How Protein Shakes & Bars Stack Up Against All-Natural Protein Sources — Protein 101

It's hard to miss the shelves and aisles and impressive displays devoted to protein shakes and bars at your local grocery store — it doesn't need to be a health food store for the bars to taunt you at the checkout line. If you're not someone who consumes these packaged products, you may very well wonder what all the fuss is about. Or if you are someone who grabs a protein bar as a snack in the middle of the day, you may wonder if it's really a good choice. Here's the truth:

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17 Skillet Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes — Recipes from The Kitchn

One-skillet meals are something we turn to often because we know what they promise: a manageable list of ingredients usually full of the foods we often have on hand (eggs, chicken thighs, a can of beans, maybe a few frozen fillets of salmon), a shorter cook time (because longer than an hour on weekdays isn't often possible), and a delicious dish to share at the family table or to save for tomorrow's lunch. From comforting pastas, to fast and fancy fish dinners, to pizza, there are so many possibilities. Here are 17 recipes to prove it.

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Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Plant-Based — Decoding the Language Around Meatless Diets — Everyday Vegetarian

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There's a little joke that goes around vegan circles — the concept of the "level-five vegan," someone who is unflinchingly committed to the plant-based lifestyle. The term is a reference to an episode of The Simpsons, in which Lisa Simpson — one of television's most celebrated vegetarians — develops a crush on a guy who chuckles dismissively when she says she's thinking of going vegan. "I'm a level-five vegan," he says. "I won't eat anything that casts a shadow."

There are so many ways to go meatless today that you could be forgiven for falling behind on the terminology. No, veganism doesn't have "levels" (at least, not that we know of), but it has plenty of variations. Below is your glossary of vegetarianism in its many forms, from the basic meat-abstinent to the purely plant-based.

And what if — despite our trusty guide — you should find a vegetarian at your dinner table, and you're at a loss for what (not) to serve? When in doubt, ask. Just ask! Ask early and ask often. Ask with genuine curiosity and then actually listen to the answer. It really is that easy.

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I Didn’t Register for Formal Dinnerware and I Actually Regret It — The Happy Ever After Wedding Registry

When my husband and I got married almost four years ago, we didn't register for much. We had already lived together for a few years and we were in our 30s, so we had a pretty decent stock of essentials. It wasn't like we were fresh out of college and looking to replace hand-me-down pots and pans. We also lived in a small New York City apartment and I couldn't imagine ever needing any more stuff.

Together, we made the executive decision to skip the formal dinnerware and instead asked our families for a set of everyday whites from Crate & Barrel. (Just registering for the plates, bowls, and serving platter. I felt very strongly about keeping the mismatched mugs we already had!)

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If You Love Bourbon and Bungalows, This Airbnb Is for You — Vacation Rentals for Cooks

Vacation Rental: The Bourbon Trail Bungalow in Old Lou
Sleeps: 7 people
Price: $135 per night
Why We Wanna Cook Here: We're suckers for the combination of exposed brick and marble.

If there's a more charming spot in Louisville, we're going to need to see it because right now, this crazy-cute bungalow is taking the cake. Whether you're in town for the Derby or just up for exploring all the South has to offer, you're going to want to book a few days in this historic two-bedroom house with an exposed brick and marble kitchen, high ceilings, quirky old fireplaces, and a private back yard. We've already packed our suitcases.

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Recipe: Bacon Gruyère Egg Bites — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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There's been an increasing demand for low-carb fare, so Starbucks answered the call with Sous Vide Egg Bites. These eggy bites are cooked sous vide (in a low-temperature water bath) until velvety smooth and are studded with bacon and cheese or vegetables. They've proven so popular that I haven't been able to find any to sample in my local stores!

These egg bites are such an appealing idea, especially as a protein-packed on-the-go breakfast, that I came up with my own version instead. The result is creamy and rich with crispy bacon and Gruyère cheese, and can be eaten out of hand. Oh, and the best part is that you don't need a sous-vide machine to make these!

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