Make Ahead

Recipe: Baked Apple-Oat Breakfast Squares — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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My breakfast of choice for the majority of my elementary school years was apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal. I'd pick through the variety pack my dad bought every week for my preferred flavor. These squares are based off that oatmeal, but with a more wholesome spin, thanks to real ingredients and natural sweeteners. They also happen to be even faster than those little packets, since once they are baked, it's a true grab-and-go situation.

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Recipe: BBQ Chicken Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When tangy BBQ chicken shows up in our weekly meal plan, my husband's eyes always light up with excitement. But this time — when I told him it was coming in casserole form, that it involved tender riced cauliflower, and was Paleo — his eyes got squinty in the way that only happens when he's skeptical. I, however, knew it would be a hit with him. So when he asked if there was enough for seconds after taking his first bite, I wasn't surprised.

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20 Hearty Soup Recipes for Fall Lunches & Dinners — Recipes from The Kitchn

Is soup the perfect lunch? It's a convenient make-ahead meal, and it brings a touch of home to your desk with its warm nourishment. But there's just one thing that often holds us back from bringing soup for lunch: Will it fill us up? The answer is yes, if you choose the right soup.

Here are 20 hearty soups that will warm you from the inside out — from cabbage and rice soup to chicken soup with fennel and farro. Every bite is loaded with wholesome things, and will keep you feeling full through the afternoon.

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Recipe: Make-Ahead Pumpkin French Toast Casserole — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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This is how you do French toast during prime pumpkin season (aka right now!). It's a sweet, seasonal breakfast casserole for a crowd and powerful enough to win over the most ardent pumpkin spice critic. Thick cubes of buttery brioche are soaked overnight and infused with rich custard packed with warm spices and a double dose of pumpkin. Then it's dotted with a crunchy brown sugar and pecan streusel that takes it over the top. Amazing, right?

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars — Easy Dessert Recipes

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A slice of classic cheesecake is one of those desserts that takes nicely to added flavors and tinkering. If you love both pumpkin pie and cheesecake, these creamy bars are the perfect hybrid. There's a sturdy graham cracker crust on the bottom, then a layer of classic white cheesecake, and finally a delicate pumpkin cheesecake layer fragrant with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices. One pan makes a lot of bars that you can take to your next party or potluck; I promise the pan will come home empty.

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Don’t Skip This Step for Super-Tender Slow Cooker Chicken — Tips from The Kitchn

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Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker almost feels too good to be true. It produces a chicken so moist and tender that the meat practically falls off the bone. It requires just one ingredient and only a couple minutes of prep work. It's so simple that it feels like there should be a catch.

No, there's no catch — it's really that good — but there is one very important thing you need to do before putting the bird into the slow cooker.

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