A bevy of veggies create a colorful bed for cradling a perfectly poached egg. This light, yet filling meatless meal is sure to delight both the veggie-lovers and meat-eaters at your dinner table. A side of hearty multigrain toast with tapenade is great for sopping up the runny egg yolk. Serve with: Multigrain Toast and Red Pepper Tapenade
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While this meal only requires 35 minutes of hands-on time, it does need to brine for 8 hours to develop maximum flavor. Prepare the brine Monday night, and then let it chill with the pork all day while you're at work. When you come home, throw the chops on the grill and serve with the summery fruit salsa.
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Stir-fry is the poster child for easy meals, especially when it calls for precooked brown rice and quick-cooking shrimp. This fragrant dish packs a lot of protein and flavor for about 400 calories per serving.
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It is the sauce that elevates this humble chicken-and-rice, making it a wow-worthy weeknight meal. Spicy chipotle chiles and sweet cherry preserves play off one another in the luscious sauce, while a simple green salad with Parmesan cheese rounds out the meal. Serve with: Simple Salad with Parmesan
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This recipe calls for ground chicory coffee, but you can substitute regular ground coffee or espresso in a pinch. Store-bought or homemade fruit salsa and a squeeze of lime juice complement the rich flavors of tender sliced skirt steak. Serve with your favorite grilled vegetables. Serve with: Grilled Vegetables
Cream cheese and vanilla beans give these treats an extraordinary depth of flavor. Just as amazing: the time saved by making the sandwiches in a big pan rather than assembling them individually. You'll have enough to invite the neighbors over for an end-of-the-week ice cream sandwich celebration!