Lunch Recipes & Ideas
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The $12 Amazon Find That Prevents My To-Go Salads from Getting Soggy
Plus, they keep my salad dressing cold on my commute!
Aug 18, 2023
Fast and Fancy Pork and Beans
With your favorite cut of cured pork, molasses, canned beans, and a secret ingredient, you can be eating creamy beans suspended in a velvety sauce in just 30 minutes.
Aug 17, 2023
Cauliflower Rice Lunch Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas
I'll never get tired of it.
Aug 17, 2023
The One Salad You Can't Miss Making This Month
It's summer in a bowl.
Aug 13, 2023
18 Costco Groceries I’m Buying for Easy School Lunches
Groceries
Sandwich roll-ups! Baby bell peppers! Chocolate cookies! And more!
Aug 12, 2023
Simple Kale & Potato Soup
Some soups work well in polite company — a light bisque or a boeuf bourguignon, for instance, are the stars of a dinner party menu. But then there are other soups that are really just for you, just for those days when you need something simple and nourishing without much fuss. That’s this kale and potato soup. It’s humble, unassuming, and best enjoyed alone at the kitchen counter with the last hunk of some sourdough bread.
Aug 10, 2023
How To Roast Frozen Butternut Squash
There's a much smarter way to buy it.
Aug 10, 2023
Ina Garten’s Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup
Of course Ina has a few extra tips for ways to finish it off in a special way.
Aug 9, 2023
These Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls Taste Just Like the Real Deal
A chipotle marinade makes the chicken extra-flavorful.
Aug 8, 2023
Crunchy Cabbage & Peanut Slaw
A refreshing, light slaw fragrant with roasted peanuts you can serve on a weeknight or on a buffet.
Aug 7, 2023
Chicken Lentil Soup
You'll have a wholesome meal to reach for all winter long.
Aug 5, 2023
How To Make Dutch Crunch Bread
Dutch crunch is the delightful sandwich bread you didn't know you needed.
Aug 5, 2023
French Onion Frittata
It's a classic frittata meets French onion soup mash-up that is dressed to impress.
Aug 3, 2023
Yotam Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower Cake
Who said cakes have to be sweet?
Aug 3, 2023
Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas
Stash these in your freezer ASAP.
Aug 3, 2023
Joanna Gaines’ Creamy Chicken Poblano Soup
On one of their first dates, Chip and Jo went to a restaurant that was known for its creamy chicken poblano soup. It quickly became a favorite, and Jo decided to recreate her own version for her latest cookbook.
Aug 1, 2023
21 Make-Ahead Salads You Can Easily Pack for Lunch
Save money *and* eat well!
Jul 31, 2023
Slow Cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup
Based off a soup so good, its memory outlasted the memory of the person I ate it with.
Jul 29, 2023
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
This is a curry dish that benefits from a nice, long simmer anyway, so why not let that happen while you're off doing other things?
Jul 29, 2023
How to Make the Perfect Hawaiian Plate Lunch Mac Salad
My grandfather's recipe has a secret ingredient that makes all the difference.
Jul 29, 2023
You Should Definitely Be Frying Your Eggs in Chili Crisp
Trust us on this one.
Jul 27, 2023
How To Make Stovetop Skillet Pizza
This faster take on pizza won't heat up the house.
Jul 26, 2023
How To Make Southern Tomato Pie
Like a tomato and mayo sandwich, in pie form.
Jul 26, 2023
10 Rules for Packing a Week of Lunches
Whether you’re packing lunches for yourself or your family, packing a whole week’s worth of lunches is more efficient and will save you time each day. These 10 simple rules will ensure that your lunch is as tasty Friday as it was on Monday. There is no way around this — in order to pack a week’s worth of lunches, you are going to need a week’s worth of containers.
Jul 25, 2023
Apple Cabbage Salad with Cider Vinaigrette
When the dimmer seasons turn you inward toward big pots of braising things or simmering batches of slow-cooker meals, match those recipes with a sturdy side dish that won’t cower behind their homey hardiness. Chili, for example, with its robust kick and bulky beany, meaty sauciness would use a “mixed greens salad” as a footrest, stomping out the side’s subtlety.
Jul 25, 2023
How To Make a Zuni Café Roasted Chicken at Home
There may be a million ways to roast a chicken, but there is one in particular that truly stands head and shoulders above the rest: the Zuni chicken. This method was originally developed by Judy Rodgers for her San Francisco restaurant The Zuni Cafe, but it has since traveled far beyond that kitchen. It involves salting the chicken days ahead and flipping it a few times during roasting, but the extra TLC is worth it. Simply put, this makes one of the best roast chickens ever.
Jul 24, 2023
How To Stir-Fry Spinach with Garlic
Give a warm welcome to your new favorite weeknight side dish. Stir-frying a big bag of spinach has become one of my favorite ways to get greens on the plate, and a few slices of garlic in the mix makes the spinach feel all grown up. To prepare, you’ll only need five ingredients, high heat, and a wok, and stir-frying spinach should only takes two-minutes. Even in the world of fast stir-fries, spinach is a speedy dish.
Jul 24, 2023
Tomato Tortellini Soup
Yes, it is really that quick.
Jul 24, 2023
This Tuna Pasta Salad Is the First Thing Gone at Every Barbecue
Oh, and it's the perfect make-ahead lunch.
Jul 23, 2023
Making This Watermelon Feta Salad Is My Summer Ritual
It beats any other version.
Jul 21, 2023
How To Make Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)
I always forget how amazing panzanella is. This classic Italian salad seems somehow too simple — and too improbable — to be as good as it is. We’re talking about a mix of day-old bread and juicy ripe tomatoes with whatever veggies might be in need of using, all tossed with a light vinaigrette.
Jul 21, 2023
Upgrade Spaghetti Squash with 2-Ingredient Creamy Pesto
A super-fast side you'll make all summer long.
Jul 21, 2023
What Foods Can You Carry on the Plane? The List Is Surprisingly Long.
Hummus and carrots will be your new go-to travel snack.
Jul 20, 2023
3-Ingredient Cilantro Lime Slaw Is My Go-To Lazy Summer Side
It goes with almost everything.
Jul 19, 2023
10 Dinner Recipes That Make Great Lunch Leftovers
When it comes to packing a healthy, homemade lunch, dinner is your best friend. A good dinner is one that is delicious and generous enough to become lunch the next day. From slow cooker enchiladas to green curry, and vegetarian casseroles to hearty meatloaf, here are 10 of our favorite homemade dinners that also make great homemade lunches. Personally, I think a good dinner-to-lunch meal has a few specific characteristics: It reheats well or is good cold.
Jul 19, 2023
7 of Our Best High-Protein Lunches
Skip the protein bar and eat one of these.
Jul 19, 2023
15 Packable Lunches You Won’t Have to Reheat
While I sometimes bring previously hot leftovers from dinner to work, these dishes don’t always taste amazing when reheated in the microwave. The answer, of course, is to bring a lunch that doesn’t need reheating in the first place. And happily for us all, there’s a slew of options for delicious cold lunches I can put together the night before. Always remember, your cold lunches don’t need to mean boring sandwiches or measly salads. You deserve better than that.
Jul 19, 2023
The Easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
On vacation? Let the slow cooker do the work.
Jul 18, 2023
Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto
I don't think I've ever been this excited about lunch. Ever.
Jul 18, 2023
Japchae Is the Ultimate Korean Stir-Fried Noodle Dish
It's the perfect combo of sweet, savory, and toasty.
Jul 17, 2023
Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita
They're filled to the brim with cumin-spiced lamb, shredded iceberg lettuce, and a quick homemade cucumber raita.
Jul 16, 2023
Instant Pot Congee Is the Quick, Easy Meal That Satisfies My Entire Family
Most Wanted
It requires just 5 minutes of hands-on time.
Jul 12, 2023
Easy Chicken Potstickers
A bag of coleslaw makes a batch of chicken potstickers easy and quick.
Jul 11, 2023
I'm Making This Creamy, Tangy Shrimp Salad on Repeat
It's my new favorite way to eat shrimp.
Jul 7, 2023
Salmon Cakes with Creamy Garlic Sauce
Fish cakes are quite possibly the best way to give leftover salmon a second lease on life. If you have a few fillets from your last cookout, or from cooking a big batch in the slow cooker, these herby, garlicky salmon patties need to be in your meal plan. And if you don’t have leftover fish, then canned salmon is a good pantry staple and means these fish cakes are never more than a few minutes away.
Jul 6, 2023
How To Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar
We love our canning jars for everything from storing grains in the pantry to shaking cocktails in the park. But by far one of our most favorite ways to use our pint- and quart-sized canning jars is to pack them with salads. Yes, that’s right, leafy green salads. Dressing goes on the bottom, veggies and other salad goodies get piled on top. Everything stays separate and dressing-free until you toss the salad together in the bowl — never eat another soggy lunch salad again.
Jul 6, 2023
8 Heart-Healthy Lunch Ideas for a Nourishing Week
These will fuel you through the day.
Jul 5, 2023
25 Bowl Lunches You Can Make Ahead and Enjoy All Week
They're make-ahead situations that simplify the midday meal.
Jul 5, 2023
25 Big-Batch Recipes to Make for Lunch
Add these to your weekend meal prep session.
Jul 5, 2023
32 Make-Ahead Lunches You Can Prep and Pack Tonight
Your future hungry self will thank you.
Jul 5, 2023
Costco Chicken Bakes
The internet freaked out over this Costco hit, and now you can make it at home.
Jun 27, 2023
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Grilled Short Rib Chimichurri Party Sandwiches Make You the Hero of Every Cookout
Burgers and hot dogs may reign supreme when it comes to handheld cookout fare, but don’t overlook the humble sandwich. This juicy, flavor-packed short rib sandwich challenges you to think beyond the average bun. Load an entire loaf of soft, squishy French or Italian bread with slices of grilled boneless short ribs, herbaceous chimichurri sauce, quick-pickled red onion, and peppery arugula before slicing the whole thing into individual sandwiches to feed your family and friends.
Jun 20, 2023
We Can't Stop Making This Dreamy Pasta Salad
Don't head to your next potluck without it.
Jun 19, 2023
Fluffy Mashed Potato Cakes Are the Best Way to Eat Leftover Mashed Potatoes
If you have any left over, that is.
Jun 17, 2023
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These Greek-Style Nachos Are Packed with Flavor, Protein, and Nutrition
The easiest way to turn nachos into dinner is to pack them full of protein. Pulled pork and shredded chicken are classics, but there’s no reason plant-based eaters should miss out on the fun. Here, a spiced walnut-based crumble stands in for ground lamb in a pan of Greek-style nachos that are impossible to resist.To make it, you’ll pulse California walnuts with chickpeas, lemon zest, olive oil, and dried spices until finely chopped, then cook until crispy and warmed through.
Jun 14, 2023
How To Make the Best Lentil Dal at Home
Ready the rice!
Jun 11, 2023
Grown-Up Tuna Noodle Casserole
I had a few realizations over the holidays this year with family. There were the usual suspects, of course: travel mayhem, gifting stress, and family drama. But this year there was a new player on the block: bad casseroles. I’m not sure if it was just chance or if my mom and sisters were digging through old late 1980’s cookbooks, but we had some very heavy, flavorless casseroles during the Christmas holiday.
Jun 11, 2023
Italians Make This Rustic Zucchini Tart All Summer
Scarpaccia is a rustic Italian tart originating from the region of Tuscany. Zucchini is the star of this dish, which makes it the perfect recipe to make all summer long. Here, sliced zucchini is coated with a simple batter of flour, eggs, milk, cheese, and fresh herbs. You can add whatever fresh garden herbs you have on hand, but fresh basil is my favorite! Here’s how to make it. Zucchini: You can use all zucchini, or a mix of zucchini and summer squash.
Jun 10, 2023
How To Fold a Burrito (So It Doesn’t Fall Apart When You Eat It)
My husband Mike brought many valuable qualities to our partnership: He’s kind, charming, smart, and has good taste in books. He loves good food, and brews coffee every single morning. And somewhere among the upper pantheon of his stellar attributes is also this: He can fold a burrito so that you can eat it all the way down to the very nub, without it falling apart in your hands. Want to know how he does it?
Jun 8, 2023
How To Make Baked Falafel in the Oven
How do you take a pita pocket full of deep-fried falafel — handed to you by a street vendor and devoured on sight — and turn it into a reasonably healthy, everyday affair that you can make at home? The power of the oven. And to make these Middle Eastern baked falafel, all you need is canned chickpeas, onion, garlic, a handful of fresh herbs, and a few spices. These baked falafel have been in my lunch and dinner meal rotation for years now.
Jun 8, 2023
Hawaiian Roll Cheesy Chicken Sliders Are the Star of Every Picnic
My go-to potluck recipe.
Jun 8, 2023
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup
A whole chicken is key in the slow cooker classic chicken soup.
Jun 6, 2023
The Simple Secret to My Mom's Amazing Cheese Grits
This ingredient takes these grits over the top.
Jun 4, 2023
Quick and Easy Roasted Veggie Salad
Winter calls for warm roasted veggies and a spattering of creamy goat cheese.
Jun 4, 2023
A Beginner's Guide to Kimbap — Korea's Iconic Finger Food
It’s infinitely customizable.
Jun 2, 2023
How To Make Chicken and Rice Soup
This soup is thrifty luxury at its finest.
Jun 1, 2023
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
The classic pasta sauce just got a whole lot easier.
Jun 1, 2023
This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Will Make You a Dinner Hero
Pile it onto buns, drape it over nachos, roll it into burritos, spoon it over rice, or simply eat it straight-up. You will be overjoyed.
Jun 1, 2023
Salvadoran Pupusas con Curtido (Masa Cakes with Cabbage Slaw)
More than a decade after experiencing my first pupusa, I can still remember my wide-eyed joy as I bit into the thick, stuffed tortilla. Why had I never eaten one before, and how soon could I have another? As I learned, the best part about El Salvador’s national dish isn’t just the warm, savory masa filled with melty cheese (or meat or beans), but its brilliant accompaniment called curtido.
May 16, 2023
This Black Bean Soup is the Most Comforting Dish I Know
There's something almost magical about it.
May 16, 2023
How To Make Cauliflower Rice or Couscous
It can replace couscous or rice in any dish.
May 15, 2023
The Only Dressing I Use to Make the Best Pasta Salad All Summer
It’s the one I come back to again and again.
May 9, 2023