6 Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work or School

Cook, Recipe Roundup

With the days busier than ever, fuel up the family—and yourself!—accordingly with a wholesome midday meal. From Asian-inspired noodle salad with to chicken-apple pitas, here are some of our favorite out-of-the-lunch-box entrée ideas for students and working adults alike.


Turkey and White Bean Chili


Lean ground turkey, cannelloni beans and green chiles—this dish is loaded with nutritious ingredients. Expect plenty of flavor without the added fat.

Noodle Salad with Pork and Asian Lime Vinaigrette


Chinese egg noodles are a versatile ingredient for soaking up flavor and making a salad into a heartier main-course dish. Regular vermicelli pasta may be substituted.

Triple-Decker Turkey ClubTriple-Decker Turkey Club


There are different ingredients on each layer of this triple-decker sandwich: crispy bacon, roasted turkey breast, lettuce leaves and fresh tomato slices.

Bacon and Leek Quiche


Quiche is one of the most versatile dishes you can make: It can be varied with the seasons; accommodate a wide range of cheeses, vegetables and meats; and be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Slice a good-sized wedge of it to pack away for lunchtime.

Curried Chicken-Apple Pitas


This salad is great for picnics and lunch boxes alike. Keep it in mind the next time you’re making chicken for dinner, and plan for leftovers. Alternatively, you can drizzle two boneless, skinless chicken breast half with olive oil and lemon juice, then roast in a 375°F oven for about 30 minutes.

Orzo Salad 


Although this salad of rice-shaped pasta is perfect for summer entertaining, it’s also large enough to feed a hungry crowd and is even more delicious the next day when the flavors have blended together.

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