Beef

Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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As a child of the 1980s, one night a week was reserved for Hamburger Helper — a quick sauté of ground beef, some noodles, and sauce and you've got dinner. Today, I don't need help from a box to get a quick skillet dinner on the table; I just need a basket of everyday ingredients and inspiration from an iconic sandwich.

Philly cheesesteaks mean thinly sliced beef and sautéed onions and bell peppers tucked into a hoagie roll and smothered with melted cheese. When I want the classic flavors of one of America's most famous sandwiches, I can mix a few choice ingredients into one skillet and call it dinner.

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How To Cook Classic Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Let's talk about falling back in love with a classic dish. When is the last time you made a classic beef brisket? You know the one — tender beef in a rich gravy with melting potatoes and carrots. The beef brisket that makes the whole house smell like a cozy day perfect for snuggling on the couch. It had actually been years since I'd made beef brisket, but since I recently discovered I could make this traditional dish in the slow cooker I've fallen back in love with brisket all over again.

If you're looking for a stunning but easy Sunday supper to get you through the long winter or to serve during the upcoming holidays, this is it — classic beef brisket made in the slow cooker.

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Recipe: Beef and Tomato Stir-Fry — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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My grandmother was an amazing Chinese home cook, and this stir-fry, a Cantonese classic, was one of my favorite dishes. It has tender, thinly sliced beef coated in a savory marinade that doubles as a sauce. It's full of zingy ginger and garlic, and sweet tomato wedges that are cooked just enough to release some of their juices but keep their shape. It's a hearty dish that's delicious spooned over a heaping bowl of steamed rice to soak up all the tasty sauce. It's also a great way to celebrate tomato season when you're looking to add a new recipe to your book.

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Here’s How Long Ground Beef Will Last in the Freezer (and How to Store It) — Freezer Intelligence

With a package of ground beef in the freezer, you're only minutes away from a spontaneous grilling session, Taco Tuesday, or a hearty meatloaf. This home cook's staple is a breeze to freeze and can stash safely for months. Here's what you need to know about it.

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Recipe: Warm Fajita Steak Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I crave light and fresh dinners in my meal plan more than ever during the summer, which means I often transform some of my regular favorites into a salad. This version, inspired by my favorite fajitas, skips the tortillas and instead layers slices of juicy, cumin-rubbed flank steak along with charred peppers and onions over a bed of crunchy, chopped romaine and red cabbage. It's finished off with a chili-lime vinaigrette for a tangy kick and a little bit of heat.

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Recipe: Flank Steak Panzanella — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Even though my husband is totally on board with including "salad night" in our meal plan, he still approaches it with a very skeptical eye. His worry is that salad for dinner isn't going to be filling enough — even though it always is! To convince him once and for all, I combined a super-fresh panzanella with strips of seared, juicy flank steak. It's a quintessential summer dish fashioned from day-old bread, sweet tomatoes and cucumbers, the peppery bite of arugula, and a sprinkle of salty Parmesan, all tossed with a simple vinaigrette. Add it to your meal plan as the easy dinner that celebrates the season, and watch it satisfy even the biggest (and most skeptical) of appetites.

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