The signs have been around for several weeks now: more traffic on the roads, moms bustling around super stores with their carts full of backpacks and pens, even the slight change in parents' overall demeanor. Back to school has definitely arrived.
I always find this time of year such a mixed bag of emotions for adults and kids alike. The end of summer brings with it some sadness, but there is also the excitement of returning to familiar friends and routines.
On the sad side, those long summer days of not having to so fastidiously plan the next meal are noticeably gone too, and you have to start wrapping your head around planning your kids' school lunch every day. But don't despair! You need not feel doomed to the fate of having to always packing the same ol' thing. Here are a few of my favorite simple sandwich recipes from the past few years that my kids still demand that I put in their lunch boxes.