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.
The red pepper dressing is a revelation, well worth making to top any lettuce salad. You can use beef instead of lamb if you prefer.
Grilled cheese sandwiches have long been considered a kid favorite. Allow kids to select their favorite cheese and join in the quick-and-easy preparation.
Try this quick and tasty sandwich served in hollowed out French bread halves.
Meaty portobello mushrooms add savory dimension to these favorite beef sandwiches, which are made in your slow cooker.
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.
These cakelike bars are just like brownies--only blond, hence the name. The added chocolate adds extra decadence.
Quick and easy, this tender roast beef sandwich, complete with dipping sauce, is ideal for casual entertaining.
Purchased pesto and cream cheese form the spread for this easy, elegant appetizer.
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.
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!