9 Make-Ahead Recipes for National Pack Your Lunch Day

Layered Chicken Salad with Coriander-Yogurt Dressing © John Kernick
By F&W Editors Posted March 09, 2016

Packing lunch doesn't have to be a chore.

Bringing your own lunch to school or work is great for both your wallet and your health. In honor of National Pack Your Lunch Day tomorrow, here are nine amazing lunches that can easily be made ahead of time.

1. Couscous Salad with Zucchini and Roasted Almonds

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Make a big batch of this terrific, fast Middle Eastern salad.

2. Pan Bagnat

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The traditional version of this Provençal sandwich is basically a salade niçoise on a roll. For this vegetarian version, we've omitted the tuna and added fennel and chickpeas. Stuff the filling into hollowed-out rolls and let the delicious juices soak into the bread.

3. Chicken Burrito with Brown Rice

Instead of beans, add healthy brown rice to this delicious burrito.

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4. Red Curry Peanut Noodles

Whole-wheat spaghetti and fiery red curry paste star in this healthy version of the classic Chinese take-out dish, sesame noodles.

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5. Layered Chicken Salad with Coriander-Yogurt Dressing

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These portable, layered salads take a cue from French verrines.

6. Almond Butter and Fresh Blueberry Sandwich

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Cut back on the sugar and use fresh blueberries instead of jelly in this simple twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

7. Cellophane Noodle and Vegetable Salad

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This refreshing, crunchy salad combines a slew of nutrient-rich ingredients including carrots and mung bean sprouts.

8. Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Quiche

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Alsatian pizza was the inspiration for Jean-Georges Vongerichten's incredible quiche.

9. Indian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

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Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes quick work of these fantastic sandwiches, which feature a curry-yogurt sauce flavored with mango chutney.

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