Summer

This 5-Minute Parmesan Zucchini Is the Easy Side Dish You Need — Delicious Links

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It's time for your daily reminder to use up all that zucchini you harvested from your garden or bought at the farmers market! This five-minute side dish is just the ticket. It'll go with whatever main dish you're making, and just might steal the show come dinnertime.

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3 Ridiculous Rules for Eating Tomatoes — Strong Opinions

Tomatoes are disgusting — except for when they're not. Yes, I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but I stand by these statements. There's a reason kids tend to love pizza but hate tomato sauce on pasta: Because kids are smarter than we give them credit for and onto the sneaky games tomatoes like to play with our tastebuds!

Here are my most ridiculous rules for eating tomatoes. You should adopt them for yourself. Or add your own tomato rules at the bottom of this post — c'mon, you know you have some!

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18 Budget-Friendly Meals to Add to Your Meal Plan — Recipes from The Kitchn

While the focus of my meal plan might shift a little from week to week, the overarching idea always stays the same: easy dinners that embrace the season without totally killing my food budget for the week. Right now, during the hottest days of summer, I want nothing more than refreshing meals full of summer's best produce that come together with minimal effort.

From crispy chicken thighs with blistered tomatoes and basil to a veggie-packed enchilada casserole, here are 18 budget-friendly dinners to keep in your meal plan for the rest of summer.

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Recipe: Geraldine’s Mellow Tomato Sauce with Brie — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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For the most part, watching Instagram stories is always a good idea — especially since it brought the idea for summer's most amazing tomato sauce to life. Had I not been scrolling through my feed, I never would have seen this simple, must-make tomato and Brie sauce that managing editor Geraldine pulled together for a fast and fancy midweek dinner. It's the kind of no-cook sauce made with the ripest, juiciest summer tomatoes in mind. They're chopped and tossed together with torn sweet basil, a few glugs of good olive oil, and chunks of creamy, pungent Brie that melt into the sauce when hot pasta hits the bowl.

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This Salad Is Basically Summer in a Bowl — Delicious Links

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There are certain recipes that just scream summer. This salad — packed with in-season produce like corn, zucchini, cantaloupe, and herbs — is one of them. With salty prosciutto and creamy buttermilk dressing, it's a total crowd-pleaser that will certainly impress at your next picnic or barbecue. And you don't even have to turn on your oven or stove!

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Recipe: Mason Jar Tuna Niçoise — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

When it comes to weekday lunches, I lean towards options that are wholesome and can easily be made in advance (bonus points for big-batch cooking). But I also want something that feels a little special. Even if I only have 10 or 15 minutes for lunch, I want that time to feel like an escape from the rest of the day, and tucking into something slightly luxurious is exactly how to do it. A classic Nicoise salad, layered with tender fresh veggies, tuna, hard-boiled egg, briny olives, and an umami-packed vinaigrette does the job like no other. Pack it up in a Mason jar and you're ready to tote it to work.

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