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Brown Bag Lunch

Bread Alternatives

Instead of bread for sandwiches, try hard rolls, biscuits, buns, pita bread, tortillas, bagels, English muffins or pastry shells.

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Brown Bag Ice Cream

Ice cream in a brown bag? Certainly! Just fill a short thermos with your favorite frozen flavor and store in the freezer. Packed with lunch in the morning, by noon it'll still be thick, creamy and…

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Festive Touch

I tuck in festive napkins to match an upcoming holiday or for birthdays—my daughters just love it. —Sheryl Goodnough, Eliot, Maine

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Fresh Veggies

Pack tossed green salad or raw vegetables in a plastic bag with a dampened paper towel. This helps keep veggies fresh. —Marilyn Bjorkman, San Diego, California

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From the Heart

For a little something from the heart, slip a note into your child's lunch that simply says, "I love you" or "I'll be praying for you during your math test today." —Elaine Sabacky,…

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Frozen Peanut Butter and Jelly

I use slices of frozen bread when making my daughter’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for her school lunches. The peanut butter spreads easily and there’s no tearing or crumbling of the bread.…

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Frozen Sandwiches

My husband and I want our children to make their own school lunches, but with five of us trying to get out of the house by 7:30 a.m., it doesn’t always work. So I use an entire loaf of bread to…

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Hard Roll Sandwich

Cut off the top of a hard roll and "hollow" it out (like a jack-o'-lantern). Fill it with tuna or egg salad, deviled ham or whatever you like. Add onion, lettuce and tomato, then put the "top"…

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Homemade Lunchables

Create your own "lunchables" for a delicious change of pace. Buy deli meats (salami, ham, turkey, etc.) and sliced cheeses. Cut the meat and cheese into squares and pack along with assorted…

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Keeping Hog Dogs Hot

Just-cooked hot dogs stay hot when you pack them upright in a wide-mouth thermos filled with hot water. —Terri Klune, Hurdsfield, North Dakota

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