A Ramadan Meal Plan for a Week of Delicious and Nourishing Meals — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Toward the end of Ramadan I can start to feel zapped of both energy and recipe ideas. I tackle this fatigue by revisiting my repertoire of favorite yet easy-to-put-together dishes. For suhoor, I really need quick and satisfying options that won't make me feel too full. I try to avoid any processed sugars or oily foods because they'll drag me down later in the day. For iftar, I'm looking for flavorful meals with little preparation time — especially during the weeknights. This meal plan brings all that thinking into one place. Maybe it'll inspire you as you plan for the coming week of meals.

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5 Tips for Cooking Iftar for a Crowd — An American Ramadan

Ramadan is a time for reflection, prayer, growth and charity. It is also a time for gathering with family, friends and neighbors for iftar, the end of fast meal at sunset. It can be challenging to prepare an elaborate dinner while feeling the fatigue of fasting, but with these tips you'll have all you need to host an iftar without a hitch.

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How To Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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The slow cooker strikes again! With minimal work and just one ingredient (psst ... it's chicken) this recipe delivers the most delicious payoff imaginable — meat so tender and juicy it practically falls right off the bone. And it's all thanks to the small, closed environment of the slow cooker.

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

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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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Recipe: Upside-Down Strawberry Skillet Cake — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Of all the essential summertime desserts, I'd argue that a glossy-topped strawberry skillet cake deserves a spot at the top of your list. If not for its simple beauty and ability to wow a crowd — just look at that layer of sweet berries! — then for the tender, vanilla cornmeal cake and jammy, ginger-scented slices of strawberries.

It's a riff on our one-bowl vanilla cake, with inspiration from skillet cornbread and a nod to the sweetness of a classic upside-down cake.

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5 Ways to Make Popsicles Without a Mold — Tips from the Kitchn

Reusable molds might be the most convenient way to get your Popsicle fix, but there are plenty of easy ways to make Popsicles without them. You can get equally satisfying results using basic tools you probably already have in your kitchen. Just don't forget the popsicle sticks.

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