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Tired of the Same Old Sandwiches?

Get out of your lunch rut with these refreshing midday meal ideas.

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Lemon Ricotta PancakesPhoto: Lunchbox (Appetite by Random House, 2022)

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Fresh ricotta is a magical thing, but if you can’t get your hands on any, use the best whole-milk ricotta you can find. I routinely double this recipe and freeze what I don’t pack for lunch, so that I have a stash of pancakes on hand at all times.

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Creamy Corn And Potato ChowderPHOTO: LUNCHBOX (APPETITE BY RANDOM HOUSE, 2022)

Creamy Corn and Potato Chowder

This hearty soup comes together quickly and with simple pantry and freezer staples. It is delicious with or without cream, so feel free to omit it if you prefer a less-creamy soup. And stir in some leftover rotisserie chicken, shrimp, bacon, or even shredded smoked cheese for an even more filling midday meal.

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Eggs Greens And Cheese TortillaPHOTO: LUNCHBOX (APPETITE BY RANDOM HOUSE, 2022)

Eggs, Greens and Cheese Tortilla

This quick and easy egg and tortilla rollup is equally tasty warm out of the pan or sliced up and packed in a lunchbox. Don’t hesitate to play around with the filling based on what you have in the fridge. More often than not, I grate up odds and ends from my cheese drawer and throw in a handful of greens that are a bit too wilted to eat raw but are perfectly good to eat warmed.

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Lunchbox CoverPhoto: Appetite by Random House

More Inspired Lunch Ideas

For more lunch ideas you can look forward to all morning long, check out Lunchbox, by Aviva Wittenberg (Appetite by Random House), due out August 16, 2022.

Next, check out 20 easy weeknight dinners for summer.

Reader's Digest Canada
Originally Published in Reader's Digest Canada