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School lunch ideas kids actually like

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Get an A+ with these packed lunches

Skip the boring sandwiches and fill their lunch boxes with these creative school lunch ideas instead.

Wrap recipes

1. Vegetable pizza roll sandwich

Vegetable pizza roll sandwich

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Make a pizza that's perfectly portable with these pizza rolls. Unlike your typical frozen pie, these rolled up pizza sandwiches are packed with fresh veggies.

2. Homemade sloppy joe wraps

Healthy homemade sloppy joe wraps

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Mmm. Handheld comfort food. Make these sloppy joe wraps for dinner, then dish up the leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

3. Copycat Starbucks black bean quinoa wrap

Copycat Starbucks black bean quinoa wrap

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If peanut butter and jelly isn't your kid's thing, treat her adventurous palate to these delicious black bean and quinoa wraps.

Pita pocket recipes

4. Chicken taco pitas

Chicken taco pitas

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This zesty taco recipe replaces the traditional tortilla with a handy pita pocket. Flavor-packed, these pita tacos just might take a regular spot in the lunch box rotation.

5. BLT stuffed pitas

BLT stuffed pitas

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Whipped feta and crisp spinach leaves turn an ordinary BLT into something special.

6. Grilled Greek chicken pitas

Grilled Greek chicken pitas

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Pick up some Greek style pitas at your favorite gyro spot and surprise kids with a hearty grilled chicken pita for lunch. Pack the tzatziki sauce in a separate container so the sandwich doesn't get soggy.

Peanut butter and jelly recipes

7. PB&J chicken satay kabobs

PB&J chicken satay kebabs

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Put an entirely new spin on peanut butter and jelly with these chicken satay sticks that get their flavor from caramelized jelly and creamy peanut dipping sauce.

8. Quinoa peanut butter bars

Quinoa peanut butter bars

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Don't let the cookie bar form fool you. These bars are loaded with nutritious ingredients like oats, peanut butter, banana and quinoa.

9. Peanut butter bread

Peanut butter bread

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Peanut butter quick bread puts the filling on the inside. Pack with a container of plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey and berries.

Dippable lunch recipes

10. Apples with peanut butter yogurt fluff dip

Apples with healthy peanut butter yogurt fluff dip

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Make lunch fun by packing apple slices and this delicious dip made with peanut butter, yogurt, vanilla and honey or agave nectar.

12. Celery sticks and homemade peanut butter

Celery sticks and homemade peanut butter

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Make lunch interactive by packing a container of homemade peanut butter, a box of raisins, a few chocolate chips and crunchy celery sticks. Kids will love making their own ants-on-a-log.

13. French toast sticks with fruit dipping sauce

French toast sticks with fruit dipping sauce

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We've all heard of "breakfast for dinner" but why not "breakfast for lunch"? These whole wheat french toast sticks get their crunch from Chex cereal and taste delicious dipped in marmalade or jam.

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