Easy Lunch Ideas

On the hunt for a quick lunch? Each one of these easy lunch ideas can be made in 30 minutes or less. Better yet, each lunch recipe can be packed up and brought to the office for a satisfying noontime meal you'll look forward to all morning.

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    Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

    Canned beans help morph pasta salads into hearty lunch recipes. That's the case with this colorful creation. If you plan to transport the salad to work, keep the spinach separate and stir it in just before serving.

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    All-Wrapped-Up Chef's Salad

    Count on wraps for healthy, easy lunch ideas! Here, crunchy cucumbers and romaine freshen up your favorite deli meat and shredded cheese for one irresistible way to brown-bag it!

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    Pea Soup with Ham

    Chopped apples lend a sweet twist to creamy split-pea soup. Cook a batch on Sunday, and take it to work for the next few days.

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    Green Chile-Pork Stew

    You've probably landed on chili more than once when looking for easy lunch recipes. How about shaking up that routine with this pork and green chile stew? It's unbelieveably good and ready in just 30 minutes.

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    The Secret to the Best Chicken Salad

    Here's how to make an all-time-favorite quick lunch recipe even better.

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    Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Most salad sandwiches -- including tuna, egg, and this amazing apple-studded chicken salad -- make terrifically easy lunch ideas for work. To avoid soggy bread, pack the salad and bread separately and assemble the sandwich just before eating.

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    Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

    Bacon and potatoes make this soup hearty, while asparagus makes it colorful and fresh. Serve with artisan bread and cheese for a quick lunch.

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    Greek Quinoa and Avocados

    Choose quinoa when you want easy lunch ideas that don't rely on meat. Quinoa is satisfyingly filling, and it offers more protein than any other grain. 

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    Mushroom and Beef Ravioli Soup

    Frozen beef ravioli is the shortcut to this mushroom-loaded soup that can be ready in 20 minutes. Brighten the ultra-savory flavors with fresh thyme and red sweet pepper.

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    Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    If you're looking for easy lunch ideas that don't involve bread, lettuce wraps are the way to go! These chicken-packed wraps get tons of flavor from crunchy sweet peppers, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.

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    Soba Noodle Bowl

    What's better than popping in to your favorite noodle restaurant for a quick lunch? Making a fresh, better-for-you bowl at home and bringing it to work. It will save time and money -- and taste great.

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    Tomato-Tortellini Soup

    Just 15 minutes and four ingredients are all it takes to make this creamy and filling soup. Prep it in the morning and bring it to work for a quick lunch that will add some well-deserved lusciousness to your day.

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    Turkey-Avocado Wraps

    How many times can you eat a turkey sandwich for a quick lunch at your desk before you cry uncle? Here, a Black Bean-Corn Salsa and avocado slices give turkey a new lease on lunch!

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    Black-Eyed Pea Salad

    Easy lunch recipes like this one can be a great way to use up leftover meats. While the black-eyed peas are plenty hearty on their own, you can toss in some grilled chicken, steak, or pork to increase the salad's filling factor.

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    Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

    If you're seeking easy lunch recipes that travel well beyond the predictable, take a look at these creamy, crunchy, sweet, and savory sandwiches. A slather of cream cheese on each bread slice will keep the bread from getting soggy for a few hours, making this a particularly good to-go option.

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    Italian Market Pasta Salad

    To bring this salad to the office for a quick lunch, prepare as directed, except do not toss the greens with the rest of the ingredients. Place the salad in a storage container and top with the undressed salad greens. When you're ready to eat, stir the greens into the salad to coat with the dressing. Enjoy!

  • Next Slideshow Healthy Lunch Ideas: Brown Bag Recipes

    Healthy Lunch Ideas: Brown Bag Recipes

    Brighten up your brown-bag lunch with healthy lunch recipes. With fresh salads, easy sandwiches, and simple snacks, our collection of healthy lunch ideas will save you from unhealthy choices at the drive-through or vending machine. With a close eye on calories, we made sure each and every idea is full of protein and nutrients to get you through the afternoon.
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