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5 Smoothie Kits for a Week of Make-Ahead Breakfasts — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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By nature, smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast that are both nourishing and convenient to enjoy when you're on the go. But there is a way to make them even easier. The key to a smart smoothie routine isn't just the pairing of ingredients you load in the blender — it's knowing the best way to get a jump-start on your favorite breakfast drink by making smoothie kits in advance.

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5 Dinners Anyone Can Make from Scratch in Under 30 Minutes — Recipes from The Kitchn

Quick and easy dinners are the bread and butter of my meal plan, week in and week out. From Monday through Friday you won't find recipes with a laundry list of ingredients, long prep times, or a lot of hands-on time at the stove. I save those for the weekend, when I have more time and I'm not tired from the day. Weeknight dinners need to be delicious, easy-to-make meals that go from prep to hitting the table in 30 minutes.

From tomato tortellini soup to crispy orange beef, these five recipes will show you that 30-minute meals are well within your reach — no matter your cooking experience or what your pantry looks like.

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The Chicken Dinner Playbook: 5 Techniques to Memorize for Quick Weeknight Meals — Recipes from The Kitchn

One of the most priceless lessons I took away from culinary school was the value of really learning and understanding cooking techniques over recipes. There was no emphasis on learning a long list of specific recipes. I've carried this into my own kitchen, and it has changed me as a home cook and how I think about getting meals on the table for my family.

The way I see it is, when you start with a recipe you get a single meal. But learn the basics of a specific cooking technique and add a little inspiration, and you'll see that you can turn that into so many different variations. A perfect example of this is the beloved weeknight chicken dinner. From a sheet pan supper to a sweet and tangy stir-fry, these five weeknight meals build on basic cooking techniques for quick and easy chicken dinners.

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5 Fresh Takes for Making the Most of Summer’s Best Tomatoes — Tomato YOLO

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While all the produce that hits farmers market stalls in the summer months makes me giddy, nothing gets me more excited than tomatoes. Each week, I find myself loading up on as many as I can carry home, in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes. How I'll consume them is never really settled until I am back in my kitchen, although I never worry I'll have trouble finding a way to eat them up.

The classic applications are on repeat, of course — tomato toasts, BLTs, and caprese salads — but that's really just the beginning. There are tons of new and exciting ways to eat your weight in tomatoes before the season comes to a close — it just takes adding a fresh jolt of energy to the mix. These five recipes do just that.

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Seattle in Four Recipes: An Edible Welcome Mat — Cook the Town: Seattle

When I moved to Seattle more than a decade ago, a tiny part of me was worried. I'd heard of the rain, of course — never mind that the stats told me Seattle gets less rain than New York, Boston, or Washington, DC. What really concerned me was the chill. Seattleites have a reputation as sometimes cold, unfriendly folk. But from the moment we touched down, we've felt the opposite.

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A One-Time-Only Lunchbox Bootcamp for a Better Week of Midday Eats — Lunch Box Bootcamp

Even though I work mostly from home, the lunch struggle is real. I am not immune to the sad desk lunch. Probably like you, it happens more often than I'd like to admit. But right now, inspired by the back-to-school season, all of that changes. I'm putting an end to the boring lunches that leave me splurging on a pricey salad and instead putting together exciting midday meals that will fill me up. When it comes to packing lunch, join me in welcoming September as the new January. It's time for a fresh start and it all begins with lunch.

From ham and cheese muffins to protein-packed chickpea quesadillas, these five midday meals show you how to give your lunch routine a total reboot.

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