A Whole Week's Worth of Back-to-School Lunches — Fall Fest

Get back in the swing of the school year by tricking out your kids' lunchboxes with colorful, tasty recipes for every day of the week.
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It's that time of year again, folks. Get back in the swing of the school year by tricking out your kids' lunchboxes with colorful, tasty recipes for every day of the week. These easy-to-make, take-to-school lunch ideas can take you from Monday through Friday, and they're sure to take the cafeteria by storm.

Monday

Fill a thermos with Guy Fieri's hearty, satisfying turkey chili recipe (pictured above). A single batch can easily feed two kids for the better part of a week — plus, chili is as freezer-friendly as it gets.

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Tuesday

Use leftover pasta from last night's dinner to make Ellie Krieger's veggie-packed  Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad for Food Network Magazine. It's loaded up with corn, edamame, bell peppers and carrots, plus a little grated Parmesan.

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Wednesday

Get the kids over the hump by putting a twist on the go-to turkey sandwich. Add juicy, sweet grapes and almonds to turkey breast salad for easy-to-make  Crunchy Turkey Salad Sandwiches.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Lunchbox 1 for KIDS/THANKSGIVING/CAMP CUTTHROAT, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Thursday

Pack a bit of variety with Food Network Kitchen's  Cheddar-Scallion Biscuit Lunchbox. Fun and filling, this bento-style box comes stocked with a hard-boiled egg, fruit and homemade cream-based biscuits that couldn't be easier to make.

Food Network Kitchens panko chicken nuggets in a lunchbox.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Jackie Alpers, Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Friday

End the week with the most-beloved kid-friendly food of all: chicken nuggets. Make  Panko-Crusted Chicken Nuggets the night before; they’re tender and crispy without all the frying. Pack them in a lunchbox with your kids’ favorite veggies, plus a dipping sauce like ketchup, honey mustard or barbecue sauce.

Get more kid-friendly recipes from our friends:
Homemade Delish:  Homemade Poptarts

Creative Culinary:  Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Daisy at Home: Chewy Granola Bars
Weelicious:  Hummus Veggie Wraps
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