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.

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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.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Parents

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

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.

Tomato Soup

Parents

Kids love tomato soup at lunch but why buy canned when it's easy to make homemade? This recipe shows you how.

Curried Lentils with Butternut Squash

Parents

Serve this easy lentil recipe as a hearty side dish or a meatless main dish.

Asparagus Basil Soup

Heart-Healthy Living

This creamy asparagus and potato side-dish soup is made with soy milk. It's a good way to get more heart-healthy soy in your diet.

Total: 30 mins

Cheddar Soup

Diabetic Living

Nothing says comfort like a hot bowl of cheese soup. This recipe version uses reduced-fat cheese to keep it healthful and low in calories.

Cheese Melts Topped with Tomato "Raisins"

Parents

Grape tomatoes are baked until they shrivel up and look like raisins for this easy sandwich. Serve for lunch or a snack.

Pasta Primavera

Parents

Low-fat evaporated milk makes a lightened up cheese sauce for the pasta and vegetables in this 30-minute dinner.

Versatile Vegetable Soup

Diabetic Living

You can make this side-dish soup Southwestern, Italian, or Asian depending on what else you're serving at dinner.

Fruit and Cheese Pitas

Better Homes and Gardens

This refreshing pocket sandwich doubles easily to serve four hungry lunch eaters.

Total: 15 mins

BLT in a Bowl

Better Homes and Gardens

This low calorie main dish salad was inspired by that favorite bacon sandwich.

Total: 30 mins

Veggie Burgers

Parents

These vegetable and bean cakes make a delicious meatless burger when served on a bun with your favorite toppers.

Greek Tacos

Parents

A cucumber and feta cheese topper makes these seasoned beef tacos different than the version you usually eat. Give them a try for dinner some night.

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