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Poultry

Poached Chicken Breasts

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

Yield: 1 to 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Nibbles

Chocolate Sunflower Butter Energy Bites

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).

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

Mexican Martini

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.

Yield: 1 large serving Total time: 10 minutes
Pasta

Tortellini Skewers

When you’re squeezed for time and trying to get dinner on the table, your grocery store’s deli will save the day. Prepare any flavor of tortellini from the refrigerator case, and thread onto skewers with antipasti favorites.

Total time: 25 minutes
Poultry

Chicken, Broccoli, & Mushroom Stir Fry

This dish is so good, our five-year-old loves it even though the ingredients are all mixed together. Fresh broccoli, mushrooms, tender chicken, and teriyaki sauce pair with rice for a satisfying weeknight family dinner.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pork

The Juiciest Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This easy, versatile grilled pork tenderloin is equally suited for weeknight dinners as it is for serving to company. The ultimate goal is a crispy exterior and rosy-pink insides.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Vegetables

Roasted Frozen Broccoli

Broccoli goes straight from the freezer to the oven to get a flavorful, roasted vegetable on the table even when you’re running low on fresh produce.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Vegetables

Charred Corn Salad with Basil & Tomatoes

When you fire up the grill this summer, char the corn and assemble this fresh salad before you grill the main dish.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Starches

Jamy’s Oil Field Potatoes

The easy assembly, feed-a-crowd size, and cheese sauce make this potato dish is a staple at every Bancroft family get-together.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Poultry

Cashew Chicken

This homemade version of the Americanized Chinese food classic is fool-proof enough for a harried weeknight and delicious enough to make you happy you’re making the effort of cooking. Kids and adults wolf down the tender chicken, bite-sized chunks of bell pepper, cashews, and delicious sauce.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes