Beans & Lentils

Recipe: Tomato and Feta White Bean Salad — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Here's a simple yet satisfying salad to make for dinner tonight. If you've got a couple cans of white beans in your pantry, you're already halfway there. Drain the beans and toss in as many juicy, in-season cherry tomatoes as you can possibly fit in the bowl; add a few big handfuls of tangy, salty feta and plenty of chopped fresh parsley and oregano; and then dress the whole mess in a sharp, aromatic shallot vinaigrette. The result is a flavor-packed salad that feels hearty yet still light and fresh enough to fit the season.

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How To Make Yogurt Drops at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I remember a time in raising my children in which I was never without one of those zip-top bags of frozen yogurt bites. If they needed something while we waited for dinner to arrive at the table, or a quiet snack at library story time, there they were. And while I loved making baby food for them and freezing yogurt for snacks, there was just no beating the commercial yogurt bites — even I enjoyed my fair share of the sweet, tangy, melt-in-your mouth texture of those bites.

It almost pains me to have discovered a hack for making dried yogurt bites at home after that season of my child-rearing is coming to an end, but when I discovered I could turn a kitchen staple's leftovers in to tender snack bites, I knew I needed to share this splendid secret.

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Recipe: Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

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If your lunch struggle involves coming up with veggie-friendly options that are filling, easy to make ahead, and a breeze to eat at your desk, this wrapped quesadilla stuffed with cumin-scented chickpeas, gooey melted cheddar, and scallions was made with you in mind.

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Recipe: Mason Jar Tuna Niçoise — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

When it comes to weekday lunches, I lean towards options that are wholesome and can easily be made in advance (bonus points for big-batch cooking). But I also want something that feels a little special. Even if I only have 10 or 15 minutes for lunch, I want that time to feel like an escape from the rest of the day, and tucking into something slightly luxurious is exactly how to do it. A classic Nicoise salad, layered with tender fresh veggies, tuna, hard-boiled egg, briny olives, and an umami-packed vinaigrette does the job like no other. Pack it up in a Mason jar and you're ready to tote it to work.

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Recipe: Honey-Garlic Chopped Chickpea Salad — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Add this vibrant vegetarian salad to next week's meal plan and you can bank on an easy produce-packed dinner loaded with crunchy textures and big flavors. It's a play on classic chopped salad that puts chickpeas at the forefront for extra heft, and tosses them with a mess of crunchy veggies, a pop of fresh cilantro, and a spiced honey-garlic dressing to bring it all together.

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10 Lazy Weeknight Dinners You Can Make with Lentils or Beans — Recipes from The Kitchn

When lentils or beans are the star of your dinner plate, you can be sure that you're getting a wholesome, meat-free dinner that will fill you up and won't kill your food budget for the week. These inexpensive pantry staples can easily be transformed into salads, tacos, braises, and more. Here are 10 weeknight-friendly recipes to add to your meal plan.

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