27 Must-Try Lunchbox Updates
Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels
Spice up the typical turkey and swiss combination with a homemade dilly Dijon spread.
Veggie Salad in a Jar
Make these salads up to a day ahead; pack them tightly with the dressing on the bottom, followed by denser ingredients that won't get soggy while they marinate. The recipe easily doubles if you need lunch for 4 people.
Peanut Butter, Banana and Granola Wraps
You may be used to packing a daily lunch for your kids, but did you know that these portable provisions can benefit your health and work performance, too? Studies have found that workers who skip the midday meal are more stressed and less productive than those who take a lunch break. Plus, people who skip lunch are more likely to consume excess calories when snacking in the afternoon. Here are 26 of our favorite make-ahead bag lunches, great for packing in kids' lunches and getting you through the workday.
Chicken, Potato, and Green Bean Dippers with Honey Mustard
Prepare chicken strips, potatoes, green beens, and honey-mustard for a great make-ahead lunch.
Creamy Chicken Salad with Pita Chips
Prepare these homemade pita chips and creamy chicken salad for an easy lunch or after-school snack.
Turkey and Swiss Wrap with Carrot Salad
Serve these turkey and swiss wraps with a carrot salad for a healthy and kid-friendly lunch.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
You can keep this Mediterranean-style tuna salad in the fridge for up to a week making it the perfect make-ahead lunch.
Provençal Beef Sandwich
Try this 5-ingredient beef sandwich for a tasty and substantial lunch.
Add a layer of sliced bananas to update the classic PB&J sandwich.
This tuna salad keeps in the fridge for up to one week. When you're ready to enjoy it for lunch, spread the tuna salad in pita pockets and add lettuce and tomato.
Roast Beef Wrap
A mixture of mayo, wasabi, and soy sauce adds flavor to this beef wrap stuffed with arugula, scallions, and cucumber.
Curried Chicken Salad
This twist on chicken salad gets its unique flavor from curry powder and mango chutney. Serve over greens for for a tasty make-ahead lunch.
Herby Potato, Green Bean, and Tuna Salad
Herby Potato, Green Bean, and Tuna Salad is chock full of lunchtime goodness. You can also add a hard-boiled egg on top for an extra protein boost.
Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Farro Salad with Creamy Feta
Good news, whole-grain shoppers! Precooked farro is popping up in both the grain aisle and the frozen-foods section of many supermarkets, meaning this Mediterranean dish requires just 30 minutes of prep time.
Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce
You'll love these meatless, Asian-inspired lettuce wraps with their tangy hoisin-peanut sauce. Just pack the lettuce leaves, filling, and sauce in separate containers and assemble the wraps at work.
Strawberry Chicken Salad
This healthy salad requires few ingredients and just 20 minutes of hands-on prep time. Crunchy, sweet and satisfying, it's the perfect springtime lunch staple.
Edamame and Almond Hummus
This protein-packed dip in its gorgous green hue is a great lunchbox snack. Bring along some water crackers and sliced vegetables for dipping.
Greek Pasta Salad
Avocado and Sprout Sandwiches
These veggie-friendly sandwiches feature healthy toppings like avocado, bean sprouts and toasted pumpkin seeds. Give them your own personal touch with whatever condiments, cheeses or vegetables you have on hand.
Tabbouleh with Chicken and Red Pepper
This flavorful, Middle Eastern-themed dish comes together easily when you use rotisserie or leftover chicken. Pita chips and hummus are welcome accompaniments.
Smoked Salmon Bagel
Just a few ingredients and fresh-cut fruit are all you need to make this sweet dip. Pack some for yourself and some for the kids, then smile as you dip into caramel-swirled delight.
Soba Noodle Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Enjoy this flavorful salad chilled for lunch just as easily as you would warm for dinner. Look for soba noodles, often labeled buckwheat noodles, in the Asian section of supermarkets.
Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas
Who doesn't love a good chicken salad recipe? Take yours to the Mediterranean wtih the addition of Greek yogurt, green olives, and chickpeas, and serve in pita bread halves.
Cherry and Sunflower Seed Kale Salad
Tender baby kale, sweet-tart dried cherries and crunchy sunflower seeds are a delightful combination in this healthy salad. Add leftover chicken or turkey for a protein boost, or leave off the meat altogether. Be sure to pack the dressing separately and toss just before consumption to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.
BONUS: Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies
Use up any leftover dried cherries from the previous slide's kale salad by making these portable afternoon pick-me-ups. Want more? Add chocolate chips or grated carrots for a flavorful spin on the recipe.