Brown Bag It! 14 Great Ideas for Weekday Lunches

updated May 2, 2019
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Looking for lunch? Maybe you’re making an effort to pack your lunch more often as you head into the busy autumn season? Here is a roundup of 10 good ideas, recipes, and menus that will help you throw a lunch together.

14 Great Ideas for Weekday Lunches

1 Make Your Own Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups – Why buy yogurt cups? Make your own, and you can use homemade yogurt, too, if you’re inclined.

2 5 Lunches Under 400 Calories – Five nourishing, well-balanced lunches.

3 For Tomorrow’s Lunch: 10 Basics to Cook Tonight – 10 make-ahead staples (mostly starches) that can form the base for a week of lunches.

4 How To Poach an Egg in the Microwave – A great addition to your office lunches!

5 Make-Ahead Recipe: Thin-Sliced Roasted Pork with Southwestern Spices – A great recipe for make-ahead lunches.

6 Egyptian Tomato Soup – Ready for soup? Try this recipe with fresh summer tomatoes.

7 Crisp Tuna-Cabbage Salad – A fresh take on tuna.

8 10 Vegan Lunch Ideas – Ideas for the vegan brown-bagger.

9 Make Your Own Lunch Box Ice Packs – A simple how-to on making your own ice packs.

10 Lunch-Packing Inspiration – A lovely gallery of inspiring lunches.

11 Back To Work and School: 15 Great Lunchbox Snacks – Homemade granola bars, and more.

12 Pack a Lemon in Your Lunch Bag – A lemon! So many uses!

13 Sweet and Funny Lunchbox Notes – Write your sweetie a note for the lunchbox.

14 Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar – One of the best lunchbox options out there.

More Lunch Goodness

Lunchbox Recipe Roundups
Lunches That Don’t Need Reheating
• 5 Dinners That Make Great Lunches
• 5 Lunches With 5 Ingredients Or Less
• Yummy, Homemade, & Filling Snacks for My Lunchbox?
• 10 Small Sweets For Your Lunch Sack

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