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Recipe: Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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You're going to want to keep this salad firmly planted in your summer meal plan rotation and at the ready for all of your picnics and potlucks. It is what I consider a multi-purpose, do-it-all salad — one that everyone can eat. It gets its bulk from protein-rich pantry staples like quinoa and beans, and picks up freshness, crunch, and color from a medley of veggies before it's tied together with a zippy chile-lime dressing. You can count on it to hold its own as the main course or a side that pairs with all your summer favorites.

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Recipe: Strawberry Mojito Pitcher — Easy Pitcher Drinks

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Strawberries, on their own, are the taste of summer. Add them to a mojito and you have a berry good drink. The red berries leach their sweetness into the pitcher as they're muddled, acting as the ideal contrast to all that mint and rum. Now, batch that recipe up so that it'll fill your favorite pitcher and you have the makings of a fresh and fruity crowd-pleaser. If you thought regular mojitos were refreshing, this one is doubly so.

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Recipe: Broccoli and Cauliflower “Coleslaw” — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Bringing a side dish to cookouts (and really any potluck) always feels a little bit like Thanksgiving dinner for me. I'm itching to go off-script, to prepare something new, exciting, and adventurous, while the rest of the family wants nothing but the classics. This slaw is the compromise where everybody wins. It ditches the standard shredded cabbage for a duo of crunchy chopped florets for a fresh spin. It's an instant hit with this broccoli- and cauliflower-loving crowd! The creamy tang of the lightened-up classic dressing will satisfy even the most ardent coleslaw devotees.

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Recipe: Broccoli and Cauliflower “Coleslaw” — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Bringing a side dish to cookouts (and really any potluck) always feels a little bit like Thanksgiving dinner for me. I'm itching to go off-script, to prepare something new, exciting, and adventurous, while the rest of the family wants nothing but the classics. This slaw is the compromise where everybody wins. It ditches the standard shredded cabbage for a duo of crunchy chopped florets for a fresh spin. It's an instant hit with this broccoli- and cauliflower-loving crowd! The creamy tang of the lightened-up classic dressing will satisfy even the most ardent coleslaw devotees.

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Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip — 3-Ingredient Recipes

Take three simple things — ripe avocado, soft goat cheese, and lemon juice — and whirl them together to create the creamiest, dreamiest dip you've ever imagined. It's sweet and a bit green-tasting from the avocado and tangy from the cheese, both of which are balanced by the big squeeze of lemon. Serve it with tortilla or pita chips, crackers, or crudité and it will be gone before you blink.

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Recipe: Skillet Braised Cod with Asparagus and Potatoes — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Jean Schwarzwalder)

"Wow, what's the special occasion?" my husband asked when I set this dinner on the table. It was just an average Wednesday night, but judging by the looks of the shallow bowls filled with tender cod fillets, vibrant veggies, fresh herbs, and a fragrant lemon and white wine broth, I can see how he thought I'd planned a fancy dinner. And that is the beauty of this weeknight recipe — it is so beautiful and nourishing, yet so surprisingly easy to pull together. This dish doesn't just get dinner on the table — it makes you feel like a total rockstar.

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