Revamp Your Desk Lunch with Just-Add-Water Meals

No matter if your limited office “kitchen” doesn’t even have a microwave. All you need is boiling water from the coffeemaker and you’ve got a hot, satisfying lunch.
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Avoid the sad-desk-lunch rut this year by kicking things off with these genius just-add-water meals from Food Network Kitchen. No matter if your limited office “kitchen” doesn’t even have a microwave. All you need is boiling water from the coffeemaker and you’ve got a hot, satisfying lunch.

FNK JUSTADDWATER VEGETARIAN CURRIED COUSCOUS Food Network Kitchen Food Network Instant Couscous, Chickpeas, Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Carrot, Cilantro, Unsalted Butter, Curry Powder, Harissa, Lemon

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Prep this Mediterranean instant cup the night before, then add hot water, wait a few minutes and eat!

FNK JUSTADDWATER MISO CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP Food Network Kitchen Food Network Yellow Miso, Chicken Base, ChiliGarlic Sauce, Ginger, Rice Vermicelli, Chicken, Shiitake Mushrooms, Snow Peas or Sugar Snap Peas, Scallion

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Miso soup has never been so portable, or so filling. It’s a mash-up between the Japanese classic and Grandma’s chicken noodle soup. Just add hot water and you’ve got a steaming, flavorful bowl at the ready.

FNK JUSTADDWATER KIMCHI BEEF NOODLE SOUP Food Network Kitchen Food Network Roast Beef, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Sugar, Kimchi, Beef Base, Udon Noodles, Bean Sprouts, Scallion, Sesame Seeds

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Be sure to follow the layering order for this instant noodle soup when you’re assembling it the night before. As it sits overnight in the fridge, the roast beef marinates and becomes super flavorful.

FNK JUSTADDWATER MEXICAN CHICKEN AND HOMINY SOUP Food Network Kitchen Food Network Salsa Verde, Chicken Base, Cumin, Chicken, Hominy, Pinto Beans, Coleslaw Mix or Cabbage, Radish, Cilantro, Tortilla Chips

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Salsa verde adds nice acidity and heat to this comforting instant soup; crushed tortillas give it some heft and a hit of salt.

FNK JUSTADDWATER SHRIMP PAELLA SOUP Food Network Kitchen Food Network White Rice, Corn, Peas, Shrimp, Chorizo, Tomato Paste, Chicken Base, Paprika

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Inspired by the popular Spanish rice dish, this easy-to-make soup will make you the envy of your office or dorm — and use up some of the leftover rice from last night's Chinese takeout.

Check out the full Just-Add-Water Meals gallery for more ideas, including breakfasts!

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