No matter if you’re headed back to school or back to work after a lazy summer of beach-infused fun—you’ll need adequate fuel to get you through the day.

Luckily, we’ve hand selected eight of the very best “back to the books” lunchbox delights to power your work or school day…

1. Southwestern Turkey Club

I’d dream of lunch all morning long—delectable, layered sandwich tucked away in my lunch bag.  This turkey club is piled high with mashed avocado, sautéed turkey, pickled jalapeno chilies, bacon, and sliced tomato on thick-toasted whole wheat bread.

Source: Martha Stewart


2. Beets, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Sandwich

This satisfying vegetarian sandwich is a healthy combination of fresh ingredients. Start with your favorite whole grain, crusty bun, and stuff it with roasted beets, fresh spinach, creamy goat cheese, and chopped raisins (or dried cranberries). The drizzle is a simple blend of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.


3. Egg and Broccolini Sandwiches

A new take on an old classic—this egg salad sandwich works well as a filling lunch, or if you can’t wait, a delicious breakfast. The egg salad mixture combines broccolini (a tender and spicier style of broccoli) with fresh garlic, olive oil, and chopped pepperoncini peppers served with provolone atop a crusty hoagie roll.


4. Roasted Bell Pepper and Beef Wrap

Take your lunch wrap to a whole new level when you wrap up a large flour tortilla with fresh baby spinach leaves, thin-sliced steak, vibrant bell pepper slices, sweet corn kernels, and a mayo-olive tapenade spread.


5. Cuban Sandwich

I can’t believe I truly enjoyed lunch until I discovered this delicious sandwich at a tiny street stand in Cuba. When the vendor sliced a crusty Portuguese roll and piled it high with traditional fixings—like thin-sliced pork loin, smoked ham, cilantro-garlic mayo, pickles, and whole-grain mustard—I knew that I’d found lunch heaven.



6. Spicy Black Bean Burritos

This protein- and fiber-loaded combination of fresh ingredients—like black beans, bell pepper strips, sweet corn, coriander, fresh salsa, cumin, chili powder, garlic, cayenne pepper, and lime in flour tortillas—offers a vegetarian-friendly option that even non-vegetarians will gobble up.



7. Bavarian Rhapsody

Why settle for plain old deli-sliced ham and American cheese slices when you can bite into this juicy slow-cooked ham sammie, topped with thick slices of kosher dills pickle and Colby Jack cheese, and spread with a gracious layer of Dijon-mayo.


Source: Kraft Recipes

8. Salade Niçoise Sandwich

Craving the fresh and tangy taste of a salade niçoise for lunch. The good news is you don’t have to be in Paris to enjoy it—on a sandwich! Top toasted sweet batard with sliced ahi tuna, mixed greens, sliced red onion and hard boiled egg, chopped kalamata olives and smear with caper-cornichon mayo.



Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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