Best 5 Back-to-School Sandwiches

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You've exhausted the peanut butter and jelly routine and have rolled your final turkey and cheese wrap. Now what? When it comes to packing your kids' lunchboxes, variety is key; after all, no child — or adult — looks forward to eating the same lunch day after day, so it's important to keep their midday meal both interesting and easy to eat. Check out Food Network's top-five sandwich selections below, and switch up your usual school lunch rotation by introducing these fresh, flavor-packed recipes that are as simple to prepare as traditional favorites and every bit as kid-friendly.

5.  Chicken Salad Sandwiches — Put the leftovers from last night's chicken dinner to work in this quick-fix salad sandwich, laced with a creamy mayonnaise-mustard dressing.

4.  Mediterranean Tuna Salad — All it takes is two slices of bread to turn this chickpea- and tomato-studded tuna salad into a ready-to-go salad sandwich.

3.  Mini Italian Club Sandwiches — Given their petite size and mostly crustless edges, Giada's two-bite beauties are the ultimate kid-friendly creation, layered with turkey, provolone and a smear of pesto.

2.  Turkey-Avocado Clubs — If your little ones are averse to too-green avocados, simply skip the creamy spread, and opt for the crispy strips of turkey bacon, cool lettuce and juicy tomato alone.

1.  Ultimate Ham Sandwich — The secret to this piled-high sandwich (pictured above) is using the very best ingredients: thick-cut slices of quality ham, crunchy whole grain mustard and a creamy homemade mayonnaise, the richness of which is cut by tangy dill pickle slices.

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