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Try fancy toothpicks to turn ordinary weiners into a lunchbox highlight. Add a thermos of chili for bigger kids.
Fold pre-sliced salami in half and stack next to crackers or pretzels. Makes a great side to a sandwich for kids with hearty appettites.
Pre-cut canned fruit (like pineapple) can be used in a pinch, and tastes great with savory proteins like spicy sausages.
A caprese salad of cherry tomatoes, cheese cubes, olive oil and parsley is so easy, colorful and healthy.
Breakfast for lunch? Pancakes, sausages and fruit pack nicely and you can add a small container of syrup on the side.
Dinner leftovers transform into lunch easily with this spaghetti and meatball combo.
Leftovers redux: Rice paired with chopped up grilled chicken. Frozen veggies in a cup defrost by lunchtime and keep lunches fresh.
Perk up a sandwich with a simple macaroni salad and fruit cut in fun shapes (any small cookie cutter will do).
Use small skewers or cocktail toothpicks to turn chunks of chicken, cheese and tomato into a gobble-it-down lunch treat.
Rocket ship cheese adds so much flair to kids' lunches, and you can get the shape cutters easily and cheaply from websites like Amazon.com. The kids may even help you make lunches when it's this much fun.