Lunch Box Remix: 5 Ingredients, 5 ways

The new school year is fast approaching, which means you’ll be packing lunches soon enough. But you don’t have to settle for ho-hum PB&Js every day -- or spend a ton of money and time to come up with unique lunches every day. Kick off the season with a brown-bagged bang with five basic ingredients -- turkey, cheddar, avocados, apples and peanut butter -- served up in five deliciously simple ways.

Monday: Turkey Avocado Roll-Ups
Turkey sandwiches are so last year: Instead, try this tasty wrap-free roll up and substitute avocado and cheddar for the filling ingredients. Lay turkey slices on a cutting board, then top with avocado slices and cheddar. After rolling it up, wrap it in aluminum foil. Pack some apples and peanut butter for dipping on the side as a healthy snack.

Tuesday: Applewiches

Make a fruity fun sammy without the sliced bread. Crisp apples make for the perfect bookends to sharp cheddar and creamy peanut butter -- and the twist is sure to bring a smile to your little student’s face. 

Wednesday: Cheddar-Apple Turkey Salad
Keep it fresh and light with a lettuce-free tossed salad. Shred the turkey and mix it with  cheddar and apples chunks, then toss with the dressing of your choice. This protein-packed meal will keep you and your kids satisfied all afternoon long.

Thursday: Turkey Stuffed Avocados
Dress up school lunch with a fancy dish. Peel the avocado, remove the pit and fill with turkey and cheddar slices. 

Friday: Cheddar Cupcakes With Avocado Frosting
Celebrate a school week well done with this spin on a classic kid-favorite treat. The handful of happiness will surely have you crowned the coolest mom ever. Plus, a little whimsy every now and then can go a long way in reminding your kiddo you care.