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.

Tortilla-Chip Fish


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

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


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

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.

Kale Beet and Blue Cheese Pizza


Grab a slice of superfoods! Pile on kale, beets and blue cheese for a colorful and flavorful twist on the Italian favorite.

Turkey Arugula and Goat Cheese Panini


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.

Lentil-Turkey Meatballs on Grilled Bread


Stretch ground turkey by mixing it with canned lentils to create tender meatballs for this healthy open-faced sandwich.

Salmon Melts

Diabetic Living

This protein-packed meal is easy to make on even the busiest day. Top English muffin halves with a tomato slice, arugula, the salmon mixture, and cheese and broil until melted.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Better Homes and Gardens

You can really see where cauliflower gets its name when you slice the vegetable into steaks. It tastes phenomenal and takes on a lovely charred color when oven-roasted.

Salmon with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Diabetic Living

The salmon and olive oil will make your heart happy, while the wine and herbs will please your tastebuds. This well-balanced fish and vegetable recipe is a true dinner winner!

Total: 45 mins

Citrus Salad with Poached Cod

Better Homes and Gardens

Gently poach cod, haddock or salmon in citrus juice for a light and flaky fish dinner that is full of flavor but not a lot of fat.

Total: 25 mins

Pork Tenderloin Salad

Family Circle

This is the perfect Monday night dinner. Do the prep work on Sunday, chill overnight and dinner will be ready after just 5 minutes of prep when you get home.

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