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Genius Just-Add-Water Soups Perfect for Packing Lunch

Just Add Water!

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This quick and easy style of homemade soup is genius: Place vegetables, noodles or grains, protein, and seasonings in a glass jar, take it to work, stash it in the fridge, and at lunchtime add boiling water. The result is a hearty and healthy midday meal that's ready in minutes. Elana Karp, the head chef for the meal-kit company Plated and a coauthor of the new Plated cookbook, shares three versions you'll want to spoon up. (Hungry for more? Here's a whole month of healthy take-to-go lunch recipes.)

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Moroccan Chickpea Soup

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For under 500 calories, this soup packs a flavor punch. Cumin, harissa, and cilantro plus a hearty veggie and couscous mix make for a lunch that's super satisfying.

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Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

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Put a fancy twist on your old-school chicken noodle; swap noodles for orzo pasta and flavor with lemon, basil, and dill. And at under 300 calories, this comfort food has zero guilt.

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Spicy Curried Coconut Soup With Shrimp

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Bye, boring desk salad. Take your lunch break to the topics with curry paste and coconut cream. (Note: Not all salads are sad. Try these Grain-Based Salads That Seriously Satisfy.) 

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