Lunches That Deliver

Featured Article, Lunch, Recipes
on July 6, 2011
Chicken Pesto Panini
Mark Boughton

The highlight of my day is lunch, which tells you something about my life. On a good day, I can manage to put it off until around three, which means while my husband is eating lunch at noon, I'm having a "midmorning" cup of coffee. By the time I finish lunch, it's almost time to start dinner, so afternoons have sort of slipped out of my life.

You would think the reason for late lunch could be that it's very complicated and needs hours to cook, like veal Orloff or braised lamb shanks with exotic mushrooms and white beans. The thing of it is my lunch is usually a piece of toast, a slice of cheese and a couple of pieces of tomato. In other words, I'm stuck in a lunch rut.

If you are too, these tasty recipes will help you get unstuck—each is delicious, packably portable and low-maintenance enough to be doable.
—By Jean Kressy