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.

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.

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

Crostini a la Mia

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Total: 10 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

Blondies

Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled Ham on Rye Special

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

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