After years of PP&J, a quesadilla will seem like a novelty school lunch idea. Prepare them however your child prefers—keep in mind that adding chicken or black beans will ramp up their protein power—and wrap them into a piece of tin foil. Add a hand-warmer to the lunch box and the meal should stay warm until at least noon. Don’t forget to add a fun surprise—these ten lunch box notes will make your kid’s day.
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The best thing about pasta salad is that you can use whatever mix-ins you’ve got in the house (plus, you can make a huge batch at once!). Mozzarella, broccoli, tomatoes, olives, corn, peas, and bell peppers are great places to start. (These veggies are considered the most nutritious.) Add your child’s favorite dressing and you’re good to go.