Vegetables

10 Ways to Turn a Bag of Fresh Green Beans into Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

Even though we can find fresh green beans at the grocery store year-round, they're currently hitting peak season right about now, so there is no better time to gobble them up. You'll find them piling up at farmers markets, where the prices are low and their flavor is bigger than ever. Crisp green beans are super versatile and there's no shortage of ways to cook them up. From a weeknight stir-fry to a lemony side dish, here are 10 delicious ways to bring fresh green beans to the table all summer.

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Recipe: Creamy Corn and Basil Orzotto — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Classic risotto will forever and always be one of my favorite dishes to make at home, but that doesn't mean I don't have room for riffs. No, this version made with orzo pasta is not traditional, but it's seriously delicious and it's got a fun name, so I think it works. It's creamy, cheesy, and flecked with summer sweetness in the form of corn kernels and chopped basil. It's also incredibly easy to throw together, thanks to the quick-cooking pasta. That means you can get a satisfying vegetarian dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

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Recipe: Chilled Lemon-Dill Cucumber Noodles — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When it's hot outside, twirl your fork around these thin, ultra-crisp cucumber noodles dressed with a tangy vinaigrette of lemon zest, olive oil, a little garlic, and dill. It's a versatile side dish or the base for a light lunch. My favorite is a bowl of these "noodles" topped with some smoked or seared salmon. It's a tasty combo that can't be beat when the temperatures start to climb.

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Recipe: Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Now that the summer farmers market season is in full swing, I know I can count on a steady stream of ripe seasonal produce and fresh herbs to make a roster of salads that are anything but boring. Full of a robust assortment of the freshest veggies, strips of juicy chicken, and tossed with a bright, herby pesto, this no-lettuce summer salad comes together with a single trip to the farmers market.

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20 New & Exciting Ways to Eat Zucchini for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

Oh, zucchini — it's hard to explain our feelings about this summer vegetable. We cheer when it arrives, but then all too quickly it overwhelms us. How do you keep up with the vegetable that just never seems to stop giving? The good news is that it's one of the most versatile veggies out there, so you've got loads of options when looking for ways to keep your zucchini consumption exciting. Here are 20 ways to enjoy the summer standby.

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Recipe: Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail — Summer Pitcher Drinks

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My favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic. But sometimes, even if I use extra-fancy tonic water and good gin, it feels like it just needs a little bit more. Sure, a lime will do, but what about something a touch different? Something that could transform it into a party-ready cocktail rather than the quiet cocktail I sip on Sunday evenings. The answer to this dilemma is a slew of cucumbers — oh, and a big ol' pitcher so that it can be batched and served up to whatever thirsty crowd you happen to invite over.

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