Deutsch: Mittagessen / Español: Almuerzo / Português: Almoço / Français: Almuerzo

Lunch, an abbreviation of luncheon, is a midday meal of varying size depending on the culture. The origin of the words lunch and luncheon relate to a small meal originally eaten at any time of the day or night, but during the 20th century gradually focused toward a small or mid-sized meal eaten at midday.

In the food context, "lunch" refers to a meal typically eaten in the middle of the day, often between the hours of 11am and 2pm. It can consist of a variety of different foods, depending on the culture and personal preference.

Here are some examples of common lunch dishes:

  • Sandwiches: A classic lunch dish that can be made with a variety of breads, meats, cheeses, and vegetables.
  • Salads: A healthy and refreshing lunch option that can include greens, vegetables, fruits, and proteins such as chicken or tuna.
  • Soups: A warm and comforting lunch option that can be made with a variety of ingredients, such as vegetables, meats, or noodles.
  • Pasta dishes: A hearty and filling lunch option that can be made with a variety of sauces, such as marinara, Alfredo, or pesto.
  • Rice dishes: A filling and flavorful lunch option that can include stir-fry dishes, biryanis, or sushi rolls.
  • Wraps: A portable and customizable lunch option that can include a variety of fillings, such as chicken, vegetables, and sauces.
  • Pizzas: A satisfying lunch option that can be made with a variety of toppings, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, or vegetables.

Other similar meal options for lunch include:

  • Brunch: A meal that combines breakfast and lunch foods, often eaten on weekends or holidays.
  • Buffet: A self-service meal that allows diners to choose from a variety of dishes.
  • Cafeteria-style: A meal served in a cafeteria or self-service restaurant where diners choose from a variety of dishes that are displayed in a line.
  • Food truck: A mobile restaurant that serves a variety of foods, often located on the street or at events.

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