15 Easy Lunch Ideas You’ll Actually Love

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We can make a variety of breakfasts and eat. There are many options to eat for breakfast. But when it comes to lunch, people get tired of eating the same dishes. So there are not many dishes for lunch. But you can add new ideas to your lunch to make it taste yummy. New ideas to prepare lunch can consume your time, but it will be worth preparing. Once you prepare it, you will understand the recipe, and people who eat will also enjoy having lunch. 

15 Easy Lunch Ideas You’ll Actually Love

Here are the 15 easy lunch ideas with a complete guide to get your food to look tastier than ever. 

1. Tuna Melt on Cornbread

The dish may require lots of ingredients, but it is easy to cook. Tuna Melt on Cornbread is one of the delicious dishes your family can ever have for lunch. It is easy and quick to make. It will be a healthy dish as you can add as many vegetables as you want. 

Ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 8 1/2 oz
  • cornbread/muffin mix
  • 12 oz light water-packed tuna drained and flaked
  • 1/3 c mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c celery, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Six slice of cheddar cheese
  • One medium tomato, sliced
  • One medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced

To make this recipe:

1) Firstly, prepare and bake the cornbread. Use a grease of 8 square baking pan. Cool the wire rack after baking it. 

2) Take a small bowl and combine tuna, mayonnaise, celery, onion, egg, dill, salt, and pepper.

3) Now, cut the cornbread into six pieces and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. Add 1/4 cup of the tuna mixture and a slice of cheese.

4) Broil it for 2-3 minutes so the cheese will melt. Add tomatoes and avocado on the top. 

2. Turkey Spinach Salad with Maple Dressing

Turkey Spinach Salad with Maple Dressing is a homemade dish. It has turkey, vegetables, and also mushrooms if you like. It’s an impressive dish to make during the holidays for the family. It is easy to make any day you want.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 7 cups)
  • 1/4 pound sliced deli smoked turkey, cut into strips
  • 2/3 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • One large hard-boiled egg, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • One tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • One small garlic clove, minced

To make this recipe:

Take the first seven ingredients in one large bowl and mix them properly. Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the small bowl and mix it. 

3. Hasselback Tomato Clubs

Hasselback Tomato Clubs is a simple and fast dish to make for lunch. If you want to cook quick and tasty dishes, then you can try this dish. You can make this dish during tomato season as it will be perfect for cooking with fresh tomato.

Ingredients:

  • Four plum tomatoes
  • Two slices Swiss cheese, quartered
  • Four cooked bacon strips halved
  • Four slices of deli turkey
  • 4 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cut into eight slices
  • Cracked pepper

To make this recipe:

1) Take tomatoes and cut them into crosswise slices.

2) Now fill each piece with cheese, bacon, turkey, lettuce, and avocado. Sprinkle with pepper.

4. Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spanish salad tastes good when it’s fresh and uncooked. Salads are usually healthy and fresh to eat. You can also try this salad with potato leek soup. This salad has all the ingredients that can be nutritious to you and your family.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, torn
  • Two large hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • Four cherry tomatoes halved
  • Three medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup salad croutons
  • 6 pitted ripe olives, halved
  • Three slices of red onion halved
  • Four bacon strips, diced
  • One tablespoon chopped onion
  • Two tablespoons sugar
  • Two tablespoons ketchup
  • One tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

To make this recipe:

1) Firstly, remove the stems of spinach. After draining, make them dry and place them into a large bowl. Keep it aside.

2) Slice the eggs into eight pieces and keep them aside.

3) Now, cook the bacon on medium flame till it gets crispy, then use a slotted spoon and remove it on a paper towel. Drain them and add onion to it till it gets tender.

4) Take a saucepan and keep it on low flame, then add red wine vinegar, sugar, and Dijon mustard to a saucepan. Next, add a small pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper.

5) Add the mushrooms and onions to spinach and toss it. Add the bacon and dressing to combine it. Divide the spinach into four bowls and divide the egg among them. Sparkle the pepper in the last to add a good taste. 

5. Indian Spiced Chickpea Wraps

Every day, we try to prepare something new for the family. And spicy food can be a whole new thing to try. If you want to try spicy food, then the Indian Spiced Chickpea Wraps recipe can help you.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple tidbits
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Wraps:

  • Two teaspoons canola oil
  • One small onion, chopped
  • One tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • Two garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • One can (15 ounces) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Four whole wheat tortillas (8 inches), warmed

To make this recipe:

1) Mix the first four Ingredients.

2) (For wraps) Now, take a large skillet, pour oil, and heat it in the medium flame. Saute onion and add ginger, garlic, and seasonings. Stir it for 1 minute. Add chickpeas and tomatoes, then stir it till boils. Reduce the heat and until it’s thickened for 6-8 minutes. Then mix them properly.

3) At the time of serving, place spinach and chickpea mixture on tortillas first. Then add raita and roll-up.

6. Shrimp Patty Sandwiches

We often make sandwiches, but it can be boring to eat the same recipe. So, you can try to add new things to your sandwich and make it tastier. Shrimp Patty Sandwiches are easy and quick to make. The kids will also enjoy the lunch along with the family members.

Ingredients:

  • Four large eggs
  • Four cans (6 ounces each) shrimp, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (31-40 per pound)
  • 1/2 pound haddock, cooked and flaked
  • 1-1/2 cups pancake mix
  • Two tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • Eight hamburger buns

To make this recipe:

1) Take a large bowl and break the eggs. Add the shrimp, haddock, pancake mix, cornmeal, parsley, celery salt, mustard, and paprika, mix them properly. Shape them into eight patties and coat them with bread crumbs. 

2) Now, take a large heavy skillet, cook the patties in oil with medium heat for 2 minutes on each side till it’s in golden brown color. Serve hamburger buns with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayonnaise on top. 

7. Southwestern Pork Salad

Southwestern Pork Salad is a tasty salad you can eat for lunch. Adding pork to the salad can make your mouth-watering as it will add good flavour to your salad. Also, Southwestern Pork Salad is a great way to start a new year. Many people choose to make this dish for the family.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked pork loin strips
  • One can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • One medium onion, chopped
  • One large green pepper, chopped
  • One large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Two tablespoons sugar
  • Two tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • One teaspoon ground mustard
  • One teaspoon ground cumin
  • One teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

To make this recipe:

1) Firstly, take a large bowl and combine pork, beans, onion, green pepper, tomato, and olives.

2) Then, in a small bowl, take the rest of the Ingredients: Pour the salad and toss gently to coat. Cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for 6-7 hours.

8. Focaccia Sandwiches

In Focaccia Sandwiches, it is essential to add focaccia to make the sandwich more delicious. You can also add honey or sugar to your recipe. Not only for lunch, but you can also use this recipe for breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • One can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained
  • One focaccia bread (about 12 ounces), split
  • Four romaine leaves
  • 1/4 pound shaved deli ham
  • One medium sweet red pepper, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/4 pound shaved deli turkey
  • One large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced hard salami
  • One jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 4 to 6 slices of provolone cheese

To make this recipe:

1) Take mayonnaise and olive in a small bowl and spread them over the bottom half bread.

2) Do the layers with the remaining Ingredients: Now cut them into 24 pieces and secure them with toothpicks.

9. Quick Tangy Sloppy Joes

Tangy Sloppy Joes are the tastiest dish you can ever make. Not only the adults but even kids will enjoy eating this recipe. It has the sweetness and meat as a compliment so well. You can make it a quick and delicious lunch for your family with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red or green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • One tablespoon white vinegar
  • Two teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • One teaspoon sugar
  • One teaspoon salt
  • Six hamburger buns, split

To make this recipe:

1) In a heavy skillet, cook the beef, onion, red pepper, and celery on a medium flame. Cook it until the meat is not in pink and vegetables are crispy.

2) Take a small bowl and combine ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and salt, then stir them into beef mixture. Sim the flame for 10 minutes and mix it. 

3) After the 10 minutes, serve them on buns. 

10. Quick Taco Wraps

Taco wraps is Mexican food that you can make in your house. The good thing about a taco is, you can fill anything according to your choice too. It is also a traditional recipe to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup canned chopped green chiles
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Two tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup bean dip
  • Four flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • 1/2 cup guacamole dip
  • One small onion, chopped
  • One small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • One can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

To make this recipe:

1) Take a small bowl, add cream cheese until it gets smooth. Next, add green chiles, sour cream, and taco seasoning, then stir them.

2) Spread the bean dip over tortillas and layer it with guacamole dip, cream cheese mixture, onion, pepper, cheese, and olives. 

3) Roll up, and it’s ready to eat. 

11. Sweet Macaroni Salad

Sweet Macaroni Salad can be the best choice to make for lunch. Everyone in your family will enjoy this meal as it will be sweet and tasty. You can make it creamy and add as many vegetables as you want. When it comes to macaroni, you can take any shape of macaroni.

Ingredients:

  • One package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • Four medium carrots, shredded
  • One large green pepper, chopped
  • One medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • One can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • One teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

To make this recipe:

1) There will be directions given on the package to cook the macaroni. After cooking, drain and rinse them properly in cold water.

2) Take a large bowl and combine macaroni and vegetables. Move the remaining ingredients together unless they get smooth. Now dissolve the sugar and stir it into a macaroni mixture. Keep it covered in the refrigerator overnight. 

12. Italian-Style Veggie Wraps

Italian-Style Veggie Wraps are mainly made in restaurants. Many people go and choose to eat this dish. If you can prepare this dish at home, your family will enjoy the meal with surprise and happiness. You can also add many flavours and textures to the wraps.

Ingredients:

  • One small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup cubed provolone cheese (1/2-inch)
  • 1 cup cubed hard salami (1/2-inch)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • One medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 12 pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
  • 12 pitted ripe olives, chopped
  • Four green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup prepared zesty Italian salad dressing
  • Three tablespoons hot pepper sandwich relish or chopped pickled hot cherry peppers
  • One tablespoon prepared Catalina salad dressing
  • Six romaine leaves
  • Six whole wheat tortillas (8 inches)

To make this recipe:

1) Take a large bowl and combine the first 11 Ingredients: For serving, use romaine leaf on each tortilla. Fold up the bottom and sides of the tortilla, secure with a toothpick. 

13. Skinny Cobb Salad

There are many salad recipes, and Skinny Cobb Salad is one of them to try on. It is an American garden salad that is typically made with fresh ingredients. It is also a simple recipe to make instant for lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • Two tablespoons reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cold water

Salad:

  • 3 cups coleslaw mix
  • 3 cups chopped lettuce
  • One large apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta or blue cheese
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
  • Two green onions, chopped
  • Four turkey bacon strips, chopped and cooked
  • One can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • One small ripe avocado, peeled and cubed

To make this recipe:

1) Mix yogurt and dressing in thin water. Toss coleslaw mix with lettuce and divide among four plates. 

2) Arrange the remaining ingredients in a row. Drizzle with yogurt mixture.

14. The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t like cheese! Making The Ultimate Grilled Cheese for lunch can make your family more hungry as it is the best dish to eat. The Ultimate Grilled Cheese can be the best lunch your family can ever have.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Ten slices Italian bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • Two tablespoons butter softened

To make this recipe:

1) Take a large bowl and add cream cheese and mayonnaise until it gets smooth. Stir the cheeses, garlic powder, and salt. Spread five slices of bread with cheese mixture. 

2) Apply butter to the sandwiches. Take skillet on medium flame and toast sandwiches for 4-5 minutes on each side until the bread gets lightly brownish and the cheese melts. 

15. Lemon Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Lemon Cranberry Quinoa Salad can be a new recipe in salads to try. It will have mixed flavours and yet can be tasty to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Two teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Two tablespoons lemon juice
  • Two teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Salad:

  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped peeled jicama or tart apple
  • 1 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • One green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cubed avocado

To make this recipe:

1) Take the first five ingredients for the dressing. Please make it blended.

2) In a small saucepan, boil the broth. Add quinoa and reduce the heat for 10-15 minutes. Now remove from heat and fluff with a flock. Shift into a large bowl.

3) Now add jicama, cucumber, cranberries, parsley, and green onion to quinoa. Coat the toss. Now you can serve warm or cold by keeping it in the refrigerator. You can stir avocado before serving too.

Conclusion

All these ideas for lunch are healthy and fresh to eat. You can try these recipes in your home. These lunch ideas will make your food tastier to eat.

Stay fit and healthy!

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