Make Ahead

How To Make Yogurt Drops at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I remember a time in raising my children in which I was never without one of those zip-top bags of frozen yogurt bites. If they needed something while we waited for dinner to arrive at the table, or a quiet snack at library story time, there they were. And while I loved making baby food for them and freezing yogurt for snacks, there was just no beating the commercial yogurt bites — even I enjoyed my fair share of the sweet, tangy, melt-in-your mouth texture of those bites.

It almost pains me to have discovered a hack for making dried yogurt bites at home after that season of my child-rearing is coming to an end, but when I discovered I could turn a kitchen staple's leftovers in to tender snack bites, I knew I needed to share this splendid secret.

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17 Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes to Keep Stashed in the Freezer — Recipes from The Kitchn

I'm a firm believer that stashing a week's worth (or even more!) of breakfast in the freezer is one of the absolute best things you can do for your future self. It feels nothing short of victorious when you can roll out of bed, pop breakfast in the oven, and, by the time you're showered and ready for work, have a warm breakfast in hand. What's not to love about that?

From breakfast sandwiches and burritos, to muffins and breakfast cookies, it's time to stash these 17 breakfast recipes in your freezer right now.

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5 Recipes for a Week of Budget-Friendly Lunches — Recipes from The Kitchn

One of the best reasons to pack your own lunch is that it's much easier on your wallet than running out to your favorite fast-casual spot every day at noon. These five recipes are proof of that and then some because they happen to be more budget-friendly than most. They also happen to be extra-satisfying meals you can make at the start of the week, keep in the fridge, and grab when you need them, which means there is no excuse not to try at least one of these recipes this week.

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How To Make Frozen Garlic Bread — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Garlic bread is one of dinner's simple pleasures. It comes together quickly and easily, and the results are always super satisfying, yet a huge market still remains for frozen garlic bread from the supermarket. If you've never bought a box to stash in the freezer, you may be wondering, why bother?

Here's the thing about frozen garlic bread — not only is it a comforting little shortcut for your busy life, but good frozen garlic bread is also totally crave-worthy in its own right. Frozen garlic bread takes full advantage of every inch of surface area on a slice of bread by slathering it with rich garlic butter that basically fries the bread in the oven. Plus, with garlic bread in the freezer, you can make a single slice (or two) whenever the craving strikes.

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Recipe: Raspberry-Ginger Oatmeal Thumbprints — Easy Snack Recipes

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If you have a soft spot for oatmeal cookies and a particular fondness for ginger in baked goods, this recipe is for you. With chunks of candied ginger throughout and a sweet, jammy thumbprint center, these are classic oatmeal cookies with the volume turned up.

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Recipe: Raspberry-Ginger Oatmeal Thumbprints — Easy Snack Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

If you have a soft spot for oatmeal cookies and a particular fondness for ginger in baked goods, this recipe is for you. With chunks of candied ginger throughout and a sweet, jammy thumbprint center, these are classic oatmeal cookies with the volume turned up.

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