Summer has come and gone. Kids are heading back to school, which means its time for you to wake up early and pack their lunch. Time can be short in the morning, what with waking your kids up, making sure they get dressed, are packed for school, and so on. The list can be endless. For those mornings, quick and easy-to-make lunches are just what you need.

Turkey Wrap

Turkey Wrap
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Time to make: > 10 minutes

Ingredients needed:

  • Flour tortilla (available at your local grocery store)
  • Mayonnaise (or humus)
  • Turkey slices (see your local deli)
  • Spinach (can be switched out for lettuce)
  • Cucumbers (optional)
  • Tomatoes (optional)

The directions for this are rather simple. First, spread some mayonnaise (or humus) over the tortilla. Next, add turkey slices on top. Place the spinach leaves (or lettuce) on top of the turkey. At this point, the lunch is complete unless you choose to add tomatoes and/or cucumbers. If you want to add them for a more rounded meal, spread them evenly on top of the spinach/lettuce.

Adding in a cookie and juice box takes just a few seconds and they'll love you that much more for it!

Total cost: > $30/week

Pizza Roll-Up

Pizza Roll-Up
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Time to make: 15 minutes

Ingredients needed:

  • Flour tortilla
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Toppings of your choice (optional)

Like the turkey wrap, the pizza roll-up's directions are step-by-step. First, spread the pizza sauce over the tortilla until its completely covered. Next, add mozzarella cheese. Place the tortilla in the microwave to melt the cheese. Thirty seconds is long enough on most modern microwaves. Add toppings of your choice such as olives, onions, peppers, pepperoni, and so on. Finally, roll the tortilla up and cut it into sections (if preferred). Once at school, the pizza roll-up can be eaten cold or your child can heat it up if they have access to a microwave.

Throwing in a little dessert never hurts either.

Total cost: > $30/week (varies depending on toppings)

Fruit Kabob

Fruit Kabob
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Time to make: > 10 minutes

Ingredients needed:

  • 5 or more different fruits
  • Kabob skewers (sticks)

This is, by far, the most straight forward recipe. Select five (or more) fruits, preferably your child's favorites, and slide them on the kabob one after another, beginning and ending with grapes. Fruits such as watermelon, lemons, limes, apples, oranges, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and, if they aren't going to sit long, bananas all work well. This lunch is both tasty and healthy. Be sure to pack enough so they don't go hungry.

The cost varies depending on amount, selection, and season of fruit.

If all else fails, go with the classic peanut butter and jelly!