Keeps Well

Recipe: Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

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If your lunch struggle involves coming up with veggie-friendly options that are filling, easy to make ahead, and a breeze to eat at your desk, this wrapped quesadilla stuffed with cumin-scented chickpeas, gooey melted cheddar, and scallions was made with you in mind.

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Recipe: Mason Jar Tuna Niçoise — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

When it comes to weekday lunches, I lean towards options that are wholesome and can easily be made in advance (bonus points for big-batch cooking). But I also want something that feels a little special. Even if I only have 10 or 15 minutes for lunch, I want that time to feel like an escape from the rest of the day, and tucking into something slightly luxurious is exactly how to do it. A classic Nicoise salad, layered with tender fresh veggies, tuna, hard-boiled egg, briny olives, and an umami-packed vinaigrette does the job like no other. Pack it up in a Mason jar and you're ready to tote it to work.

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How To Make Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies — Make More Good

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Of all the iconic cookies — chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodle — a really reliable, chewy peanut butter cookie has always eluded me. Some recipes bake up a tender, crisp cookie or a snappy cookie, and there are those recipes that call themselves chewy, but end up soft after storing.

My quest wasn't just for any peanut butter cookie, but a thick and soft peanut butter cookie that bent rather than broke when folded in two, all while delivering on the savory sweetness of the peanut butter itself. This cookie finally delivers that with an added bonus of being chock-full of peanuts and peanut butter chips, making it just the kind of cookie you want to eat with a glass of cold milk or a tumbler of Scotch.

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Recipe: Honey-Garlic Chopped Chickpea Salad — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Add this vibrant vegetarian salad to next week's meal plan and you can bank on an easy produce-packed dinner loaded with crunchy textures and big flavors. It's a play on classic chopped salad that puts chickpeas at the forefront for extra heft, and tosses them with a mess of crunchy veggies, a pop of fresh cilantro, and a spiced honey-garlic dressing to bring it all together.

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Recipe: French Onion Frittata — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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This is the frittata to keep on call when you need a breakfast recipe that's dressed to impress. It's a mash-up of frittata and French onion soup that is pure comfort food. The eggs are loaded with all the best parts of a really good bowl of French onion soup, from the rich, velvety caramelized onions, to the gooey, melted Gruyère, and even cubes of toasted bread studded throughout the eggs.

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How To Make Homemade Copycat Kind Bars — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Kind Bars are the snack bar that I always reach for when I really want a candy bar but don't want the resulting sugar crash. Full of nuts and seeds held together with a sweet-sticky glue of brown rice syrup, these bars are sweet, crunchy, a little salty, and sometimes gilded in chocolate. They are totally crave-worthy in their own right!

But Kind Bars are kind of budget-busting when I've got five dinners, seven breakfasts, and seven lunches to shop for my family of four. So I set to work making these snack bars at home. Yes, there are some specialty ingredients that are an up-front investment, but there's still a huge cost savings.

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