Here's everything you need to make your best lunches. Use our make-ahead lunch ideas if you're in a hurry and creative ways to change up your lunch box routine to banish sad desk lunches forever. If you've got a health goal you're working toward, try our healthy lunch options with ideas that go beyond sandwiches and salads (though we've got those, too).

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Lime Sugar Bars

These fabulous cookie bars are perfectly sweet and tangy in every bite.

Fruit Pinwheels

You get to choose your filling in these delicious (and pretty) pinwheel cookies. We suggest berry, cherry, or orange marmalade.

Andouille and Shrimp Gumbo

Transport to the Cajun South with a steamy bowl of gumbo. French andouille sausage is a spicy smoked sausage popular in Cajun dishes like gumbo, and jambalaya. Look for pork or chicken andouille. Or use any type of sausage you like.

Carrot Soup with Tarragon and Cream

A bowl of this smooth and creamy carrot soup is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day. When purchasing, look for plump carrots without any cracks or soft spots. If the carrots still have the greens attached, remove them before storing in the refrigerator so they don't lose moisture.

Bacon-Turkey-Cranberry Roll-Ups

Make these turkey roll-ups a day in advance and you'll have lunch ready to go. Or serve them as appetizers at your next holiday gathering.

Sweet-and-Salty Scotcheroos

These candy-like bars store best in the fridge (our tests showed they became stale at room temperature after one day). After chilling, let the bars stand at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

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Sheet Pan Sausage and Fall Vegetables

Change-up this sheet pan dinner by trying another flavor variety of bratwurst such as beer brats, bacon and cheese, or pineapple. If fingerling potatoes aren't available, swap in baby red or gold potatoes.

Gluten-Free Giant Ginger Cookies

We've used a 1/4 cup of cookie dough for each of these giant, molasses-infused cookies. If you prefer smaller cookies, there's instructions for mini gluten-free ginger cookies, too.

5 Easy Lunch Prep Ideas So You’ll Be Ready for School

This school year is going to look different, but we can at least help take some of the stress out of lunch. You’ve got this.