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Recipe: Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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For this super-simple side, thick chunks of sweet potato are roasted and then dusted with a snowy layer of nutty Parmesan that turns irresistibly crisp around the edges after a few minutes under the broiler. A hit of garlic only makes them even more delicious. Make these Parmesan-coated sweet potatoes once and you will never go back to plain roasted sweet potatoes again. They will make you the hero of dinner and the talk of your next potluck.

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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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Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Super Greens Smoothie — Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

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Sipping on a subtly sweet and creamy smoothie full of all the green things always makes me feel like I'm starting my day on a really good note. And that's exactly what you can expect from this super-green smoothie kit. In addition to the namesake ingredient (just choose you favorite kind of greens), chopped zucchini, ripe avocado, and banana make this breakfast beverage super creamy and filling.

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Recipe: Creamy French Mustard Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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One of the techniques I walked away with from French culinary school was how to make a pan sauce from all the tasty browned bits left in the pan after searing meat. Combined with a few très French ingredients, like shallots, white wine, and two kinds of mustard, this braised chicken dish has all my French favorites: tender chicken with super-crispy skin sitting on top of a comforting-yet-elegant mustardy pan sauce. And believe it or not, it comes together in just about 30 minutes in one skillet, making you the hero of the weeknight dinner, mon ami.

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