When you want something for dessert that's more than a chocolate bar or ice cream, but still easy enough to make that you can eat it ASAP, mug cakes are your friends. Most of these take less than 2 minutes to make in a microwave. Yeah, that's right.
Have you ever spent months, years even, trying to replicate a recipe from a favorite restaurant? I've been trying to perfect this chopped salad since the day I first tasted it at my beloved red-sauce Italian joint in L.A., and I'm proud to say I think I finally nailed it. (Sans the red checkered tablecloths.)
Need a new pasta recipe that comes together in twenty minutes? This one-pot meal is not only fast, it's delicious. Roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes are swaddled in a creamy sauce amped up with brie. It's guaranteed to be your new winter, spring, summer, and fall favorite.
This is one of those go-to weeknight meals that I can throw together with my eyes closed and one hand behind my back. Chewy pasta and gooey cheese are balanced out by a big helping of veggies with a little ground meat for protein. Add in a spicy kick and everyone leaves happy. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples at our house, and there's plenty of flexibility in the recipe to throw in whatever happens to be in season or on hand in your kitchen.
Cobb salads are a weekly occurrence at my house. They are filling, fast, and can be modified to suit any preferences, plus they are a great way to use up leftovers. This version is loaded with zesty barbecue chicken, black beans, and cheddar jack cheese for a Southwestern spin on the American classic.
We don't even have kids nor do we have anyone in the house that is going "back to school," and yet the energy of this time of year is infectious. There is an upsurge in traffic at certain times of the day, office supply stores are swamped, and late afternoon grocery store trips become more of a hassle than usual. I think the back to school hustle and bustle affects us all, no? I notice the morning light beginning to change, and for some reason breakfast can start to seem like more and more of a challenge or chore. But then you remember overnight oats.
When one has fresh tomato sauce, homemade ricotta, and a huge haul of vegetables in one's fridge, a hearty lasagna is really the only possible course of action. If it doesn't yet feel quite autumnal enough to justify a plate of cheesy lasagna, that's fine — sneak a slice now and freeze the rest for meals to come.
Here's a delicious and versatile recipe to add to your end of summer rotation: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and loads of basil are tossed with hearty and healthful farro to create a perfect pairing for any time of day.
The first time I discovered ramen noodle salad was a culinary revelation. (Yes, those 99-cent ramen noodles.) It was sweet, tangy, and crunchy all at the same time, and it was a far cry from the creamy Southern slaws of my youth. Needless to say, I was hooked.
Summertime is all about picnics and potlucks, so if you're still in search of the ultimate dish that guarantees return invites and recipe requests, this Mexican street corn salad is for you. Not only will the fresh flavors please any palate, but it's just as easy to make a double (or triple) batch and it's equally delicious served hot, cold, or at room temp. Sounds like a winner to me!