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Recipe: Baked Apple-Oat Breakfast Squares — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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My breakfast of choice for the majority of my elementary school years was apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal. I'd pick through the variety pack my dad bought every week for my preferred flavor. These squares are based off that oatmeal, but with a more wholesome spin, thanks to real ingredients and natural sweeteners. They also happen to be even faster than those little packets, since once they are baked, it's a true grab-and-go situation.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars — Easy Dessert Recipes

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A slice of classic cheesecake is one of those desserts that takes nicely to added flavors and tinkering. If you love both pumpkin pie and cheesecake, these creamy bars are the perfect hybrid. There's a sturdy graham cracker crust on the bottom, then a layer of classic white cheesecake, and finally a delicate pumpkin cheesecake layer fragrant with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices. One pan makes a lot of bars that you can take to your next party or potluck; I promise the pan will come home empty.

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How To Make Perfect Pumpkin Muffins — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I recently read an article that mentioned most people are satisfied with one Pumpkin Spice Latte every fall. Just one. The same cannot be said for soft, lightly spiced pumpkin muffins. These breakfast treats are especially wonderful right now, as we settle into autumn, but are also perfectly acceptable to eat year-round.

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5 Freezer Marinades for Chicken or Pork — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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While marinades are brilliant at turning cuts of meat that can often dry out when cooked into flavorful, moist meals, it's easy to forget to plan ahead and get that meat into a marinade well before you're ready to cook it. Enter: the freezer marinade, when you bring that meat home from the grocery store toss it in a marinade first and freeze it right in it. It will absorb the marinade whenever you decide to thaw it, and then all you have to do is bake, sauté, or grill it. This is a weeknight dinner game-changer.

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This One Tip Is a Game-Changer for Frozen Ground Beef — Tips from The Kitchn

So you bought a pound of ground beef when it was on sale last week because you were finally going to make that Philly cheesesteak pasta skillet. But the week got away from you and now you've got to act fast before this perfectly lovely mix of 85/15 ground chuck goes bad. What are you to do? Freeze it, right? Yes, but there's one little thing you've got to do first that's going to make all the difference when it comes time to use it.

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Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: PB&J Smoothie — Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

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Reminiscent of the childhood classic we all love, this creamy smoothie treats you to the fruity, nutty flavors that make the PB&J such an enduring favorite. Each smoothie pack is filled with cherries and strawberries for sweet, jammy flavor, plus sliced banana for extra creaminess. We're adding the peanut butter to the bag to keep it classic, but why not go a little off course with almond or cashew butter for a cool smoothie that will not disappoint?

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