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Recipe: Polenta Florentine — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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Ever eye those shrink-wrapped tubes of polenta in the grocery store and wonder what to do with them? Turns out they're the perfect base for casseroles — all you have to do is cut them into rounds first. The sauce, which I've been dreaming about for a while, is inspired by eggs Florentine. It's a basic Parmesan white sauce fragrant with garlic, onions, and, of course, a whole bag of sautéed baby spinach. Baked in a trusty casserole dish, this polenta Florentine is vegetarian comfort food at its finest.

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Recipe: Chicken Divan Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Chicken divan is the ultimate old-school medley of chicken, broccoli, and cheese sauce. It originated in the early 20th century in a New York hotel restaurant, Divan Parisienne, and it hits all the right notes: hearty, creamy, and comforting. While the type of cheese used varies from recipe to recipe, what is not negotiable is the use of cream sherry, which adds a tiny bit of sweetness and richness to the cheese sauce.

There's no doubt that this dish is rich, but this lightened-up version skips sour cream and condensed cream soups in favor of some chicken broth and milk for the sauce. And if you start with leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this casserole can be yours even on a busy weeknight.

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Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Peach-Raspberry Smoothie — Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

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If you want to start your day with the sweet taste of summer all year long, these frozen peach-raspberry smoothie kits are always a good place to start. Sunny stone fruit and jewel-toned berries are partnered with a surprising ingredient (hint: it's a vegetable) for a subtly sweet smoothie with an extra-creamy texture.

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10 Quick and Nourishing Meals to Make on a Sick Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

Anytime I'm sick (or even on the verge of being sick), two things are certain: My energy and inspiration to cook are pretty low, and I crave simple foods that are warm, nourishing, and supremely comforting. With that in mind, this is the roster of meals I turn to again and again.

From lemony spinach tortellini soup to brown butter noodles, these 10 quick and nourishing recipes are sure to hit the spot when you're sick.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Maple-Mustard Pulled Pork — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Pulled pork is one of those magical meals that every self-respecting meat-eater should be able to prepare by heart. And when you say pulled pork to any Southerner, you'll hear descriptions of luscious pieces of tender meat rubbed with secret spice mixes and doused in sauces of spice and vinegar, tangy mustard, or sticky-sweet tomato and molasses.

Although those classic smoky flavors are satisfying, sometimes you need a new spin on an old classic. With a few shakes from your spice cabinet, some flavorful liquid, and a slow cooker, you can transform a huge hunk of meat into a satisfying meal for a crowd without spending hours over smoldering embers.

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Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Mango-Orange Smoothie — Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

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If you are as excited about the imminent return of citrus season as I am, you're going to want to stock up and keep these bright smoothie packs on repeat for as long as possible. Sweet orange segments are paired with tropical mango for a big punch of vitamin C, plus banana for a cool, creamy finish.

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