With autumn approaching and school returning, soon the days will be busier than ever. Fuel up the kids (and yourself!) accordingly with a healthy midday meal. From 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.
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.
|Triple-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.
|Turkey, Two-Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Lean ground turkey, beans and sweet potatoes—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.
|Ham, Leek and Gruyère 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 square of it to pack away for lunchtime.
|Curried Chicken-Apple Pitas
This tasty salad is great for picnics and lunch boxes. Keep it in mind when you’re making chicken for dinner, and plan for leftovers. Or, drizzle two boneless, skinless chicken breast halves with olive oil and lemon juice and roast in a 375°F oven for about 30 minutes.