Slideshow: 19 Easy Packed Lunches

Dagwood Sandwich
Dagwood Sandwich

A double decker sandwich, with four different types of cold cuts, may come off as a tad excessive. But it's hard to go wrong with so many staples rolled into a single lunch box.

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad on Focaccia
Mediterranean Tuna Salad on Focaccia

The tuna salad of your youth, all grown up. The addition of artichoke hearts and kalamata olives really brighten up the sandwich.

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Avocado, arugala, and walnut sandwich
Avocado, arugala, and walnut sandwich

A slightly more sophisticated sandwich. The peppery arugula goes well with the creamy avocado and the nutty crunch of the walnuts.

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Bulgur Pita Pocket
Bulgur Pita Pocket

This pita pocket of bulgur and chickpeas, while quite healthy, will leave you satisfied, allowing you to avoid that 3 PM "I'm hungry and tired and grumpy" feeling.

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Indian Chutney Sandwich
Indian Chutney Sandwich

The combination of potatoes, garlic, chillies, and spices acts as a great base for chicken or roasted vegetables, making this sandwich a little heartier.

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Muffaletta sandwich
Muffaletta sandwich

This sandwich actually tastes BETTER after its rested, making it the perfect candidate for a pack-ahead lunch.

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Zucchini and roasted potato puttanesca
Zucchini and roasted potato puttanesca

This pasta-less puttanesca is made more lunch-friendly by the blanched zucchini and crispy roasted potatoes. Substituting vegetables means you won't end up with soggy pasta. Make extra sauce to use for another dish.

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Marinated Cucumber Salad with Radishes, Dill, and Shrimp
Marinated Cucumber Salad with Radishes, Dill, and Shrimp

Another recipe that improve overnight, this salad is light and bright. Any protein will go great with the salad, but the buttery shrimp plays nicely off the other components of the salad.

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German Potato Salad
German Potato Salad

Another recipe loaded up with mayo and bacon, this salad makes a great addition to other lunch time items. Alternatively, it works well as a filling mid-afternoon snack.

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Curried Coconut Quinoa with Shrimp and Basil
Curried Coconut Quinoa with Shrimp and Basil

Coconut milk, vegetable stock, and curry powder are all sopped up by the quinoa to create a flavorful bed for lightly simmered shrimp. Just reheat everything in the microwave and you're good to go.

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Toasted Whole-Wheat Israeli Couscous with Fennel, Lemon, and Feta
Toasted Whole-Wheat Israeli Couscous with Fennel, Lemon, and Feta

Heat this dish up to reap the benefits of melted feta and to enhance the toasted flavors of the couscous. Fennel, red onions, and lemon will brighten your palate to get you through the day.

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Peanut Soba Noodles with Tofu and Pickled Bean Sprouts
Peanut Soba Noodles with Tofu and Pickled Bean Sprouts

Let the peanut sauce meld with the noodles overnight, add the crunch of bean sprouts and a few ounces of sautéed tofu, and you've got a satisfying, delicious lunch.

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Curry Pork Skewers with Vermicelli
Curry Pork Skewers with Vermicelli

A recipe that works for breakfast or lunch, these skewers and noodles are easy to prepare, and allow you to have a restaurant quality meal without having to leave the office.

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Mustardy Quinoa with Sausage, Potato, and Tarragon
Mustardy Quinoa with Sausage, Potato, and Tarragon

A simple dish with few ingredients, the quinoa, potatoes, and sausage are easy to put together, but make for a substantial lunch. The addition of arugula and mustard keeps everything fresh, bright, acidic, and crunchy.

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Coconut-Poached Chicken with Spring Vegetables and Cashews
Coconut-Poached Chicken with Spring Vegetables and Cashews

I can almost guarantee that if you make this recipe, you will be the only person with coconut chicken for lunch. This recipe works as either a lettuce wrap or a salad, both of which are tasty and convenient.

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