Victor Valdivia

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9 Comforting Grain Bowls to Ease You Into the Week

Ah, Monday. We meet again. Some people love the beginning of the week—a new start powered by a weekend of rest and relaxation. But I’m going to take a wild guess that, like me, you are not one of them. Monday is a day of reckoning.<p>I need robust meals to power through Monday (and Tuesday and …

Healthy Eating

Truly Stellar, 5-Ingredient Cauliflower Soup

As soon as the temperature drops below freezing, my shoulders scrunch, my eyes squint, my fingers turn into icicles, and my toes lose circulation. Not exactly my idea of a good time, but I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker, so I’ve dealt with this my whole life, and have devised methods for thawing …

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23 Filling Soups, Stews & Salads, Courtesy of Lentils

To me, lentils are a pantry hero. Possibly even a superhero. I can't count the number of times I've come home, tired and feeling "bleh," a corner of my mind nudging me sneakily to give in and order takeout even though I'd made myself a promise to cook more often. I open the fridge looking for …

Healthy Eating

The Smitten Kitchen Approved Trick for Easy On-the-Go Lunches

Last night, I had the opportunity to talk with Deb Perelman, cookbook author and mastermind behind everyone’s favorite food blog, Smitten Kitchen. She was teaming up with actress Tia Mowry to help her debut a slew of kitchen hacks for busy eating on the go. After her presentation at the Life Hack …

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9 Ways to Turn Ground Turkey Into a Speedy, Flavorful Weeknight Dinner

Ground turkey is often proffered as a low(er)-fat substitute to ground beef, pork, or veal. In January, when some of us are trying to eat a little healthier—yet still put satisfying, comforting meals on the table—ground turkey is our best friend. It's high in protein, cooks quickly, and is …

Cooking

A No-Fuss Crustless Quiche to Eat Morning & Night

My first forays into cooking started a little later than most. Growing up, both of my parents were excellent cooks, but not very patient teachers. And in college, a mandated meal plan kept me from learning the basics, like scrambled eggs or lentil soup. But finally, at 22, a job brought me hundreds …

Breakfast

Work Lunch Ideas That Will Brighten Your Dark Winter Days

I like to fancy myself an optimist. Sure, it's winter and rosé season is but a distant dream. Yes, it's January, and we still have a good three months of grim weather here in the Northeast. But guess what? We're on the other side of the winter solstice, which means the sun is setting a bit later (a …

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Two Feel-Good Soups You'll Want to Keep in Rotation All Winter

<i>The new year is a time to reset, especially in the kitchen. To help you get there, we've partnered with Eggland's Best to highlight dishes that are satisfying and nourishing, but light enough that they won't feel over-indulgent. All are made even more delicious with EB eggs.</i><p>Like pretty much …

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A Thai-Spiced Omelet That Tastes Like Dinner (or Breakfast)

On morning trail runs, my girlfriends and I talk about our workouts, our kids, and what to make for dinner. One day my friend Shari asked me about my go-to emergency suppers. You know, those quick meals conjured from the contents of your fridge when you’re on the verge of dialing a number for …

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The Only Way I'd Eat Cauliflower as a Kid (and Now as an Adult, Too)

<i>Every so often, we scour the site for cool recipes from our community that we then test, photograph, and feature. This one comes from community member Heena, who shares a favorite recipe of her mother's that's simple, satisfying, and make-ahead friendly.</i><p>When I was contacted about featuring my Mom’s …

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19 Protein-Packed Snacks Guaranteed to Fill You Up

Whether you’re trying to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch or tide yourself over until a late dinner, the best snacks to fill you up are packed with protein. But rather than inhale a protein shake or bar, try munching on some roasted chickpeas or apples dipped in spicy peanut butter. Or …

Vegan

The Veggie Burger That Turns Into 3 Different Meals

Making weeknight dinners on a tight schedule is my thing (see: my book), and I never stop searching for simple, adaptable, satisfying zingers that lift me up at the end of the day. My favorite recipes are both familiar and surprising, highly adaptable, and have pieces that can be made ahead of …

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Spend October Immersed in a Fresh Take on Indian Cuisine

Meera Sodha is known for her fresh take on Indian food (hence the title of her second book). This week, our Cookbook Club has already been diving into her first cookbook, Made in India. We'll be cooking through it all through October, and hope you'll join us.<p>We know everyone might not have the book …

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Got 30 Minutes? Make These Dinners

Sundays are the days I spend hours roasting sheet pans of sweet potatoes or cauliflower or carrots. I take my time simmering wheat berries and vigilantly stirring a batch of steel cut oatmeal. In these lazy afternoons, I abandon half-baked plans to bake perfect spice bread. Mondays through Fridays? …

Cooking

Make One-Pot Chickpea Tagine in Less than One Hour

Several years ago I took a tagine cooking class at Tara Kitchen, a Moroccan restaurant in nearby Schenectady, New York. Much to my surprise, I learned that tagine cooking is easy: There is no browning of meat or fish prior to entering the tagine, no staggering the entry of ingredients, no deglazing …

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A Genius Method for Never Cooking Boring Lentils Again

Lentils don’t usually elicit flashes of anticipation in the way that, say, a molten, just-baked skillet cookie or a summer-perfect tomato sandwich do. But I humbly submit for your consideration a lentil recipe from vegetable whisperer Anna Jones, which—as practical as it may be—will hereby rank as …

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17 Fall Grain Bowls Just as Comforting as Soup

In certain parts of the country, people are pulling sweaters out of storage, sipping warm chai lattes, and raking up piles of crunchy leaves. Others are still sweating through their T-shirts. (Hi, Tucson!) It’s definitely fall, but not everyone craves stews and soups.<p>I have a compromise: grain …

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3 Fish Taco Recipes for Chillier Days

<i>With the folks at Regal Springs Tilapia, purveyors of sustainable, hormone- and antibiotic-free tilapia, we’re diving stomach-first into fall—with fish tacos. (You read that right.)</i><p>I could win the world championship for eating fish tacos—some rough napkin math leads me to believe I’ve consumed as …

Cooking

A New 5-Minute Genius Egg Breakfast (Or Dinner!) For You

We all have our egg routines—the frying method you picked up from your dad, the well-honed minute count on your preferred hard boil, your singular place on the fluffy-to-creamy scramble continuum.<p>But no matter how much we love and cleave to our eggs <i>just so</i>, they can get awfully boring sometimes, …

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A Spicy Coconut Curry for Straddling Seasons

<i>Every so often, we scour the site for cool recipes from our community that we then test, photograph, and feature. This one comes from community member aargersi, who shares a vegan curry that provides the perfect sendoff to summer’s tomatoes and eggplant.</i><p>Today’s dish comes to us from aargersi, a …

Vegan

11 Fantastic Vegetarian Sandwiches Guaranteed To Fill You Up

You don't just have to be meatless on Monday. I mean, whether you want to eat seasonally, sustainably, or just straight-up healthily, spending a day sans meat is a great start to the week. What’s not so great is the mess my grain bowls, salads, or soups make. They aren’t that easy to pack (anyone …

Cooking

Skip the Takeout, Make This Quick Pan-Fried Pork Instead

My mother was an opera singer and whenever she had an evening performance, my father would be in charge of feeding me and my big brother. Mostly we ate whatever leftovers we could find in the fridge, but on nights when he had time, there was basically only one dish he would make from scratch—pork …

Food & Dining

This Huggable, One-Pot Braised Squash is Dinner Tonight & Lunch Tomorrow

<i>When milk’s involved, magic happens. We’re partnering with Milk Life to learn all about the essential role the farm-fresh beverage plays in elevating everyday recipes—and sharing recipes, tools, and tips for incorporating milk’s rich and smooth texture into wholesome at-home cooking. Read up …

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Mondays Are Hard, This One-Pot Chicken Recipe is Not (& It's Dinner!)

It can be hard to enjoy dinner when you're thinking about the mess waiting for you in the kitchen. How did you possibly use 10 spoons and 2 pans and 3 dishtowels? It seems like a cruel trick!<p>To save you from being elbow-deep in a sink of dirty dishes, please accept this gift—by way of …

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The Meat-Free Fast Food Joint With Big Plans

North of San Francisco, in Rohnert Park, California, you’ll find Amy’s Drive-Thru—the nation’s first vegetarian, organic, gluten-free-optional fast-food restaurant. With two years of success under its proverbial belt, the restaurant is announcing plans to expand and hopes to establish five brick …

Organic Products

23 Pasta & Noodle Salads That Are Potluck Superstars

Pasta, the workhorse of rent week and I-can’t-believe-it’s-8-o’clock dinners, is here to save the day again. This time, as the non-wilty, thoroughly-filling, people-pleasing potluck superstar: pasta salad.<p>The best part of pasta salad is its endlessly versatile, accommodating format. You can dress …

Cooking

14 Chilled Soups to Make the Most of Summer Produce

We're still a few months away from peak soup season—I'm not usually in the mood for a steaming bowl of stew when the temperatures are still in the 80s. But not all soups are cold-weather affairs, and a light, chilled soup can be super refreshing on a hot day. Our favorite summery soups show off the …

40 Inexpensive Meals That'll Keep You (And Your Wallet) Full

I know cooking at home is supposed to be less expensive than eating out, but sometimes when I get my total at the checkout line, a three-figure cost makes my eyes bulge a little. But not every meal needs Parmigiano-Reggiano, $15 almond butter, or Madagascar vanilla beans you’ll use once a blue …

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Perfect (!) Baked Tofu, Meet Sheet-Pan Dinner

<i>We partnered with Jet.com so you can browse their (digital) shelves while you're searching for ingredients or supplies. (Seriously, they have everything!) Get almost every ingredient for this recipe here.</i><p>When I asked my neighbor, a trusted cook and friend, if she ever baked tofu, she scrunched her …

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9 Hearty Vegetable Soups to Carry You Through the Day

In winter—when you wake up before the sun and get home after it's gone down—<b>lunch should be three things:</b> warming, something that'll stick to your ribs, and something that you don't have to make in a panic in the dark before you start your commute (the worst). Hearty vegetable soups can be made on …

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