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Lunch Recipes - Brown Bag Lunch Ideas, Healthy Lunch Ideas and More

Lunch recipes are a challenge for everyone. We all tend to get stuck in a rut with lunch box recipes. Whether you are looking for new brown bag lunch ideas, healthy lunch recipes or lunch ideas for toddlers, you'll find plenty of lunch recipes right here.
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Apple Cheese Sandwich with Honey and Walnuts
The combination of crisp Granny Smith apples, tangy Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, honey and crunchy walnuts cannot be beat. This apple cheese sandwich makes a great lunch recipe or snack recipe the kids can make themselves.

Banana Nut Bread
This banana bread is a great addition to a kids' lunch box. Cakey and sweet, kids love this banana bread.

Carrots and Peanut Butter
Carrot sticks are topped with creamy peanut butter in this easy and healthy lunch recipes the kids will love!

Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe
This Chinese chicken salad recipe includes rotisserie chicken breast, mandarin oranges, chow mein noodles and slivered almonds. If you're in a hurry, you can use a store-bought Asian salad dressing for this Chinese chicken salad recipe.

Chocolate Cherry Peanut Butter for Homemade Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly
Peanut butter and jelly will never be the same with this homemade gourmet peanut butter recipe. Chocolate and peanuts are pureed together, then dried cherries are stirred in. Spread this peanut butter on a sandwich and top with fresh strawberry slices.

Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Stars - Homemade Gourmet Peanut Butter Recipe
Homemade peanut butter recipes don't have to taste like they came from a health food store. This gourmet peanut butter recipe combines dark chocolate chips with roasted peanuts and pretzel pieces for a flavor sensation they won't soon forget.

Chocolate Soy Nut Butter Recipe
Soy nut butter is a great alternative to peanut butter for sandwiches and snacking. This homemade chocolate soy nut butter tastes almost like Nutella. Challah and jelly are the perfect partners for this chocolate soy nut butter.

Chocolate Walnut Butter Recipe
This walnut butter recipe combines heart-healthy walnuts with chocolate chips in a rich and creamy walnut butter the kids will adore.

Cornbread Salad
Cornbread, bacon, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onion, artichokes and cheese give this cornbread salad recipe a slight Italian flavor. If your kids don't like artichokes, try substituting black beans or cannellini beans for the artichokes.

Deli Stromboli Recipe
Stromboli recipes are usually made with pizza ingredients, like tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. This stromboli recipe is a deli stromboli, made with deli meats. The result is like a deli sandwich in an easy-to-eat stromboli form.

English Muffin Pizzas
Once you learn how to make English muffin pizzas, the possibilities for varying this recipe are endless. Try veggie toppings, barbecue chicken, even pears and brie!

Grilled Bologna Sandwich for the George Foreman Grill
This grilled bologna sandwich recipe tastes great hot or cold. This George Foreman grill recipe is made with lean bologna, mustard and swiss cheese. This is one of those easy grilled sandwich recipes.

Grilled Cheese - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe - How to Make Grilled Cheese
This is a basic grilled cheese sandwich recipe using sourdough bread and cheddar cheese. Although you can make grilled cheese in a sandwich maker, toaster or stove-top pan, this is one of the easiest ways to learn how to make grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese and Bacon Sandwich Recipe
This grilled cheese and bacon sandwich recipe is one of those George Foreman grill recipes that is super easy to prepare. Because this grilled cheese sandwich uses pre-cooked bacon, you just layer the ingredients, put them on the George Foreman grill, and cook. It's that easy to make this grilled cheese sandwich.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
This grilled cheese sandwich recipe is a classic. It comes gooey cheddar cheese with juicy fresh tomato between two slices of grilled Italian bread.

Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe - Hot Brown Sandwich
The Kentucky hot brown recipe is an open-faced turkey sandwich covered in a Mornay sauce and topped with bacon. This hot brown recipe includes tomatoes and is made with English muffins instead of toast, for a hot brown sandwich that's a bit crispier than the original.

Macaroni and Cheese
There is nothing like homemade macaroni and cheese to warm the soul and soothe the stomach. The best part about this recipe is you can make it advance and heat it up for lunch.

Macaroni and Cheese with a Hidden Vegetable
A hidden vegetable in the cheese sauce makes this macaroni and cheese extra nutritious.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Sandwich
The peanut butter sandwich get jazzed up by switching regular bread for banana bread in this tasty recipe. Kids will go nuts over this peanut butter banana bread sandwich.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Rolls
Peanut butter sandwiches get a facelift in this clever recipe, in which bread is rolled flat, then topped with peanut butter, apple butter and raisins.

Pigs in a Blanket Recipe
This pigs in a blanket recipe couldn't be easier because it's made with refrigerated crescent rolls. When I make this recipe for Halloween, I call it mummy dogs instead of pigs in a blanket.

Spinach Quiche Recipe
This spinach quiche recipe makes a wholesome lunch that can be eaten hot, warm or cold. Make this spinach quiche for dinner and enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Vegetable Cheese Bread
This cheese bread recipe is always a hit with kids. Mayonnaise, carrots, celery and herbs are combined with Parmesan cheese for this cheese bread with vegetables.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
These chicken cordon bleu sandwiches are served open-faced. All of the flavors of chicken cordon bleu - chicken, ham and cheese - are included in this tasty recipe.

Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe Ever
This grilled cheese sandwich recipe has a crusty cheese exterior and a soft gooey interior. The secret to this recipe is using an indoor contact grill, such as a George Foreman grill.

Beef Wrap Sandwiches
These beef wrap sandwiches are one of those tortilla wrap recipes you can eat hot or cold. These sandwich wraps are made with beef, rice, teriyaki sauce and an Asian slaw. Use deli roast beef, leftover pot roast or steak or frozen cooked beef for these wraps.

Chicken Panini Sandwich Recipe
This chicken panini sandwich recipe is made with grilled chicken, pesto and Italian cheese. Some chicken panini recipes use Italian bread, but I like sourdough for this chicken panini sandwich recipe.

Spaghetti and Meatball Sandwich Recipe
Leftover spaghetti and meatballs are put to delicious use in this tasty spaghetti and meatball sandwich recipe.

Lunch Ideas for Kids
These lunch ideas creative ways to spice up kids' school lunches. Choose from sandwiches, wraps, salads and more.

Fresh Vegetable Rollups
These vegetable rollups take the boredom out of kids school lunches. This combination of vegetables is a great one, but feel free to use your own favorite vegetables in these rollups.

School Lunch Ideas to End the Mid-Day Blahs
Looking for creative school lunch ideas? Want to step outside the sandwich zone for something new, different and tasty enough to appeal to even the pickiest eaters? Read on! These 10 easy lunch recipes are so delish, they wouldn't dare trade them!

Tangy Apricot Pecan Penne Pasta
This penne pasta salad makes a terrific kids lunch recipe because you can make it in advance and just take it out of the fridge when you're ready to pack their lunches. This apricot pasta salad is made with whole wheat penne, fresh apricots, pecans and feta cheese.

5 School Lunch Ideas to Beat the Brown Bag Blues

Turkey Wraps with Apricot Jam and Bacon
This turkey wraps recipe is one of those great sandwich wraps that's as perfect for lunch as it is for a hearty snack or a quick dinner. These turkey sandwich wraps are made with turkey breast, pepper jack cheese, bacon and apricot jam. These turkey apricot jam sandwich wraps combine sweet with salty and meaty flavors in one tasty sandwich wrap...

Mexican Rice
This Mexican rice recipe is made all in one pot. Make it the night before, and pack it in the kids' lunch the next day for a healthy, filling meal they'll love.

Roast Beef Wrap Sandwiches
Roast beef wraps make a tasty lunch or a quick and easy dinner. This is one of those tortilla wrap recipes that can be made in less than 15 minutes.

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