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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.
These wraps taste wonderful cold or warmed in the microwave. They make a great brown-bag treat. —Denise Marshall, Jacksonville, Florida
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
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
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
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
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
If you're looking for a grab-and-go sandwich, this is high in protein, low in fat and fills you up. Plus, it's only about 200 calories! —Brenda Otto, Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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
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
This is my favorite lunch recipe. I love the taste of it with kosher dill pickle slices on the side. —Rebecca Schweizer, Chesapeake, Virginia.
Slices of this pretty sandwich make any casual get-together more speical. Add or change ingredients to your taste. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin
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
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.
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
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
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
I think this is the best chicken salad sandwich recipe around! It’s good for you, quick to fix and has wonderful flavor. —Peggi Kelly, Fairbury, Nebraska
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
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
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
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