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Your Guide to Making Honest-to-God 6-Minute Lunches — The 6-Minute Lunch

Making lunch happen can be a challenge sometimes when, more often than not, you hardly have the minutes to spare. Although I think you can spare six minutes. That's seriously all the time it takes to get these five lunch recipes together. These are real lunches, too — I am not talking about grabbing some pita chips and hummus and calling it a meal. Instead, I mean hearty sandwiches, extra-flavorful salads, and more, all made possible thanks to a few key ideas. Follow them and you're guaranteed to have a tasty, flavorful lunch in next to no time. Here's how to do it.

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Everyone Will Love This One-Pan Chili-Lime Chicken and Rice — Delicious Links

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This 30-minute one-pan meal comes together with minimal ingredients but packs big flavor. It's wholesome and filling and everyone in your family is sure to love it. If that doesn't check all your weeknight dinner boxes, I don't know what will!

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Recipe: Layered Cobb Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Take this salad to a potluck and it will be the talk of the table. It has the familiarity of a classic Cobb salad, balancing the leafy greens and tomatoes with can't-miss ingredients like crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and a zippy red wine vinaigrette, along with a fun twist that keeps it feeling fresh. I like to consider it the trifle of the salad world. Like the dessert, you'll make this salad again and again because it's a crowd favorite that's easy to pull together.

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Recipe: Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I have to be honest — I never quite understood what all the fuss was about when it came to classic chopped salad. It doesn't excite me. This version, however, is in a league all its own with tender chunks of BBQ chicken, crisp fresh corn, crunchy cabbage, and a tangy ranch dressing that ties it all together. It's packed with flavor, makes enough to serve a crowd, and is definitely worth making a fuss about.

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Recipe: Upside-Down Chicken Curry Bowl — Flip the Bowl

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I adore Indian food, and while my tastes range wide in that nation's incredibly diverse cuisine, I have to admit that the rich, Westernized chicken tikka masala was my gateway love and still a guilty pleasure. But what does it look like when you flip the bowl and leave the curry until last? Can chicken curry be a lighter, fresher meal?

The latest in this week's Flip the Bowl series takes the classic takeout meal of chicken curry, and flips it upside down and inside out, stuffing the bowl with vegetables first.

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Recipe: Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I have a radical idea that will shake things up, turns some heads, and wow tastebuds all around at your next cookout: Pass on the pasta salad in favor of this sesame noodle number. It's inspired by the noodle bowls I love for make-ahead lunches and easy dinners, but it goes bigger. Chewy rice noodles are right at home in this cold summer salad for a crowd, bolstered by fresh veggies, tender strips of chicken, and a creamy sesame-ginger dressing that clings to every last bite. It's quick and easy to pull together and totally satisfying without being too heavy.

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