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Recipe: Tomato Tortellini Soup — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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When it comes to comfort food, tortellini is a classic. What's not to love about bite-sized nuggets of pasta filled with cheese? Skip the usual sauce, though, in favor of cooking up a rich and creamy tomato soup that comes together in 20 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights!

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How To Velvet Chicken for Stir-Fry — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Let me introduce you to a chicken technique that has revolutionized how I stir-fry at home: velveting. This Chinese technique is most often used in restaurants, but considering how easy it is, more home cooks should master it. Velveting chicken before you stir-fry gives the chicken the texture the name implies — tender, juicy chicken pieces that never dry out in the pan.

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How To Make Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry in Any Pan — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken and vegetable stir-fry should be a staple of every home cook's weekly meal plan — it's quick-cooking, flavorful, and can be better than takeout with just a few key ingredients and one brilliant step. If you've spent anytime at the stove trying to stir-fry without a wok and found that your chicken and vegetables sauté rather that stir-fry, then this recipe is for you.

With expert advice from Grace Young and a deep dive into the pure magic that is velveting chicken for stir-fry, this is literally everything you need to know to make a better weeknight stir-fry without a wok.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Coming of age in the High Mall Era meant the food court was the first stop before buying a new halter top or catching Freddie Prinze Jr.'s latest flick. Despite being a mall regular, I always debated between choosing the oversized pizza slice or sticky-sweet chicken teriyaki. Chicken teriyaki always won. Today, I rarely make it into a mall, but on days when my energy is low and the need to feed my family is high, the urge for chicken teriyaki takeout is strong.

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Recipe: Easy Bruschetta Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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In the hierarchy of appetizers you will find bruschetta, with it's juicy chopped tomatoes, sweet basil, and pop of tangy balsamic, firmly planted at the top of my list — especially now when near-perfect summer tomatoes are still hanging around. Bruschetta is far too good to be reserved for appetizers alone, which is why I'm adding it to my meal plan to give an otherwise boring chicken dinner a big upgrade. It's a meal that's easy enough to tackle on those nights you don't really feel like cooking.

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Recipe: Borscht Crostini — Quick and Easy Appetizers

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Whether served hot or cold, brimming with meat or completely vegetarian, the beet soup known as borscht has become a staple of the Ashkenazi Jewish repertoire. Perhaps that is because, amidst a sea of brown, heavy dishes — potato kugel, challah, cholent, latkes, and so on — borscht's ruby color and tangy-sweet flavor offers a bright counterpoint.

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