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8 Quick and Easy Sandwich Recipes for School and Office Lunches

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Have you ever found yourself “forgetting” to pack lunch and sneaking away in the middle of the work day for something delicious but way too expensive? Or maybe when you were younger you walked to the hot meal queue, allowance in hand, knowing there was a full lunch box at the bottom of your backpack.

I get it – I’ve been there too. I’m happy to report, however, that making a cold lunch doesn’t have to be a dull and boring business.

Cold sandwiches may get a bad rap, but when properly prepared with bold flavors and interesting textures, they’re just as exciting as any other breakfast. These sandwich recipes from our recipe finder are quick to make, easy to carry, and best of all, full of flavor. Try one for your next on-the-go lunch – your taste buds (and your wallet) will thank you.

Turkey Sandwiches with Smoked Gouda, Pickled Red Onions and Cherries, above. It’s not that bland turkey and cheese of your childhood. In this grown-up version, sweet cherries and punchy pickled onion complement roast turkey and smoked Gouda cheese perfectly.

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Egg Salad Sandwich with Dill and Pickles. Inspired by the flavors of a mustard potato salad, this sandwich from editor Becky Krystal is powerful and high in protein. This is a great meal for one person, but if you’re preparing for the week or making it for the family, the recipe can easily be adapted to accommodate that.

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Deli sandwiches stacked with pan fried tofu. Tofu isn’t just for vegans. This loaded sandwich uses it to add texture and weight, and you can marinate it in any flavor you like.

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Arugula and Avocado Sandwich with Turkey. A sandwich so good it’s nurtured a strong friendship for over 20 years, this meal filled with turkey and greens is sure to please. If you’re not a big fan of sandwiches with lots of mustard or mayonnaise, try this one.

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Tomato, pesto and ricotta sandwiches. Full of Italian flavor, this sandwich is inspired by a Caprese salad for a bright and creamy lunch. The pesto and ricotta can be made three days ahead, giving you a great start for lunch and getting the sandwich ready before you rush out in the morning.

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Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwiches. This recipe dispels the myth that veggie sandwiches can’t be substantial and filling. Chickpeas are mashed with avocado to make the creamy filling, and lemon juice, pickles, and curry powder all add their own flavors.

Chicken satay sandwiches. Inspired by the flavors of a peanut satay sauce, this sandwich is a great way to mix up your lunch rotation. Chicken keeps well in the fridge, so make a batch ahead of time and enjoy it for lunch over the next few days.

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Deli Salad Sandwich 3 Ways. The adventure to choose your own sandwich recipes. Chickpeas, tuna or chicken make a great filling for this customizable sandwich. You can also substitute the bread for lettuce wraps to add a crispy bite.

Forget the store-bought sandwich. You can make a better one.

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