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Peanut Butter and Jelly
For one twist on the standard PB&J, try using a bagel or English muffin instead of bread.
For one twist on the standard PB&J, try using a bagel or English muffin instead of bread.

Yes, we know -- PB&J is nothing new and exciting when it comes to kids' lunches. But here are some new takes on an old favorite that you may not have thought of before.

For instance, did you know can prepare a whole loaf of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at one time and freeze them until you're ready to use them? They'll keep wonderfully in individual baggies, and will thaw in your kids' lunchboxes by the time they're ready to eat. Out of bread? Try PB&J on a wrap, rolled or folded up like a quesadilla, or spread the toppings on a bagel.

And even though there are only three ingredients in this sandwich, it's easy to swap them out to create new flavor combinations. For example, peanut butter and honey are great together on a sandwich, as are peanut butter and banana slices; jelly and cream cheese; and peanut butter, cream cheese and crushed pineapple.

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