Over 30 back-to-school lunch ideas that are easy to make

By the end of summer, going back to school is exciting for everyone, parents and students alike. But, there's one thing that's not so fun: packing lunches. Here we've round up our favorite back-to-school lunch ideas so you don't get stuck in the old peanut butter and jelly rut. 

A packed lunch should be easy-to-store, keep relatively fresh, be filling, and of course, taste delicious. These back-to-school lunch ideas hit all the check marks and range from Greek salad pita sandwiches and healthy tuna salad to homemade Lunchables and mini deep-dish pizzas.

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Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches by Food & Wine

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Skinny Taco Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing by A Happy Food Dance | Jessica Potts

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Garlic Tomato-Toasted Sandwiches by Food & Wine

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End-of-the-Week Deli Sandwich by bon appetit

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California Chicken, Veggie And Avocado Rice Bowls by Half Baked Harvest | Tieghan Gerard

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Homemade Lunchable by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Greek Salad Sandwiches by Food & Wine

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Healthy Tuna Salad by Chez Us | Denise Woodward and Lenny Ferreira

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Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame and Apples by Produce on Parade | Kathleen Henry

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Skinny Pesto Mac and Cheese with Greek Yogurt by Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} | Shelley Liu

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Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas by Martha Stewart

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Mini Egg, Rice And Spinach Frittata Muffins by Belleicious Kids | Jessica Maher

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Brilliant Green Smoothie Bowl by Beard + Bonnet | Mary van der Kruik

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Turkey Club Sandwiches with the Works by Campbell's Kitchen

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Vegetable Lo Mein by The Woks of Life | The Leung Family

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Lowfat Chicken Salad Sandwiches by Campbell's Kitchen

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Chicken Quinoa Meatballs by Chez Us | Denise Woodward and Lenny Ferreira

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BBQ Shrimp with Avocado Salad by Food & Wine

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Egg-and-Tomato Breakfast Sandwich to Go by Martha Stewart

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Raw Vegetable Salad with Blue Cheese by Chef Billy Parisi | Billy Parisi

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Chicken Nuggets by Deceptively Delicious | Jessica Seinfeld

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Quinoa Salad with Spring Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Tomato-and-Peach Salad with Crisp Tofu by Food & Wine

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Tuna Niçoise Sandwiches by Campbell's Kitchen

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Grilled Zucchini Caprese Sandwich by The Little Kitchen

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Multigrain Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Food & Wine

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Meatball Subs by Double Delicious | Jessica Seinfeld

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Egg Salad Sandwiches by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Soba Noodle Bowl with Garlic Sesame Ginger Tamari Sauce by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes | Heather Poire

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Fresh Tomato Soup by Food & Wine

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Quinoa Wraps with Black Beans, Feta and Avocado by Marin Mama Cooks | Jackie Grandy

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Cucumber Fried Rice by Food & Wine

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Veggie Sandwich by Campbell's Kitchen

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Roasted Cauliflower n' Kale Bowl by The Healthy Apple | Amie Valpone

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Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Goat Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts by Wolfgang Puck

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Broccolini, Mushroom and Sesame Salad by Food & Wine

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As much as breakfast is toted as the most important meal of the day, lunch is not something you want to skip, either. The CDC reports that healthy students are better learners, citing research that shows how good nutrition positively affects their grades. The same goes for adults at work—taking a break to eat lunch, and one that's nutritious, can help keep a person engaged and energized.

So, a try a few of our favorite back-to-school lunch ideas above and get ready crush each day, whether you're a college student packing for yourself or a parent packing a lunchbox.

Check out more of our favorite quick and easy school lunches for kids below!

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Pizza Bagels

You can find the recipe here

PB&J tacos with Strawberries and Blueberries

You can find Best Bites' recipe here

Chicken Nuggets (with Broccoli, Spinach, Sweet Potato or Beet)

You can find Jessica Seinfeld's recipe here

The Homemade Lunchable

Get The Skinny Fork's recipe here.

BLT Rollers

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Marvelous Minestrone

You can find the recipe here

Super Easy Veggie Mac and Cheese

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Tortellini Noodle Soup

You can find Savory Nothings' recipe here

The Green Monster

Get the recipe from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes here.

Lemon Arugula Pasta

Find Melanie Makes' recipe here

Grilled Chili Lime Fajita Salad

Get the easy recipe here

Turkey Spinach Artichoke Panini

You can find Garnish & Glaze's recipe here

Light Chicken Quesadillas

Find the recipe here

Mini Margherita Pizzas

Get Neighbor Food's recipe here.

Healthified Homemade Ramen

You can find the recipe here.

Veggie and Yogurt Sandwich

You can find Haylie Duff's recipe here

Fruity Quinoa Salad with Lime Dressing

You can find Drool-Worthy's recipe here

Mason Jar Pasta Salad

You can find Organize Yourself Skinny's recipe here

Tuna Niçoise Sandwiches

You can find the recipe here

Chopped Chicken and Avocado Salad

You can find the recipe here.

Skinny Pesto Mac and Cheese with Greek Yogurt

Find Bacon Egg & Cheese(cake)'s recipe here

Maple Sage Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

You can find Oh My Veggies' recipe here

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Goat Cheese

You can find the recipe here

Grilled Cheese with Spinach, Avocado and Feta

You can find the recipe here

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Kalamata Olives, Capers and Tomatoes

You can find the recipe here

Kickin' Turkey Club Wrap

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Chicken Meatball and Orzo Soup

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Low-fat Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Corn Dog

Get the recipe from AOL here

Chicken Caesar pasta salad

Get Best Bites' easy recipe here

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