Ruby Goss

Editor at Kitchen Stories

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Food has a special ability to bring people together and it can, like few other things, comfort and calm us in times of uncertainty—so it’s only natural that we turn to it now. As we adjust and move forward day by day, we wanted to put the call out to you, our global community, to share the recipes that have kept you going (even with a dwindling pantry). Upload them or share what you're cooking with us on Instagram using the hashtag #stayhomekeepcooking in your chef's note or post. Community is more important than ever, and we hope that we'll keep you inspired to cook and share with us.

Gone—for now—are the days when I could peek my head into the test kitchen at Kitchen Stories to see what Hanna and Christian might be cooking up. As we practice social distancing, many of us are now faced with making three square meals at home—and that one weekday meal that’s usually covered by leftovers, thrown-together salads, or a bite outside—is back on the kitchen table. I’m talking about lunch.

Rather than seeing it as an extra task—I’m seeing it as a silver lining. Let’s face it, being stuck indoors all day can become monotonous, but mealtimes provide at least three ways to slice up your day. Whether times are particularly hard for you right now, or whether you’re trying to acclimatize to working from home, stopping to make yourself something good to eat, immersing yourself in the task at hand and then sitting down to enjoy it (hopefully with some conversation, whether live or virtual) is a worthy and uplifting marker for each day.

Here are our top ideas for all kinds of lunches to fill your days with. Keep looking after yourselves (and others!), keep cooking, and please—keep talking! What recipes have you been relying on for lunch? We’ll see you in the comments!

Pantry-friendly lunches

5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

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5-ingredient spinach frittata with prosciutto and mozzarella

5-ingredient spinach frittata with prosciutto and mozzarella

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Spaghetti aglio e olio

Spaghetti aglio e olio

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5-ingredient kimchi grilled cheese and simple salad

5-ingredient kimchi grilled cheese and simple salad

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Scallion oil noodles

Scallion oil noodles

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Speedy lunches

Salmon bagel burger with pea hummus

Salmon bagel burger with pea hummus

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Sweet potato, spinach, and feta frittata

Sweet potato, spinach, and feta frittata

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Bok choy and crispy tofu stir fry

Bok choy and crispy tofu stir fry

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Chinese cold noodles

Chinese cold noodles

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Club sandwich

Club sandwich

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Easy pad kee mao (Thai-style drunken noodles)

Easy pad kee mao (Thai-style drunken noodles)

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Fresh and vibrant lunches

Glass noodle salad with lemongrass dressing

Glass noodle salad with lemongrass dressing

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Carrot miso soup

Carrot miso soup

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Brunch Caesar salad

Brunch Caesar salad

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Creamy kohlrabi, orange, and radicchio salad

Creamy kohlrabi, orange, and radicchio salad

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Cobb salad

Cobb salad

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Napa cabbage salad with ramen noodles

Napa cabbage salad with ramen noodles

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You-deserve-some-comfort lunches

Pasta with burst cherry tomatoes and mozzarella

Pasta with burst cherry tomatoes and mozzarella

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Sweet potato fritters with guacamole and poached egg

Sweet potato fritters with guacamole and poached egg

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Cheesy bread dumplings in broth

Cheesy bread dumplings in broth

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe

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Okonomiyaki (Savory Japanese Napa cabbage pancake)

Okonomiyaki (Savory Japanese Napa cabbage pancake)

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