15 Lunch Recipes You Can Fully Prep On Sunday!

We’re talking all about meal prep lunches today! With 2020 being complete crazy, who else needs some lunch inspo? I mean, I just need a moment to step out of the kitchen and eat a delicious lunch… So! I’m always on the fence about meal prepping entire lunches for the week. I talk about this […]

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We’re talking all about meal prep lunches today!

With 2020 being complete crazy, who else needs some lunch inspo? I mean, I just need a moment to step out of the kitchen and eat a delicious lunch…

So!

I’m always on the fence about meal prepping entire lunches for the week. I talk about this a TON in my book coming out next year – and it includes so many helpful meal prep tips and plans. However, the same theme remains: I hate to meal prep for five full days and the eat the same thing for lunch.

However! Not everyone is like me. Take Eddie for example, ha. We make his lunches on Sunday for four days. These recipes are some examples of what we make – because he wants more of a “meal” for lunch (i.e. not a salad or a sandwich, in Eddie speak) and he always wants to make it and pack it up. For all of these below, you can fully make them and stick them in a container, with the except of one salad.

While I prefer to make batches of soup and freeze half, then do two or three lunches (so the other two days have variety), most of these will make at least four servings!

15 Meal Prep Lunches

Fire Roasted Minestrone. My favorite way to prep this for lunches is to make a batch, freeze half, then use it for lunches for the week. I find that this is so much better than eating it for dinner, then using it for lunches. I get meal boredom easily. Then use the frozen batch for dinner in few weeks!

Greek Orzo Salad in a Jar. I adore this meal so much. It’s one that gets better as it sits! It’s also very customizable – you can use different beans or grains too.

Salsa Chicken Quinoa. This meal is incredible as leftovers. It’s one that you can add toppings to, or easy alone, and it will still be delish.

Smoky Butternut Kale Salad. Kale salads are one salad I actually still enjoy a day or so after they are made. The kale is so hearty and chewy that it can hold up in the fridge. I do suggest waiting to dress these until it’s time to eat!

Ginger Sweet Potato Soup. I LOVE this for lunch because it’s light yet satisfying at the same time. The ginger is refreshing and it is such a good lunch soup.

Baja Grain Bowls. I put the base of these together all the time for lunches. It is wonderful. If you have the time or work from home, you can top it with more ingredients like yogurt or avocado. Or, you can throw those things in the corner of the container and mix it all up together when it’s time to eat!

Sheet Pan Smoked Turkey Sausage and Peppers. This is easily one our most made meals for lunch, ever! Sometimes I’ll make a batch of brown jasmine rice and portion it out with this.

Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches. This chickpea salad gets better as it sits. You can totally prep it ahead of time and make an actual sandwich on bread or toast. It lasts – and the salad doesn’t get too wet or soggy.

Easy Turkey Chili. I have lots of chili recipes but this is my favorite. It comes together SO super fast, is very flavorful and is perfect for portioning out for lunch. It’s a smaller batch than most chilis (it serves 4), so it’s great for the week.

Grilled Vegetable Orzo with Smashed Feta Vinaigrette. Perhaps my favorite meal of the entire bunch! This one is loaded with flavor and you can use whatever veggies you like. Also, if you want to roast instead of grill, go for it!

Maple Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage with Brussels and Squash. Another favorite that is so flavorful and SO good for lunch! Again, if you want to pair it with brown rice or something similar, go for it.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls. They only part I don’t add in until the last minute is the avocado and the dressing. And if you’re in a pinch, just skip the avo slices and add a few dollops of guac.

Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers. These are SO GOOD for leftovers! Now I do suggest heating them with a little but of melted cheese and topping with guac, but they are excellent for lunches, and also really good over a bed of lettuce!

Squash Pasta with Brown Butter and Goat Cheese. While I usually use summer squash for this, I’ve made it multiple times in the winter with zucchini since it’s readily available. It’s delish and reheats so well.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas. This is one that Eddie loves to take to work. You can bring tortillas with it, or even eat it with tortilla chips. You can also serve it with brown rice.

Korean Beef Bowls. Okay, so technically this is 16, but I couldn’t pass it up! This is SUPER simple, tastes better as it sits and is so easy to prep ahead. I make it with quinoa often too!

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This 20 Minute Smashed Chickpea Salad Is The Perfect Lunch!

Oh hi! This smashed chickpea salad is my new favorite thing. You guys. Oh my gosh you guys. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE? I actually just typed out “where has this bean all my life” and wow, what a perfect unintended pun. But no, really. Where has this lunch bean all my life? […]

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Oh hi! This smashed chickpea salad is my new favorite thing.

smashed chickpea salad on toast with micro greens

You guys. Oh my gosh you guys. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

I actually just typed out “where has this bean all my life” and wow, what a perfect unintended pun.

But no, really. Where has this lunch bean all my life? Why have I not been eating it for years?

bowl of smashed chickpeas

I am ALWAYS on the search for delicious lunches. Preferably things that I can make ahead, and while I do love leftovers, sometimes I need lunch ideas that are not leftovers. You know?

And most times I want a cold lunch. Not COLD cold, but not cooked either. Like I just don’t feel like heating up leftovers. 

However! The other thing I love? When a few lunches can be prepared successfully at once without any decrease in quality. Like a meal that only gets better with time, as it sits for a few days. I’m just a leeeeettle high maintenance about lunch. 

smashed chickpeas with dried cherries, shallots, herbs, pecans, yogurt and nutmeg

Beans are a huge part of my lunchtime game. These marinated white beans are some of my favorite. I have another marinated bean recipe for chickpeas in The Pretty Dish – I just find that they go with everything. 

They tend to be super easy to prepare, can be made well in advance and stay great in the fridge. Plus, they are ridiculously satisfying. And take on a whole variety of flavors. 

smashed chickpea salad in a bowl

Enter this smashed chickpea salad!

I am obsessed.

I’ve seen versions of the chickpea “tuna” salad for years and even though these days I considered myself a much more savory person than sweet, the tuna-like version just never intrigued me. In fact, it did the opposite.

But when I thought about a lightly spiced chickpeas salad with dried cherries and nuts, like almonds or pecans, I was so sold. Almost more chicken salad-esque than tuna-like. 

Possibly better.

squeezing lemon on smashed chickpea salad on toast with micro greens

This is how it goes down!

You smash half the chickpeas in the bowl. Add in some diced shallot for a tangy pop, dried cherries for chewy sweetness, crunchy pecans for buttery crunch, and fresh herbs. The real secret is a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. It adds the perfect hint of spice and really tastes autumnal. 

Right now, I just want my entire life to be autumnal. In case you couldn’t tell. 

All of that gets tossed with some yogurt and mustard and vinegar and lemon juice. I prefer salads like this to be on the drier side. I do not like super wet chicken or tuna salad, so it only makes sense that I don’t love a super wet chickpea salad! If you find that this is too dry for your likely, I suggest an extra tablespoon of yogurt to make it creamier. 

Once it’s all mixed up, it’s DONE! It’s that simple. Of course, the flavors get a little better as it sits in the fridge, but it’s wonderful eaten right away too. 

smashed chickpea salad on toast with micro greens

I adore this on toast. That’s always going to be my favorite. I love everything on toast of course, the texture is perfection. But I also love eating this with crackers, on a salad or scooped up with endive. 

Or just with a spoon. It’s divine!

smashed chickpea salad on toast with micro greens

Smashed Chickpea Salad

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Smashed Chickpea Salad

This autumn smashed chickpea salad is perfect for make ahead lunches! Dried cherries, pecans, nutmeg and yogurt make this delicious.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 cups of salad
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • cup dried cherries
  • cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus extra for spritzing
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • arugula or micro greens, for serving
  • toast, for serving

Instructions

  • Place the chickpeas in a large bowl. Use a potato masher to smash about half of the chickpeas.
  • Add in the shallot, cherries, pecans, parsley, a big pinch of salt and pepper and the nutmeg.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, mustard and lemon juice. Add the wet ingredients to the chickpea mixture and toss to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Eat the salad as you wish! On toast, on salad, in lettuce wraps, on crackers, etc. This stays great in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Notes

adapted from the kitchn

smashed chickpea salad on toast with micro greens

Going to be a forever staple. Because YUM.

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Tomato Picnic Toast with Blue Cheese Mayo.

This is anything-but-boring tomato toast.  And it is so, so perfect for the next month or two, when tomatoes are at peak ripeness – for both lunch and dinner! And let’s be real… maybe even breakfast. It wasn’t until I started this blog that I knew about the phenomenon of mayo tomato toast. Sure, we’ve […]

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This is anything-but-boring tomato toast. 

tomato toast with blue cheese mayo

And it is so, so perfect for the next month or two, when tomatoes are at peak ripeness – for both lunch and dinner!

And let’s be real… maybe even breakfast.

sliced heirloom tomatoes

It wasn’t until I started this blog that I knew about the phenomenon of mayo tomato toast. Sure, we’ve had incredible tomatoes come mid-summer here PA (for about five minutes) ever since I was a kid, but we usually served them as salad. Or just sliced with some balsamic. 

P.S. there is a super easy, delicious tomato salad in my next book! It was a staple my mom made when we were growing up. Can’t wait!

crumbled blue cheese in mayo

Let’s just say that since the mayo/toast/tomato meal skipped over me, I’ve felt very deprived ever since discovering it. I mean, it is SO GOOD. So simple. Such a classic. How could I go so long without knowing this was a thing?

Granted, I thought I didn’t like mayo until about five years ago. But that’s neither here nor there.

blue cheese mayo on sourdough toast

So. You know I have made just about a million versions of tomatoes on toast right here on this blog. It’s unbeatable in the summer, the perfect lunch or dinner – just so unbelievably good.

tomato toast with blue cheese mayo

Most of my tomato toast varieties include burrata cheese, so I left that out today in order to really switch things up. Hello BLUE CHEESE!

And not just any old boring blue cheese, We’re making blue cheese mayo. Which is really just a fancy way for saying that we’re stirring crumbled blue cheese into mayo. It’s true. 

tomato toast with blue cheese mayo

It.is.everything. 

Especially slathered on sourdough toast!

Especially topped with ripe tomatoes!

Then sprinkle it all with flaked salt and you’re golden.

This is my perfect picnic toast. 

Whether you’re throwing a blanket in the backyard for a weekday picnic lunch or actually venturing to a park, it’s the best way to elevate your tomato toast or sandwich.

Add a sprinkle of fresh chives and you won’t even want to eat anything else all summer. 

tomato toast with blue cheese mayo

Tomato Toast with Blue Cheese Mayo

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Tomato Toast with Blue Cheese Mayo

This tomato toast is my new favorite lunch! Toasted sourdough spread with blue cheese mayo, topped with sliced heirlooms and sprinkled with salt. YUM.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, toasted
  • 1 to 2 heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, for topping
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • flaked salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a bowl, stir together the mayo and blue cheese. Toast the sourdough. Spread it with the blue cheese mayo, then layer with the sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with flaked salt, pepper and chives. Eat!

tomato toast with blue cheese mayo

But whyyyyy is this so good?

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Goat Cheese Tartines with Hard Boiled Egg Vinaigrette.

Welcome to my new obsession: hard boiled egg vinaigrette. YES it’s a thing. A delicious thing. Please don’t be freaked! I promise that it is out of this world and you will  looooove it.  I know, I know! This might sound weird. I mean, hard boiled egg vinaigrette? But if you’re a lover of eggs […]

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Welcome to my new obsession: hard boiled egg vinaigrette.

This hard boiled egg vinaigrette is a great way to use up leftover hard boiled eggs! It's fabulous on roasted vegetables, salads and toast.

YES it’s a thing. A delicious thing. Please don’t be freaked! I promise that it is out of this world and you will  looooove it. 

perfect hard boiled egg

I know, I know! This might sound weird. I mean, hard boiled egg vinaigrette?

But if you’re a lover of eggs like I am (they are def my favorite food!) and now have a fridge full after Easter, use one or two of them up to try this recipe. It’s SO fantastic.

roasted asparagus

I was on the fence about dyeing eggs this year because I didn’t know if it seemed… irresponsible? But we had enough eggs and every weekend I hard boil at least eight, so I figured why the heck not. I knew they’d get eaten, if only because I am in love with my best ever egg salad

Seriously, if you need an egg salad recipe, RUN to that one right this minute!

This hard boiled egg vinaigrette is a great way to use up leftover hard boiled eggs! It's fabulous on roasted vegetables, salads and toast.

But the only thing is that I make egg salad weekly, so I wanted to have a few OTHER recipes to go with all the hard boiled eggs. I love to throw them in salads (that’s Eddie’s favorite way of consumption) and I also often slice them and put them on either avocado or hummus toast. Heck, I’ll even eat one plain with salt and pepper! 

However this… this recipe is a game changer for me.

This hard boiled egg vinaigrette is a great way to use up leftover hard boiled eggs! It's fabulous on roasted vegetables, salads and toast.

For years, I’ve loved the classic asparagus topped with chopped eggs. In fact, any king of egg works for me. You’re not seeing things: I most definitely have a few other asparagus + egg toast combos.

And since I also happen to lose my mind over all things tart, briney and vinegary?

This bowl is basically a combo of all my favorite things. 

The dressing is white wine vinegar, dijon, capers and tons of olive oil. My mouth waters just typing those words!

goat cheese tartines

In the last week I’ve eaten this dressing on an array of roasted vegetables. But I love the idea of making it more of a complete lunch by slathering toast with goat cheese, topping it with a few roasted (or even leftover!) vegetables and THEN drizzling on the dressing.

Um. It might be my lunch for the remainder of 2020. 

tartines

And the best part – use what you have. Throw some greens (I like microgreens, but spinach or arugula works!) on the toasts. If you don’t have goat cheese, do cream cheese. 

You can also use the hard boiled egg vinaigrette on a salad and you get the both of best worlds: the eggs and the dressing in one! 

This hard boiled egg vinaigrette is a great way to use up leftover hard boiled eggs! It's fabulous on roasted vegetables, salads and toast.

Oh and you could even throw another slice of bread on top and call this a sandwich. I don’t blame you.

This hard boiled egg vinaigrette is a great way to use up leftover hard boiled eggs! It's fabulous on roasted vegetables, salads and toast.

Hard Boiled Egg Vinaigrette

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Goat Cheese Tartines with Hard Boiled Egg Vinaigrette

This hard boiled egg vinaigrette is a great way to use up leftover hard boiled eggs! It's fabulous on roasted vegetables, salads and toast.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 baguette slices, or toast, or whatever bread you have, toasted!
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1 cup greens, microgreens, arugula (whatever you have!)

hard boiled egg vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 to 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly crisp.
  • Spread the toast with the softened goat cheese. Top with the greens. Place a few asparagus spears on top. Spoon the vinaigrette all over the tartines. Serve!

hard boiled egg vinaigrette

  • Whisk together the vinegar, capers, mustard, salt and pepper until combined. Stream in the olive oil while whisking until the dressing emulsifies. Whisk in the chopped parsley. Stir in the chopped eggs. Serve immediately. (This is also great over roasted vegetables alone!)

Notes

adapted from bon appetit

This hard boiled egg vinaigrette is a great way to use up leftover hard boiled eggs! It's fabulous on roasted vegetables, salads and toast.

Definite new favorite until the next new favorite.

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60 Lunch Ideas for 2020.

Today I’m sharing all of my best lunch ideas for the new year! These are lunch ideas that you can make and prep ahead of time. Woohoo! While I’m all about having a fried egg for lunch or topping my avocado toast with a fried egg or grilling and roasting some vegetables for lunch, when […]

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Today I’m sharing all of my best lunch ideas for the new year!

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

These are lunch ideas that you can make and prep ahead of time. Woohoo!

While I’m all about having a fried egg for lunch or topping my avocado toast with a fried egg or grilling and roasting some vegetables for lunch, when you work out of the home I know that just isn’t feasible. These are all dishes that you can make or prep ahead of time and ones that will taste great come lunch time.

That’s the biggest thing for me. No matter how fantastic the salad was that I would make for lunch when I sat behind a desk, whether it had croutons or last night’s chicken on top, it still tasted like a sad desk lunch and I just wanted something more delicious. Now I AM sharing a bunch of my favorite substantial salads below, but there are a ton of other lunch ideas here that range from soups to bowls to full blown meals! Eddie requires an actual MEAL, so there are some of those below too.

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

CLASSICS

These recipes are some of my most-lunched recipes on the blog. They are my favorites, the ones I eat frequently or that you guys tell me you’re loving.

The Best Ever Egg Salad

Summer Chicken Salad

Tomato and Avocado Bagelwiches

Green Goddess Tuna Melts

Nicoise Bagel Sandwiches

Crunchy Roasted Chickpea Pitas (pack the chickpeas separately, along with some hummus and tomatoes!)

Loaded Hummus Havarti Veggie Sandwiches

Thai Turkey Burgers (these are amazing made ahead of time and served on salads or in wraps!)

Asian Turkey Burgers (same as above!)

Tuscan Tuna Melts

Southwest Chicken Salad Slider Melts

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados. (Be sure to peel and stuff the avocado right before eating.)

Shaved Egg Avocado Toast. (If you don’t want to actually shave an egg at work, just slice it!)

Smoked Salmon Bagels

Breakfast Quinoa (this is so satisfying that I don’t mind having it for lunch)

Marinated White Beans with Toast (this is equally good with some whole grain crackers!)

Lemon Almond Roast Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Lettuce Wrap

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

SALADS & BOWLS

Most of these salads can be prepped the night before, and if they don’t have a protein, add one of your choice if desired. A few of them, like the greek salads and chickpea salad, get more delicious as they sit.

Cilantro Lime Tortellini Salad

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Farro Salad

Summer Squash Pasta with Goat Cheese

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon Avocado Salad

Mediterranean Kale Salad with Chicken 

Cheeseburger Chopped Salad

Slow Roasted Tomato Farro Salad

My Favorite Greek Salad

Chickpea Bacon Ranch Chopped Salad

Winter Crunch Salad

Black Pepper Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad

Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta Salad

BBQ Quinoa Salad

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl

BLT Chopped Salad

Greek Orzo Salad in a Jar

The Best Simple Chickpea Salad

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

SOUPS

All of these soups are delicious if you make them a day or so ahead of time. For the soups with pasta, you can always cook it separately and add it the morning of or right before eating so it doesn’t soak up too much liquid. I like preparing a soup for lunches, and freezing half of it. That way lunch will already be prepared in a few weeks/months or you can even have it for dinner at some point.

Fire Roasted Minestrone with Kale Pesto

Chicken Taco Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup

30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup

Game Day Chili

White Chicken Quinoa Chili

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup

Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili

Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Chickpea Pasta Soup

Spicy Sausage, Kale & Whole Wheat Pasta Soup

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

MEALS

Of course, I use the term “meals” loosely here, because everyone’s idea of a meal is subjective! These meals have a little more substance. They feel more like actual MEALS than lunches, if that makes sense. They are served hot, they aren’t a cold bowl of salad. And if you’re anything like Eddie, that is what he loves – lunch that tastes and satisfies like dinner. These are some of my favorites that can be made a day or two ahead of time! If you prefer leftovers for lunch, these are for you.

Cashew Shrimp and Mango Stir Fry

Korean Chicken with Coconut Rice

Kung Pao Cauliflower

Chicken Feta Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Broccoli Bacon Pasta

Pasta with Chickpeas, Spinach and Garlic

15 Minute Sesame Ramen Noodles

Farfalle with Arugula, Pine Nuts and Marinated Feta

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

One Pan Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken and Green Bean Skillet

Slow Cooker Mini Turkey Meatballs

Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Korean Beef Bowls

Thai Drunken Zucchini Noodles with Honey Chicken

These are my top 60 best lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These are easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas.

I’d love to hear more of your favorite lunches! Whether they are something you meal prep, or an easy idea that you throw together everyday. Share ’em below!

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