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


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.

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.

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

Yellow Bell Pepper and Corn Risotto

Better Homes and Gardens

Risotto can be a labor of love, but not so when your slow cooker can do the work for you. Make this creamy rice side dish vegetarian by swapping vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

Apple-Tomato Salad

Diabetic Living

Take a break from standard salads with this flavorful apple-tomato version. Try it for a fresh lunch or as an easy appetizer before dinner.

Total: 20 mins

Tomato Soup


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


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

Fish and Vegetable Soup

Diabetic Living

If you're looking for a light, fresh meal that still satisfies, look no further than this white fish and vegetable soup. It's delicious any time of year.

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

Peanut Sauced Veggies and Noodles

Better Homes and Gardens

Asian-inspired dinner idea: Serve this colorful bowl of peanutty pasta with a side of beef or chicken satay.

Total: 20 mins

Green Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo and Grape Tomatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

For a Greek feast, serve a spread of stuffed grape leaves and spanakopita as an appetizer to this slow cooker chicken and pasta dinner.

Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto


The key to the creamy texture of risotto? Slowly adding the liquid here, it's chicken broth so the rice has plenty of time to plump up. Still, this vegetarian recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes!

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