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5 Quick Meals for Couples Who Loathe Leftovers — Go it Alone

Cooking for two can undoubtedly feel like a challenge. With most recipes serving four to six people, it might as well be that the entire culinary world is up against you and your small household. Because, to be honest, having leftovers for every single dinner you make isn't that great — leftovers get boring by day two and rarely taste very good. To avoid that, you're then stuck dividing every single ingredient until your head starts to hurt. We have a solution: Five easy meals that perfectly serve two — no complicated calculations required.

There are a few keys to easy, small-format dinners. Embrace them and cooking for two is a pleasure. And the best part is that you won't be left with days of leftovers to swallow.

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5 Small Ways to Make Your Salad More Interesting — Tips from The Kitchn

If you're trying to eat more vegetables, there's a high chance you're trying to bring salad to the table more often. It's such an easy way to up your vegetable intake, but eat the same formula day after day and it becomes pretty boring pretty quickly.

To combat this, all you have to remember is that a salad is a blank slate for ingredients and flavors. Bring a few new elements to your bowl and suddenly your salad is interesting again.

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Recipe: Grilled Chicken Breast with Blackberry-Corn Salsa — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cumin is a spice that makes friends easily. Its earthy, warm flavor shows off just how well it pairs with a number of ingredients including blackberries, corn, and smoky grilled chicken. When you feel like dinner has lost some of its flair, this is the dish to add to the rotation.

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How To Make Elote (Mexican Street Corn) — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Roasted sweet corn is pretty hard to beat during the summer months. It usually requires little more than a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, but don't let the season pass without making elote, that beautiful mess of crema, mayonnaise, and cotija cheese that only makes roasted summer corn more magical. With just a few simple techniques, this popular Mexican street snack can become your ultimate grilled corn upgrade.

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Recipe: Paleo Bacon Date Bites — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Dates and bacon are a powerhouse Paleo couple, but this sweet-and-savory duo deserves to live far beyond the appetizer plate. When paired together, they deliver just want you want in a functional snack — an instant boost of energy, bundled up in a bite-sized package that hits your craving, whether it's savory, sweet, or salty. And what's more, one batch goes a long way.

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Flavor Corn on the Cob with Hot Pepper Jelly — Oh So Corny!

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You're probably most familiar with hot pepper jelly as that sweet and spicy flavor booster that's so often paired with cream cheese and crackers, but it does some of its best work when spread over a hot ear of corn on the cob. Leave the butter in the fridge — all you need is a little hot pepper jelly.

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