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5 Fast and Furious Breakfast Hacks — Recipes from The Kitchn

Are you one of those people who feels like there is simply no time in the morning for breakfast? That used to be me. But these days it's a totally different story, and breakfast is an essential part of my morning routine every single day, thanks to a few helpful hacks that make my morning meals quick and easy.


So You Forget to Defrost the Chicken. Here’s How to Save Dinner. — Tips from The Kitchn

Remembering to thaw the chicken should be easy, right? All you have to do is put it in the refrigerator before you go to bed and, by the next evening when you're ready to cook, it should be good to go. But a lot of things should be easy that aren't, like remembering to buy milk, apply eye cream before bed, or mail the bills on time, or getting your kids to go to the bathroom before a long trip.

So what do you do when you're ready to make dinner and you forgot the most important part? Well, if you're me, you might just go buy a thawed chicken and keep the other one in the freezer for another day, or pick up a bucket of fried chicken. But sometimes those options aren't available. Can this dinner be saved? Maybe!


30-Minute Meals to Add to Your Meal Plan Right Now — Recipes from The Kitchn

When you're planning your meals for the week, it can be tempting to put the same five dinners on repeat. If it's not broke, why fix it, right? That's all well and good until everyone at the kitchen table, including yourself, can hardly stand another bite. Luckily we're here to help when that feeling sets in and you're desperate for something new.

These recipes are sure to add life to your meal plan. From skillet dinners to buttery pasta to meaty salads, these recipes are exactly what you need right at this moment. Oh, and here is the best part: Five of these recipes take no more than 30 minutes to make, and five are ready in 15 minutes.


Why Eggs Are Always the Ultimate 30-Minute Dinner — The 30-Minute Meal

There are hundreds of tips and tricks to conquering the 30-minute meal, but you really just need to remember one: Lean on eggs. Keep your fridge stocked with a carton at all times and you can rest easy knowing that a quick and easy dinner is always at your fingertips. Here's why.


10 Things I Learned About Making 30-Minute Meals from Rachael Ray — The 30-Minute Meal

As a former food editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine (now Rachael Ray Every Day), I can say I've become quite intimate with Rachael's cooking both at work and in my own kitchen. She didn't invent the 30-minute meal, but she's widely credited with popularizing the idea. So who better to learn a thing or two from?

Here are the top 10 things I've learned about cooking quick weeknight meals from years of watching Rach.


Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Braised Cabbage — Electric Pressure-Cooker Recipes from Laura Pazzaglia

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How long does it take to braise cabbage until tender and translucent in the oven? One hour. In the pressure cooker? Five minutes of pressure-cooking time — or 15 minutes from start to finish. Pressure cooking will not only cook vegetables faster, but compared to conventional boiling and braising, it retains more vitamins and minerals, too. Make this side dish of sweet and spicy braised cabbage the next time you want a flavorful companion to any roast meat.


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