

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We cut out letters (using alphabet cookie cutters), which can be used to spell out cute words, names, or sayings. Besides watermelon, this would also work with any firm fruits, like pineapple or other melons.