Lunch

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.

Total: 10 mins

Herbed Lamb Meatball Salad

Midwest Living

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.

Arepas

Family Circle

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Total: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins

Crostini a la Mia

Better Homes and Gardens

Try this quick and tasty sandwich served in hollowed out French bread halves.

French Dips with Mushrooms

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Grilled Frankfurters

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Better Homes and Gardens

These cakelike bars are just like brownies--only blond, hence the name. The added chocolate adds extra decadence.

French Dip Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Total: 30 mins

Open Face Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Total: 20 mins

Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Cloud Cookies

Parents

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
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