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Recipe: Classic PB&J Snack Cake — Easy Dessert Recipes

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If you're a fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches then boy oh boy, are you in for a treat. This snack cake starts with a tender, moist cake full of peanut flavor, but the crowning touch is in the hypnotic swirl of jelly over the top. A creamy peanut butter mixture and dollops of grape jelly mix and mingle throughout the cake batter and bake up so that every single bite of this cake tastes as though a PB&J and yellow cake collided. Don't blame me if you become as enamored of this cake as I am.

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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: Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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This brilliant dinner hack is thanks to you, dear Kitchn readers. When we shared our recipe for slow cooker fajitas, many of you commented that your favorite riff on that concept was slow cooker salsa chicken. The premise is simply combining your favorite salsa with chicken breast in the slow cooker until tender. The result is deliciously seasoned, shredded chicken that's perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, or even taco salads.

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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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Recipe: Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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Spinach and feta make eggs even better with a fresh, salty, and creamy kick. But with this make-ahead breakfast casserole, that's just the beginning. In addition to lots of leafy greens and chunks of crumbled cheese, this casserole is laced with fragrant fresh dill, sweet red pepper, and a dollop of Dijon for a subtle tang. After your first bite, you might start wondering what this reminds you of — it's spanakopita, friends.

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