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6 Protein-Heavy Salads to Make Your Desk Lunch Less Sad

To eat healthier, you don’t have to force-feed yourself green juice and rabbit food. Instead, try keeping yourself full and happy with protein-packed salads that are equally satisfying and healthy for desk lunches or dinners at home.

We’ve rounded up six of our favorite salad recipes — kicking off with the above Composed Mediterranean Chicken Salad filled with chicken, halloumi cheese, cucumbers and red peppers — and there’s plenty more where that came from with Cooking Channel’s other healthy lunch ideas.

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Crowd-Peasing Recipes Using 3 Varieties of Spring Peas

As the trees begin to bloom outside, it’s time to add more green to your plate, too. Instead of making a bunch of sad salads, embrace the abundance of spring fruits and vegetables with inventive, colorful dishes.

Not sure where to get started? Give peas a chance. Whether you reach for classic English peas, sugar snaps or snow peas, there are plenty of ways to transform them into simple side dishes and appetizers to complement any meal. Check out some of our favorite recipes, starting with Tiffani Thiessen’s party-starting Grilled Ciabatta with Ricotta and Snap Peas, brightened with three green herbs: chives, basil and mint.

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Have a Hoppin’ Easter with These Remixed Brunch and Dinner Dishes

Now that we’ve had a few months to recover from the winter holidays, it’s time to dive into Easter full force. When conceptualizing the perfect Easter menu, think outside the basket with interesting twists like cheesy strata for brunch, butterflied-and-stuffed roasted ham for dinner and Instagram-ready Easter Candy Bark (pictured above) for dessert.

Hop to planning with our favorite recipes below.

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You Won’t Need the Luck of the Irish with These St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

There are very few holidays that revolve solely around drinking — no, Christmas doesn’t count — so when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, you have an excuse to double (or triple) down on booze. But to host a St. Paddy’s party that will make even leprechauns green with envy, you can’t have an all-liquid buffet.

Plan your shindig around our St. Patrick’s Day recipes like corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and much more to soak up the alcohol from all those whiskey shots and big mugs of green beer. Get your game plan below.

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Eat Your Feelings with a Comfort Food-Filled Oscars Party

It’s award season, and the biggest event is just around the corner. When planning an Oscars party, it’s always fun to have a theme, but if you design yours around the 2016 Best Picture nominees, you’ll just have one big bummer after the next.

If the heavy material in the nominated films — The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight — is too much to bear, we give you full permission to eat your feelings on Feb. 28. Round up some friends and break out some comfort food as heavy as the films’ content. That means extra cheese, please, lots of decadent chocolate desserts, and, of course, drinks on drinks on drinks. Check out our comforting menu below.

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Souper-Easy Lunch Recipes That Will Keep You Warm at Work

The weather has been a fickle mistress this winter, but now that temperatures are cooling down across the States, it’s time to think about ways to keep warm. Whether your office blasts the heat or you’re stuck shivering next to the window, warming yourself from the inside out with comforting soups and stews is never a bad idea.

Transport yourself to a warmer place instead of Elsa’s Frozen tundra with easy soup recipes like Chuck Hughes’ Creamy Tomato Soup, pictured above, which is just waiting for a grilled cheese dipper that you can crisp up quickly in the office toaster oven.

When You’re Fighting Off a Cold: Chicken Noodle Soup

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Brinner Recipes for Sleepyheads Who Love Breakfast Food

To snooze or not to snooze; that is the question. When your alarm blares in the morning, getting out of bed in time to brew coffee and make a hot breakfast is usually nixed in favor of sleeping an extra 15 minutes. However, you can get the best of both worlds by making brinner instead.

Even though you can make standard breakfast fare — eggs on toast, quick French toast — with the extra time you have in the evening, you might as well treat yourself to something more hearty and special. Below, we’ve picked six of our favorite brinner recipes, from savory cheddar-jalapeno waffles to breakfast pizza (pictured above in all its egg-topped glory).

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How to Host an Anti-Super Bowl Party

If you think the Super Bowl is less than super, listen up. If you don’t like football, you shouldn’t have to suffer through watching the game just for the cheesy dips and chicken wings. Instead, host an anti-Super Bowl party with your like-minded friends, gathering ’round the TV for a binge-watch of Friday Night Lights, an endless stream of the Puppy Bowl, or a slew of romantic comedies.

Below, we’ve paired some alternative viewing options and the best food to serve at your anti-Super Bowl shindig.

Pawsitively Adorable Puppy Bowl Food

Make everything miniature for a fun Puppy Bowl party. Watch dogs run around and try to fetch footballs while you snack on tiny cupcakes with strawberry glaze, pigs in blankets or mini meatball sandwiches.

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Nail a Week’s Worth of Meal Prep with Mason Jar-Ready Lunch Ideas

Some of the most-popular resolutions are eating healthier, spending less money and getting organized, and you can check all three off your list with one activity. In fact, you can do them all in one day if you plan accordingly, using easy meal prep to make cheap, healthy lunches for the whole week.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lunch recipes that can be packed up in Mason jars at the start of the week to keep you organized and on track for at least five days in a row. Start with a colorful Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad, pictured above, and get more healthy lunch ideas here.

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Say “Taco the Morning to You” with Breakfast Taco and Burrito Recipes

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat more tacos, nix Taco Tuesdays in favor of taco weekends with Mexican-inspired brunch. Stuff tortillas with eggs for breakfast tacos and burritos — like Kelsey Nixon’s Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo, Egg and Potato, pictured above — and get ready for a fiesta in your mouth. And if you wash it down with a ice-cold margarita, we won’t judge.

Check out more of our favorites below, and then get more Mexican brunch ideas here.

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