Kitchn Recipe Roundup

Our 13 Best Recipes with Dates — Recipes from The Kitchn

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For the longest time, I'd walk past the bags of dates at the grocery store and never take a second glance. It's not that I never liked them — I just never was quite sure what to do with them besides snack on them straight. But the truth is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy them! Once I finally gave them a chance, I realized the possibilities are nearly endless. From blending them into a morning smoothie, to chopping them up for a salad topping, to tucking them into dessert, here are our 13 most favorite recipes that feature the sweet dried fruit.

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10 Way to Use Your Slow Cooker for Your Next Potluck — Recipes from The Kitchn

Whether I'm hosting a potluck or attending one, I always feel like I'm scrambling to assemble the one dish that's required of me (among the hundreds of other things I need to do). Luckily, if you reach for your slow cooker, this mad-dash approach to cooking can pretty much be avoided. The appliance has the ability to churn out mains, sides, desserts, and even appetizers that will feed the whole crowd. Here are 10 great recipes to consider.

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No Wimps Here: 18 Salads to Make for Dinner Tonight — Recipes from The Kitchn

Craving something light, wholesome, and totally fresh for dinner? It's time to throw salad night into your weekly meal plan. Wedge it between Taco Tuesday and pasta night and you've got a guaranteed beacon of freshness in the middle of the week.

When you're making salad for dinner, you need something that will fill you up and keep you satisfied, so you won't find any wimpy salads here. From a vegetarian kale taco salad, to a protein-rich chopped chickpea salad, to a Thai-inspired steak number, here are 18 meal-worthy salads to add to your dinner rotation right now.

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No Wimps Here: 18 Salads to Make for Dinner Tonight — Recipes from The Kitchn

Craving something light, wholesome, and totally fresh for dinner? It's time to throw salad night into your weekly meal plan. Wedge it between Taco Tuesday and pasta night and you've got a guaranteed beacon of freshness in the middle of the week.

When you're making salad for dinner, you need something that will fill you up and keep you satisfied, so you won't find any wimpy salads here. From a vegetarian kale taco salad, to a protein-rich chopped chickpea salad, to a Thai-inspired steak number, here are 18 meal-worthy salads to add to your dinner rotation right now.

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10 Pretty Cookies to Make This Spring — Recipes from The Kitchn

I am a big believer in cookies of all shapes, sizes, and flavors. But ugly cookies (which are sometimes the tastiest cookies) aren't right for every occasion. If your spring season is scheduled with gatherings that require sweet treats that are as festive and pretty as they are delicious, these cookies definitely fit the bill. You don't need a special occasion on the calendar to bake them, though — in my opinion, the warm, balmy days of spring are reason enough to celebrate with cookies.

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15 Fast & Fruity Breakfast Smoothies — Recipes from The Kitchn

Smoothies are the answer when you need a healthy breakfast and you need it fast. They come together in a matter of minutes and make sure you start your day with a healthy helping of fruits and veggies. Throw in some protein and you've got a morning meal that will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

We especially love smoothies this time of year, when berries are showing up at the farmers market and warmer temperatures mean a cool, refreshing drink is just the thing you want. From a raspberry and almond butter duo to a sunny lemon smoothie, these 15 smoothies deliver a fresh and fruity breakfast.

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