Online Community's Favorite Lunch Recipes
Classic eastern North Carolina barbecue sauce has a vinegar—not a tomato—base. It's delicious tossed with pulled chicken instead of the usual pork, and served the traditional way: piled onto soft buns and smothered under cold, creamy coleslaw.
Raw Corn and Radish Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing
"I rarely cook fresh corn in the summer because it's so much better straight off the cob. Here, I toss sweet, fresh corn kernels (preferably picked that day) with radishes and a puckery lime dressing flavored with jalapeños and honey," says Nick Fauchald.
Cambodian Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Shrimp
For this spicy, soothing and restorative chicken-and-rice soup, Ratha Chau prepares his own delectable chicken stock and roasts a chicken, which is then cut into large pieces and added to it. In the easy way, using prepared stock and preroasted chicken significantly cuts back on prep time.
Cumin-Spiced Red Lentil Burgers
The red lentils in these spicy, Indian-inspired vegetarian burgers don't need to be soaked and cook super-quickly. What's more, they are rich in B vitamins, fiber and folate, which help fight heart disease and birth defects.
Lemony Chickpea Salad
Serve Tom Colicchio's fresh-tasting chickpea salad with warm, soft pita bread to soak up the olive oil dressing.
Sweet Potato, Chipotle and Apple Soup
This silky soup gets its smoky sweetness from pureed chipotle peppers, a Mexican staple, and the surprising addition of apples. "This is real comfort food for me," Sue Torres says. "I love that it’s creamy without containing any cream."
Indian Pulled-Chicken Sandwiches
This recipe relies on two time-saving, store-bought ingredients: rotisserie chicken and mango chutney, which adds a hit of instant flavor to the curry-yogurt sauce.
White-Bean Soup with Bacon and Herbs
A light broth loaded with chunky Great Northern beans and topped with a sprinkling of bacon, this soup was inspired by the caldo gallego (a Spanish white-bean soup) Jose Garces serves at Amada.
Thai Tuna Burgers with Ginger-Lemon Mayonnaise
These offbeat tuna burgers were loosely inspired by a Thai fried white fish patty called tod man pla. The Thai cucumber salad stands in for pickles. Use sushi-quality tuna so you can serve the burgers medium rare.
Chile-Lime Crab Salad with Tomato and Avocado
The mix of fresh crab, avocado and juicy heirloom tomatoes here is a classic combination. But Sue Zemanick makes it seem new by tossing the salad with a vibrant, spicy dressing spiked with jalapeño.
Chicken Soup with Jasmine Rice and Ginger
There may not be any clinical proof that ginger helps fight colds or the flu, but this supereasy, gingery chicken soup will undeniably make you feel better.
Spicy Chickpea Soup
Chickpeas are rich in both types of dietary fiber, which are important for maintaining heart health and for stabilizing blood sugar levels. Pam Anderson uses them as the base for this Indian-flavored creamy (though cream-free) soup, which she prepares by first pureeing it, then simmering it, to save time. "Pureed beans give you richness without having to enrich the soup," she says.