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20 Simple Lunch Recipes That Aren't PB&J

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Operation: Make Lunch Fun (and easy!). Toss out the simple PB&J and elevate your lunch routine with little to no extra effort with these 20 Simple Lunch Recipes that will jazz up your midday and make your lunch break feel extra luxurious. Sometimes we just need a few fresh ideas to shake up our routine! Which lunch recipe will you be trying this week?

1. Large Chopped Chicken Salad

Large Chopped Chicken Salad

We have a tiny secret that will pack a big punch to your lunch or dinner menu. Large Chopped Chicken Salad is full of huge flavor that everyone will rave about! Crisp cabbage, sweet corn, and flavorful carrots are just a tiny glimpse of the fresh favorites that are joined with grilled, savory chicken breast strips, all tossed with a ginormous-ly tantalizing spicy Greek yogurt ranch dressing, then topped with slices of creamy avocado and some tortilla strips for a crunchy bite! So, let this Large Chopped Chicken Salad change your short-on-flavor salad experience to a full-on-flavor-explosion of great taste in one bowl. You'll be livin' large!

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2. Classic Tuna Salad

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You can’t go wrong with Classic Tuna Salad! Do you want it in a sandwich, on top of crackers, or draped over a salad? Go for it! Classic Tuna Salad is the right balance of sweet and savory so it goes well in almost any context! With notes of fattiness and citrus brightness, this is a refreshing lunchtime option!

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3. Easy Turkey Wrap

Easy Turkey Wrap

Easy Turkey Wrap makes lunch easy! In fact, it's in the name! Simply take the collection of delicious sandwich fillings — savory turkey, crisp bacon, refreshing lettuce, and a tangy sauce — and wrap it up in a tortilla. Bam! Good to go! Bring it with you on the run or sit down and enjoy! The possibilities are endless with Easy Turkey Wrap!

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4. Killer BLT

Killer BLT

If your sandwich life needs a little boost, this is the one you've been looking for! Killer BLT is definitely a great guard for the perfect lunch or light dinner. Toasted bread is squeezed between layers of crunchy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, crispy bacon, and creamy avocado. There's a smear of a tangy mayo-mustard sauce, too, which escalates it all... taking this grab to a whole new level. Nothing scary here! Killer BLT is an excellent way to perk up your love for a good sandwich. It's a quick and tasty mealtime lifesaver!

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5. Simple Cucumber & Avocado Salad

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When you need a fast, healthy alternative, this will be the freshest you will find. Simple Cucumber & Avocado Salad is an understated option with over-the-top flavor! Juicy grape tomatoes, crunchy English cucumbers, and creamy avocados are immersed in a lemon-infused dressing for one-of-a-kind, great taste. Easy and delicious, Simple Cucumber & Avocado Salad is tossed up to be the perfect quick lunch or dinner dish. Hurry up and dig in!

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6. The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese is designed to bring all debates on the best grilled cheese to a delicious end. This is The Ultimate Grilled Cheese. Savory and succulent sliced sausage, sandwiched with classic melty and sharp cheddar cheese, in between tangy, buttered, toasted sourdough slices would be great enough on their own. But then, The Ultimate Grilled Cheese goes the extra mile by adding mustard and pickles to include elements of tang and brininess to balance all the richness and make each bite extra delectable! Lunchtime has never been this perfect!

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7. Chicken Caesar Wraps

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Chicken Caesar Wraps are perfect for whenever you need to quickly whip up a delicious meal on the go! These wraps take only 10 minutes to make, and they are so tasty you’ll want to make them for lunch on the regular. Each bite is full of crunchy lettuce, juicy chicken, sharp parmesan cheese, and creamy Caesar dressing. Lunch is served, and it’s Chicken Caesar Wraps!

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8. Easy Pizza Bagels

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Who says adult lunch needs to be boring? Make your inner child happy with these Easy Pizza Bagels! Grab a bagel, pizza sauce, some cheese, and your favorite toppings, and voila. You’ll have delicious, bite-sized, cheesy Easy Pizza Bagels. There’s a reason everyone loves Pizza Bagels: they’re just fun!

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9. Breakfast-For-Lunch Bake

Breakfast for Lunch Bake

Everyone loves breakfast for dinner, but why should breakfast be constrained to just the beginning and the end of the day? Breakfast-For-Lunch Bake proves that no one can say no to fluffy eggs, savory ham, and melty cheese, no matter the time of day! Plenty of tender slices of baguette add buttery flavor to this delightful bake, so each bite is like a breakfast sandwich in casserole form! Breakfast-For-Lunch Bake shakes up the formula and sends your tastebuds the tasty message to expect the unexpected.

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10. Easy Peanut Noodles

Easy Peanut Noodles

As dinners go, Easy Peanut Noodles aren't just delicious, but phenomenal! The creamy, spicy, nutty peanut sauce with its notes of Thai seasonings coating the tender noodles would be a great meal all on its own. Adding tamari to enhance the umami flavor of the peanut sauce and topping the noodles with crunchy veggies and filling tofu? That just makes a great meal amazing. Easy Peanut Noodles won't leave you stressed out from making it. Instead, it'll welcome you to the table with a smile... just like the smile you'll have when eating it!

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11. Muscle-Building Salad

Muscle-Building Salad

Muscle-Building Salad is pulling double duty! On the one hand, it is a healthy salad that nourishes you and helps you burn off fat. On the other hand, it is a filling, satisfying meal with plenty of protein to build up those biceps. And guess what? Muscle-Building Salad does it... and one-handed, too! Steak, bacon, quinoa, eggs, blue cheese, snap peas... there's no limit to the savory goodness topping the crisp lettuce beneath! Keep that gym-high going with a big bowl of this buff salad!

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12. Quick Spinach Salad

Quick Spinach Salad

Quick Spinach Salad is not kidding around. It's fast. So, so fast! Like, faster than any salad before fast! Record breaking fast! Quick Spinach Salad takes 5 minutes! That's it! Simply mix the dressing, pour it over the savory, garden-fresh spinach... and eat! Yes! It's never been faster or easier (or more delicious) to get your greens!

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13. Wishing-For-Capri Salad

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When you wish upon a star, your cravings can take you very far — especially when you're Wishing-For-Capri Salad! All your dinnertime dreams will come true as you dig into this bowl of fluffy quinoa, tossed with juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, fresh basil, and a savory dressing. Perfect for eating on the side or as a healthy, vibrant main for lunch, you'll be Wishing-For-Capri Salad every day!

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14. Heavenly Egg Salad

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The halo, sunbeam-through-the-clouds colors of Heavenly Egg Salad only hint at the divine flavor in store! Hearty, tender eggs mix with creamy mayonnaise, tangy mustard, and crunchy green onions for an angelically pure taste. Heavenly Egg Salad is of course wonderful in a sandwich or smeared on crackers, but you might just be tempted to eat this celestial dish by the spoonful! We wouldn't blame you if you did!

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15. Killer Kale Salad

Killer Kale Salad

As far as salads go, this one slays the competition! Killer Kale Salad pairs the distinct kale flavor with crunchy, fragrant toasted almonds, ensuring there's plenty of crunch to go around in this dish! But then, everything gets coated in a distinctly sunny dressing with an aromatic garlic infusion that just draws you in for more! Calling Killer Kale Salad to-die-for might just be underselling it!

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16. Mexican Corn & Quinoa Salad

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Mexican Corn & Quinoa Salad is a healthy dish with all your favorite Mexican flavors. It’s the perfect mixture of hearty black beans, sweet corn, bright lime and bell pepper, and herbaceous cilantro. Each bite is a delicious combination of textures and flavors. Mexican Corn & Quinoa Salad is perfect for a light summer lunch or dinner, and it’s so easy to make!

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17. BLT Bowl

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Lips smack and heads turn when people see a sandwich piled high with crisp fresh lettuce, juicy tomato, and crispy fatty bacon. The BLT Bowl will do the same, but now with added whispers of "I can't believe something so healthy tastes so good!" Filled with nutty, tender quinoa and topped with runny and rich poached eggs, the BLT Bowl doesn't forget the trio of tastes that makes its namesake so intriguing: fresh arugula, plump cherry tomatoes, and crumbled bacon still rule the roost. Sandwiches may not be your go-to lunch after this!

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18. Croque Monsieur

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Sure, ham and cheese are a classic combination. But with a trip to French cuisine, this combination takes on new layers of taste! Croque Monsieur is a cheesy connoisseur sandwich made with two delicious kinds of cheese, Dijon mustard, and a delectable blend of spices. A Croque Monsieur is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and richer than any sandwich you’ve had before! Its lunch made-luxurious!

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19. Cool Chicken Sandwiches

Cool Chicken Sandwiches

These aren't Cool Chicken Sandwiches because they're cold. Oh no, these Cool Chicken Sandwiches are cool, man. They would definitely wear just the right sunglasses if that was a thing they could do. Maybe they don't even need the sunglasses; being made with buttery baguettes toasted in a garlic-mayo spread and filled with an extra savory and tangy chicken filling might just be enough. It's as speedy and easy as lunches go... and that might just be the coolest thing of all!

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20. Skinny California Roll-Ups

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Looking for a lighter lunch or dinner? Well, let's wrap this up for the week! Skinny California Roll-Ups are a wonderful change of pace that will also help curb the urge for weekend sushi. Whole-wheat tortilla wraps are loaded with crabmeat and a tasty brown rice mixture that's topped with juicy tomatoes, chilled cucumbers, and creamy avocados. All that is tightly wrapped to keep the delicious flavors all smushed together. These Skinny California Roll-Ups will perk up any meal and get you rolling towards the weekend. There you have it; the perfect answer to a perfect weekday meal. And that's a wrap!

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