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Lunch Recipes

  • Complexity: medium

Asian Chicken Slaw

Part chicken salad, part coleslaw, this unique dish features a prepared mix, so it comes together quickly -- especially if you buy a roasted chicken. Serve it as a salad, as shown here, or in a sandwich wrap.

  • Complexity: easy

Bacon and Spinach Quiche

Filled with eggs, cream, and bacon, quiche has been a popular dish for hundreds of years. What makes it such a particularly good recipe for aspiring chefs, besides the fact that it tastes great, is how versatile it is.

  • Complexity: easy

Bake Your Own Bagels

There's no mistaking the difference between packaged store-bought bagels and ones that are fresh-baked. So although it takes a little time, making a batch from scratch can be quite rewarding and fun.

  • Complexity: easy

Blueberry Pancakes

Here's our favorite recipe for blueberry pancakes along with some tips to help your young short-order cook griddle them to perfection. Just remember, hot pancakes wait for no one. So have everything else (juice, milk, softened butter, and syrup) ready to go so you can enjoy them right out of the skillet.

  • Complexity: easy

Boiled Eggs

Don't laugh. A properly boiled egg is one mark of a good cook.

  • Complexity: advanced

California Sushi Wrap

Introduce your kids to the art of sushi rolling with these easy sandwiches. The tortilla does double duty as a rolling mat and a tasty wrapper.

  • Complexity: easy

Cheese-stuffed Meat Loaf

A delicious meal to make ahead of time, and save for a day when you are short on time. Just pop it in the oven and in no time you have a homecooked meal.

  • Complexity: easy

Cheesy Corn Casserole from Paraguay

This Latin American dish is less dense and more soufflé-like than similar versions made in the American South, but still has a flavor that's sure to please a crowd.

  • Complexity: easy

Chicken and Biscuit Pie

Topped with mini biscuits instead of pastry crust and amply filled with a saucy mix of chicken and your family's favorite veggies, this potpie is sure to warm you up on a wintry evening. Just don't count on leftovers.

  • Complexity: medium

Chinese Chicken Salad

This Asian-style chicken salad, made with a delicious peanutty vinaigrette, is provided by In the Night Kitchen of San Francisco and is popular with adults and kids alike.

  • Complexity: easy

Chinese Peanut-Sesame Noodles

As a child in the early 1970s, I couldn't get enough of the cold peanut-sesame noodles I first tried at the famous Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuan restaurant in New York City. The dish is now one of Noah's favorites. I've found that kids adore its peanut butter goodness, while parents are pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make.

  • Complexity: easy

Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Soup

This comforting recipe, fortified with cream and chicken, is a flavorful alternative to a basic mushroom soup.

  • Complexity: medium

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich

Here's a variation on chicken salad that has a bit of a kick, and a couple surprises, too -- grapes for a sweet accent and cashews for crunch.

  • Complexity: easy

Deviled Egg Upgrade

Take hard-boiled Easter eggs to the next level with deviled eggs, a classic party snack and the perfect recipe for chefs-in-training.

  • Complexity: medium

Fajita Chop-Chop Salad

My kids love chop-chop salads, and this one -- a mix of familiar mild Mexican spices and additions, such as corn and black beans -- is a particular favorite. On nights when I need a shortcut, I substitute store-bought rotisserie chicken for the steak.

  • Complexity: easy

Football Turnovers

Enjoy these hearty treats while cheering on your favorite team.

  • Time: 20 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Fruit Flower Bouquet

When Snow White and her forest friends tidied up the Seven Dwarfs' cottage, little did they know that one of the residents would be allergic to the golden rod centerpiece they placed on the dinner table. Here's an arrangement that no dwarf would sneeze at. Created from colorful fresh fruits, the flowers are fun to pick and eat.

  • Complexity: easy

Grandma Lulay's Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings are a perfect combo when you want a nice and hearty meal.

  • Complexity: easy

Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich

Maybe you can't get away on a tropical vacation just now, but this juicy chicken sandwich, topped with a slice of pineapple, will make you feel as if you have. Once you make the sauce -- which can be done hours or even a day ahead.

  • Complexity: easy

Hearty Spaghetti and Meatballs

Made with crumbled bread and simmered in a rich tomato sauce, the meatballs in this dish are notably tender and flavorful -- delicious served with pasta or as a hearty sandwich filling. The recipe makes a generous quantity.

  • Complexity: easy

Helen's One-Skillet Lasagna

Food writer Helen Wolt's skillet lasagna recipe is quick to assemble.

  • Complexity: easy

Hot Cross Buns

Bring your kids into the kitchen to bake a traditional spring treat: spice-and-fruit buns that are eaten in England on Good Friday.

  • Complexity: easy

Irish Brown Bread

For FamilyFun staffer Moira Greto and her kids, baking this Irish brown bread is a cherished family tradition. Like the simple recipe, the old-fashioned method they use - measuring and mixing ingredients with their bare hands.

  • Complexity: medium

Japanese Chilled Tofu

Try this delicious Japanese Chilled Tofu recipe.

  • Complexity: medium

Japanese-Style Fried Chicken

Fried chicken gets a burst of Asian-inspired flavor in this easy-to-make recipe.

  • Complexity: easy

Kid Kebobs

This Saturday-night treat is quick to cook. All you need for sides are buttered egg noodles and salad or green beans.

  • Complexity: easy

Lasagna Soup

Turn a favorite meal, lasagna, into a soup with this tomato-y broth, brimming with sausage, pasta, and cheese.

  • Complexity: easy

Maple French Toast

The best French Toast is made from the densest bread. Challah, brioche, and sourdough are all good choices, but if all else fails, a premium sandwich bread can stand up to the task.

  • Complexity: medium

Mexican Sushi Bites

Get the party started with these mouthwatering appetizers. Salsafied cream cheese, silky avocado, and crisp bell pepper are rolled in a tortilla and sliced for a fun sushi-like presentation.

  • Complexity: medium

Pad Thai

Even when their flavors are complex, Asian dishes don't have to be difficult to make. Preparations for the simpler stir-fries that Thai families enjoy, such as Pad Thai, can be streamlined so that busy stateside families can enjoy them any night of the week.

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