Even as I’m typing this, I still can’t believe it is August 17. I know the old saying of “time flies when you’re having fun,” but really, where did summer go? Not that I’m complaining – I’m more than ready for fall – but I do know some kiddos who aren’t too anxious to be back in the classroom with piles of homework and tests to study for.

For parents who have children dreading the bus’ arrival, we’ve put together a collection of recipes that will brighten their day when they head to the cafeteria for lunch. From toasted turkey and brie sandwiches to homemade corn dogs, these tasty meals are sure to help your kids avoid the afternoon slump. A lunchbox sticky note inked with a heartfelt message wouldn’t hurt either.

Turkey and Brie Sandwiches

Toasted Turkey and Brie Sandwiches – Upgrade the classic turkey sandwich with creamy Brie cheese, tart Granny Smith apples and red onion.

Garden Vegetable Soup

Garden Vegetable Soup – Have some leftover veggies from the garden? Get out that thermos and give you son or daughter a hearty lunch. With carrots, cabbage and chicken, this soup is sure to do the trick.

Homemade Corn Dogs

Homemade Corn Dogs – Everyone knows corn dogs taste just as good at room temperature! Your child will be the talk of the table with the homemade version of this kid-approved lunch.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – This cold pasta salad packs well and is a healthy alternative to mac & cheese. Have a picky eater? Tailor the veggies to their liking.

Fresh Fruit with Honey Lime Mint Dressing

Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing – Is your son or daughter craving something sweet? Send them off with this fresh fruit salad – a healthy option to satisfy their sweet tooth.

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