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Remembering, in the hazy, golden-warm days of summer, that school (and work) lunches need to be packed, feels a little bit like being hit with the door on the way out. (Oof.) But a not-sad desk lunch for you and/or your kiddos isn't an achievement to be won—it's just a rhythm to get into. And it starts with a little planning, a well-stocked pantry, and a few special touches.
Here are a few of our go-to very-not-sad lunches, plus the tools that make packing them even easier:
Pack curried chickpeas in one jar, a fat handful of greens in another.
The pot's for big batches of lentils—and the book? Either lunchtime reading, or more Genius recipe inspiration.
Falafel in one compartment, fun toppings (and zippy, meal-rounding-out pickles) in another.
Never run out of plastic sandwich baggies again.
Pure comfort in every way.
We love packing lunch in sturdy, compact, leak-proof jars. A separate compartment keeps dressings and sauces separate.
Keep a box of crackers in your office and you practically have instant lunch—just add cheese. Or a thermos full of soup!
Just add fresh veg for dipping (and maybe some olives, too.)
Speaking of special touches...
What was in your lunchbox as a kid? Tell us in the comments.