Dinner

10 Ground Beef Recipes You Ate Growing Up That Are Still Awesome — Recipes from The Kitchn

Pick up a humble pack of ground beef on your next grocery shopping trip, and let dinner take you on a trip down memory lane. This budget-friendly meat is the beginning of so many childhood favorites, like beef tacos, pasta skillets, and sloppy Joes — all of which are just as irresistibly satisfying today. Here are 10 of our favorites that are sure to spark some nostalgia.

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6 Dinner Strategies for Parents Short on Time — Dinner with Kids

If there were ever an award worthy of giving a parent, it would be for one feat: delivering a nutritious meal to the table on time. That's especially true for me, given my 90-minute commute home from work, two children (a 3-week-old and 3-year-old) and a wife who does plenty else besides also taking on the cooking duties.

Over the years, I've developed a number of strategies to get a good dinner on the table. Here's how I do it.

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How To Make Classic Chicken Alfredo Pasta: The Easiest, Simplest Method — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken Alfredo pasta was my favorite "fancy" restaurant order as a kid — luxe sauce clinging to fettuccini topped with crispy chicken. It was about as close to macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers as a 6-year-old could get at any good Italian-American restaurant. Perhaps this is why most takeout Alfredo falls short for me — it's too entwined in my own culinary memories. Or it could just be that the rich sauce gets too cold and clumpy while waiting for delivery.

Hellbent on enjoying my childhood favorite from the comfort of my own couch, I set out to recreate the Alfredo of my memory (and I bet yours too — whether it was eaten at your family's favorite Italian-American restaurant or your local Olive Garden). We've eschewed the authentic "no cream" Alfredo for a reliable take on this classic that's just as creamy, garlic-rich, and fun to slurp up as you remember.

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10 Easy Weeknight Dinners to Make in Your Dutch Oven — Recipes from The Kitchn

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A Dutch oven is a real workhorse in the kitchen — it can boil water for pasta, slow-cook a pot roast, and do just about anything in between. That's why I find myself reaching for it multiple times a week to get dinner on the table. These 10 recipes prove just how useful it can be, even on the busiest nights of the week.

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Recipe: BBQ Chicken Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When tangy BBQ chicken shows up in our weekly meal plan, my husband's eyes always light up with excitement. But this time — when I told him it was coming in casserole form, that it involved tender riced cauliflower, and was Paleo — his eyes got squinty in the way that only happens when he's skeptical. I, however, knew it would be a hit with him. So when he asked if there was enough for seconds after taking his first bite, I wasn't surprised.

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5 Fall Salads You Can Eat for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

The cooler days of fall may spark the desire to bring rich comfort food back to the table, but that doesn't mean we don't crave a wholesome salad every now and again for dinner. While our dinner salads over the past few months were likely lighter, now we're on the hunt for salads that are just as full of vegetables and other good stuff but that also feel a little cozier.

Maybe that means adding a warm element to the salad, roasting the vegetables instead of eating them raw, or tossing some whole grains or pasta on top to make it extra satisfying. Whatever it is, here are five salad recipes we've got on repeat this season.

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