26 Hearty, Satisfying Lunches
Crispy, gooey, creamy, and salty: Is there a more gratifying (and, yes, decadent) sandwich than a Monte Cristo?
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Lightened-Up Deli Sandwich
A few simple swaps—toasted whole grain bread, mashed avocado, fresh baby spinach, and slices of turkey bacon—transform a traditional turkey club into something you can feel good about serving. The nutritional powerhouse will keep you fueled throughout the day, and it’s filled with healthy fats and fiber.
All the makings of the classic Niçoise salad heaped onto a baguette. Don’t like anchovies? Try a large pinch of kosher salt instead.
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Roast Beef and Cheddar Roll-Ups
Roll up roast beef, Cheddar, and a tangy horseradish in a tortilla for a takes-only-minutes lunch.
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Turkey Salad With Tomato, Avocado, and Parmesan
Parmesan shavings give a healthy turkey-and-avocado salad bursts of intense flavor.
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Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club
Make this fast meal even faster by using store-bought hummus.
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Prosciutto and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches
Layers of thinly sliced prosciutto, tangy Parmesan, and roasted red peppers sit atop crusty bread.
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This version of a chef’s salad, the toss-in-anything staple, is meat-free.
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Give basic chicken noodle soup a piquant upgrade with a dash of hot sauce.
Get the recipe: Tortilla Soup
Brooklyn Ricotta Roll
Mozzarella and ricotta are at the heart of this cheesy delight, a variation on the calzone.
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Open-Face Turkey, Brie, and Nectarine Sandwiches With Arugula Salad
A multitude of flavors―turkey, brie, nectarines, arugula―play off of one another in a simple-to-assemble combo.
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Take a quick trip to the rocky coast with a Maine favorite: a crab roll.
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Great Greek Salad
Or hit another part of the world altogether with an easy Greek salad.
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Crispy Chickpea Pita
Another option: Load a pita crisped in a pan with the tastes of the Middle East.
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Butternut Squash Soup
Sprinkle rosemary and toasted pumpkin seeds over butternut squash soup for a savory meal.
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Cheddar and Apple Sandwich
Stack up thin slices of apples and Cheddar on a robust bread (like multigrain) for a light, simple sandwich.
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Satay Chicken Stir-Fry With Snow Peas and Cilantro
For a stick-to-your-ribs lunch, try a chicken-and-vegetable stir-fry flavored with ginger.
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Roll-Ups With Bacon, Peas, and New Potatoes
Tortillas give a new spin to a meat and potatoes meal with bacon-and-vegetable roll-ups.
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Summer Shrimp Salad
Just made for sticky days: a cooling salad featuring chunks of watermelon.
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Ham and Cheese Turnovers
Make-ahead turnovers last for up to five days in the refrigerator if stored in a tightly sealed container. Reheat in a 350° oven.
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Turkey Taco Salad
With ground turkey, pinto beans, and avocado, this salad is packed with protein and fiber.
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Vegetable Barley Soup
Cook up a big batch of heart-healthy barley soup for multiple lunches―it can be frozen for up to three months.
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Open-Faced Tuna and Fennel Sandwiches
Give this sandwich extra flavor and richness by using Spanish or Italian light-meat tuna (packed in olive oil) instead of domestic tuna.
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Broiled Steak Sandwiches With Balsamic Vegetables
Admittedly this steak sandwich might not be a workday lunch, but you can pull it together in 25 minutes―using just one pan.
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Ham and Pineapple Slaw Wraps
Easy, healthy wraps have carrots and Napa cabbage for crunch, pineapple for sweetness, and a sour cream–based dressing for creaminess.
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A minimalist meal that calls for common ingredients you likely have in your pantry.
Get the recipe: Tuna Provencal
Pair this quick roll-up with sugar snap peas for a healthy lunch on the go.
Get the recipe: Turkey Wraps