36 easy lunch ideas that are truly inspired

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Summer is winding down and it's time to start gearing up for the school year. With great back to school deals, it's always fun to revamp school supplies and back to school outfits. It's just as important to keep things fresh and exciting in the kitchen! Check out the slideshow below for lunch box inspiration and new recipe ideas. From sweet treats to hearty and healthy meals, we've got you covered!

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36 easy lunch ideas that are truly inspired

Kale & Quinoa Salad
For a lively salad, try mixing quinoa with kale, quinoa and your favorite vegetables for a quick and healthy lunch. The whole dish is super simple to prepare. Just chop up your veggies and make a homemade dressing if you dare.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Mexican Kale Quinoa Salad recipe.

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Macaroni and Cheez-Its
Use Cheez-Its as a crust for your mac and cheese. It'll not only give you great texture but also a cheese-packed flavor.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Cheez-It Mac and Cheese.

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Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap
Wrap up a whole lot of flavor with this yummy lunch-time option. Use spreads like hummus, artichoke dip or tzatziki for more options. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap recipe.

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Egg Salad Sandwich
Egg salad is amazing when well made. Embellish your egg salad with ingredients like broken-up bacon, a chopped pickle, diced red bell peppers, capers, olives, dill or curry powder. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's egg salad recipe.

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Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets
Many kids love those frozen chicken nuggets you can buy at the grocery store, but it's no surprise they're not the healthiest. Instead, make them yourself and feel free to mix in some vegetables!
Check out Kitchen Daily's homemade nugget recipe.

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Homemade Granola Bars
Use ingredients you already have in your pantry to make tasty granola bars.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Raspberry Granola Bar recipe

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Pasta Salad
Use leftovers to your advantage. Make a pasta for dinner and save leftovers to serve cold for lunch the next day! 
Check out Kitchen Daily's Grilled Chicken Pasta recipe.

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Tuna Salad Sandwich
Adding a combination of pickles, celery, onions and black pepper to tuna salad will make anyone a tuna lover.
Check out Kitchen Daily's tuna salad sandwich recipe.

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Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
For a filling and delicious lunch, add cherry tomatoes and cheese to your pasta of choice.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Spring Pasta with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes recipe.

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Grilled Pizza
Want to try a new twist on pizza? Try using hummus instead of tomato sauce to change things up!
Check out Kitchen Daily's Mediterranean Grilled Pizza recipe.

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Cheese and Homemade Crackers
Try making crackers at home so you can add in your favorite spices and herbs!
Check out Kitchen Daily's Whale-Shaped Crackers with Cheddar and Nori recipe.

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Mixed Greens with Berries
Add delicious toppings like berries and nuts to make salad an exciting lunch option.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Mixed Greens with Berries and Honey Glazed Hazelnuts recipe. 

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Peanut Butter and Bananas
Adding bananas to your PB&J is a simple way to make lunch a little more exciting. Change it up by substituting almond butter, Nutella or another nut butter for your peanut butter.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Bagels Gone Bananas recipe.

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Oatmeal Cookies
Not only can cookies be tasty, but they can also be healthy! Use oatmeal to add fiber.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

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Veggie Sandwich
Sneak in more vegetable servings with a sandwich. It's any easy way to pack in some major nutrients and it's always nice to bite into something, instead of picking away at a salad.
Check out Kitchen Daily's veggie sandwich recipe.

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Berry & Cream Cheese Sandwich
Try berries and cream cheese on bread for an easy and delicious new staple!
Check out Kitchen Daily's Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwich recipe. 

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Homemade Pita Chips
Pita chips are quick and easy to make on your own. Throw them in the lunch box with hummus or onion dip for a great snack. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's Garlic and Herb Pita Chip recipe. 

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Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are a healthy addition to any lunch! Make them with chicken, beef, turkey, pork or veggies and add spices to amp up the flavor. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's 5 Spice Turkey Lettuce Wrap recipe.

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Steak Sandwiches
For a smart use of leftovers, turn last night's steak into a yummy sandwich. This is packed with protein and great for growing kids on the go.

Check out Kitchen Daily's Bulogi-Style Pepper Steak Sandwiches

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Bento Box
Try turning the traditional lunch box into a bento box! It's an easy way to include all the food groups for the afternoon.
See Kitchen Daily for an Egg Salad Bento Box recipe.

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It's a Wrap
Take a salad or stir fry to go! Try wrapping up one of your favorite bowls into a pita or whole wheat wrap for portable deliciousness. 

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Muffins
Muffins are perfect on-the-go! Mix nuts into the recipe for added taste and texture!
See a Banana Blueberry Muffin recipe on Kitchen Daily.

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Veggie Burger
Pack the veggie burger patty and ditch the bun for a low-carb but yummy lunch option!

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Shrimp Kebab
Pile the protein on a skewer. Chicken, beef, or shrimp make tasty and hearty additions to the lunch box.

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Popcorn
Popcorn makes for a light and airy snack. Add seasonings for an extra kick!
See Kitchen Daily's Lemon Parm Popcorn recipe.

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Apple Slices
Throw apple slices to add a sweet and healthy kick in lunch. They are great over rice pudding or delicious on their own with a topping like cinnamon, caramel, or honey. 

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Pizza Muffins
Throw Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Dough into a cupcake pan and add toppings like cheese, tomatoes, and pepperoni for a savory lunch item. 

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Corn Dogs
For a fun lunch option, make corn dogs at home. They are just as fun as the carnival options, but a bit healthier when homemade!
Click the link for the Kitchen Daily's Corn Dog recipe.

Tomato Soup
Pack a soup in the thermos for an easy and quick lunch. Don't forget to add in a whole wheat roll or crackers!
Click the link for Kitchen Daily's Tomato Soup recipe.

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Meatballs
Meatballs are delicious and a nice lunch-time option. They are amazing on their own or mix wonderfully over grains like spaghetti. 
See Kitchen Daily's Saucy Porcupine Meatball recipe.

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Lasagna
With hearty meat sauce and melted cheese, lasagna is an easy crowd-pleaser for lunch. Use whole wheat pasta and low fat cheese for a healthy alternative.
See Kitchen Daily's recipe for Lasagna with Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce.

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Banana Bread
Banana bread is a classic. Add chocolate chips, walnuts or raisins for added taste!
Click for Kitchen Daily's Banana Blueberry Buttermilk Bread recipe. 

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Fruit Salad
Fruit Kebabs are a fun way to make a sweet treat! 

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Whoopie Pie
Because sometimes life needs to be sweet. Forget Oreos! For a SPECIAL treat, make whoopie pie. Moderation is the key for this menu item.
See Kitchen Daily's Whoopie Pie recipe. 

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Quiche
Cheese, eggs, and other toppings like bacon, spinach or tomatoes can all fit into this bite-size lunch option. 

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Tacos
Taco tuesday anyone? Add in chicken, steak, carnitas, or even thinly sliced deli meat along with cheese, lettuce, and veggies.

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