Make Ahead

10 Make-Ahead Breakfasts to Prep This Weekend — Recipe Roundup

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When it comes to meal prep, you usually focus first on dinner and then maybe lunch. That means all too often breakfast gets the shaft. Maybe you think Oh, I'll just wing it! I'll eat a granola bar on my commute! I'll grab a muffin from the coffee shop! But you deserve so much more than that.

From sweet treats like carrot quick bread and apple-cinnamon French toast casserole to savory delights like scrambled chickpea and spinach pitas and ham, egg, and cheese quesadillas, these 10 make-ahead recipes will save you time and money (looking at you, $10 breakfast sandwich) in the mornings.

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Recipe: Skillet Apple Crisp — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Apple crisp is an absolute must come fall. Requiring a fraction of the work of apple pie, apple crisp still delivers on autumnal delight: warm, fragrant apples bathed in sweet cinnamon, topped with a crisp, crumbly oat mixture that makes the perfect contrast in each bite. Want to make apple crisp even better? Build it in an oven-safe skillet and you can go straight from sautéing your apples to baking the whole thing in the oven without dirtying an extra pan.

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30 Slow Cooker Dinners That Will Make Your House Smell Incredible — Recipes from The Kitchn

There's nothing like walking in the door after a long day at work and being greeted by the delicious aroma of dinner. With the help of the slow cooker, dinner is done without any of the hands-on work. Cozy up with one of these 30 dishes — including homemade bolognese, cranberry pork chops, and lemon dal — and pat yourself on the back for doing all the work beforehand.

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Recipe: Cowboy Caviar — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cowboy caviar is seriously perfect potluck party food — especially in the South, where tailgating season begins before the air turns crisp. Where once tailgating literally meant lowering the tailgate of a friend's truck, opening a bag of chips and a can of beer, we now have tents, tables, and decor. Needless to say, the snacks have improved as well. Cowboy caviar is best made ahead; it's filling but not heavy, and can be served at room temperature without any sign of congealed cheese or questionably warm mayo.

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How To Cook Classic Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Let's talk about falling back in love with a classic dish. When is the last time you made a classic beef brisket? You know the one — tender beef in a rich gravy with melting potatoes and carrots. The beef brisket that makes the whole house smell like a cozy day perfect for snuggling on the couch. It had actually been years since I'd made beef brisket, but since I recently discovered I could make this traditional dish in the slow cooker I've fallen back in love with brisket all over again.

If you're looking for a stunning but easy Sunday supper to get you through the long winter or to serve during the upcoming holidays, this is it — classic beef brisket made in the slow cooker.

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Dinner Recipe: Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Here's a warm, incredibly tasty dish that suits fall perfectly. Take a mess of caramelized onions, soupy and rich, and add a touch of mustard and some chicken thighs. Braise in the oven, then broil with a handful of Gruyère cheese. It's rich without being heavy, and deeply flavorful without too much work. I'm having this for dinner tonight — care to join me?

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