Whipped Hummus

Yield: 2 cups Total time: 10 minutes

I’ve tried all kinds of tricks to get super smooth hummus, from removing the skins from the chickpeas to starting with dried chickpeas and cooking them in the pressure cooker. This method uses canned chickpeas and is super easy, as long as you don’t mind listening to your blender run for a while. It’s delicious and has a satisfying, velvety texture.

Recipe from Food52.

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Easy Taco Slaw

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes

A big side of this refreshing slaw is great alongside slow-roasted pork or in fish tacos.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Sautéed Mushrooms

Total time: 15 minutes

Leo loves mushrooms, but I am not a fan, so I had no idea how to cook them. He has so few favorite foods and I don’t want to turn him off of anything by cooking it badly, so I had to learn. According to Fine Cooking, sautéing mushrooms over high heat evaporates their moisture quickly so they brown nicely and are flavorful. These mushrooms are easy to make alongside dinner and have, so far, been a hit.

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking.

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Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

Yield: 6 appetizer servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

I’ve been looking for healthier, plant-based snacks to have around the house while working from home, as well as to share with friends now that we can socialize again. Cauliflower in particular seems like a good option, since it’s chock full of vitamins and nutrients, has tons of fiber, and is low in calories. This delicious dip is as easy as chopping and roasting veggies, and then blitzing them in the food processor, and lets you snack and still feel good about yourself.

Recipe from Food 52.

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Guy’s Fried Green Tomatoes

Yield: 4 serving Total time: 20 minutes

A neighbor gave us some fresh jalapeños and green Roma tomatoes from his garden, with instructions on letting them ripen on the counter (he picks them while green to beat the squirrels). Guy couldn’t resist the opportunity to make fried green tomatoes, which were easier and more delicious than we expected!

Recipe from All Recipes.

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Guy’s Mexican Martinis

Yield: 2 generous servings Total time: 15 minutes

Mexican martinis, unlike margaritas, include olive juice and olives, and are served straight up, rather than frozen or on the rocks. Guy has been working on this potent recipe for years. It’s best enjoyed at home at the end of a long week.

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Hawaiian Chicken & Coconut Rice

Yield: 3 to 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

In addition to lending tropical flavor, pineapple helps tenderize meat, and coconut milk adds richness to the rice. Topping both with grilled pineapple makes this a delicious meal.

Recipe from Joyous Apron.

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Muffin Tin Pizza Bombs

Yield: 12 pizza bombs Total time: 40 minutes

These tasty hand-held pizza bombs are fun to make with kids and can be stuffed with whatever “toppings” each person likes.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Pizza Dough

Yield: 4 10-inch crusts Total time: 6 hours to overnight

This easy pizza dough can be stored in the fridge for almost a week, or frozen to use later.

Recipe from NY Times Cooking.

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Herby Lemon Chicken Skewers

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour

These chicken skewers are so tender, juicy, and delicious, Leo ate them even though they had herby green specs on them. The easy weeknight-friendly prep guarantees they’ll make it into heavy rotation.

Recipe from Simply Delicious.

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