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Quick question: When was the last time you took a real lunch break at work? We’re talking an up-from-your-desk, unplugged break. Chances are you’re usually hunched over your computer, mindlessly munching on a disappointing sandwich.

News flash: Not taking lunch is bad for business. The best way to motivate yourself to take a real break? A to-die-for brown-bagger, of course.

citrus salad
Erin McDowell

Citrus, Fennel and Avocado Salad

Take advantage of the season’s brightest offerings with this light and refreshing salad.

beet cakes
Erin McDowell

Quinoa-Beet Cakes

Make a batch of these at the beginning of the week (they’ll stay fresh in the refrigerator for three days), and pop one in the microwave for a great meatless option.

falafel Salad
Erin McDowell

Falafel Salad with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

For a more filling salad, whip up this tangy creation made with store-bought or homemade falafel.

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Erin McDowel

Homemade Sandwich Bread

Not a full lunch, per se, but the toppings aren’t quite as important when they’re paired with freshly baked bread.

pasta salad

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

Carbs don't count when they're tossed with so many veggies, right?

blt
Erin McDowell

Swanky BLT

This sandwich takes the classic BLT to the next level, swapping bacon for pancetta, white bread for sourdough and raw tomatoes for balsamic-roasted ones.

mini quiche
Erin McDowell

Mini Bacon and Tomato Quiche

Who says brunch is limited to the weekend? Bake a batch of these delicious mini quiches on Sunday morning, then store the rest and reheat them throughout the week.

greek salad sandwich

Greek Salad Sandwich

A protein-packed Greek salad is reinvented as a more filling sandwich

avocado toast
Bluestone Lane

Avocado Toast

So simple yet so, so satisfying. Stick to the basics, or spice this baby up with add-ons like crumbled feta or toasted nuts and seeds.

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