Brown-Bag Lunches

We're dishing up new brown-bag classics for your lunch hour.

Healthy Brown-Bag Lunch Recipes

Healthy Brown-Bag Lunch Recipes

You'll be looking forward to lunchtime when you pack your trusty brown bag with one of these midday meals. From wraps and sliders to salads and tabbouleh, we have enough inspiration to ensure your lunch is anything but dull.

Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing

Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing

Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain, making this salad substantial enough to keep you satisfied through the end of the day. Edamame makes a tasty substitute for lima beans in this recipe. Who says lunchtime isn't about presenation? Layer the bottom of your trusty plastic lunch container with spinach leaves before piling on this hearty salad. 

View Recipe:  Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing  

Pan Bagnat (Niçoise Salad Sandwiches)

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Pan Bagnat (Niçoise Salad Sandwiches)

These sandwiches take everything you love about a Niçoise salad and put it between two slices of a baguette, making this complete meal portable enough for a brown bag.

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Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh

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Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh

"If you're working, you can do a lot of prep before, when you do have time," says recipe developer Christine Datian. Datian recommends buying prechopped vegetables from the grocery store. If necessary, you can even soak the bulgur overnight. Pack a side of hummus and a few carrot sticks to complete the meal.

View Recipe: Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh

Picnic-Perfect Lobster Rolls

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Picnic-Perfect Lobster Rolls

This classic New England sandwich comes together in a snap if you purchase lobster tails and have them steamed at the fish counter. Assemble the sandwich before heading out the door. Need a snack? Pack a portion of salt & pepper chips for a little crunch.

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Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps

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Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps

If you're firing up the grill for dinner, take the time to grill a few slices of onion, a bell pepper and sliced eggplant for lunch the next day. Store grilled veggies in the refrigerator overnight and then assemble in the morning. Serve with a light pasta salad.

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Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

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Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

Fresh and light describe the flavors of this salad. With pops of green onions, herbs and cucumber, and bright red bell pepper, this dish will be a delight for both the eyes and the palate. This one-dish wonder makes for the ideal brown-bag choice.

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Southwest Crispy Chicken Sliders

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Southwest Crispy Chicken Sliders

Homemade muffins, a crispy panko topping, fresh guacamole—and don't forget the bacon—you've got to try this one. Pack a small plastic container with a side of slaw (we recommend our Cabbage Slaw with Tangy Mustard Dressing).

View Recipe: Southwest Crispy Chicken Sliders

Curry Chicken Wraps with Nectarine Chutney

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Curry Chicken Wraps with Nectarine Chutney

Indian spices pair well with tangy nectarines but you can also use peaches, if you prefer.

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Bulgur Salad with Edamame and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

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Bulgur Salad with Edamame and Cherry Tomatoes

Leftover chicken from last night's dinner? Throw it into this salad for an extra punch of protein at lunchtime.

View Recipe: Bulgur Salad with Edamame and Cherry Tomatoes

Grilled Chicken Wraps

Photo: John Autry

Grilled Chicken Wraps

Toss grilled, shredded chicken in a tangy mayonnaise mixture and wrap it up in flatbread along with a shredded cabbage and pickles for a delicious, packable lunch. If just a wrap won't do, pack a serving of sweet potato chips.

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Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad

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Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad

Featuring delicious produce and protein-rich quinoa, this colorful recipe was a finalist from our Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest. Make a big batch to serve for lunch throughout the week. 

View Recipe: Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad

Chipotle Pork and Avocado Wraps

Chipotle Pork and Avocado Wraps

For a bit more spice in your wrap, add another teaspoon of chipotle chiles to the avocado spread. Make this meal complete with a side of salsa and your favorite healthy tortilla chips.

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