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32 Lunches To Spice Up Your Workday

Tired of brown bagging it at work? Put down that boring PB&J and look forward to a lively lunch with 32 recipe ideas you can whip up in 15 minutes or less. Just make sure your jealous colleagues don't get to the refrigerator first.

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Turkey Lunch-Box WrapsTaste of Home

Turkey Lunch-Box Wraps

These wraps taste wonderful cold or warmed in the microwave. They make a great brown-bag treat. —Denise Marshall, Jacksonville, Florida

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Lunch Box Chicken WrapTaste of Home

Lunch Box Chicken Wrap

This lunchbox-friendly wrap is a tasty way to use leftover chicken and get kids to eat more veggies. Using colorful, thin strips of vegetables adds visual interest when the wrap is cut into slices. Suddenly spinach is too pretty to refuse. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Fruity Peanut Butter PitasTaste of Home

Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

My kids ask for these all the time. The sandwiches not only taste good, they’re healthy, too!—Kim Holmes, Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

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Hummus & Veggie Wrap-UpTaste of Home

Hummus & Veggie Wrap-Up

I had a sandwich similar to this once when I stopped at a diner while on a long and arduous walk. I enjoyed it so much that I modified it to my own taste and now have it for lunch on a regular basis. Everyone at work wants to know how to make it.—Michael Steffens, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Crunchy Tuna WrapsTaste of Home

Crunchy Tuna Wraps

Packed with protein-rich tuna and fresh veggie crunch, these colorful wraps have sensational flavor…and they're good for you, too. —Edie Farm, Farmington, New Mexico

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Blueberry Orange BlastTaste of Home

Blueberry Orange Blast

I developed this healthful, pretty smoothie after our annual blueberry-picking trip. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. —Diane Neibling, Overland Park, Kansas

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Curried Chicken PitasTaste of Home

Curried Chicken Pitas

These pitas are a nice change of pace that pack a satisfying punch. Chicken, pecans and touches of honey and curry make this festive favorite just as tasty when wrapped in tortillas or served over crisp greens. —Marilou Robinson, Portland, Oregon

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Turkey Ranch WrapsTaste of Home

Turkey Ranch Wraps

Here's a cool idea that's ready to gobble up in no time. It's a terrific use for deli turkey. Just add lettuce, tomato, green pepper, shredded cheese and ranch dressing for a flavorful blend. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Speedy Lunch WrapsTaste of Home

Speedy Lunch Wraps

This is such a yummy quick lunch. I served one to my sister and a week later she told me that her husband and kids couldn't stop raving about them! —Mary Roberts, New York Mills, Minnesota

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Microwave Egg SandwichTaste of Home

Microwave Egg Sandwich

If you're looking for a grab-and-go breakfast for busy days, this high-protein sandwich is low in fat and keeps me full all morning. Plus, it's only about 200 calories! —Brenda Otto, Reedsburg, Wisconsin

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BLT WrapsTaste of Home

BLT Wraps

My mom and I used to make these easy wrap-ups for summer days at the lake with our entire family. These days, we love to bring them to picnics and days in the park. —Jonnah Burks, Brighton, Missouri

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Cucumber & Squash SaladTaste of Home

Cucumber & Squash Salad

I developed this recipe one summer when I had too many summer squash and needed a different, tasty way to use them. It's an easy, quick salad lunch. —Jacqueline Miller, Wooster, Ohio

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Bacon Avocado WrapsTaste of Home

Bacon Avocado Wraps

Spice up your lunch routine with this delicious bacon avocado wrap. You can make it the night before to save time in the morning. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Dilled Tuna SaladTaste of Home

Dilled Tuna Salad

This is my favorite lunch recipe. I love the taste of it with kosher dill pickle slices on the side. —Rebecca Schweizer, Chesapeake, Virginia.

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Berry Turkey SandwichTaste of Home

Berry Turkey Sandwich

Sliced fresh strawberries, Swiss cheese and a nutty cream cheese spread make this turkey sandwich different. Try it on whole wheat, oatmeal or sunflower seed bread. It's tasty and easy to put together. —Edward Meyer of Arnold, Missouri

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Focaccia SandwichesTaste of Home

Focaccia Sandwiches

Slices of this pretty sandwich make any casual get-together more speical. Add or change ingredients to your taste. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

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Dill Spiral BitesTaste of Home

Dill Spiral Bites

It takes only six ingredients to roll out these savory pinwheels. They're great for lunch, as a snack or with soup. —Valerie Belley, St. Louis, Missouri

 

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Curried Olive Egg SaladTaste of Home

Curried Olive Egg Salad

Accessorizing the humble egg salad sandwich with olives, curry powder and celery seed really bumps up the flavor of lunch. —Anita Doyle, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

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Tender Chicken PocketsTaste of Home

Tender Chicken Pockets

I wanted to make lunches more interesting, so I created this recipe that's now a favorite of ours. Try it with a fruit salad on the side. —Beth Woodard, Jamestown, North Carolina.

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Cilantro-Avocado Tuna Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Cilantro-Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Lime juice and cilantro in tuna salad – who knew? This recipe for avocado tuna salad came to me as a way to have a protein-packed meal with lots of pizzazz. —Heather Waldorf, Black Mountain, North Carolina

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Yellow Squash Turkey SaladTaste of Home

Yellow Squash Turkey Salad

With a wonderful mix of flavors, colors and textures, this impressive salad can be made in minutes for lunch with a friend or for a light dinner with your sweetie. It’s my favorite fast recipe! —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

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Tropical Beef WrapTaste of Home

Tropical Beef Wrap

For my finicky little ones, I create fast, tasty recipes like this tropical sandwich wrap. You can even use up leftover roast beef in a pinch. —Amy Tong, Anaheim, California

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Cucumber Chicken Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Cucumber Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Dress up chicken salad with crunchy cucumber and dill for a summery sandwich that’s ready in just 10 minutes. If you’re watching salt, omit it from each handheld to save 295 mg per serving. —Eva Wright, Grant, Alabama

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Quick Taco WrapsTaste of Home

Quick Taco Wraps

I was running late one night, so I shopped in my own fridge and came up with ingredients that became taco wraps. Everybody at the table was a happy camper. —Katie Mitschelen, La Porte, Indiana

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Cashew Chicken Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Cashew Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I think this is the best cashew chicken salad sandwich recipe around. It’s good for you and quick to fix, and it has wonderful flavor. —Peggi Kelly, Fairbury, Nebraska

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Waldorf Turkey PitasTaste of Home

Waldorf Turkey Pitas

Living in New York City means not having a lot of time to prepare meals. This recipe is quick, easy and healthy, making it perfect for my lifestyle. —Kevin Sobotka, Staten Island, New York

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Pesto Egg Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Pesto Egg Salad Sandwiches

For a casual springtime meal with a twist, boil up some eggs and dinner will be done presto. —Tenley Haraldson, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

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Fruited Turkey WrapsTaste of Home

Fruited Turkey Wraps

This colorful wrap tastes great and is so good for you. It's packed with lean protein, fruit and veggies and wrapped in whole-grain goodness! —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

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Pepperoni Avocado Caesar SaladTaste of Home

Pepperoni Avocado Caesar Salad

Enjoy a unique Caesar salad for lunch. Pepperoni, avocado and egg are unconventional ingredients that add a kick to an old favorite. —Nancy Stock, Minonk, Illinois

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Pumpernickel Turkey HeroTaste of Home

Pumpernickel Turkey Hero

Thousand Island dressing lends flavor to each bite of this hearty turkey and Swiss sandwich. —Mildred Sherrer, Bay City, Texas

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Bistro Beef SandwichTaste of Home

Bistro Beef Sandwich

Red pepper lends a nice crunch to this satisfying roast beef sandwich. If you like garlic, you'll love the zing added by the garlic-herb spread. —David Locke, Woburn, Massachusetts

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Muffin-Tin LasagnasTaste of Home

Muffin-Tin Lasagnas

This is a super fun way to serve lasagna for make-ahead lunches, potlucks or other fun get-togethers. My daughter took some of these to work and by noon was emailing me for the recipe. —Sally Kilkenny, Granger, Iowa

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