Recipe: Last-Minute Spicy Coconut Wonton Soup — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Frozen dumplings are one of my freezer secret weapons. They can be a hearty snack, quick appetizer when friends drop by, or even the star of a dinner stir-fry. Whether they're little Japanese gyoza or Chinese potstickers, all are welcome freezer staples to me. Now how about giving them the soup treatment? This sour-spicy soup, inspired by Thai tom kha gai soup, combines broth with creamy coconut milk, lots of ginger and lime zest for zing, pepper flakes for spiciness, frozen dumplings, and veggies for a soup hearty enough to be a full meal when that wonton soup craving hits. Oh, and it comes together in just about 15 minutes!


The Essential School Lunch Grocery List — Tips from The Kitchn

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Beyond the benefit of a packed school lunch giving parents more control over what kids eat at school, we often don't talk about the financial benefits of packing school lunch. It's a point I'm always quick to point out to my husband when the kids request "hot lunch" — the lunch the school serves.

When I fold school lunch shopping into my regular grocery shopping I find that not only do I save money by skipping prepared lunches at school, but I also save my sanity — no last-minute scramble to fill lunch boxes in the morning or trying to hold back dinner portions to make sure that I can pack lunches. When I have this list on hand, packing lunch boxes is way more fun.


Recipe: Vegetable Pesto Puff Pastry Tart — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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A box of puff pastry stashed in the freezer means magical things can happen, including a tart with a colorful mosaic of summer vegetables layered on top of fragrant basil pesto and topped with a sprinkling of feta cheese and red pepper flakes. A still-warm slice of this buttery tart is just the thing you'll want to eat outside with a frosty glass of rosé.


5 Lunch Boxes That Will Keep Your Lunch Cold All Day — Shopping

Depending on the people you work with, the office refrigerator might not be a safe place for your lunch. (How anyone can "mistake" your lovingly assembled kale salad for their #saddesklunch is beyond us!) Or maybe your job has you on the road most of the day, driving back and forth to appointments, and you don't have fridge access? Or maybe you just have a long commute? You need a lunch box that'll keep your food cold. Like, really cold. For a long time.

These lunch boxes will keep their cool until you're ready to eat.


10 Ways to Turn Hard-Boiled Eggs into Lunch — Tips from The Kitchn

It's incredible. It's edible. And it's an amazing powerhouse of protein that fits almost any budget. It is, of course, the egg.

And since I learned how to hard-cook eggs in my pressure cooker, well, they are an ever-present constant in my fridge as well as on my menu. Hard-cooked eggs make a great snack, are incredibly portable, and can make lunch into something special without much effort at all.


Recipe: Double-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Sriracha-Honey BBQ Sauce — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Who doesn't love a chicken tender, really? I think tenders are everyone's favorite — especially at a party. These tenders are easy to make; the ingredients and steps are simple enough for novice cooks to successfully follow and do. The tenders also have the flavor and texture we crave in chicken fingers — juicy and moist with a golden brown-crust — but they are baked rather than fried (although people swear otherwise).


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