Quick Weeknight Meals

This 4-Minute Mac & Cheese Will Make You an Instant Pot Believer — Delicious Links

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Lightning-fast mac and cheese already exists: It's the stuff you'd microwave in your college dorm and quickly inhale in between classes. But if you want real-deal mac and cheese, with a healthier slant than that scary bright-orange stuff, you have to take the time to make it on the stovetop. That is, unless, you have an Instant Pot.

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10 Easy Weeknight Dinners to Make in Your Dutch Oven — Recipes from The Kitchn

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A Dutch oven is a real workhorse in the kitchen — it can boil water for pasta, slow-cook a pot roast, and do just about anything in between. That's why I find myself reaching for it multiple times a week to get dinner on the table. These 10 recipes prove just how useful it can be, even on the busiest nights of the week.

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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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Recipe: Orzo with Caramelized Fall Vegetables & Ginger — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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I love orzo — its plump, chewy grains so much like rice, but on a grander scale and with the tenderness of pasta — but I don't cook with it often enough, which seems silly, given how fast it can be. So I mused over what I would really like to eat right now and came up with all the fall vegetable flavors. Onions, garlic, mushrooms, sweet potato — preferably dark and caramelized, built from the ground up in one big skillet, browning, caramelizing, and sautéeing until you're left with a big pile of chewy orzo and dark, delicious fall vegetables.

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This Easy Chicken Chili Comes Together in 20 Minutes — Delicious Links

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Now that cool fall evenings have returned, nothing beats a hot bowl of chili for dinner. But if you think chili isn't a possibility on a busy weeknight, this chipotle chicken recipe is here to prove you wrong. It comes together in 20 minutes on the stovetop and delivers all the smoky, comforting goodness of chili that's been simmering all day.

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7 Lazy, Veggie-Packed Dinner Ideas — Recipes from The Kitchn

We all have those days when we feel so tired and lazy that the thought of assembling dinner feels daunting. The good news is that it doesn't have to be. A wholesome meal, packed with good-for-you ingredients like vegetables and beans, is 100 percent obtainable during these moments. The trick is to lean on store-bought conveniences — like pre-cut vegetables and canned goods — and use quick cooking techniques to get the job done without much effort.

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