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.AdvertisementAdvertisementPost
10 Healthy Grain Bowls That Make Effortless Lunches
Seeking a simple, good-for-you lunch that’s more substantial than a salad? Grain bowls are the answer.
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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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Chicken Cutlets with Summer Squash and FetaChicken cutlets cook in a matter of minutes, and dredging them in flour helps form a luscious pan gravy.Recipe
Slow-Cooker Vietnamese Baby Back RibsTurn leftovers into Asian-inspired pulled-pork sandwiches.Recipe
Slow-Cooker Cilantro-Chutney ChickenSauteing the onions adds sweetness and an extra layer of richness to this dish, and stirring the chutney in towards the end of cooking keeps the flavors bright and fresh.Recipe
Slow-Cooker White-Bean SoupSince raw beans can contain toxins, the FDA suggests soaking them overnight and boiling them before slow-cooking.Post
3 Seriously Upgraded Sandwiches That Will Transform Your Lunch Routine
Nobody likes a soggy lunch! Here are our secrets for making a flavorful sandwich that tastes even better a few hours later.Gallery
17 Make-Ahead Cold Noodle Salads That Are Perfect for Lunch
Upend your lunch routine with these quick and easy noodle salads you can make in advance. Combine noodles with fresh ingredients and a flavorful sauce the night before, stick it in the fridge, and you'll have a delicious, healthy lunch ready to go the next day.Video
Instant Spicy Southwesten Soup
No need to toss out the sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo. It’s a great smokey and tangy base for all kinds of recipes, including this oh-so-simple lunchtime soup!Post
This Dad Surprises His Daughter With a Lunch Note Drawing Every Day
He's drawn more than 600 custom cartoons so far, including a magical Mickey Mouse.Post
6 Genius Ways to Upgrade Your Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Kids and adults alike will love these easy twists on the classic PB&J.Recipe
Govind Armstrong's Roasted TomatoesThis recipe for roasted tomatoes can be found in Govind Armstrong's cookbook, "Small Bites Big Nights."Recipe
Pulled-Pork SandwichesIn this sandwich, slow-cooked pork is dressed in sauce (use any of the four varieties). Pickled vegetables make a piquant addition.Recipe
Shiitake Mushroom PizzaTry this shiitake mushroom pizza for a family-friendly meal any night of the week.Recipe
Homestyle Peach Ice CreamThis is the perfect use for soft or overripe fruit.Post
3 Instant Soup Recipes That Make Super Easy Lunches
Pack fresh and pantry ingredients at home and add water at the office for a delicious lunch that will make all your coworkers jealous.Recipe
Southwestern Cobb SaladOur version of this classic salad is a variation on the original, concocted late one hungry night by Robert Cobb from leftovers in the kitchen of his famous Los Angeles restaurant, the Brown Derby.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Beef Barley Soup with MushroomsThe addition of exotic mushrooms to flavorful homemade beef stock turn a familiar favorite -- beef barley soup -- into a special winter meal. Serve with crusty bread, a robust red wine, and a salad, and you'll have a deliciously comforting meal.Post
3 Healthy Lunch Salads You Can Make in Just 10 Minutes
Say goodbye to your #SadDeskLunch with these genius portable salads. They’re light, flavorful, and -- perhaps best of all -- simple to make in the morning.Recipe
Chicken and Shredded-Cabbage Salad with Noodles and Peanut SauceThis Asian classic is best served chilled, but spicy serrano chiles add some heat. Piling the cabbage, carrots, and chicken on top of the noodles makes an attractive presentaion.