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.

California Rolls

Parents

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

Nutty Cucumber Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted soy nuts add protein and fiber to this chilled, vegetable sandwich.

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.

Korean Beef Soft Tacos

Parents

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mad Scientist Wraps

Parents

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.

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

Ginger Soy Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

Add a pat of butter right before baking these packets to help the flavors of the shrimp and vegetables meld.

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Family Circle

Spicy, warm, and delicious, this butternut squash soup recipe includes a Thai twist with the added flavors of curry and coconut milk.

Salmon Shortcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Make these fun salmon and biscuit sandwiches when you need dinner fast.

Sausage-Cheese Scones

Midwest Living

Cheddar cheese and sausage help make these buttermilk scones an irresistible side dish for scrambled eggs at breakfast or soups and salads at lunch.

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