The great thing about lunch is that it can go in any direction. Lunch is the day's refueling session, a culinary time-out that lets you relax over a meal before getting back to the grind. So enjoy it! Yes, sandwiches are great (who doesn't love a meatball sub or gooey grilled cheese) but soup can be just as satisfying (homemade chicken noodle, perhaps, or a hearty bowl of chili?). Or pick a salad - with all of the specialty greens available these days, you can get a lot fancier than just a Cobb or Caesar. The whole point of lunch is to take a break - so do yourself a favor and eat something you like. That goes for kids, too. When you're searching for healthy lunch recipes and ideas, think about getting outside the usual "chips and a sandwich" box. There are lots of quick ways to pack their lunchboxes full of unusual items.

How to Make a Burrito

Learn how to make a burrito, and you'll have the perfect lunch or dinner on the go.

How to Make Potato Pancakes

It's worth learning how to make potato pancakes, as they're the perfect accompaniment to any meal--breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Total: 10 mins

How to Bake a Honey Baked Ham

To strike the perfect balance between salty and sweet, get the hang of how to make a honey baked ham. It's a classic holiday dish, but there's no need to save it for special occasions--it makes a satisfying dinner (with guaranteed leftovers!) any day of the year.

How to Make Chicken Salad

Chicken salad maintains its place in lunch boxes and on picnic tables decade after decade because it's simple and delicious. And that's why every home cook should learn how to make it.

How to Make Tuna Salad

Whether spread between two slices of bread or scooped on top of some leafy greens, learn how to make tuna salad tuna salad and you'll always have a delicious lunch for work or school.

Cloud Cookies


Make your feelings known by creating light and airy meringue letters and shapes to spell out any message. Slip some in a kid's lunch for a sweet surprise!

Total: 1 hr 20 mins


Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled Ham on Rye Special

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Year-round, this hot grilled sandwich is a hit. Round out a meal by serving it alongside a bowl of soup or salad. Remember to include the all-important chips and pickles.

Total: 20 mins

French Dips with Mushrooms

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Meaty portobello mushrooms add savory dimension to these favorite beef sandwiches, which are made in your slow cooker.

Open Face Sandwiches

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Purchased pesto and cream cheese form the spread for this easy, elegant appetizer.

Total: 20 mins

Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

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Pound the meat thin to create the classic look when you add it to the bun. You'll savor every bite of this classic dinner sandwich.

Total: 25 mins

Grilled Frankfurters

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When preparing this easy main dish, keep in mind that fully cooked sausages and frankfurters require just a brief warming on the grill; uncooked varieties require longer grilling.

French Dip Sandwiches

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Quick and easy, this tender roast beef sandwich, complete with dipping sauce, is ideal for casual entertaining.

Total: 30 mins
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