These Cold Lunches Are Hot!

Cold—and seriously cool—lunches for you and your teens to eat. To keep bread or rolls in sandwiches from getting soggy, pack components in multiple containers and then assemble on the fly.


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Stuffed Avocados

Stuffed Avocado

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Stuffed avocados are like walking tacos, just without the shell. For you: Leave the avocado whole until you get to your desk. For your teen, cut avocado and remove pit then press back together for them to fill at lunch.

Makes 8
Prep 15 m

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Shrimp Salad Rolls

shrimp salad hoagie rolls

Photo by Sidney Bensimon

Photo by Sidney Bensimon

Toss the salad together a few hours ahead, then add dressing and fill Shrimp Salad Rolls just before serving. If you don’t have leftover shrimp, simply buy precooked fresh or frozen shrimp from the seafood counter.

Makes 4
Prep 15 m

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Chicken and Apple Slaw

apple-chicken slaw and spoon

Photo by Victor Protasio

Photo by Victor Protasio

An easy Chicken and Apple Slaw makes rotisserie chicken better than ever! Just add shredded kale, sweet apple, coleslaw mix and a simple dressing.

Makes 6

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Mediterranean Chicken Gyros

Mediterranean Chicken Gyros

Our Chicken Gyros combine rotisserie chicken with Greek seasonings and fresh lemon juice to take the guesswork out of an easy 30 minute main-dish meal.

Makes 6
Prep 20 m

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Orange and Arugula Chicken Salad

Orange and Arugula Chicken Salad

Brighten up shredded rotisserie chicken with sliced oranges and tangy goat cheese in Orange and Arugula Chicken Salad.

Makes 4
Prep 15 m

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Steak Salad with Mixed Baby Greens

Steak Salad with Mixed Baby Greens

Make this Steak Salad with Mixed Baby Greens a no-cook meal by swapping in sliced store-bought roast beef for the flank steak. Or use leftover steak from last night’s dinner.

Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Grill 12 m
Stand 5 m

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Baby Greens with Chicken and Goat Cheese

Baby Greens with Chicken & Goat Cheese

Mix up this Baby Greens with Chicken and Goat Cheese Salad—swap in shaved asparagus or thinly sliced red bell pepper strips for the green beans.

Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Cook 4 m

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BLAT Sandwiches

blat sandwiches and chips

Cook the bacon the night before or use store-bought fully cooked bacon in these BLAT Sandwiches. To keep from having brown avocado, pack sandwiches with a single-serve cup of guacamole to spread onto the bread instead.

Makes 4

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Peanut Turkey Noodles

Peanut Turkey Noodles

Starting with fully cooked turkey breast and bottled Thai peanut sauce makes Peanut Turkey Noodles an easy 20-minute meal that is a great lunch the next day.

Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Cook 10 m

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No-Cook Asian Chicken Wraps

No-Cook Asian Chicken Wraps

Rotisserie chicken mixes with fresh veggies in our No-cook Asian Chicken Wraps. Can’t find bean sprouts? Swap in thin celery matchsticks instead. If you pack your lunch the night before, reduce the amount of peanut dressing.

Makes 4
Prep 15 m

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Turkey Pinwheels

Turkey Pinwheels

Smoked turkey pairs with cream cheese and chutney for a burst of flavor, which gets even better when chilled overnight. Assemble these no-cook wraps the night before and then cut into Turkey Pinwheels in the morning.

Makes 30