10+ Yummy Brown Bag Lunch Ideas

Great Lunch Ideas to Pack Every Day

Caprese sandwich

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It's easy to look forward to lunchtime when you pack a brown bag lunch with one of these delicious, easy recipes. From soups and salads to sandwiches and veggie bowls, we've collected our favorite brown bag lunch ideas that you can take to work or send to school with the kids, to keep your energy going all through the day.

  • 01 of 08

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

    Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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    Here's a quick and easy creamy semi-homemade chicken noodle soup recipe that's hearty enough to fill up your tummy at lunchtime and keep you going all afternoon when you bring it to work for a brown bag lunch. Condensed soups and some real cream added to the mix, make this soup rich and velvety in texture while adding fabulous flavor. There are also freshly chopped vegetables, frozen veggies, and some lovely fresh herbs to add flavor and color. Makes a great lunch bag soup for kids to bring to school, too!

  • 02 of 08

    Crock Pot Barley Vegetable Soup

    Crock pot barley vegetable soup

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    On cooler days, you'll be super glad you packed a thermos of this thick and hearty crock pot barley vegetable soup recipe for your brown bag lunch. Pearl barley is a nutritious cereal grain that is naturally high in protein, fiber, folate, and other healthy vitamins and minerals, making it a great grain to get to know and use in your everyday cooking. This soup is packed full of pearl barley, tons of veggies, and sweet potatoes.

  • 03 of 08

    Caprese Sandwich

    Italian caprese sandwich

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    The Caprese sandwich is a classic Italian vegetarian sub that is packed full of awesome flavors, while also being super easy to make. Made with thick slices of fresh, creamy tasting mozzarella cheese, sweet and hearty Italian tomatoes, rich extra virgin olive oil, tangy balsamic glaze, and herbaceous, fresh green basil, it's sure to become a lunch bag favorite in your family. No wonder this sandwich has gone from being an Italian classic to an American favorite!

  • 04 of 08

    Middle Eastern Vegetarian Pita Sandwich

    Middle Eastern vegetarian pita sandwich

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    Treat yourself or the kids to a restaurant-style Middle Eastern vegetarian pita sandwich for lunch. This sandwich is stuffed with simple homemade tzatziki, tabbouleh, feta cheese, fresh vegetables, and plenty of fresh herbs for great flavor. If you prefer your sandwiches with a little bit of kick, you can always sneak in a little bit of harissa, a favorite North African hot chili paste made from a blend of roasted spicy red peppers.

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  • 05 of 08

    Roasted Rainbow Veggie Bowl

    Roasted rainbow veggie bowl

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    This roasted rainbow veggie bowl is loaded with taste, color and goodness, making it a great brown bag lunch for vegetarians who want to enjoy something warming at mid-day. You could eat it cold, but zapping the ingredients in the microwave quickly to warm it up will bring out the flavors of the ingredients, and the delicious aroma will definitely cause your co-workers to look at your lunch with envy. Earthy vegetables and white beans are roasted with fresh thyme, then tossed with shredded kale, white beans, and kimchi on a base of white rice. A tangy soy and lemon sauce ties it all together.

  • 06 of 08

    Quinoa, Tuna and Chickpea Salad

    Quinoa, tuna and chickpea salad

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    Quinoa is the seed of an edible grain and it's become one of the world's most popular health foods, as it's a versatile gluten-free source of protein. This tasty quinoa, tuna, and chickpea salad recipe is a lunchtime favorite. Fluffy quinoa is tossed with protein-rich canned tuna and chickpeas, tender baby spinach leaves, fresh cilantro, wake-you-up mint, crunchy celery, mild spring onions, and sweet baby tomatoes, all tossed in a light and tasty dressing. Makes a satisfying meal at lunch that will keep adults and kids alike going strong all afternoon.

  • 07 of 08

    Chicken Waldorf Salad Sandwich

    Chicken salad sandwich

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    Raisin bread adds something extra special, and a little bit of surprising sweetness, to this classic chicken Waldorf salad sandwich recipe. It's the perfect sandwich for your next brown bag lunch, or to send to school with the kids, to keep tummies full until it's time to come home for the day. Waldorf salad sandwich filling is made with chopped sweet apples, crunchy celery, and walnuts, in a creamy mayonnaise dressing. To avoid a soggy situation, pack the salad and sandwich bread separately and assemble right before eating at lunchtime. Yum!

  • 08 of 08

    BLT Wrap Sandwich

    BLT wrap sandwich

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    Wrap sandwiches are a brown bag lunch favorite, and this delicious BLT wrap sandwich is perfect for taking to school or work in your lunch bag. It's a great way to sneak the irresistible taste of bacon into your day at lunch. Keep all of the ingredients for this sandwich wrap on hand and you can make it in just a few minutes. Not much effort, considering how well this crunchy sandwich delivers on taste!