Vegetables

Recipe: Grilled Pesto Chicken Flatbreads — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Summer and the thrill and ease of eating outside means that we should all be grilling as much as possible. So to help make that possible we're sharing these super-easy chicken and pesto flatbreads. They start with my favorite shortcut, pre-made naan bread, and get topped with basil pesto, grilled chicken breast, and corn. Make these for a quick weeknight dinner or appetizer from the grill and count on them to be done in as little as 15 minutes.

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Recipe: Skillet Ratatouille Cobbler — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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Ratatouille, the humble French vegetable stew, just begs for some crusty bread to sop up all its tasty juices. But let's take it one step further and make it even easier. Throw that perfect trifecta of summer vegetables — tomatoes, eggplant, and summer squash — into a hot skillet without cooking them, then add a scoop of thyme-scented biscuit dough right on top. After an hour in the oven, you're digging into a savory vegetarian cobbler. It's the perfect summer dish next to grilled meats or a crisp green salad.

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Recipe: The Easiest Cheese and Vegetable Frittata — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

If I had a summer cooking motto it might be "frittatas forever" because frittatas are the real sweethearts of the kitchen. You always have the main ingredient — eggs — on hand, you can throw any vegetables and cheese you want into frittatas, and they cook up in a flash to be served hot and bubbly from the oven or at room temp with good bread and a salad.

This one is particularly great at using up all those farmers market vegetables that you bought with the best of intentions. Frittatas forgive you for forgetting about basil and onions in the fridge and welcome your half a bell pepper and zucchini (that's going soft) with enthusiasm, all while helping you make a summer supper that can do double duty as breakfast or lunch too. Here's the magic formula to this fridge-clearing wunderkind.

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Your Grilled Veggies Want You to Pay Better Attention to Them — Tips from The Kitchn

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When it comes to vegetables, the line between grilled and sacrificed to the fire gods is thin. The goal of grilling proteins is to grill them until cooked sufficiently to eat. With vegetables and fruit, the goal line can, and should, move. Sometimes we seek only a wispy waft of smoky flavor, or a crosshatch of grill marks, or deckled edges of finishing char. Other times we want the food cooked through, good and plenty. A key to grilling vegetables is to decide the end game, to know the answer to "Why am I doing this?" Reliable grilling recipes can light your path and teach you the basics, but no matter where you're headed, no matter the recipe, here are a few tips that make it a better ride.

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Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Grain Bowls — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I am a big fan of cooking out when friends stop by for dinner, whether it's a weeknight or a Friday night. My favorite trick for making this possible is to have guests build their own dinners. Grilled grain bowls are an easy way to pull this off.

Think of grilled grain bowls as the grown-up version of the hobo packets you might have made at sleep-away camp. Essentially everyone builds their own packet of uncooked quinoa, chopped vegetables, and shrimp, and then the packets are wrapped up and cooked on the grill. It's pure summer comfort food by way of the grill. Drizzled with a creamy herb sauce and prepped in just a few minutes, you'll be making these regularly — guests or not.

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10 Simple Ways to Upgrade Roasted Broccoli — 1 Ingredient, 10 Ways

For weeknight dinners I'm all about super-simple sides. That usually translates to roasted veggies, with broccoli leading the pack. On its own, even the crowd-pleaser roasted broccoli can get a little boring and repetitive, but it certainly doesn't have to be that way. The easiest way to switch things up? Change the seasoning.

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