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Super-fast lunch ideas

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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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Leftovers

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.

Roll-ups

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.

Hummus

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.

Smoothies

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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