I don't know about you, but the girls and I were in a serious lunch-time rut when it came to packing lunches at the end of last year.  The kids were too tired to try anything new and I was too tired to offer.  But with the new school year gearing up, I think we're all fresh enough to try some new recipes when it comes to lunch and after school snacks.  At least for the first week.  

In that spirit, I've put together a list of school lunch and after school snack recipe ideas to try out for the first week of school.  

Try it for the first week and see where it takes you...

1. Hummus and Pitas

2. Panko Chicken Nuggets

3. Ham and Cheese Quesidillas

4. Smiley-Faced Pizzas

5. 10-minute Tomato Soup

1. Fruit Cones

2. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

3. Veggie Flowers

4. Peanut Butter Granola Bites

5. Bagel Critters

What are your kids' favorite school lunch ideas and after school snacks?

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