Quick And Tasty Lunches

Whether you are looking for quick lunches to pack for your kids or a simple, speedy lunch for yourself, we have the answers with super-fast lunch ideas.

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Don't throw away leftovers — use them for lunch the next day. Every kind of leftover, from meatloaf to pasta to roast beef, can be turned into a super-fast lunch. Some foods can just be reheated, while others can be turned into sandwiches or salads. Grilled chicken is extremely versatile. It can be stuffed in a pita with veggies, added to the top of a green salad or shredded into leftover pasta.

Convenience foods

Shop smart when buying pre-packaged convenience foods. Look for options that are easy to eat and full of homemade goodness — like SMUCKER'S® Uncrustables®. These grab-and-go sandwiches are perfect for busy families. You just keep them in the freezer and pack them in your lunch before leaving home in the morning. When it's lunchtime, they are thawed and ready to eat. Your kids will love these good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — and they don't have the crust.

Individual pizzas

Using an English muffin, flat bread or whole pita as the crust, you can make individual pizzas for lunch in a snap. Just add a little pizza or tomato sauce on top, followed by chopped veggies and a bit of your favorite cheese. Broil in your conventional or toaster oven for just a couple minutes to create a mini pizza in a jiffy.


For moms (and kids) on the go, tortillas and other flat breads allow you to make roll-up or wrap sandwiches that are easy to make and to eat. You can add just about anything into a tortilla and roll it up, from veggies to tuna to beans.

Panini sandwiches

On the weekend, you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, but your kids are tired of cold sandwiches. Give their sandwiches a quick makeover by grilling them in your panini press. Everyone loves the delicious goodness of toasty bread and their favorite fillings.


This lunch isn't just quick — it's also healthy. Whip up some hummus in your food processor (or just use the premade kind from the store) and serve with organic tortilla chips, whole-grain pita wedges and fresh raw veggies for dipping.


Drink your lunch. Fruit and veggie smoothies are a terrific way to get a ton of nutrients with ease. Just dump your favorite produce into the blender with a little ice and you'll have a drinkable lunch in just a few minutes.

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Comments on "Super-fast lunch ideas"

Heather January 28, 2013 | 5:55 PM

My daughter doesn't eat bread much, so I use Salmon with a little mayo and celery/onion then put Naan bread or crackers on the side. I slice up carrots and celery or broccoli and cauliflower and add blue cheese or her fav of the moment. I love my 6oz. Tupperware containers. I hardly use plastic bags and they pack in just the right amount. I met a local restaurant owner and she shared a few recipes that were great, but making the meals with portions for leftovers has been the best part of them!

Katie January 18, 2013 | 12:02 PM

I love leftovers and simple sandwiches. I try to make dinners that will have lots of leftovers to save myself time the next day, haha.

Michelle September 17, 2012 | 12:14 PM

My kids love rollups. They are super fast and super easy. I make them with flour tortillas and grated cheese. I heat them in the microwave for one minute, roll and serve – voila! I’ll mix them up by adding other ingredients like chopped onions and tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. The best thing about rollups is that they taste good either hot or cold, so they’re perfect for packing in lunches when you are in a hurry.

Ashley September 16, 2012 | 9:53 PM

I know for me, leftovers are a lifesaver. I just grab the tupperware and go. For the kids though, I like sandwiches and some yoghurt or fruit. The sandwiches are really easy, just ham and cheese, the night before. It's nice to know they're not eating the crap fast food that gets served at school.

Lisa September 14, 2012 | 2:47 PM

These are all great idea, but smoothies and paninis can definitely take some time. I always give my husband left overs and my kids sandwiches or wraps. They love pitas, so I throw those in there at least once a week as well. Thanks for the tips!

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