Healthy Lunch Recipes

Make your midday meals count with one of our tasty and healthy lunch ideas.

5 Fun Bento Box Lunches

Make lunch a lot more fun with these healthy bento-inspired lunches for kids, teens, foodies, and more.

The Original Happy Lunch
Photo: Grant Cornett

The Original Happy Lunch

We love bentos because the compartments help with portion control and naturally lead to a healthy variety of foods. Each lunch is a little puzzle, an elegant surprise. And they don't have to take long to prepare! Here are five make-ahead lunches we concocted to delight different types of eaters, from little kids to teenagers to cubicle-dwellers.

First, for the little kid who is easily distracted by human lunch buddies, the Buddy Bento Box offers fun, nutritious food to hold his interest.

Make our recipe: Quick Chicken-Sesame Rice Balls

Then add...
2 tablespoons edamame hummus
½ cup steamed sugar snap peas, chilled
¼ cup seedless red grapes, halved
2 peeled kiwifruit, sliced and cut into shapes
2 fortune cookies


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25 Best Vegetarian

Whether you have made the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up, sans the meat, once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning.

Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté