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Recipe: One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff — Quick and Easy Ground Beef Recipes

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Beef stroganoff, with its tender pieces of beef and mushrooms swimming in a savory cream sauce, is one of those comforting dishes that just begs to be served over a bed of mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. This version hits all the same notes, but is decidedly much more weeknight- and budget-friendly. Savory ground beef is cooked with mushrooms, onions, and noodles all in one pot, then held together by a tangy, creamy sauce for a dinner you can make in under an hour.

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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: 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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Recipe: The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Chicken soup is my not-so secret weapon to fighting the fatigue that comes with the change of seasons and the return to school. In this version, we're swapping pasta noodles for toothsome zucchini noodles (or zoodles), for a lighter, fresher take on the original. With a little help from the grocery store and a spin of the spiralizer, you'll have a bowl of chicken zoodle soup that's infinitely better than what you find in a can.

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Recipe: Curried Veggie Galette — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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We should all be eating more pie for dinner. Why? Because it's hard to deny the pleasure of biting into a flaky, buttery pie crust after a long day. This freeform pie — or galette, if you want to call it by its proper name — is oh-so buttery. It's also packed with warm, curry roasted vegetables, so all that pie crust feels a bit more wholesome. A dollop of tangy yogurt on each slice provides even more balance. Serve with a simple green salad and it's a meatless meal you'll definitely want to slip into your dinner rotation.

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Recipe: Crispy Orange Ground Beef & Veggies — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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On busy weeknights when I'm tempted to order in, this is the recipe I've been turning to again and again. Inspired by a takeout favorite, this weeknight recipe features ground beef that's cooked until the edges are nice and crispy, quick stir-fried veggies, and an irresistible sticky orange sauce. You'll definitely want plenty of rice to soak up the extra sauce.

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