11 Recipes That Are Perfect for an Adult Lunchbox

Why do kids get to have all the lunchbox fun? Now adults can, too

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Paninis, butternut dip, and blueberry pineapple salsa are just a few of the delicious recipes you need to fill your adult lunchbox. 

It’s hard to decide what to have for lunch. Do I bring something into work or do I go out and spend money at a food truck or in a restaurant? If I decide to bring my own, what’s a work-friendly meal that won’t perfume the whole office? If you’re having trouble figuring out recipes for work lunches, we’ve got you covered.

Your kids aren’t the only ones who deserve stylish midday meals. They get Frozen or Ninja Turtle lunchboxes with perfectly cut apples, carrots, a juice box, and a sandwich. You can have all of that too — but in a more grown-up way. There are tons of delicious foods that’ll be right at home in the staff break room. Better yet, head to a nearby park for an extra-relaxing lunchtime.

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Dips and smaller snacks are great for your adult lunchbox. Even if breakfast is part of your routine, your stomach probably starts growling around 11 a.m., which is just too early to chow down on lunch — you’ll be hungry again before you make it home from work. Keeping dips and chips in your lunchbox can provide a light snack for the late morning. You can even make your own granola bars at home, and they don’t have to be unhealthy, either.

For the main course, find recipes that don’t take long to prepare, like sandwiches or salads. Chicken salad is great for work — just add the dressing when you’re ready to eat. Need more ideas for your adult lunch box? We have a few below.

Alison Sweeney’s Blueberry Pineapple Salsa

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Salsa recipes don’t have to be tomato-based. Try Alison Sweeney’s blueberry pineapple iteration for a refreshing and simple take on fruit salsa. This fresh fruit salsa uses a lot of the same ingredients as tomato-based salsas, with jalapeños, lime juice, cilantro, and onions — just swap out the tomatoes for fresh fruit. Take a small container of it with you to work along with some chips and enjoy a midday snack. For the Alison Sweeney’s Blueberry Pineapple Salsa recipe, click here.

Butternut Hummus

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With the traditional flavors of hummus — tahini, garlic, and lemon juice — this butternut squash hummus is familiar in flavor, but surprisingly sweet and creamy. Enjoy with a few veggie snacks for lunch. For the Butternut Hummus recipe, click here.