Mariah Carey declared brunch is out and linner is in, meaning a late dinner, via her Twitter account recently. Not to be confused with how the term linner has previously been used to combine lunch and dinner, as in a late lunch, coined by a popular Seinfeld epsiode. But to each their own especially if you're Mimi. So here are 10 queen-approved ideas for a late-night bite.


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If you're up eating late, you want a light meal that won't be too heavy on your stomach, so salmon fits the bill perfectly. Broiled salmon would be a delicious linner to eat after-hours. It's rumored that Mariah Carey only eats salmon and capers (not recommended for a balanced diet, but hey, it's Mariah), so maybe salmon could be her favorite linner meal.

2. Sweet Potato Fries

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Munching on fries on the side is great, but try a lighter alternative when you're having linner. Sweet potato fries have less grease, but the same amount of great taste.

3. Noodles and Peanuts

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For an Asian-inspired linner, try this Thai go-to dish filled with peanuts and noodles. The linner will be filling and delicious.

4. Avocado quesadillas

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For a Latin-inspired light meal, try this healthy alternative to a late-night craving for fast-food tacos.

5. Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese is a late-night favorite, but try a vegan alternative for linner. Swap out powdered cheese packets for cauliflower for vegan mac and cheese.

6. Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

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Grilled cheese is a delicious late-night snack, but it can use an upgrade. This vegan version of grilled cheese will definitely make a hearty linner meal.

7. Veggie Burger Salad

Try this salad with hearty veggie burger strips to fill up after a long day. This salad would make a great linner.

8. Baked Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a late-night favorite, but greasy chicken wings are hard to digest at night. Try baked wings for the same great taste, but with less oil and fat.

9. Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

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Who doesn't love dessert? A sweet treat would be just delitable to top off linner. Standard chocolate chip cookies get a healthier twist with oatmeal, but still have a yummy taste.

10. Black Bean Brownies

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Brownies would be a perfect linner dessert as well, but they might be too sweet for a late at night. So try this vegan alternative for a treat that's delicious but not too rich.