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Recipe: Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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A package of gnocchi from the store has always been one of our favorite easy dinners, but now it just got a whole lot easier. That's because we discovered you don't even actually have to boil the gnocchi in order to make it for dinner. Toss them directly from the package onto a sheet pan with a slew of veggies, roast them for 20 minutes, scoop into bowls, and dig in. Seriously — that's it. It's a game-changing way to make a go-to weeknight meal even more of a win.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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The only thing better than a slow cooker chicken dinner is one that's cooked on a bed of tender red potatoes, then tossed with a buttery lemon sauce that's punched up with briny capers. This piccata will win your heart not only for its bold layers of flavor, but also for how simple it is to pull together.

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Recipe: The Ultimate Baked Caprese Mac and Cheese — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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The sweetest, most flavor-packed tomatoes of summer are hitting the market in full force, and that means one thing: It's caprese time! This summer I'm taking my tomato, basil, and mozzarella love affair beyond the salad bowl into comfort-food territory, and I recommend you join me. With gooey melted cheese, bright summer tomatoes, and sweet basil, this is the ultimate way to indulge in caprese.

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Recipe: Minty Snap Pea Salad — Salad Recipes

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This time of year I find myself tossing fresh herbs into practically everything I make. Whether it's basil, oregano, or parsley, it finds its way into my meals. That's where this snap pea salad comes in. It embraces the abundance of fresh mint and packs it into a salad that's equal parts bright and refreshing. Added to the mix are radishes for peppery crunch and balls of fresh, milky mozzarella to bulk things up and make it even more exciting to dig into.

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Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Roasted red peppers (or any form of bell peppers, for that matter) are easily one of my husband's least favorite things. When served this pasta, however, he practically inhaled it. Leave it to heavy cream and cheese to solve all problems.

Blend a jar of roasted red peppers into a classic alfredo sauce and you not only improve on the peppers themselves (which can often be slimy and uninspiring straight from the jar), but you also improve on the sauce itself, giving it a rich, smoky sweetness and the prettiest red-orange hue.

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How To Make Southern Tomato Pie — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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From the first bite to the last slice, tomato pie is sublime: Sharp tomatoes and savory bacon are seasoned with thyme and bathed with mayo and sharp cheese to make a humble pie that's the perfect entrée for your end-of-summer suppers and lazy weekend brunches.

I have a theory that tomato pie was created by thrifty Southern cooks who were trying to make the most of tomatoes from their backyard gardens — especially those tomatoes that weren't quite ripe enough for tomato-and-mayo sandwiches or canning. These cooks had the ingenious idea to transform these so-so tomatoes into something wildly delicious with pantry staples like mayonnaise and breadcrumbs. It also means that any home cook can master this speciality with just a few key points.

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