By Mary Kathryn Woods
Updated August 07, 2015
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The first day of school is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get back in the lunch-packing groove. Instead of packing the same ole PB&J or turkey sandwich, mix it up with these 26 Must-Try Lunchbox Updates. Think: new school year, new lunches. These make-ahead recipes are kid-friendly and adult-approved, so they’re perfect for packing back-to-school lunches or spicing up your workday lunch.

Here are a few lunches I’m looking forward to packing:

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This boxed lunch from Cooking Light is full of good stuff, including grilled chicken strips, potatoes, green beans, and a honey-mustard dipping sauce. Click on the above picture to get the recipe.

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Aren’t these Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels gorgeous? In this recipe, the typical turkey and Swiss combination is spiced up with a homemade dilly Dijon spread made with canola mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and fresh dill.

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This tuna salad will keep in the fridge for up to one week making it the perfect make-ahead meal. Mix up the tuna salad at the beginning of the week, and when you’re ready to pack it for lunch, stuff tuna salad, lettuce, and tomato into a pita pocket. Click on the picture above to get the recipe.

Don't forget: new school year, new lunches. For more lunch box inspiration, check out 5-Ingredient Sandwiches, Fun Sandwiches for Kids, or 5 Brown Bag Lunch Ideas. Happy lunch packing!