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Recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes — The Summer Slow Cooker

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Once you nail the classic recipe for sloppy joes, you can continue to customize it by adding flavor and swapping ingredients to make this weeknight staple just what your family wants. In this rendition of the sloppy joe, we used light and lean ground turkey in place of ground beef, and made a few ingredient swaps to ensure the filling was Paleo-friendly and gluten-free.

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How To Make Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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All hail the slow cooker! We've seen this appliance prove its worth time and time again, but with sloppy joes it makes the easy meal even easier.

It takes those messy sandwiches that made our childhoods so delicious, and makes them even tastier. This is all thanks to a hot mix of hearty meat combined with a homemade sauce bursting with deep, rich, tomatoey flavor.

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Recipe: Spinach and Refried Bean Quesadillas — Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn

I always try to have a bag of baby spinach in the fridge at all times. It's versatile enough to throw into soups, sauté into a side dish, or toss in a morning smoothie since it's so mild in flavor. My latest use for spinach? Stuffed into quesadillas, adding a much-needed dose of green vegetables to a normally cheese- and meat-heavy dish.

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Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup — Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn

Chicken soup is one of my favorite things to make in the slow cooker. As long as you use dark meat, the chicken never overcooks during the long cooking time, and making a big batch means that you can have it for dinner and stock the freezer at the same time. This Tex-Mex version has fire-roasted tomatoes, carrots, and black beans in a lightly spiced broth, and hits all the notes when you need a bright-yet-warming meal.

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How To Make Easy Vegan Mayonnaise — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

This is the absolute easiest vegan mayonnaise that I know. It's the one I pull out when I have a vegan friend coming over for lunch, or if the host of a dinner party asks me to bring a light dip for an appetizer. It calls for three ingredients and a blender, and it makes a creamy, slightly tangy mayonnaise that's ready to go with your favorite sandwich or salad.

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How To Make Dark Chocolate Snack Bites — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

I am one of those people who never travels more than five minutes from my house without packing some kind of snack. Just in case. I go through heavy rotations of granola bars, trail mix, and most recently, these dark chocolate bites. They're the perfect little nosh to help me power through a train delay or restaurant wait list without turning into a hungry zombie.

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