Garlic & Onions

How To Make Slow Cooker Fajitas — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Have you ever been in a restaurant and watched a sizzling platter of fajitas whiz by your table, turning heads as it makes its way to its lucky recipient? That dinner is an attention grabber. Now imagine perfuming your house with the same enticing smells and enjoying fajitas that are full of rich tomato flavor and spiced with cumin and chipotle without having to turn on the stove. That is the joy of slow cooker chicken fajitas. They start with a few chicken breasts, canned tomatoes, and spices you probably already have, and are completely hands-off. Here's how to make chicken fajitas in the slow cooker, a tempting alternative for Taco Tuesday.

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Recipe: Smoky Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowl — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

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This is one of those recipes that originated as an off-the-cuff concept while speedily scanning the grocery store aisles a mere hour before dinner. I see hummus, we've got veggies at home, I'll grab some pita. The hummus bowls — basically a pile of juicy roasted veggies over creamy hummus — were so well-received that they now regularly appear on our meal planning list. This smoky, tangy edition is the version I love most.

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Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken Tender Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

When I'm making a salad, I typically focus on the lettuce base and carefully selected add-ins, then dress them with a basic vinaigrette. While the dressing is always good, it's not the star by any stretch. This honey mustard dressing, though? It's the reason to make salad in the first place. Don't get me wrong — I love the flavors and textures that make up this chicken tender salad, but it's the honey mustard dressing that makes it worthy of sharing. Sweet and tangy, it coats every inch of this salad with its lively flavor.

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Recipe: Weeknight Skillet Lasagna — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

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A layered lasagna is a true labor of love that requires slow cooking a sauce, boiling noodles, and layering the ingredients all before it even goes in the oven. While I appreciate a well-constructed lasagna, it's not feasible for weeknight dinners.

Here's how you can skip the oven entirely and still have a lasagna that's loaded with a savory sausage and mushroom red sauce, tender noodles that are cooked right in the sauce, and, of course, three kinds of cheese to meld and hold everything together. Cooked in just one skillet on the stovetop, this is truly a weeknight lasagna that you can add to your dinner rotation.

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Recipe: Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

On weekends I do my shopping at a co-op with a huge selection of food and groceries, but if I need to fill in the gaps during the week I pop into our neighborhood grocery store. While the options aren't as plentiful, our local store has quite a few draws, like the packaged naan that tastes almost as good as homemade. These naan wraps are a mid-week family favorite. They're filled to the brim with cumin-spiced lamb, shredded iceberg lettuce, and a quick homemade cucumber raita.

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How To Make Chimichurri Sauce — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

How many times do you look at a sauce or spread and know from its appearance that it's packed, from top to bottom, with intense flavor? Not too often, right?Even the best, most expertly prepared hummus doesn't look as good as it tastes. But chimichurri — a rich, herby sauce made from what feels like a whole garden's worth of herbs, along with red wine vinegar, garlic, and shallots — has no time for illusions. It's so intensely green it's almost glowing, and it tastes just as bright and bold as it looks.

While its precise origins are murky, it's been most closely associated with the open-fire grilling culture of Argentina where it's a standard condiment for grilled steak. Beyond the fire and coal, chimichurri is ready to do the work of enlivening your everyday meals. Consider this a staple to always having on hand. Here's how to make this knockout sauce, plus a whole slew of ideas on how to use it.

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