15 Ways To Pack A Delicious Workday Lunch

Calm your tears, food is on its way.

1. Ooey Gooey Toasted Cheese

Cheese toast — simply a slice of toast topped with melted, just-browned cheese — will solve all your problems. For lunch, pair it with a big salad, and you can even call it a balanced meal. Get the recipe on Food52.

2. Southwestern Quinoa Salad

It’s time to unload your pantry cabinets. Packed with quinoa, corn, and black beans, this lunch will fill you up. Get the recipe on Food52.

3. Hearty Lamb Stew

Leftovers unite! This rich stew is aromatic, satisfying, and just plain delicious. Get the recipe on Food52.

4. Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwich with Dukkah and Peppery Greens

Who knew dukkah would be so good? The spiced, nutty flavor is the key to our turnt up egg sandwich. Get the recipe on Food52.

5. Warm Chicken Salad

Shred up that chicken from last night’s roast. With the help of some fingerling potatoes and a lettuce of your choice, you’re set for a hearty lunch. Get the recipe on Food52.

6. Chicken Salad with Cornichons and Radishes

The fresh chives and tarragon brighten this chicken salad, making it the perfect spread for two pieces of toast. Get the recipe on Food52.

7. Flank Steak on Texas Toast

Go big or go home. Do it big for dinner, then do it again for lunch, paired with chimichurri, mayonnaise, and Texas toast. Get the recipe on Food52.

8. Grilled Peanut Tofu

Goodbye to flavorless vegetarian options: hello addictive, peanutty tofu. Get the recipe on Food52.

9. White Bean Soup

This soup covers all your necessary bases: quick to make, super filling, and just as good – if not better – on day two. Get the link on Food52.

10. Avocado Toast

Smash on a fat layer of avocado so you get contrast between the crunch of toast, the soft innards of the bread, and the creamy avocado. Get the recipe on Food52.

11. Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds and Lemon

Leftover vegetables are the new salads. Hashing the Brussels sprouts gives the loft of raw shredded salad a warm and toasty makeover. Get the recipe on Food52.

12. Sautéed Kale, Roasted Sweet Potato and Poached Egg Holiday Toast

Comforting and substantial, this toast covers all your hangry bases. Can’t just poach an egg in the office? Pack a hard-boiled one to top off your kale. Get the recipe on Food52.

13. Radish and Pecan Grain Salad

Threaded with pecans, raisins, and dried cranberries, this grain salad is the perfect tupperware companion. Get the recipe on Food52.

14. Lamb, Arugula, and Feta Taco

Put last night’s meat (along with cheese and greens) to good use — stuffed in a tortilla. Get the recipe on Food52.

15. A Not Sad PB&J

A reminder that peanut butter and jelly still makes for a satisfying — and wonderfully nostalgic — lunch. Get the recipe on Food52.

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