Healthy Lunch

Say goodbye to grab-and-go lunches that leave you feeling hungry by three o'clock. Our recipes for soups, sandwiches, and salads give you dozens of tasty ideas for a healthy lunch.

See Popular Healthy Lunch Recipes

Healthy Kids' Lunch: Tree Quesadilla

It's been unusually warm where I live. The trees have been tricked into thinking it's spring and are already starting to blossom, which inspired this adorable healthy-lunch idea.With a tree made from a spinach tortilla and cheese (with a pretzel rod for its trunk), and two frisky little bunnies with tomato faces, cheesy eyes and tails, and carrot ears and nose, this kids' recipe brings the outdoors in.

MyPlate Meal: Easy, Healthy (and Transportable!) Lunch

Whether you're trying to grab a bite during the middle of a hectic workday or trying to feed yourself while managing a household, most of us find ourselves making lunch choices based on convenience rather than nutrition -- or even taste, for that matter. It's no wonder then that so many of us end up eating decidedly unhealthy choices for lunch. After all, a drive-thru value meal seems quicker and easier than preparing something healthy and homemade.

Liquid Lunch: Healthy Juice Drinks on the Rise

Whether you just want to get healthy, have an addiction to late night infomercials ("With the Jack La Lanne Power Juicer you always know it's fresh!"), or just really like a true liquid lunch, odds are you've given juicing a try at some point. In fact, drinking fruits and veggies has become so popular that it's sparking trends within the trend, Food & Wine's Kate Krader writes for CNN.

MyPlate Meal: Healthy (and Hot!) Make-Ahead Lunch

While most of us would relish an old-fashioned European-style lunch (a full hour, a hot meal, and never eaten in a cubicle), all too often the reality is lunch scarfed down at our desks or in our cars, not to mention all the moms who lovingly prepare a meal for their kids, and then eat the kids' leftovers and call it "lunch." And when it comes to eating healthy -- well, nutritious suggestions abound for breakfast and dinnertime, but when it comes to lunch, you're often told to have a salad. Don't get me wrong; I like salads as much as the next gal, but sometimes a salad just ain't gonna cut it.

Asian Noodle Slurp-Up

Parents

Homemade chicken pho can be just as flavorful as the restaurant version. The key ingredients: A splash of soy sauce and a hefty dose of fresh ginger.

Roasted Kale with Poppy Seed Dressing

Family Circle

Think of this superfood side dish as kale chips in salad form! Roasting tames down on the bitterness of the greens.

Tortilla-Chip Fish

Parents

In place of flour or breadcrumbs, these tasty fish fillets get their crispy coating from crushed tortilla chips.

Macaroni and Cheese

Parents

You're just three ingredients away from a delicious bowl of cheesy gluten-free pasta.

Quick Brazilian Feijoada

Better Homes and Gardens

Meat, vegetables and a side all in one! This multitasking dinner can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Total: 30 mins

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Parents

This pepper, tomato, and basil soup makes a good side dish for sandwiches at lunch or dinner.

Chicken Bratwurst and Onions with Broccoli Slaw Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Take the stress out of your next tailgate by preparing the sausages in your slow cooker rather than on the grill.

Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Family Circle

Roll out of bed and pour your prepared quiche filling into the pre-baked crust, pop it in the oven and by the time you're done getting ready for the day, brunch will be ready.

Asparagus Spring Rolls

Better Homes and Gardens

Asparagus and citrus are a natural spring flavor combination, so why not serve them up in spring rolls? The ham adds a nice salty kick to counteract the tangy aioli.

Total: 45 mins

Southern Pulled Chicken and Maque Choux

Better Homes and Gardens

Maque Choux is a Cajun staple of spiced-up corn and other vegetables. Use the condiment like salsa on these open-faced pulled chicken sandwiches.

Grilled Pork with Shaved-Asparagus Salad

Fitness

Fresh lemon juice and zest brighten up the flavors in this light grilled pork dinner.

Turkey Arugula and Goat Cheese Panini

Fitness

For a modern take on the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich (and one that you can enjoy any day of the year), swap pomegranate molasses for cranberry sauce.

White Beans with Dried Tomatoes

Diabetic Living

Soft white beans in vegetable broth absorb the flavors of garlic, dried tomatoes, and shaved Asiago cheese. Partner with toasted, buttered baguette slices for a complementary crunch.

Back to Top