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13 Greatest Hits from Amanda's Kids' Lunches

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If you have a small person in your life, you probably are or have been tasked with packing them lunch—and this can be a challenging task (especially on days when it seems like packing your own lunch might be unlikely if not impossible). Some kids demand only sandwiches—some only PB&Js. Some want anything other than PB&Js. Some days you pack a very well-intentioned meal and it's spurned and you can't help but feel a little defeated. (It happens.)

Our co-founder Amanda Hesser has long chronicled the lunches she packs for her twins, Walker and Addie, turning leftovers, greens, beans, fruit, and myriad sauces from the back of the fridge into meals that look so darn good that we've been inspired to pack them not only for kids, but for ourselves, too. Here are 13 winners to inspire your lunch routine (and a rule that's clear from the photos: Lunch dessert is important.).

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  • Sandwiches of cream cheese, soppressata, peppery greens, pickled onions + chocolate olive oil cake
A Functional (and Lovely) "Muddling" Sandwich for Amanda's Kids' Lunch
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A Functional (and Lovely) "Muddling" Sandwich for Amanda's Kids' Lunch
  • Freekeh salad (freekeh, celery, lemon zest, parsley, garlic) + ham + Camembert + Greek yogurt
Amanda's Kids' Lunch Gets Freekeh
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Amanda's Kids' Lunch Gets Freekeh
  • Beans + greens (mizuna + chopped green beans) + oil-packed tuna + creamy, garlicky dressing + chocolate olive oil cake
A Lunch for When There's Nothing in the Fridge
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A Lunch for When There's Nothing in the Fridge
A Serendipitous Pair
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A Serendipitous Pair
  • A composed salad of roast chicken, arugula, and chopped radishes + cheese crackers + an apple
Amanda's Kids' Lunch
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Amanda's Kids' Lunch
A (Small) Taste of Winter Food for Amanda's Kids' Lunch
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A (Small) Taste of Winter Food for Amanda's Kids' Lunch
  • Rice and quinoa with yellow squash, chimichurri, pistachios, and avocado + plumcots (!) for dessert
(Grain) Salad Days
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(Grain) Salad Days
  • Bean salad (corn, yellow beans, green beans, red onion, olive oil, sherry vinegar) + German potato salad + goat cheese + Triscuits + caramels
The Return of Amanda's Kids' Lunch!
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The Return of Amanda's Kids' Lunch!
  • Sandwiches of cashew butter, ricotta, and honey + apples
A Creative Lunch for Uncreative Days
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A Creative Lunch for Uncreative Days
  • Couscous salad (oil-packed tuna, haricots verts, capers, olives, garlic, lemony vinaigrette) + carrot sticks + big pieces of chocolate chip cookie
Amanda's Kids' Lunch
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Amanda's Kids' Lunch
  • Chicken salad (roasted chicken, celery, Dijon, mayo, tarragon) + whole-grain bread for piling it onto + chocolate spice cookies
Amanda's Kids' Lunch
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Amanda's Kids' Lunch
  • Chickpeas with tuna, parsley, Meyer lemon, a pinch of hot smoked paprika, olive oil, and avocado + Satsumas + chocolate
An Herby, Flavorful Chickpea-Tuna Salad to Dream About
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An Herby, Flavorful Chickpea-Tuna Salad to Dream About
  • Prosciutto and butter sandwiches + Castelvetrano olives + apples
Slider Infatuation, Part II
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Slider Infatuation, Part II

What are your kids' favorite lunches? (What are your own?) Share some ideas with us in the comments.


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