Sweet onion, rich feta cheese, and fresh dill provide dynamic flavor in this easy weeknight meal. The hardest part about making risotto is the constant stirring, so grab a magazine or plan to call out homework while you let this dish simmer, about 20 minutes. Balance the plate with a lively fennel salad.
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Asian Chicken Salad
This no-cook salad is perfect for summer. Rotisserie chicken adds lean protein, and napa and red cabbage add a cool crunch and bright color. The flavor-packed dressing highlights familiar Asian flavors such as sesame oil and fresh ginger, and is great with other salads.
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Prosciutto, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwiches
Update the traditional BLT sandwich with this scrumptious stacker. The grocery deli will slice prosciutto in very thin pieces, making three ounces of the good stuff more than enough for four sandwiches. For a zesty and pretty garnish, attach 1 small sweet gherkin pickle to the top of each sandwich with a toothpick. A toss-together fruit salad makes a speedy side.
Arugula, a peppery salad green, makes a tasty bed for pan-seared steak. Asiago garlic bread is a fitting accompaniment. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 minced garlic clove; brush evenly over 4 (1-inch-thick) French bread slices. Top each bread slice with 1 tablespoon grated Asiago cheese. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and bread is toasted.
Forty percent of WOW's cafeteria sales come from its healthful Mexican station, where tacos and burritos are assembled to order. Learning to prepare this recipe teaches students grilling techniques, as well as knowledge about Mexican spices and basic salsas. Thigh meat makes these tacos especially moist, but you can use breast meat instead. Serve with Pico de Gallo or Tomatillo Salsa.
Processed cheese is a must in this quintessential quick-and-easy dish. It melts easily and gets smooth and creamy without help from flour, eggs, or other ingredients used in fancier counterparts. You can make prep even simpler by heating the first four ingredients in the microwave for about 3 minutes in a covered dish instead of cooking them on the stovetop.
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Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
This sauce delivers great barbecue taste. Chili powder and cumin add smokiness, while ketchup and molasses provide sweetness. 'Cue lovers in North Carolina put the slaw on the sandwich. Try it for a change.
This veggie fried rice packs a protein punch with the addition of firm tofu. Its fantastic flavor comes from the combination of soy sauce, sake, hoisin sauce, and dark sesame oil. For more fried rice dinners, see our complete collection of Chinese recipes.
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Upgrade pizza night by making a pie loaded with fresh basil, rotisserie chicken, and all the best of Italian-inspired ingredients. A food processor makes quick work of the homemade sauce. Serve with artichoke–green bean salad.
This Chicken Tamale casserole is a quick and easy swap for more traditional tamales - but just as delicious!
"I came up with this Mexican dish to satisfy my cravings for the tamales I had at Mexican restaurants when I was growing up in Houston. Homemade tamale recipes are too time-consuming to prepare for weeknight meals, but I discovered a corn bread mix approximates the flavor." —Risë Minton, Smyrna, GA