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    24 Easy Lunch Recipes That Take Literally Ten Minutes Or Less

    Whip up something tasty, even if you have almost no time.

    IMHO, lunch is the best meal of the day. It breaks up the workday and gives you something to look forward to. These days, treat yourself to a satisfying and easy lunch while you're working from home, even if you have just 10 minutes to work with. Here are some ideas.


    1. Microwave 3-Minute Omelet in a Mug

    An omelet in a mug with veggies.
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    Just combine eggs and whatever veggies and/or cheese you have on hand into a microwave-safe mug and you're three minutes from lunch.

    Recipe: Microwave 3-Minute Omelet in a Mug

    2. Microwave Loaded Baked Potato

    A baked potato stuffed with bacon, cheese, sour cream, and chives.
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    Baking potatoes in the oven takes a while, but you can use your microwave as a shortcut. You can even heat up bacon simultaneously for the easiest loaded potatoes ever.

    Recipe: Microwave Loaded Baked Potato

    3. Three-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

    A chocolate banana and avocado smoothie.
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    If you're looking for a lunch that's super quick, low-maintenance, and refreshing, this smoothie is a winner. Thanks to avocado and banana, it sticks to your ribs and fills you up, and chocolate milk gives it the perfect amount of sweetness.

    Recipe: Three-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

    4. Veggie-Packed Cauliflower Rice

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    Grab a bag of riced cauliflower and your favorite fresh or frozen veggies and toss them into a skillet. Season with soy sauce and add a scrambled egg for a speedy take on fried rice. Get the recipe for veggie-packed cauliflower rice here.

    5. Arugula, Tuna, and Avocado Salad

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    Canned tuna fish is the easiest way to turn a simple salad into something filling and delicious. Combine arugula, chopped tomatoes, avocado, red onion, olives, and tuna and dress with lemon juice and olive oil. Get the recipe for arugula, tuna, and avocado salad here.

    6. Sesame Garlic Noodles

    A big bowl of sesame noodles with broccoli, carrots, pepper, and scallions.
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    This recipe calls for chickpea spaghetti, but you can really use whatever long pasta you have on hand like linguine, angel hair, or rice noodles. Get the recipe for sesame garlic noodles here.

    7. Taco Lettuce Wraps

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    Use any ground meat you have on hand as the filling for these Mexican-inspired lettuce wraps. Then jazz them up with your favorite toppings like corn, salsa, jalapeño, and diced avocado. Get the recipe for taco lettuce wraps here.

    8. Sheet Pan Turkey Melts

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    While this recipe calls for turkey, Swiss cheese, and white cheddar, you can use whatever deli meats you like best. Layer a few slices between thick-sliced bread and broil it in the oven for five minutes. Then garnish with your favorite veggies and condiments. Get the recipe for sheet pan turkey melts here.

    9. Asian-Inspired Ramen Salad

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    Packaged ramen noodles, cabbage, scallions, and sliced almonds form the base of this satisfying, crunchy salad. Bulk it up with chicken, shrimp, sliced deli meat, or whatever protein is in your fridge. Get the recipe for Asian-inspired ramen salad here.

    10. Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

    A bowl of tortellini pasta salad tossed with pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and pine nuts.
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    Worthy of a summer picnic, this decadent tortellini pasta salad surprisingly only takes 10 minutes. Boil store-bought tortellini, toss it with sun-dried tomato and store-bought pesto, then garnish with toasted pine nuts. Get the recipe for pesto tortellini pasta salad here.

    11. Creamy Spaghetti

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    The secret ingredient that makes this spaghetti so indulgent: cream cheese. Just trust us here. Get the recipe for creamy spaghetti here.

    12. Street Corn Avocado Toast

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    If you have leftover corn on the cob on hand, turn it into a jazzed-up avocado toast. Otherwise, canned corn works just fine. Get the recipe for street corn avocado toast here.

    13. Black Bean and Corn Quesadilla

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    You can fill quesadillas with whatever ingredients you have on hand, but we love this version that features mostly all non-perishables like canned black beans, corn, and bell pepper. Get the recipe for black bean and corn quesadillas here.

    14. Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi

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    Keep a bag of store-bought potato, sweet potato, or cauliflower gnocchi in the fridge and quickly cook it with your favorite pasta sauce or a simple mix of butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Get the recipe for brown butter sage gnocchi here.

    15. Mediterranean Tostadas

    A tostada topped with hummus, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley.
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    Start with corn or flour tortillas and top them with a chopped salad made with cucumber, tomatoes, green olives, shallots, and parsley tossed in olive oil and lemon juice. Get the recipe for Mediterranean tostadas here.

    16. Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

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    For a meal made with so few ingredients — tortillas, smoked salmon, cream cheese, spinach and some optional herbs — these roll-ups taste super fancy. Get the recipe for smoked salmon pinwheels here.

    17. Chicken Teriyaki With Broccoli

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    If you cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into small pieces, it cooks in no time. If you don't want to make the teriyaki sauce from scratch feel free to use a store-bought version. Get the recipe for chicken teriyaki with broccoli here.

    18. White Bean Soup With Parmesan

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    Made with mostly pantry ingredients such as vegetable broth, canned tomatoes, dried herbs, and canned white beans, this soup is a perfect no-fuss lunch you can throw together when you're low on fresh groceries. Get the recipe for white bean soup with Parmesan here.

    19. Wonton Soup

    A bowl of wonton soup with fresh herbs.
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    Grab a bag of frozen wontons or gyoza filled with shrimp, veggies, chicken, or pork, and turn it into a comforting soup that rivals your favorite take-out version. Get the recipe for wonton soup here.

    20. One-Pot Shrimp Scampi

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    Defrost some frozen shrimp and cook them with butter, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, and chicken broth. Serve over cooked pasta, orzo, rice, or even over a salad. Get the recipe for one-pot shrimp scampi here.

    21. Margarita Naan Pizza

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    Craving pizza in a pinch? Heat some store bought naan covered with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese in the broiler. Or get creative and use any of your favorite flatbread toppings. Get the recipe for margarita naan pizza here.

    22. Italian Chicken Wraps

    A big wrap topped with mayo, lettuce, tomato, diced chicken, croutons, and grated Parmesan cheese.
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    You'll want to use prepared chicken — rotisserie, leftover grilled, or whatever you can get your hands on — to make this easy lunch wrap, which is garnished with avocado, lettuce, tomato, crunchy croutons, and creamy mayo. Get the recipe for Italian chicken wraps here.

    23. Avocado Caprese Salad

    A big salad made with chopped cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, sliced avocado, red pepper, and balsamic dressing on the side.
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    Even if you hate lettuce you'll love this fresh summer salad made with avocado, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and tangy balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe for avocado Caprese salad here.

    24. Garlic Tuna Lemon Pasta

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    If you want to make this pasta creamier, swap the water for either milk or half and half. You can always add whatever ingredients are in your kitchen like capers, peppers, sun dried tomato, or onion. Get the recipe for garlic tuna lemon pasta here.

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