Eats For the Week: New Brown Bag Lunch Ideas

Swap that PB&J for turkey pinwheels, a new twist on ham and cheese, and other tasty treats.

By Rosemary Black



Eats For the Week: New Brown Bag Lunch Ideas

Italian Style "PLT"


  • 2 Tbsp pesto sauce 
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 
  • 2 ciabatta rolls 
  • 4–6 slices prosciutto 
  • 2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese 
  • 4 lettuce leaves 
  • Thin slices of tomato 
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the pesto, mayonnaise, and lemon juice.
  2. Toast the ciabatta rolls if desired and spread with pesto mixture.
  3. Layer on prosciutto, mozzarella, lettuce, and tomato. Slice each sandwich in half and wrap ’em up!

Makes 2 servings

Tip: Teach kids about nutrition by including them in all aspects of meal prep, from planning to eating!


Pinwheels | Spread a flour tortilla with Dijon mustard. Arrange sliced turkey and shredded cheese in center. Top with grated carrots and chopped cucumber. Roll up and cut into pinwheels.

Soup to Go | Fill a thermos with a favorite veggie soup from the deli section of your grocery store. Pack with Kashi’s Heart to Heart Whole Grain Crackers spread with peanut butter.

Mediterranean Melody | Kids love anything they can dip! Forgo the typical sandwich for hummus with pita wedges and raw veggies. Buy all three prepackaged, if you like.

Fruit Sandy | Here’s a sweet treat you can really get behind: Mix a little apricot jam into low-fat mayonnaise and spread on whole-wheat bread. Layer with turkey, slices of apple, and lettuce.

Photo Credit: Tara Donne
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