In a Lunch Rut? Switch Up Your Routine With 8 Wisconsin-ized Recipes

By Christina Lorey

August 16, 2023

DID YOU KNOW? The average American spends $2,746 a year on going out for lunch, according to a survey by Visa. That’s an average of $53 a week.

By contrast, the average meal made at home costs just $4!

Here are a few ideas “kids” of all ages will love. (Click on the underlined text for the full recipe.)

Best-Ever Grilled Cheese, with a mayo-butter spread (don’t knock it ’til you try it) and your choice of Wisconsin cheeses.

Chili-Topped Cornbread Waffles, an easy way to repurpose last night’s leftovers.

Garlic Bread Pizza Sandwiches, using frozen garlic bread and shredded mozzarella for an extra-quick meal.

Salami & Provolone Pasta Salad, a refreshing way to use your charcuterie leftovers.

A Wisconsin Product Box, with popcorn and dried cranberries, whole cherries, Colby jack and sausage kebabs, and slices of apple kringle.

A Wisconsin State Fair Box, with “salad on a stick,” baked potato bites, and sliced baby corn.

A KwikTrip Box, with a salami and cheese sandwich, Chex Mix, apple slices, and a fruit cup.

A Brewer Box, with halved pretzel buns, pretzel chips, hot dog skewers, sliced pineapple, and blueberries.

READ ON: 50 More Make-At-Home Lunches Your Whole Family Will Love


  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.

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