Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies Total time: 2 hours

My son doesn’t love chocolate (I’m sorry, what?). Given the choice, he will pick gummies over chocolate every time (I don’t understand). He told me this month that he doesn’t like chocolate cake (I. can’t. even.). His favorite cake, and his birthday request every year, is strawberry cake. I knew when he saw this easy recipe for “brownies” that he’d love it.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Quick-Brined Grilled Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes

A twenty-minute soaking in a salt brine makes grilled pork chops tender, juicy, and flavorful. Serve with grilled baby bok choy.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 25 minutes

Grill a beautiful spring dinner of baby bok choy and pork chops – bonus points if you eat on the patio and make the most of the weather before it turns hot.

Recipe from Tide & Thyme.

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Farfalle with Spicy Sausage & Butternut Squash

Total time: 4 servings

This weeknight comfort food pasta dish is an easy-to-make family favorite.

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Sunny Side-Up Eggs

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 10 minutes

Eggs have to be done just right for Leo to eat them. He’s perfectly happy with scrambled eggs or egg ribbons, where the yolk is incorporated in with the whites. Forget about a dry, crumbly hard-boiled egg yolk. I was surprised when he asked for, and then devoured sunny side up eggs, but I’m happy to oblige.

Recipe from Jamie Oliver.

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Roman Pasta & Chickpeas

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Our lives have changed in the past month. We are sheltering in place in our homes due to the arrival of the coronavirus, so all work, school, cooking, and eating is now done at home. I no longer dash to get a poke bowl or go for lunch with a coworker, I don’t even really leave the house.

This comforting bowl of chickpeas and pasta, cooked in its own sauce, has become a weekly go-to lunch we can make quickly at home and eat while we work and help Leo do his schoolwork. Made entirely from pantry staples, it’s garlicky and satisfying, and is a small dose of reassurance in uncertain times.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

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Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thighs

Total time: 45 minutes

This is a simple, perfect way to cook crispy, juicy, bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. Dice sweet potatoes in 1/2″ cubes, season, and roast 20 to 25 minutes in the same oven for a simple side.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Easy Pork Carnitas

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Tender diced pork tenderloin seasoned with chili powder, cumin, orange juice and lime juice, is a fast and easy weeknight dinner.

For a large batch of slow-cooked carnitas, try Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas.

Recipe from Damn Delicious.

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Cast Iron Pork Chops

Yield: 2 to 4 servings Total time: 2 hours

Brining pork chops keep them juicy, and this is a great alternative to cooking them on a grill.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi & Veggies

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Gnocchi is a pillowy potato pasta typically boiled in water like other pastas, but a recent trend in roasting all of the ingredients for a meal on a single sheet pan has inspired a new way to cook them. Shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi can be roasted straight out of the package, resulting in a crispy, chewy texture. Bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, basil, and garlic round out the meal.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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