Root Vegetables

Recipe: Chicken Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Come summer, there's really nothing I want more in my meal plan than simple, light dinners that come together with a very minimal amount of cooking and taste like they're bursting at the seams with freshness. I can't think of anything that fits the bill better than summer rolls. Packed with juicy seared chicken, ribbons of lightly pickled veggies, creamy avocado, and a layer of fresh herbs all rolled up in a chewy wrapper, these summer rolls call for more prep and assembly than actual cooking. They know how to hit the spot for a totally satisfying summer supper.

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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: 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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5 Tasty Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi — Tips from The Kitchn

You've probably spotted knobby purple or green kohlrabi at the farmers market recently and wondered what the heck this odd-shaped thing with the weird name is! Well, it's a fantastically versatile vegetable with a taste and texture somewhere between cabbage and broccoli stems.

We think that it's time for kohlrabi to step up and take a more prominent place in our cooking, and here are our top five favorite ways to eat it.

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Recipe: Beet “Ambrosia” — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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You know what I love? Being surprised by a familiar ingredient or an old recipe. This beet ambrosia does both. Ambrosia is typically a sweet fruit salad studded with marshmallows and chopped nuts, dressed with a sweet, creamy dressing. Beet ambrosia takes its visual cues from traditional ambrosia, but is decidedly savory.

A bite of this beet ambrosia is like a bite of the classic beet and goat cheese salad, but easier to eat. The beets are tender and soaked with a vinaigrette, but sweet grapes and salty pistachios keep the salad in balance. The dressing is rich and herby, with a whipped texture and a tanginess, thanks to goat cheese.

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Recipe: Four-Layer Carrot Cake with Scalloped Cream Cheese Frosting — Video from Kitchn

Carrot cake already has a charming earthiness to it. The warmth of cinnamon, the vegetal sweetness of carrots, and the pop of raisins (their particular sweetness fruity and mellow in their own right) — all come together to make a dessert easily enjoyed on many occasions. Bake up four towering layers, pipe on the cream cheese frosting with a pretty technique, and decorate with garden-fresh flowers, and suddenly that charming, earthy cake takes on an air of pure elegance. In this video, you'll see just how the piping is done.

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