Brown Bag Lunch

Olives Are Her Favorite

My daughter, Rebecca, loves olives. So each day I put one in a tiny plastic bag that I buy in bulk at a craft store and hide it in her lunch box. When she finds it, she knows it's my "coded"…

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Peanut Butter "Mix-Ins"

Use peanut butter mix-ins. Try finely chopped apple and shredded mild cheese…applesauce, raisins and a dash of cinnamon…drained crushed pineapple and shredded coconut.

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Roll-Up Sandwich

My 9-year-old loves it when I pack a "surprise" roll-up sandwich in her lunch. Just trim the crust off a slice of bread and roll the bread flat. Add meat, cheese or a favorite spread, roll up and…

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Sandwich Leftovers

Waste not, want not. After making all those brown-bag sandwiches, be sure to use leftover crusts and "hollowed-out" bread in your next meat loaf or casserole…or to feed the birds!

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Sandwich Saturday

Making daily bagged lunches for my family was such a chore that I began a practice I call Sandwich Saturday. Once a month, the four of us get together to create several dozen sandwiches in…

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Sandwich Surprise

I like to keep brown-bag lunches interesting. So, for a surprise and a little fun, I sometimes have "gummy worms" hanging out the sides of the sandwich! My family loves it! —Deb Darr, Falls…

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Sandwiches with Character

Add "character" to brown-bag sandwiches by punching out various shapes (hearts, animals, etc.) in bread with cookie cutters. Seasonal cookie cutters (Christmas trees, Easter bunnies) make holiday…

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Seasonal Sandwich Shapes

To perk up my three sons' lunches, I use large cookie cutters in seasonal shapes to make their sandwiches and pack them in decorated resealable plastic bags. My 4-year-old especially enjoys…

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Soggy Sandwich Solution

Spread mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc. between slices of meat or cheese instead of directly on the bread. No more soggy sandwiches! —Sue McKinley, Lyons, Georgia

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Talking Banana

If my children were tired or sad as they got ready for school, I'd draw a smiling face on the banana I put in their lunch bags. Sometimes I'd add a few words of encouragement, as if the banana…

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