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Genius Just-Add-Water Soups Perfect for Packing Lunch

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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 out noodles for orzo pasta and flavor with lemon, basil, and dill. When you're ready to eat, just add boiling water. At under 300 calories, it makes the perfect Mediterranean diet–friendly soup.

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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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