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40 Brown Bag Lunch Ideas for September

Forget about plain ol' PB & J! The best brown bag lunch ideas include easy-to-pack wraps, dips and healthy snacks your kid will love.

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Day One: Hummus & Veggie Wrap-UpTaste of Home

Day One: Hummus & Veggie Wrap-Up

I had a sandwich similar to this once when I stopped at a diner while on a long and arduous walk. I enjoyed it so much that I modified it to my own taste and now have it for lunch on a regular basis. Everyone at work wants to know how to make it.—Michael Steffens, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Day One: Chia Seed Protein BitesTaste of Home

Day One: Chia Seed Protein Bites

I keep these little bites on hand in my refrigerator and grab them for breakfast or a snack when I'm in a hurry. We have a lot of food allergies in our family and I like to keep healthy snacks around that everyone can eat. This recipe has no gluten, eggs, dairy or corn, so it's the perfect go-to treat in our house. —Tanja Miller, Peoria, Arizona

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Day Two: Pear Waldorf PitasTaste of Home

Day Two: Pear Waldorf Pitas

Here's a guaranteed table brightener for a shower, luncheon or party. Just stand back and watch these sandwiches vanish. For an eye-catching presentation, I tuck each one into a colorful folded napkin. —Roxann Parker, Dover, Delaware

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Day Two: Sesame-Garlic Pumpkin SeedsTaste of Home

Day Two: Sesame-Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

This “everything” mix of pumpkin seeds with other seeds and seasoning is a fun treat—a lively way to use the seeds left over from your Halloween jack-o’-lantern! —Danielle Ulam, Hookstown, Pennsylvania

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Day Three: Satisfying Tomato SoupTaste of Home

Day Three: Satisfying Tomato Soup

After craving tomato soup, I decided to make my own. My sister Joan likes it chunky-style, so she doesn't puree. Serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich. —Marian Brown, Mississauga, Ontario

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Day Three: Rainbow CookiesTaste of Home

Day Three: Rainbow Cookies

I always bake these cookies two weeks ahead. That allows enough time for mellowing, leaving them moist and full of almond flavor. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

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Day Four: Easy Southwestern Veggie WrapsTaste of Home

Day Four: Easy Southwestern Veggie Wraps

I developed this recipe when corn was in the farmer's market and big, red, juicy tomatoes were in my garden. To make this wrap light and healthy, I use fat-free sour cream, whole grain tortillas and brown rice. Although it's vegetarian by nature, change it up with a large chicken breast, diced small. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois

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Day Four: Trail Mix ClustersTaste of Home

Day Four: Trail Mix Clusters

These delicious snacks make wonderful gifts, and although they look and taste like they came from an expensive chocolate shop, they couldn't be more guilt-free. The dried fruit and nuts are heart-healthy and full of fiber. Bet you can't eat just one! —Alina Niemi, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Day Five: Chicken NuggetsTaste of Home

Day Five: Chicken Nuggets

I like to make these golden chicken nuggets because they’re so quick and easy. My whole family loves them. You can also use the seasoning to cook chicken breast halves. Stack them on rustic bread with mayo, lettuce and tomato for delicious sandwiches. —Annette Ellyson, Carolina, West Virginia

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Day Five: Roasted Beetroot and Garlic HummusTaste of Home

Day Five: Roasted Beetroot and Garlic Hummus

This tasty beetroot hummus is the prettiest pink snack I’ve ever seen. The healthy recipe is handy to make in large batches and keep in the fridge for lunches and snacks throughout the week. —Elizabeth Worndl, Toronto, Ontario

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Day Six: Turkey Salad on WheatTaste of Home

Day Six: Turkey Salad on Wheat

When one of my favorite lunch spots closed, this recipe let me hold on to more than just good memories. The peas, bacon and cheese are such a fun and springy combo. I make big batches of the salad for parties—turns out I'm not the only fan! —Merrijane Rice, Kaysville, Utah

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Day Six: Browned Butter Cereal BarsTaste of Home

Day Six: Browned Butter Cereal Bars

Crispy rice treats were one of the first recipes I ever made as a kid. For this version, I wanted to make something similar but more special. Friends and family think using Cap'n Crunch and browned butter is genius, but I just call them delicious.—Kelly Krauss, Lebanon, New Jersey

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Day Seven: Pepperoni Roll-UpsTaste of Home

Day Seven: Pepperoni Roll-Ups

Here is a fast appetizer recipe that goes over well at my house. Each bite has gooey melted cheese and real pizza flavor. Try serving them with pizza sauce for dipping. —Debra Purcell, Safford, Arizona

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Day Seven: Ranch Snack MixTaste of Home

Day Seven: Ranch Snack Mix

This is a wonderful fast-to-fix munchie. The recipe makes tons and doesn't involve any cooking. It's a cinch to package in individual snack bags, it keeps its crunch and it's a savory alternative to the cakes and pies usually offered at bake sales. —Linda Murphy, Pulaski, Wisconsin

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Day Eight: Turkey Ranch WrapsTaste of Home

Day Eight: Turkey Ranch Wraps

Here's a cool idea that's ready to gobble up in no time. It's a terrific use for deli turkey. Just add lettuce, tomato, green pepper, shredded cheese and ranch dressing for a flavorful blend. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Day Eight: Hand-Held Apple PiesTaste of Home

Day Eight: Hand-Held Apple Pies

When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked this mini apple pie recipe every year. I was thrilled when she shared it with me—I finally felt like an adult! —Katie Ferrier, Houston, Texas

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Day Nine: Fruit Peanut Butter PitasTaste of Home

Day Nine: Fruit Peanut Butter Pitas

My kids ask for these all the time. The sandwiches not only taste good, they’re healthy, too!—Kim Holmes, Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

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Day Nine: Chewy Honey Granola BarsTaste of Home

Day Nine: Chewy Honey Granola Bars

These bars have sweetness from the honey, chewiness from the raisins, hints of chocolate and cinnamon, and a bit of crunch. They freeze well, too. — Tasha Lehman, Williston, Vermont

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Day Ten: Pesto-Dijon Egg Salad SandwichTaste of Home

Day Ten: Pesto-Dijon Egg Salad Sandwich

Turn your old-standby egg salad into your new lunch favorite. Honey Dijon mustard and pesto add a sensational, savory spin, and the celery and onion lend nice crunch. —Carrie Kenny, Batavia, Ohio

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Day Ten: Yummy Cracker SnacksTaste of Home

Day Ten: Yummy Cracker Snacks

These treats are my family's favorite, and it seems no matter how many I make, they always disappear too soon. —D. Weaver, Ephrata, Pennsylvania

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Day Eleven: Pasta Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Day Eleven: Pasta Salad in a Jar

If you're planning a picnic, make this pasta a day ahead. For my husband's lunch at work, I sometimes tie a plastic fork on the jar. —Pat Neiheisel, Leetonia, Ohio

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Day Eleven: So-Easy Snack MixTaste of Home

Day Eleven: So-Easy Snack Mix

I eat this tasty treat just as much as (if not more than) the kids! Have fun with it by adding other goodies into the mix, like nuts, cereal, pretzels and more. —Jeff King, Duluth, Minnesota

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Day Twelve: PBJ on a StickTaste of Home

Day Twelve: PBJ on a Stick

I always try to come up with new ways to serve lunch to my kids. This recipe was a hit! —Sara Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Day Twelve: Sam's Chocolate Sandwich CookiesTaste of Home

Day Twelve: Sam's Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

My soft, not-too-sweet chocolate cookies are filled with a heavenly cream filling. Kids of all ages devour them! Whenever my family comes to visit, these are the treats they always request. —Salvatore Bertolino, Indiana, Pennsylvania

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Day Thirteen: Mini Mac & Cheese BitesTaste of Home

Day Thirteen: Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. —Kate Mainiero, Elizaville, New York

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Day Thirteen: Watermelon Slice CookiesTaste of Home

Day Thirteen: Watermelon Slice Cookies

Once when I made these butter cookies for a party, a neighbor thought they were so attractive that she froze one to show friends. They're easy to make, too! —Sue Ann Benham, Valparaiso, Indiana

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Day Fourteen: Chicken Salad Party SandwichesTaste of Home

Day Fourteen: Chicken Salad Party Sandwiches

My famous chicken salad arrives at the party chilled in a plastic container. When it’s time to set out the food, I stir in the pecans and assemble the sandwiches. They’re a hit at buffet-style potlucks. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Day Fourteen: Snack CrackersTaste of Home

Day Fourteen: Snack Crackers

Our 13-year-old daughter, Dana, loves to make this crunchy and flavorful snack for us. Her four older brothers finish off a batch in no time. —Sue Manel, Milladore, Wisconsin

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Day Fifteen: Turkey & Apricot WrapsTaste of Home

Day Fifteen: Turkey & Apricot Wraps

For these everyday wraps, I combined the traditional Southern appetizer of jam and cream cheese on crackers and the turkey, apple and brie sandwiches we ate at my bridal luncheon. I like to sneak fresh spinach into all sorts of recipes because it has such a mild flavor. —Kim Beavers, North August, South Carolina

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Day Fifteen: S'More Sandwich CookiesTaste of Home

Day Fifteen: S'More Sandwich Cookies

Capture the taste of campfire s'mores in your kitchen. Graham cracker crumbs added to chocolate chip cookie dough bring out the flavor of the fireside favorite. Melting the cookies' marshmallow centers in the microwave makes them simple to assemble. —Abby Metzger, Larchwood, Iowa

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Day Sixteen: Quick Taco WrapsTaste of Home

Day Sixteen: Quick Taco Wraps

I was running late one night, so I shopped in my own fridge and came up with ingredients that became taco wraps. Everybody at the table was a happy camper. —Katie Mitschelen, La Porte, Indiana

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Day Sixteen: Yogurt Dill DipTaste of Home

Day Sixteen: Yogurt Dill Dip

Every person who tries this dip wants to know what makes it taste special. The secret is the blend of yogurt, sour cream and mayo. —Krisann Durnford, Muskego, Wisconsin

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Day Seventeen: Pizza WrapsTaste of Home

Day Seventeen: Pizza Wraps

This recipe features the flavors of your favorite pie but only takes a few minutes to make—and there’s no cooking or baking required. Perfect for when you’re rushing to get kids on the bus! —Elizabeth Dumont, Boulder, Colorado

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Day Seventeen: Spicy AlmondsTaste of Home

Day Seventeen: Spicy Almonds

We like to venture out into the mountain range that surrounds our family cabin. These nuts never taste better than when we enjoy them together at the peak of an amazing hike. Almonds are extremely nutritious, and when dressed up with a wonderful blend of spices, they go from ordinary to awesome! —Gina Myers, Spokane, Washington

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Day Eighteen: Comforting Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Day Eighteen: Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup

A good friend made us this rich, comforting, creamy chicken noodle soup after the birth of our son. It was such a help to have dinner taken care of until I was back on my feet. This yummy dish is so simple to fix that now I give a pot of it (along with the recipe) to other new mothers. —Joanna Sargent, Sandy, Utah

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Day Eighteen: Black Forest Icebox CookiesTaste of Home

Day Eighteen: Black Forest Icebox Cookies

These rich chocolate wafers are the perfect complement to the creamy filling's sweet-tart tones. Chill for up to four hours; any longer and the wafers get too soft to pick up with your hands. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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 Day Nineteen: Chicken Cucumber Pitas Taste of Home

Day Nineteen: Chicken Cucumber Pitas

I wanted a good recipe for pita stuffing. Seeing the large stack of garden-fresh cucumbers on my counter, I decided to improvise and create my own recipe. It was a huge hit. —Sheena Wellard, Nampa, Idaho

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Day Nineteen: Kiddie Crunch MixTaste of Home

Day Nineteen: Kiddie Crunch Mix

This no-bake snack mix is a real treat for kids, and you can easily increase the amount to fit your needs. Place it in individual plastic bags or pour some into colored ice cream cones and cover with plastic wrap for a fun presentation. —Kara De la Vega, Santa Rosa, California.

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Day Twenty: Coconut-Crusted Turkey StripsTaste of Home

Day Twenty: Coconut-Crusted Turkey Strips

My granddaughter shared these baked turkey strips with me. With a plum dipping sauce, they're just the thing for a light supper. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

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Day Twenty: Marshmallow PuffsTaste of Home

Day Twenty: Marshmallow Puffs

With peanut butter, chocolate and marshmallows, these treats were very popular with our three kids as they were growing up—and now I make them for our two grandchildren. They're perfect for the holidays when time is so precious. —Dody Cagenello, Simsbury, Connecticut

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