Lunches That Deliver

Featured Article,Lunch,Recipes
July 6, 2011

Break out of a brown-bag rut with these tasty lunch recipes.

Chicken Pesto Panini
Mark Boughton

The highlight of my day is lunch, which tells you something about my life. On a good day, I can manage to put it off until around three, which means while my husband is eating lunch at noon, I'm having a "midmorning" cup of coffee. By the time I finish lunch, it's almost time to start dinner, so afternoons have sort of slipped out of my life.

You would think the reason for late lunch could be that it's very complicated and needs hours to cook, like veal Orloff or braised lamb shanks with exotic mushrooms and white beans. The thing of it is my lunch is usually a piece of toast, a slice of cheese and a couple of pieces of tomato. In other words, I'm stuck in a lunch rut.

If you are too, these tasty recipes will help you get unstuck—each is delicious, packably portable and low-maintenance enough to be doable.
—By Jean Kressy

chicken panini

Easy Pesto Chicken Panini

With leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled boneless chicken breasts on hand, these delightful sandwiches come together prestissimo!

Tomato Sandwiches with Egg Salad and Cucumber

Here’s a version of the egg salad and cucumber sandwiches, which were popular at Sutter’s bakery in Greenwich Village.


Smarter Tuna Salad

Mollie Katzen’s smart recipe has 47 percent fewer calories than traditional Tuna Salad.

Astor Street Wrap with Honey Mayonnaise

This recipe provided by the Executive Chef of Four Corners

Couscous with Chicken Salad

Couscous and Chicken Salad

A great end-of-summer dish that uses fresh herbs, summer tomatoes, and shredded rotisserie chicken.


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