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Garlic Broccolini

This broccolini, sautéed until the edges are crispy, seasoned with salt and garlic, and then steamed until just tender, is so, so good. It’s done on the stovetop in less than 20 minutes, making it an easy weeknight veggie.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Poultry

Lemon Herb Avocado Chicken Salad

A bright lemon juice-based salad dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the chicken, is paired with tangy feta cheese and rich avocados and bacon to make this flavorful Romaine-based salad a weeknight winner.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour
Beverages

Guy & Leesa’s Iced Coffee

Now that we’ve learned how to easily make our own iced coffee at home, we no longer brew hot coffee in the morning. We go through a batch of this iced coffee every day and a half.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 24 hours
Beans

Leesa’s Pressure Cooker Charro Beans

A pressure cooker makes this classic Tex-Mex dish of pinto beans stewed with bacon, onion, jalapeño, garlic, and onion easy to serve alongside chicken fajitas.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Poultry

Teriyaki Chicken Salad

We love this flavorful, guilt-free super green cabbage, broccoli, and pea salad topped with juicy teriyaki chicken and dressed with teriyaki dressing. It’s the perfect Monday or Tuesday night meal after a weekend of indulgent eating.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Poultry

Leesa’s Chicken Fajitas

I keep an eye on my smoke detectors when I cook these fajitas, but they’re worth a little unexpected excitement if you’re having friends over for dinner. Chicken marinated in lime and seared on the stovetop until juicy and delicious perfectly rounds out tortillas filled with shredded cheese and grilled peppers and onions.

To speed things up you can sauté the peppers first, while the chicken is marinating. They’ll have a little less chicken-y goodness, but if you’re hungry, you won’t miss it.

We make these fajitas all the time at home, but the pinnacle was grilling the chicken over a wood fire on our last vacation with friends to Big Bend National Park. I’ve never been so proud of a meal.

Serve with charro beans.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Beauty Products

Happy Spray

This is actually a recipe for yoga mat cleaner, but the original instructions said it could also be used as a room spray. We started using a spritz or two of “happy spray” in the air in Leo’s bedroom whenever he had trouble falling asleep, and now it’s part of his bedtime ritual. You’d usually opt for something less energizing than ginger at night, but the happy factor can’t be beat.

Yield: 4 oz. Total time: 10 minutes
Poultry

Roasted Clementine Five-Spice Chicken

We’re always looking for weeknight chicken recipes and really love the combination of five spice powder and orange with these easy chicken thighs.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Soups

Simple Butternut Soup

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.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 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