After you make sandwiches for the kids' lunches, pack yourself a healthy lunch to get through the afternoon slump. These recipes can be made ahead and are loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients that pack your brown-bag full of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Perfect for grown-ups and kids with adventurous appetites.
Packable Power Salads
Pack dressing separately, and drizzle onto salads just before serving. You can also stuff each salad into a quart-sized jar with lid.
Southwestern BowlMango salsa, quinoa, black beans, red pepper, avocado, corn and pumpkin seeds? You can call this the healthy burrito bowl.
Zucchini-Wheat Berry SaladLight and healthy, this layered salad will keep, covered and refrigerated, for 1 day. Shake container before eating to distribute ingredients.
Overnight Oats with Stone FruitA buttermilk, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon mixture makes a super rich and creamy oatmeal. Refrigerate overnight and top with fruit and nuts just before serving.
Asian Shrimp SaladThis fresh shrimp salad makes a light and healthy meal on the go.
Heirloom Caprese SaladThis light and fresh salad is the perfect grab-and-go lunch. Leave a little room at the top of the container so you can shake the ingredients together before eating.
Tabbouleh with Chicken and Red PepperUse rotisserie or leftover chicken for this dish, if you like. If you're making the mixture a few hours or more in advance, store the cucumber and tomato separately and add them close to serving time to keep the salad at its best.
Moroccan-Spiced Bulgur and Chickpea SaladFresh mint gives this dish a pleasant aroma. Dried cranberries offer a hint of sweetness. Use any other dried fruit you like in their place: Try golden raisins, currants, dried cherries, or chopped dried apricots.
Ham-and-Fontina Sourdough SandwichesBring life back into your lunch with Ham-and-Fontina Sourdough Sandwiches. Deli ham gets dressed up with a pesto-mayonnaise mixture, fontina cheese, and basil leaves.
Caprese SandwichNothing says summer like ripe heirloom tomatoes in a Caprese salad. Even better: Put the same ingredients on a roll so the bread catches all the juices.
Kicked-Up Turkey SandwichFig spread is rich and flavorful; watercress is crisp and hearty and holds up well in a lunch bag. Delicious with a tart pickle and pear.
Watermelon SaladCreate a refreshing salad for lunch featuring cubed watermelon, red onion, kalamata olives, mint, and feta cheese. Even with all the added flavorful ingredients, it still weighs in at only 46 calories per 1/2-cup serving.
Turkey Vegetable WrapsThese wraps are super easy to prepare and are full of healthy veggies like corn and bell peppers. Coming in at about 200 calories per serving, this is a great choice for an easy and healthy lunch.
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Arugula SaladBreak out of a boring salad rut by adding grilled chicken with fresh veggies like zucchini and tomatoes. At only 243 calories per serving, you'll get a healthy lunch with protein that will help keep you full throughout the rest of the day.
Express Lunch PlateGrab the ingredients for this fast, filling lunch from the corner deli. This combo is rich in fiber, protein, and other metabolism boosters. If you prefer a different type of cheese, swap it.
Chicken Salad with Olive VinaigretteThe flavorful combination of lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil soaks into the couscous to create a Mediterranean-style pasta salad with chicken. Throw in chopped tomatoes for a bit of color.
Chicken Saté WrapsGive your sandwich a flavorful kick with this spicy and sweet filling. To cut down on prep time, use rotisserie chicken, packaged angel hair slaw, and packaged matchstick-cut carrots.
Crunchy Granola with Dried FruitGranola makes the perfect, no-guilt snack food for any time of day. Grab a handful in the morning on the way out the door, throw some in the kids' backpacks for a treat during school, or add a satisfying energy boost to your lunch.
Deluxe Roast Beef SandwichJazz up this classic sandwich with mayo, horseradish, and chili sauce for a creamy spread with a bit of heat.
Roasted Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta SaladCelery and walnuts give added crunch to this dish while red grapes and fruit juice add a fresh, sweet flavor. Prepare this salad the night before to save time packing lunch on a hectic morning.