Pack a Happy Lunch

Cheesy Red Pepper Tortilla Pizza
Cheesy Red Pepper Tortilla Pizza

 

Have a happy day.

 

Stars:

These mouth-watering lunches will surely make some fellow students/coworkers jelly, so pack extra and make friends.

Homemade Asiago Everything Bagels

Enjoy these fresh and flavorful bagels as is or make a sandwich out of the situation. Creamy hummus with veggies or simply more cheese is always a good place to start.

15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles

Pack comforting, brothy noodles in a thermos then dig in with an old school spork! If you have access to a microwave, even better. Bonus points if you add an egg (or two).

 

Snacks:

Snack timeeee! Quiet that grumbling belly with something extra delicious. (Candy bars don’t count.)

Blueberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Granola Bars

Homemade bars packed with juicy bluebs and whole roasted almonds. Yes please! Feel free to drink any leftover Greek yogurt coating.

Homemade Cheese Crackers

Easy, cheesy, and so much better than the boxed variety. Make a quadruple batch because these puppies go fast.

 

Treats:

Because after-dinner dessert isn’t nearly enough.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Can these guys pass as breakfast? Of course. So get your sugar fix in the morning or practice patience and wait until after you finish your lunchtime ramen.

Strawberry Crumble Bars

Why helloooo there. Gluten-free, paleo, vegan and refined sugar free? Yep! So basically you can devour the entire batch in one go because doesn’t that sound nice and healthy. And dang good.

 

Looking for more tasty lunch ideas? We’ve got plenty more packable recipes over here.

Crowd-Pleasing Dinners

Extra Vegetable Fried Rice
Extra Vegetable Fried Rice

 

Please a crowd.

Including kiddos, Fido, and Great-Aunt Mary.

 

Chicken:

Chicken has the tendency to be a little uhh boring. So switch up your routine and introduce some more flavor into the equation.

5-Ingredient Lemon Yogurt Grilled Chicken Breasts

Throw these guys on a plate with your favorite veggie side, on top of a fresh salad, in a stacked sandwich or mega wrap, orrrr on top of a bed of perfectly fluffy pilaf. Any way you slice it, you’re golden.

Chicken & Broccoli Skillet Bake

This chicken dinner is a real deal winner. Because you got chicken, cheese, and veggies all in one! Hooray for efficiency.

 

Meatless:

Meatless Mondays every day of the week? Not a problem.

Hummus Quesadillas

Cheese is great. Beyond great. But it’s not always necessary… hello creamy hummus! Whip up these quick protein-packed quesadillas for a flavorful lunch, hearty snack, or light dinner.

Vegetarian Polenta Pizza Stuffed Peppers

A bunch of delicious pizza flavors stuffed into fresh bell peppers! Semi-healthy and 100% mouth-watering. Feel free to include your favorite pizza toppings in on the action.

 

Cheesy:

Okay okay, here’s some more cheese. No complaints over here.

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks

Put that slow cooker of yours to work, while you’re actually at work (or enjoying midday Pilates and refreshing frappés… no judgement).

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Twice baked potatoes got a major upgrade. These guys make fantastic leftovers, so say hello to an exciting future lunch! Oh and you could add some cooked chicken to the filling if extra protein is your thing.

 

See more popular recipes in our Kid-Friendly Dinners collection.

Fresh Seasonal Recipes

Summer Stone Fruit Crisp
Summer Stone Fruit Crisp

 

Put down that tempting box of mac and cheese.

And whip up something fresh instead.

 

Avocado:

Avocado toast and homemade guac is a good place to start, but let’s make a feast out of this whole avocado situation.

Quinoa with Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado

This fresh salad is packed with all the summer goods–crisp cucumber, sweet tomatoes and creamy avocado of course! You can enjoy this dish warm, room temp, or chilled so go ahead and make extra. A lot extra.

California Chicken, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad

Who said salads are boring? Dig into this bad boy when you’re craving a refreshing, yet substantial meal. We’re not opposed to adding more avocado…

 

Corn:

Grill it, boil it, bake it, saute it, eat it raw… just do yourself a favor and avoid the frozen or canned stuff this time of year.

Sweet Corn & Black Bean Tacos

Stuff your tacos with candy-sweet corn and hearty black beans. P.S. There’s avocado involved too.

Charred Corn & Rosemary Grilled Pizza

Grill your pizza and the toppings! ‘Tis the season, might as well go all out. (We won’t tell if you cheat a bit and whip out a pre-made crust.)

 

Canning:

Can your favorite summer produce so you can enjoy all of that flavor throughout the year. You can do it!

Blueberry-Lemon Jam

This blueberry jam has just the right amount of zest and sweetness. Enjoy a generous dollop on fluffy buttermilk pancakes, vanilla ice cream, or a simple slice of toast.

Cherry Jam

Exactly what your buttered biscuits are asking for. Sweet or sour cherries will work out here.

 

Looking for more fresh inspiration? Hope on over to our seasonal recipe collections.

 

Life’s a Picnic

Strawberry Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad
Strawberry Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad

 

Make it delicious.

 

Mains:

Satisfy your hunger with hearty finger food.

Tuscan Tuna Sandwiches

Now that’s a sandwich. Packed with protein, veggies, fresh herbs, tangy feta, and creamy avocado, you’ll be good to go until dinner time. Serve with chilled white wine or sparkling rosé, of course.

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This light main is definitely not lacking in the flavor department. Plus, butter lettuce leaves are extra refreshing. P.S. You’re going to need some napkins.

 

Snacks:

Lounge around in the grass and snack all day long.

Edamame Hummus

A little tired of plain ole hummus? Try blending up bright green edamame instead. Don’t forget some crunchy baby carrots and your favorite crackers for dunking!

Blackberry Cucumber Caprese Skewers

Step aside tomatoes, (although we love you) sweet blackberries and crisp cucumbers are in town. Instead of threading all of the ingredients onto skewers, you could give everything a gentle toss and serve it up salad style.

 

Sweets:

End your picnic with a couple treats. Pack more than you think you need!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies

One of the best flavor combos ever in semi-healthy dessert form! Might as well skip right over the savory stuff…

Fresh Cherry Hand Pies

Mouth-watering cherry pie minus all the mess. Who needs forks anyway? This recipe makes two servings but you can easily scale it up. 2 pies a person please!

 

Looking for more picnic recipes and then some? See all of our summer recipe collections.

 

Get Your Nosh on in the Great Outdoors

Campfire Breakfast Burger
Campfire Breakfast Burger

 

Whether you’re roughing it in the middle of nowhere or just lounging in your backyard with a cold one, we’ve got some flavorful camp recipes for you.

 

Savory:

Trail mix is good and all, but you deserve a real deal meal. Especially if you just spent the better half of the day hauling your gear into the woods and wrestling that tent into submission.

Grilled Shrimp Boil Packets

A gourmet dinner contained in individual packets! No need to dirty plates, or think of a side either. But you might want to think about dessert…

Campfire Curry Ramen

Jazz up that regular pack of ramen with chopped beef jerky, spicy curry powder, and a bit of onion. College hack much?

 

Snacks:

Growling stomachs are almost as bad as growling bears. (So let’s try to avoid both.)

Homemade Apple Pie Larabars

Pretty much dessert, but sooo much healthier. Simply blend up dried fruit, nuts and spices then you’re set! Make a double triple batch because these guys go fast.

Campfire Trail Mix

Deconstructed s’mores? We’re all in. Snack on this mix mid-hike, at midnight, or even in the movie theater. (Shh you didn’t hear it from us.)

 

Sweet:

We never forget about dessert in these parts.

Campfire Grilled S’more Calzones

Basically the best excuse to actually go camping… although you could just enjoy these ooey gooey treats from the comfort of your own deck.

Campfire Cones

Easier than putting together s’mores, so say goodbye to flaming marshmallows and prematurely melted chocolate bars.

 

Looking for more outdoorsy recipes? We’ve got you covered.

Chill Out & Treat Yourself

Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

 

Dessert and cocktails are always necessary.

Especially when you’ve already taken 11 cold showers and it’s only 4:14 in the afternoon.

 

Ice Cream:

Ice ice baby. Except these luscious ice creams are anything but icy…

Nutella Ice Cream

The next best thing to inhaling Nutella straight from the jar. Top your creamy treat with chopped toasted hazelnuts before serving for an extra nutty crunch!

Coconut Ice Cream

Ohh so tropical. We won’t judge if you perch one of those colorful little cocktail umbrellas right in your bowl of deliciousness.

 

Pops:

Fruity and festive, try whipping up a batch of your own refreshing pops! All you need is a little patience while they chill out in the freezer.

Watermelon Popsicles

Almost too cute to eat. But it’s no fun just staring at dessert. Popsicle juice should be running down your chin and arms. (Just don’t get the sticky, sugary stuff all over that new white outfit of yours.)

2-Ingredient Strawberry Popsicles

That’s right, you’re only 2 ingredients away from cooling berry bliss. Bring on the brainfreezes.

 

Cool Beverages:

Too hot out to even function? You can probably manage to gulp down a couple of these.

Blackberry Bramble

Gin + fresh lemon juice + blackberry liqueur (plus a hit of simple syrup) make up one heck of a summery adult beverage. Serve over lots of crushed ice with zesty lemon wedges and plump blackberries.

Sparkling Pineapple Barracuda

Umm what is Galliano?? You might be thinking some Italian philosopher but no, it’s really a sweet herbal liqueur. Add some light rum, fresh lime juice, and pineapple juice to the mix and your mind (maybe your body, if you’re lucky) immediately goes to the tropics. A splash of bubbly tops this whole situation off quite nicely.

 

Sweet tooth still raging? Even more thirsty than before? Slip ‘n slide on over to our Frozen Treats and Cool Beverages recipe collections.

If you’re in need of something savory, skip the oven and stir up a No Cook recipe or two instead.

Don’t Sweat It

Raw Pad Thai
Raw Pad Thai

 

It’s okay to say “no” to cooking sometimes…

Especially when it’s hot as heck out.

So grab your jumbo jug of H2O and whip up a few no cook recipes.

Because ice cream is only an acceptable meal 3 times a week.

 

Light:

The heat might rob you of your appetite for family-sized personal pizzas, but these light bites will surely hit the spot.

Spicy Tuna & Cucumber Bites

These flavorful bites will help keep you hydrated and provide a protein boost. You need as much energy as you can get! Unless midday napping is an option…

Avocado & Chicken Tortilla Wraps

Throw leftover cooked chicken in a quick, nutritious wrap. We’re always down when creamy avocado is involved.

 

Refreshing:

Cocktail sipping is a tasty option to help you cool down. (You need a little substance though too!)

Antipasto Zoodle Salad

We know it’s hard to beat real deal pasta. But a big boiling pot of water doesn’t sound like a good time when it’s already boiling hot outside. Cool veggie “noodles” will work in a pinch!

Chilled Tomato Yogurt Soup

This simple soup is super chill… just blend everything together, refrigerate, then serve. Don’t forget some fresh bread for dunking.

 

Sweet:

Treat your sweet tooth to a cold and creamy homemade dessert.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate + peanut butter for life. Did we mention these mouth-watering bars are gluten-free and vegan? Helloooo breakfast! hehe

Mini Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Fudge and Coconut Tarts

These decadent tarts will make your heart sing with joy. Bonus: you’ll get a little caffeine kick too!

 

Looking for more cool ideas? See our No Cook Recipes collection.

Fourth of July Fun

Very Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pavlova Jars
Very Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pavlova Jars

 

Start and end your 4th with a bang.

Hint: we’re not talking fireworks.

 

Independence Day Main Dishes:

Bring ’em out, bring ’em out! Really just some substance to accompany your great-aunt’s “famous” potato salad. *wink wink*

Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp

You can’t go wrong with this simple crowd-pleaser. Serve over fluffy white rice (to sop up that sauce!) with juicy pineapple wedges.

BBQ Pork Ribs

The messier the merrier. Or something like that. Don’t forget to pick up a boatload of moist towelettes.

 

Red, White & Blue Desserts:

These sweet treats contain fruit, so they’re pretty much healthy… just go with it.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Make your life easy and nix the need to slice an actual cake. Serving size = 4, duh.

No-Bake Blueberry Layered Cheesecake

Too hot to turn that oven of yours on? No sweat. This colorful cheesecake is just what the doctor ordered. (Let’s forget the dentist for now.)

 

Cool Beverages:

Beer is nice and all, but sometimes you need something a little more festive.

Blackberry Mint Mojito

Do you like playing with fire? This delicious fruity mojito is almost as dangerous as setting off homemade fireworks in your neighbor’s front yard. Consider yourself warned.

Strawberry Lemonade

Adults and kids alike can enjoy this refreshing sweet-tart lemonade. Grown ups, feel free to add a glug or two of chilled vodka.

 

Want to see more stars and stripes? Take a peek at our showstopping 4th of July recipe collections.

 

Dad’s Day Dishes

Cajun Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Caramelized Corn Polenta
Cajun Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Caramelized Corn Polenta

 

Aka meat, cheese and booze!

(Stretchy pants welcome recommended.)

 

Meat:

Bring on the protein!

Beer-Battered Fish

It’s hard to beat perfectly crispy fried fish. Beer just makes the whole situation 1,000 times better (no surprise there). Serve your fish with a tall glass of chilled beer of course.

Easy Traditional Greek Gyros

Not sure how to pronounce “gyro?” Doesn’t matter as long as you and Dad know how to chow down on a few.

Sugar Steak with Bourbon

Bourbon adds even more flavorful to juicy steak. Don’t overcook your meat! The steak will continue cooking after you remove it from the heat. And let that thing rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing in. Patience really is a virtue.

 

Cheese:

Get all cheesy. Dad won’t mind.

Carne Asada Chipotle Pull Apart Bread

Bread. And cheese. And meat. Plus you get to skip the utensils. Dreams do come true.

Calzones

Ooey gooey molten cheese stuffed inside golden brown dough. Yes please! Feel free to add your favorite pizza toppings in there too, like veggies. Or not.

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Now’s the time to bring out that hot sauce of yours.

 

Booze & Donuts:

Beer is good, but boozy cocktails are better. Donuts are icing on the cake… er donut.

Bacon Bloody Mary

Garnish with one (or five) strips of crispy bacon!

Kahlua Root Beer Float

End Dad’s Day with a creamy, spiked float. Feel free to add an extra splash of Kahlua. This is a celebration after all.

Peanut Butter Banana Donuts with Chocolate

Did someone say donuts?? Enjoy these bad boys for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. And second dinner.

 

Looking for more of the good stuff? See our collection of Father’s Day recipes.

Summer Summer Summertime Salads

Summer Abundance Salad
Summer Abundance Salad

 

Big, bright and beautiful salads.

For your summertime consumption.

 

Hearty:

Fill up on salad! Yes it’s possible and can be very much enjoyable too.

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Taco Salad

Probably one of the least boring salads you’ll ever meet. Not feeling the chicken? Grill up some salmon instead.

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

Maybe you’re tired of regular potato salad or maybe you just want to switch things up. Swap in cauliflower then dig in! (After being patient and letting it chill out in the fridge for a couple hours.)

Dilled Shrimp Pasta Salad

This popular pasta salad can be served as a main dish or as a side if you’re really going all out. Enjoy the leftovers (if any) for lunch the next day.

 

Refreshing:

The heat can take a toll on your appetite. Keep your energy levels up and your taste buds entertained by enjoying one (or all) of these salads.

Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Mint, Cucumber & Feta

This tangy, fresh salad sure won’t last long! We recommend making a double batch.

Summer Squash & Red Quinoa Salad

Who needs lettuce? This light salad will satisfy your hunger without weighing you down, thanks to protein-packed quinoa and toasted walnuts.

Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Try not to cook your green beans too long! Unless you enjoy mushy beans. The flavors in the salad develop as it sits so give your salad some alone time in the fridge before plating up.

Fruity:

Not your typical fruit salads. Gotta keep life interesting!

Fruit Salad in Orange Cups

Serve fruit salad in cups made out of oranges! Why dirty more dishes anyway?

Super Food Detox Salad

This healthy salad is packed with veggies, fruit, and protein. Plus it’s actually really tasty. Win win.

Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

Fruit and veggies made friends again. Top this salad with a little bit of feta for an extra treat.

 

Still in full-on salad mode? We have more recipes over here.