Make Ahead

Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Super Greens Smoothie — Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

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Sipping on a subtly sweet and creamy smoothie full of all the green things always makes me feel like I'm starting my day on a really good note. And that's exactly what you can expect from this super-green smoothie kit. In addition to the namesake ingredient (just choose you favorite kind of greens), chopped zucchini, ripe avocado, and banana make this breakfast beverage super creamy and filling.

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15 Soups to Make in the Slow Cooker and Eat All Week Long — Recipes from The Kitchn

After a steamy summer of living without soup (besides the occasional gazpacho), the cooler days of September immediately bring a serious craving for something brothy and warm. These 15 recipes fill the void and are particularly special since they all can be made in the slow cooker. That means a whole lot of reward without much effort. Pick one to make at the start of the week and then keep enjoying the leftovers for lunch or dinner all week long.

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5 Camping Staples You Should Make Ahead at Home — Fall Weekend Trips

When you're camping, it can be easy to opt for instant meals. And there's nothing wrong with that! But I'd argue that cooking in the great outdoors brings more than just a delicious dish; half of the enjoyment of camping trips is the time spent around the stove chatting with friends.

You can, however, make things a little easier on yourself with some at-home prep. There are a lot of basic camping staples that are easy to make at home. Bonus: These DIY foods allow you to get a little more creative with flavors than the stuff you buy from the grocery store, and they're also a great budget-friendly option for keeping meal costs down.

Here are five camping staples I like to make ahead in the comfort of my own kitchen.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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This brilliant dinner hack is thanks to you, dear Kitchn readers. When we shared our recipe for slow cooker fajitas, many of you commented that your favorite riff on that concept was slow cooker salsa chicken. The premise is simply combining your favorite salsa with chicken breast in the slow cooker until tender. The result is deliciously seasoned, shredded chicken that's perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, or even taco salads.

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25 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Weeknights — Recipes from The Kitchn

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We can think of few things better than walking through the door after a long day and knowing that a home-cooked meal awaits us. And since we don't have our own personal live-in chefs, we rely on our slow cookers to help us out.

These comforting recipes take just a little bit of prep work in the morning or the night before, and then the slow cooker does the heavy lifting. Your future self will thank you.

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Recipe: Crispy Orange Ground Beef & Veggies — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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On busy weeknights when I'm tempted to order in, this is the recipe I've been turning to again and again. Inspired by a takeout favorite, this weeknight recipe features ground beef that's cooked until the edges are nice and crispy, quick stir-fried veggies, and an irresistible sticky orange sauce. You'll definitely want plenty of rice to soak up the extra sauce.

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