California Sandwich
A version of a California classic, this sandwich is a mix of vegetables, whole-grain bread, and Jack cheese, topped with ranch dressing. Todd Coleman

With September in full swing, we’ve got lunch on the brain—the sandwich, the apple, the chips (or if you’re so inclined, the carrot sticks). And always, of course, the classic brown paper bag. To celebrate school lunch season, we’ve partnered with our friends at, who get just as excited about this time of year as we do. With Labor Day come and gone, kids back at school, and fall fully (if unofficially) underway, we’re combining our expertise to bring you Brown Bag Lunch Week: five full days of homemade lunches and lunch-friendly recipes. We’ll be featuring simple and fun sandwich ideas, kid-friendly snacks, pre-tested lunch products and insulated packs, and a peek at what some of our favorite bloggers are putting in their kids’ lunch bags.

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