Creative Lunches

Just because it's lunch doesn't mean it should be basic. Enjoy our creative takes on lunch recipes. Whether you're hosting friends for a weekday lunch, or setting a farm table for a midday party under the trees, a few creative ideas will make a memorable difference.

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Spicy Tomato Aspic

Taste of the South
Total: 14 mins

Banana Quesadillas

Share Our Strength
Total: 12 mins

Ham Sandwich Skewers


Kids will love this twist on a traditional ham sandwich.

Total: 15 mins

California Rolls


Make your own takeout! Each dinner can customize his or her own sushi roll with different vegetables, fish and seeds when you DIY.

Cobb Salad Hoagies

Better Homes and Gardens

We used the classic cobb salad ingredients to make this hearty dinner sandwich.

Total: 35 mins

Carrot Ginger Soup

Family Circle

A can of coconut milk makes this vegatarian soup rich and creamy. Pair a bowl with a sandwich for a satisfying lunch.

Classy Cuban Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Asparagus, ham, and turkey served on a hoagie bun or torpedo roll form the basis of this quick and tasty sandwich.

Total: 25 mins

Stuffed Potato Skins

Family Circle

Serve two potato halves as a main dish or serve one as a side dish. The salad topping provides a fresh counterpoint to the savory bacon, broccoli, and cheese filling.

Parmesan-Turkey Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Keep the fixings on hand for this hearty sandwich, and you'll be ready the next time you need a family-pleasing dinner in a hurry.

Vera Cruz Tomatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon, spinach, sour cream, and mozzarella are all stuffed inside a big red tomato. Serve as a side dish or light lunch.

Lamb Patties with Chopped Herbs

Fine Cooking Magazine

Clams with Basil Broth

Fine Cooking Magazine

Quick and tasty: rich, tender steamed clams in an aromatic white wine broth. Serve with plenty of crusty sourdough bread for dipping.

Total: 30 mins

Mad Scientist Wraps


These tortilla snacks are transformed for a Halloween party. The tasty disguised turkey and ham combos make a quick and fun dish even the pickiest eaters won't refuse.

Bacon Beet and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted beets add the just-right amount of sweetness to these bacon-stuffed quesadillas. For a vegetarian variation, trade beans for the bacon.

Beer-Braised Brats

Midwest Living

Grill the bratwurst, then simmer them in a sweet and tangy beer sauce. When you're ready for dinner, put the brats in a bun and top with the pickles and cranberry relish.

Classic Lobster Roll

Family Circle

This tasty sandwich is full of fresh lobster in a tarragon dressing. If you like, skip the bun and serve the lobster salad on lettuce leaves.

Korean Beef Soft Tacos


Mexico meets Korea in these tasty slow cooker beef tacos. The cool, crunchy coleslaw is the perfect antidote to the slightly spicy meat.

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