Recipe: Balsamic Glazed Veggie Kebabs — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

This really is the only recipe you need for grilled vegetables now through summer and into fall. Any vegetable wins when it's soaked in a sweet, tangy, and garlic-packed balsamic glaze and grilled on skewers until caramelized and tender. Grill Brussels sprouts now, while they still linger, and then move on to the summer bounty of eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and more. Serve them with other grilled fare, like burgers, dogs, or chicken, or bask in their heartiness and make them a vegan main course. Yep, it just might be time to start stocking up on wooden skewers.


How To Make Date Caramels — Make More Good

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Date caramels are one of those culinary magic tricks that you can't even believe works until you try it. You pulse whole dates with a few other ingredients, press them into a pan, and top with a bit of flaky salt. Just 30 minutes later you can cut out soft, chewy caramels that are free from added sugar (not to be confused with the loads of sugars naturally occurring in dates) and high in dietary fiber.

You didn't even have to turn on the stove.

But the ease of preparing date caramels is hardly the best part. These date caramels are incredibly delicious. Rich and creamy like classic caramels, they don't have any actual cream, making them a vegan-friendly treat. Sweet, chewy, and just a touch salty — they're the perfect little treat to share with friends or give as a gift.

Ready to try this culinary feat of flavor? Here's how to make date caramels at home.


Recipe: One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

This side dish is so smoky and fragrant, you may find yourself pushing aside the main course so that you can focus your attention on it. Smoked paprika not only lends its intense flavor to the couscous, but it also adds color, creating the most beautiful golden hue. Toasted sliced almonds add textural crunch to the dish (something that is all too often missing in plain ol' couscous), and a slew of chopped fresh parsley brings its pop of green freshness to the equation. Enjoy this as a bed for roast chicken, grilled steak, or even just a pile of juicy roasted vegetables for a simple, satisfying meal.


How To Make Date Syrup — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Date syrup is a thick, caramel-colored sweetener made from dates. You may have seen it on the shelves in your local health food store, as many cooks embrace it as an alternative sweetener. Date syrup is incredibly easy to make at home, can be more affordable than store-bought, and has the lush caramel hue and heady date flavor of its namesake fruit.

Here is everything you need to know about making date syrup at home.


10 Sides That Are Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo (So Basically for Everyone!) — Recipes from The Kitchn

Invite a few friends over for dinner and it's not unlikely that you'll have a mix of dietary restrictions around the table. It can feel like a challenge cooking for a mix of vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free folks, Paleo followers, and omnivores but it's actually not impossible. These 10 sides have the ability to fulfill all of these dietary restrictions while keeping those who eat absolutely everything happy and fed. The big trend here is to keep things simple and let veggies do all the hard work.


Recipe: Easy Lemon-Ginger Spinach — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If you, like me, are plagued by choosing the right side to pair with dinner, this spinach recipe deserves a standing spot in your meal plan rotation. Grab a knob of fresh ginger and a lemon — we're going to make one of my all-time favorite spinach side dishes. Not only is it packed with light, refreshing flavors and ready in minutes, but it also goes with just about everything.


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