Whether you're looking for something healthy, quick, or both, we've got lunch ideas galore. Our easy recipes make taking lunch to work and packing school lunchboxes a snap.
''Something Different'' Sandwich Recipes
When you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary at lunchtime, these unique sandwiches will hit the spot. Try a tuna sandwich inspired by Nicoise salad, a Vietnamese-style sloppy joe, a muffuletta, Italian braised pork with caramelized apples, or a luxurious lobster roll.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Kale Caesar Salad with Rye CroutonsHardy kale stands up well to punchy Caesar dressing, especially when paired with garlicky rye croutons.
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Magnetic Lunch ChartA kid may be more likely to eat her lunch if she helps choose the menu. Use this magnetic chart to help her map out her meals for the week.
Better Lunch Ideas for Work (Finally, That Promotion You Deserve)Give yourself a much needed boost during the day with a new lunch routine. Whether you work at a desk, are always on the go, or eat most of your meals at home, you can -- and should -- mix things up. These are the lunch ideas for work that you've been waiting for.
Favorite Sandwich Recipes
You'll look forward to lunch when one of our all-time favorite sandwiches is on the menu. Choose from time-honored classics such as chicken, egg, or ham salad; deli mainstays like BLTs and Reubens; American regional specialties, including po'boys and lobster rolls; and lots more.
12 Super-Cool Kids' Bento-Box Lunches You Can Actually MakeWendy Copley, author of the blog Wendolina, does something very special for her two boys every morning. She packs them lunch -- amazingly adorable bento-box-style lunches, that is. Why does she do it? A true crafter at heart, she couldn't bear to relinquish her creativity to her busy schedule. When her kids started school, she decided to put in a few extra minutes to make a necessary chore a lot more exciting. "It’s also a way for me to send them a little love while they're at school," she says. Read on to see 12 of her best bentos -- they're easy enough for you to try at home!
10 Hearty Quinoa Salad Recipes You Can Feel Great About EatingQuinoa is a super food that contains powerful health benefits; it's packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber. When paired with fresh vegetables, toasted nuts, and savory seasonings, it becomes the perfect salad for lunch or dinner (or any time of the day, really).
Healthy Salad RecipesSalads are no longer just diet food, composed of lettuce and dressing. Browse through our gallery of delicious concoctions, including light and fresh, hearty and savory -- these big, bold combinations of prime produce and flavor-packed add-ins make it easy to get your veggies on.
Turkey Sandwich Recipes
Turkey sandwiches, that lunchtime staple, will never be ho-hum again when you have this collection of recipes at your fingertips.
Wrap Sandwich and Burrito Recipes
Stuff tortillas or lavash bread with a variety of fillings -- chicken, beef, vegetables, beans, and more -- to make delicious hot or cold wraps and burritos for lunch today.
Vegetarian Lunch Sandwich Recipes
We've got hearty and delicious vegetarian sandwiches that will fuel you all afternoon. Enjoy fresh and healthy hummus and vegetables on whole grain bread, toasty panini, roasted vegetable wraps, and lots more.
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Escarole Caesar Salad with WalnutsPleasantly bitter escarole and buttery walnuts replace the romaine and croutons in this twist on the iconic salad.Recipe
Perfect Caesar SaladIf you don't have a large wooden bowl, the garlic and salt can be mashed into a paste on a cutting board using the side of a chef's knife.Recipe
Crab-and-Avocado Eggs BenedictCold eggs hold their shape better than room-temperature eggs when poaching. If using farm-fresh eggs that have not been refrigerated, chill them for about 1 hour before poaching, if desired.Recipe
"Husband Blinders" with Rainbow Chard and Brown-Butter SauceOriginating in Lazio, Italy, the cheeky name for this dumpling-style pasta refers to husbands returning home for dinner and being blinded by this impressive-looking yet deceptively simple dish.Recipe
Poached Salmon, Spinach, and Potato SaladA warm brown-butter vinaigrette ties all the flavors in this hearty salad together.Recipe
Chicken Potpie with Brown-Butter CrustThe dough can be made and refrigerated two days ahead -- and can also be frozen for up to six months (thaw completely before using).Recipe
Lillet and Brown-Butter Glazed Radishes with KohlrabiLook for radishes with fresh, vibrant green tops, which lend a striking color and mild peppery bite.Gallery
10 Super-Scary But Also Very Cute Bento Boxes for HalloweenIn the lead up to Halloween, send some spine-tingling fun in your children's lunch boxes. Use seasonal cookie cutters to shape sandwiches, add pumpkins and ghosts or simply pack foods in the traditional black and orange colors. October lunches are sure to be spook-tacular!Recipe
Baked Cod with Tomatoes and PotatoesYou can substitute bass, hake, or haddock for the cod in this one-pot casserole.Recipe
Buttermilk and Steamed-Potato SoupMake sure to keep the buttermilk very cold. Store it on ice until you're ready to serve.Recipe
Hazelnut CookiesThe deep hazelnut flavor and buttery goodness of these cookies belie their simplicity. With just five ingredients, these are some of the easiest cookies to make. Martha made this recipe on episode 704 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Roasted-Parsnip Soup with ChorizoYou can also skip making soup and just enjoy the roasted parsnips tossed with the chorizo and caper tapenade.Recipe
Indian-Spiced Eggplant StacksWarm naan and some cucumbers make a nice accompaniment to this dish.Recipe
Brussels Sprouts with Oranges and BaconSmall thin-skinned oranges work best here. Look for organic, as you are going to want to eat the whole fruit. The combination of sweet orange, lightly smoky bacon, and caramelized brussels sprouts is absolutely addictive.Recipe
Roasted Squash with Cherry Tomatoes and EggsLook for very small butternut squashes, or small to medium acorn squashes. If you find the hollow in a butternut isn't large enough, scoop a bit of the cooked flesh out before adding the egg.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Roasted-Carrot-and-Beet TartThe cilantro here is fragrant even after cooking, and the vegetables' sweetness is offset by the toasted spices. Roasting beets provides more intense flavor but requires peeling them raw, which can leave hands red; consider wearing gloves.Recipe
Cauliflower-and-Mushroom RoastWe like to think of this recipe as a deconstructed, healthier grilled cheese. Cauliflower stands in as the base while the bread serves as a crunchy garnish.Recipe
Cheesy Soppressata Pull-Apart BreadA pair of kitchen shears is the key to making even cuts.