Easy Summer Lunch Recipes

During the summer I always find myself searching for something quick, easy, and healthy to make for lunch.  Here are some of my go to easy summer lunch recipes.

The first three recipes are bento lunches which are easy to make and perfect for kids.  I simply use Glad 3 section containers to serve these in.  They also pack well for a picnic or beach trip.

Healthy Turkey and Cheese Bento Lunch
 This turkey and cheese wrap with fruit and veggie sides is a quick and easy to make lunch and very healthy as well.  Click here for the recipe.

Chicken Salad Bento Lunch
This lunch can also be served as a simple snack in between meals as well.  The cucumbers are meant to be used to "scoop" up the chicken salad (lower left) and they are served along with chunks of cheddar, sliced red bell pepper, and fruit. Click here for this recipe.

Grilled Chicken Salad Bento
Grilled chicken on lettuce with celery, carrots, crackers and a side of pasta salad is the perfect healthy lunch.  The lower left section holds a few crackers to be crumbled over the salad as well as a to go container of salad dressing.  If you're eating this meal at home you can add a few chunks of cheese in place of the dressing.  Click here for this recipe.

Simple Wedge Salad
 This simple salad makes a great lunch or snack.  For lunch I usually use a half of a head of iceberg and lots of bacon :)  Click here to see how to make this salad.
 
Hot dog Pennies and Peas
This was my favorite lunch when I was young.  My mother used to make it when she had nothing else for lunch, and sometimes dinner as well.  This makes a great dish on the fly and is surprisingly filling. Click here to try this fun combination.

Easy Chicken and Collards Recipe

This is a quick and easy recipe that makes a great meal in no time.

Ingredients:
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp butter
27oz can Margaret Holmes Collard Greens – drained lightly

  • Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise and then sprinkle them lightly with the garlic salt.
  • Then heat a large pan or cast iron enameled pot on high and add the butter.
  • When it melts add the chicken and brown it on both sides, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Then remove the chicken and add the collards.  Stir with a spatula to scrape up any brown bits from the chicken and then turn the heat to medium - low.
  • Spread the collards out evenly and place the chicken on top and let this simmer for about 15 minutes.  Then serve immediately.  This is great with steamed white rice and makes 3 servings of chicken and collards.
 These are the Collards I use in this recipe.
 Have a wonderful day!
~Lila