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Recipe: No-Chop Cold Veggie Noodle Bowls with Soy Lime Vinaigrette — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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There are two summer supper situations where you'll want to know this summer-sauté-meets-noodle-bowl method by heart. The first are those muggy evenings where after a long day outside you're ravenous, but the idea of chopping anything seems arduous. It's too hot to cook, you think, but you've also got a fridge full of vegetables and an empty belly. You could probably muster up cooking, as long as you didn't have to chop anything.

Likewise, you may find yourself in a friend's summer cabin or in a high-traffic vacation rental in which the knives have all but disappeared. There's a paring knife with a broken handle that you'd rather not use, but there is a decent peeler. That means you can pull off this hat-trick of a summer supper in that situation as well.

This summer sauté served over rice noodles is everything you'll crave in a cold noodle bowl: vegetables quickly cooked with plenty of bite left in them and one of the best soy vinaigrettes I know.

Here's the summer sauté that doesn't require a knife, only requires a teensy bit of cooking, and has enough variables that you can make it over and over again all summer long.

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Recipe: Summer Breakfast Salad — Healthy Breakfast Recipes

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If you're not one already, this salad is the one that will make you a breakfast salad believer. And it's easy to see why — it has a lot going for it. Fresh ingredients like spinach, plump blueberries, and creamy avocado make you feel like you're starting the day off on the right foot, while protein-rich eggs, bacon, and quinoa will keep you going until lunch. But what will make you fall hard is the warm bacon-apple cider vinaigrette. The temperature makes the whole salad comforting, and it works to mellow any bite in the greens and enhance the sweetness of the berries.

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10 Simple Ways to Upgrade Roasted Broccoli — 1 Ingredient, 10 Ways

For weeknight dinners I'm all about super-simple sides. That usually translates to roasted veggies, with broccoli leading the pack. On its own, even the crowd-pleaser roasted broccoli can get a little boring and repetitive, but it certainly doesn't have to be that way. The easiest way to switch things up? Change the seasoning.

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Recipe: Make-Ahead Chicken and Veggie Chopped Salad — Salad Recipes

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This is my favorite summer meal prep salad — the kind of thing I crave after a weekend of heavy barbecued foods, cold beers, and rich ice cream. On the tail-end of a quick summer getaway I had an epiphany: This is just the kind of salad to make right after coming home from vacation. The rhythm of preparing everything — from the soothing chop, chop of all the fresh vegetables to the zen whisking of the dressing — gives me my kitchen groove back every time.

If that all sounds a little too frou-frou for you, let me tell it this way: This salad is perfect for meal prepping, as it holds up really well in the fridge. It's got tons of fresh raw vegetables, making it a crunchy delight of flavors and texture, and it will make you feel ready to face the work week post-vacation.

Open up your favorite grocery delivery app and get ready to order all the ingredients so you can make this as soon as you get home.

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How To Grill the Juiciest Pork Tenderloin in Under 30 Minutes — Grilling Lessons from The Kitchn

Picture this: You've got guests coming over for a cookout in less than an hour. What can you grill that will be both impressive and quick? The answer is almost always pork tenderloin. It's also the answer for quick weeknight dinners from the grill when you've run through the usual hot dog and chicken breast routine already. Hearty enough to serve four or more, pork tenderloin cooks up faster than you can whip up burgers with all the fixings.

Pork, especially the tenderloin, takes incredibly well to the smoky char of the grill. With just a smart dry rub of sugar, salt, and spices, pork tenderloin grills up with a thin, tender-crisp crust, while being incredibly juicy and, well, tender in the interior. Pork tenderloin is so crave-worthy that you'll be making it a regular on your dinner table this summer. Here are the four things you need to know for cooking juicy pork tenderloin in under 30 minutes.

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Recipe: Summer Vegetables Sub Sandwich with Garlic Cream Cheese — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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You're hitting the road in just under an hour, the bags are packed, the house is tidy, and then you hear it: the hungry gurgle of an empty belly. Not wanting to mess up the kitchen, you reach for a few pantry ingredients and the half a container of cream cheese languishing in the fridge. The goal? Only dirty the dishes you can throw in the dishwasher you'll run before you leave, but also make a tasty sandwich you can eat now or in the car.

Enter: the summer vegetable sub sandwich. Gilded with a flavorful cream cheese and topped with just a handful of fresh vegetables and a few jarred ones, this sandwich is just the sort of thing to fuel your trip. Plus, it travels incredibly well. Here's how to make it without messing up the kitchen.

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