Healthy Lunches

Who says you can't have healthy lunches at work? From simple soups and salads to pack-and-go entrees, these recipes make healthy lunches possible -- even during a hectic week.

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10 Fresh, Healthy Lunches You Can Take to Work

Now, listen. It's summer, and you should get out of the office at lunchtime. But please don't rush off to a fast-food restaurant!

Less Meat Loaf

MorningStar Farms
Total: 1 hr 35 mins

White Beans with Dried Tomatoes

Diabetic Living

Soft white beans in vegetable broth absorb the flavors of garlic, dried tomatoes, and shaved Asiago cheese. Partner with toasted, buttered baguette slices for a complementary crunch.

Mango-Broccoli Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Bring this cool, crunchy vegetable side dish to your next cookout.

Meatless Burritos

Diabetic Living

Everyone likes burritos, and this recipe makes enough to serve a crowd. For easy serve-alongs, pick up a fruit salad from the deli and a package or two of Mexican-style rice mix.

Chickpea Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

During peak tomato season, the dressing for this side salad needs just a smidge of sugar. If your tomatoes are a little on the tart side, you might want to add more sugar.

Chicken, Lentil and Barley Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

The lentils and barley give this pleasing poultry soup an earthy, down-home flavor.

Tomato-Turkey Wrap

Diabetic Living

For a healthful, low-fat lunch, assemble this easy turkey and hummus sandwich, wrap it up, and keep it refrigerated until ready to eat.

Rosemary Potato Soup with Crispy Carrots

Better Homes and Gardens

This smooth potato soup with crunchy topping is a savory budget dish that has colorful flair; and all for just 64 cents per serving.

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Cool as a you-know-what, this crunchy, fruit-studded cream-cheese sandwich is refreshing during summer. Try it with a cup of gazpacho.

Total: 15 mins

Tomato Soup

Parents

Kids love tomato soup at lunch but why buy canned when it's easy to make homemade? This recipe shows you how.

Sauteed Pork and Pear Salad

Heart-Healthy Living

Crunchy nuts and sweet and tangy honey-mustard dressing complement the pork in this main-dish salad recipe.

Total: 30 mins

Honey-Whipped Cottage Cheese With Melon

Fitness

This fruit and cottage cheese combo is good for a quick breakfast or snack.

Mixed Bean Cassoulet

Heart-Healthy Living

This bean casserole, a meatless rendition of the classic French cassoulet, is very high in soluble fiber, the kind that may help lower cholesterol.

Double Take: Dinner That Gives You Lunch

Here are some dinner ideas that will give you terrific lunches the next day, and will be just as exciting as dinner was the night before. The trick is to make the first meal something easy to incorporate with new and exciting flavors the second time around. My recent favorite go-to for this is simple roast chicken -- healthy with not too much prep time -- a perfect option as the weather is cooling down.

Asparagus Basil Soup

Heart-Healthy Living

This creamy asparagus and potato side-dish soup is made with soy milk. It's a good way to get more heart-healthy soy in your diet.

Total: 30 mins

Good-For-You Pizza

Better Homes and Gardens

As a substitute to making crust from scratch, save time by using a 1-pound loaf of frozen whole wheat bread dough, thawed.

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