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How to Upgrade Your Office Lunch

Now that Labor Day Weekend’s over and everyone’s snapping out of lazy vacation mode, you might find yourself spending more time at the office to play catch-up. If you’re eating lunch at your desk more often than not these days, you’re not alone: sixty-two percent of office workers report that they 
typically eat lunch at their desks. But not every desk lunch has to be a #saddesklunch! Here’s how to give your midday meal a well-deserved promotion.

Fork it over — Give your meal 
a boost with silverware and a proper plate and bowl. In one study, people ate the same yogurt with 
a plastic spoon and 
a metal one, and rated it 15 percent tastier when eating with real flatware.

Play dress up — According to 
a survey by 
Bon Appétit Management (which operates cafés at companies and universities), 94 percent of millennials think customizing their meals is important. Make it easy to tweak your lunch with a stash of 
flavored olive oils and vinegars, 
or your favorite hot sauce.

Call a friend — Grab lunch with your coworkers—it might make you even better at your job. One recent study found that firefighters who ate together performed better than those who dined apart, 
an effect that also applies to those who wield Excel files instead of fire hoses, according to Kevin Kniffin, the study’s author. Eating with friends is more fun, too!



Ready for your lunch break? Try these cool recipes made from brand new supermarket products. The best part? You can whip ‘em up right in your breakroom!

Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Vietnamese Noodle Soup — Break 1 oz. thin rice noodles in half; place in 2-cup jar with a lid. Fill jar with boiling water; close lid. Let sit 20 minutes; drain. Add 1 1⁄2 cups Nona Lim’s Vietnamese Pho Broth ($6.99). Microwave, uncovered, until noodles are tender, about 2 minutes. Top with bean sprouts, halved 
sugar snap peas, shredded chicken, cilantro, mint and sriracha.

Sausage & Egg Toast – Microwave 2 Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Patties ($3.99) until hot, about 40 seconds. Crack an egg into a water-filled bowl. Microwave 1 minute, then cook in 15-second bursts until white is opaque, about 30 seconds more. Place egg and sausage on a toasted slice of Pepperidge Farm 3 Cheese Italian Bread ($3.99); season. Top with halved cherry tomatoes. 

Caesar Salad – Microwave 2 slices Al Fresco Uncured Chicken Bacon ($4.49) until crispy on the edges, about 1 1⁄2 minutes. 
Slice and toss with Elevate Sunny Caesar Salad ($4.49).


– By Cecily McAndrews and Grace Rasmus; Photography by Aaron Dyer

Fun Ways to Sneak Fruit Into Your Dinner

If you thought getting your family to eat their veggies was hard, adding fruit to the mix may sound even harder– until now. We’ve got some fun, delicious and family-friendly dinner recipes that use fruit in a seamless way. These dishes are nutrient-packed and super colorful. A party on your plate!

Chicken Francese with Grapefruit-Tarragon Sauce


Baby Porchetta with Balsamic Berries and Arugula


Beef & Mango Tostadas


Peachy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Pork Chops with Grapes

Feel Like a Kid Again with These Five Back-to-School Weeknight Meals

Getting in the back-to-school groove can be tough, especially when it comes to getting dinner on the table. You want something quick and easy that will satisfy any picky eater but also keep the adults full. Luckily, Rach has dreamed up some delicious dinners that are kid- and grown-up-approved. Plus, they’ll be on your table in just 30 minutes! That’s what we’d call an A+ meal.

Monday, September 7th

Zucchini and Corn Chili

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Bringing Cool Lunch Back

Getting into the back-to-school mentality can be a little tricky, especially when it comes to lunch duty. Juggling multiple picky eaters plus your own desire to keep your family eating healthy can be a hefty task. But have no fear: We’ve put together some lunch ideas that will solve all your problems in one! These recipes are quick, easy and subtle enough for any picky palate while still being healthy enough for your own lunch! Your kids may never ask for lunch money again.


Have your kids made a habit out of PB&J? Try a healthy, fun alternative side dish in the form of these Crunch Apple & Almond Butter Rounds. Plus, if your school is peanut-free, you won’t have to worry!


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Five Back-to-School Weeknight Meals

It’s that time of the year again: when days begin to shorten, schedules begin to fill up and dinnertime needs to happen in a pinch. Whether you’ve just sent the kids back to school or you’re graduating from the last of your summer Fridays, ease your way back into hectic days with five easy weeknight meals.

Monday, September 8th

Cheesy Mushroom Enchiladas


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Join Us: #BackToSchoolFood Twitter & Pinterest Chat

When it comes to preparing quick, delicious and healthy meals for your little ones as they start the school year, we know it may be a challenge. That’s why we’ve teamed up with FamilyFun, family food-bloggers and more of the most trusted food sites out there to host a Twitter and Pinterest chat to answer all of your back-to-school questions. Have a picky eater? Short on time for a morning breakfast? Need some new lunchbox inspiration? We’re here to help. Join us on Twitter today from 2-3 pm EDT using the hashtag #BackToSchoolFood for all of your questions, and check out our Pinterest board for recipes and tips. Then, join in on the Facebook Q&A session with FamilyFun‘s Food Editor from 3-4 pm EDT. We’re looking forward to giving (and getting!) the best back-to-school advice out there!


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