Top Rated Lunch Recipes

Pancakes can be a fun and healthy alternative to sandwiches in the lunch box — and who among us can get our kids to eat cottage cheese and wheat germ at school? Now we can! All it takes is using The Sneaky Chef "Decoy" method. Kids will eat anything with sprinkles on top, but they’ll also eat things with sprinkles inside — even if there’s also lots of good-for-you ingredients in there too. Plus, kids don’t usually mind eating these with their hands at room temp. Make a few batches ahead and freeze for up to 3 months in sealed plastic freezer bags.
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One man's cronut is another woman's dosant, apparently. With all of the hype surrounding the cronut recently, The Daily Meal spoke with chef Alina Eisenhauer about her "French donut" creation that she's been serving since 2008. And here's the recipe. Click here to read about Chef Alina Eisenhauer
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I love this recipe because it allows the kids to have the freedom to create what they like but it’s also good for them. They’ll be so excited about creating a lunch with the ingredients that they’ll forget that there are even green beans in there. I also like to get creative with how I package the lunches. Tennis ball sleeves make the perfect lunchbox for a wrap, and sometimes I’ll even pack a lunch in a paint can, which serves two purposes: keeps the lunch from getting ruined and gives the kids an opportunity to decorate their lunchbox.  
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Baked Peppers
My version of classic Italian baked peppers, but without the anchovies and with a last-minute stirring in of basil. There are some gorgeous flavors here, especially when the tomato juices mingle with the basil oil.
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I’m a big fan of making things ahead so they are ready to grab when we’re in a rush. "Sneak-wiches" are a good example of this method. Much like the packaged versions in the grocery store, this is a homemade, healthier version of the conveniently made-ahead sandwich that you keep in the freezer. The key is to remove the crusts of the bread and crimp together the edges to "seal" the sandwich together. I suggest making several sandwiches at a time, and freeze each individually in a plastic bag. There are several filling options below.
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Mango Tango Tortillas
Slice this mango provolone quesadilla up into strips about one-inch wide and serve with a side of strawberries. It will dance right across your kid's taste buds. See all quesadilla recipes. Click here to see 11 Nutritious, Kid-Friendly Finger Foods.
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Collard greens don't just have to be with fried chicken. The nutritional leaf makes a great substitute for wraps and is a low-sodium substitute. 
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meatballs
Impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day with squash-based spaghetti and cheese-filled meatballs. With limited ingredients involved, this recipe is about as healthy as it gets.This recipe is provided by Alexandra Miller, RDN, LDN, Corporate Dietitian at Medifast, Inc.
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Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Minis
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Have doughnut holes prepared at a moment’s notice with help from premade pizza dough. Blogger Paula Jones from Bell'alimento tosses hers in cinnamon sugar, but you can drizzle them with some icing and sprinkles as well. Click Here to See More Doughnut Hole Recipes
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Mediterranean Salmon en Papillote
For a native Northwesterner who knows how exquisite perfectly cooked salmon can be, preparing it at home can be an intimidating task. One minute it’s underdone, and the next minute it can be tough as jerky. The secret to creating the sunset pink–hued interior that flakes under gentle pressure is even, moist heat, which is created by cooking each fillet in its own parchment envelope.Excerpted from Sheet Pan Paleo (Ulysses Press, 2016) by Pamela Ellgen.
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Derf
Delicious light lunch
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Meguin
A smoothie to replace lunch
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