Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon, Carrots, & Green Beans

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Carrots, green beans, and teriyaki-glazed salmon roasted on sheet pans is as easy as a weeknight dinner gets.

Adapted from Damn Delicious.

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, & Goat Cheese Salad

Yield: 4 to 8 servings

Serve this rich, colorful salad alongside juicy grilled pork tenderloin for a fall lunch with friends.

Recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

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Simple Butternut Soup

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Roast a halved butternut squash, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and then blend it in a food processor with a bit of chicken broth, miso paste, and a small amount of butter. It’s warm and satisfying, perfect for a cozy lunch at home.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 2 to 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Crumbled ground chicken, dressed in a delicious sticky hoisin-based sauce and wrapped in crisp lettuce is a tasty, fun weeknight meal.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 15 minutes

This fresh, summery side dish gets even easier if you replace the oil, lemon juice, and cilantro with a little bit of high-quality bottled dressing.

Recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.

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Broiled Frozen Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 25 minutes

Being able to pull a main course out of the freezer after work some days is the only way to save your sanity. This cajun shrimp is hot and juicy 25 minutes from start to finish. It’s hard to get better than that.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Chocolate Back-to-School Cake

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Our son started Kindergarten this year, and I was excited to adopt a tradition of Joanna Goddard’s – celebrating the beginning of the school year with a cake.

This single-layer 8-inch square cake serves a small family a treat the night before school starts with enough leftover for the next night as well. It’s an easy recipe to make on a weeknight and is absolutely delicious. Rainbow sprinkles add a sweet touch of celebration.

Recipe from i am a baker.

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Poached Chicken Breasts

Yield: 1 to 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

This simple chicken preparation is perfect for salads, pasta dishes, or a school lunch bento box.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Chocolate Sunflower Butter Energy Bites

Yield: 16 to 18 energy bites Total time: 45 minutes

Packing school lunches is a whole new challenge at our house. After six weeks, these protein-packed treats have become a lunchbox favorite. Any nut butter will do, though sunflower butter makes them allergy-friendly. They’re so easy to make that they’re a great hands-on activity to do with a new kindergartener, and they never come home at the end of the day (unlike those poor rejected baby carrots).

Recipe adapted from The Gingered Whisk.

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Mexican Martini

Yield: 1 large serving Total time: 10 minutes

Like margaritas, but garnished with olives and served straight up rather than frozen or on the rocks, Mexican martinis are a quintessential part of hot Austin summers.

Recipe from Texas Monthly.

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