Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, and brown sugar make this simple sauce irresistible! One-fourth cup of sesame seeds may sound like a lot, but it’s the perfect amount to give the sauce its nutty, earthy flair. Serve with hot cooked rice and garnish with thinly sliced red and green jalapeño peppers, if desired.
Category Traditional recipes
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Amy StoneYieldServes 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)Much like the classic Beef Stroganoff, this comfort food dinner is loaded with hearty flavor and perfect for when cooler weather hits. Make this recipe to use up leftover chili in a new way that makes it feel like anything but leftovers.
Farro retains a pleasant chewiness as it absorbs the flavorful stock. You can marinate the chicken overnight in a zip-top plastic bag.Chicken and rice is a classic weeknight staple. Whole grains like quinoa, bulgur, and farro are healthier alternatives to regular white rice. In this dish, nutty farro retains a pleasant chewiness as it absorbs the flavorful stock.
You don& 39;t need to press the tofu to drain the water for this recipe; a slow pan-fry achieves the same effect and gets the exterior extra crispy. For a vegetarian dish, swap the fish sauce for reduced-sodium soy sauce or the liquid from soaked dried porcini mushrooms.This one-dish meal is loaded with hearty flavor.
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire SpollenBraised leeks are a great vegetarian side dish option, and a great break from the standard green beans, steamed spinach, or green salad. Leeks are related to onions, so you can be sure that this side will be loaded with flavor even before you add the seasonings.
These savory mashed sweet potatoes are ready in less than 25 minutes, making them a great addition to your weeknight routine, or a last-minute party or potluck side. Naturally sweet on their own, sweet potatoes pair perfectly with savory flavors such as chopped fresh thyme, salt, and pepper.Serve these mashed sweet potatoes as a side to proteins such as chicken, turkey, or pork, and you’ve got an easy meal ready in a flash.
Even without added cream, this pumpkin soup takes on a luxuriously velvety texture after it& 39;s simmered and pureed. Combine that with a Granny Smith apple, cinnamon, and a chipotle chile, and you’ve got a spicy twist on a fall bounty. Make sure all the ingredients are very tender so they& 39;ll blend together smoothly.
Total Time1 Hour 55 MinsYieldServes 16 (serving size: 1 slice)Meet your new favorite cake recipe. Instead of using canned pumpkin, we grated pumpkin then stirred it into the cake batter, similar to how a carrot cake is made. Make sure to mix the ingredients as specified to ensure that you get the correct rise in your cake.
Known for having a peppery taste, arugula is commonly used to intensify flavor in salads of all sorts. Often used in conjunction with vinaigrettes, the flavor of this leafy green is enhanced and mixes well with a variety of vegetables, fruits, and meats. Here, it gets a punch of protein and fiber from hearty cannellini beans, a bite from red onion, and hit of lemony flavor from our homemade vinaigrette.
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Heather Chadduck HillegasMake a big perfect pot of lentils to start your week off on the right food. You can add them to salads, serve them as sides, or top with rotisserie chicken for an easy lunch. Start tasting for doneness at the 28-minute mark. They& 39;ll continue to soften as they sit, so be sure to stop the cooking process before they turn to mush.
Store-bought marinades are an easy shortcut for time-crunched cooks, but they come with a side of bad news: many are loaded with unnecessary sugar and sodium. Skip the condiment aisle and instead pick up some high-flavor ingredients you can use to make your own homemade marinades. Don& 39;t have a lot of time to marinate?
One-pan dinners are perfect for busy weeknights. This Jambalaya recipe is loaded with flavor thanks to a hit of Cajun seasoning and Andouille sausage. Andouille, a smoky, garlicky pork sausage, adds depth, but you can use any flavorful chicken or pork sausage. Pair this hearty recipe with crusty bread for dipping and serve it up at your next tailgate, office party, or casual weekend gathering.
Broccoli is a go-to veggie side for many families yet is often served very plain. Here we offer a great way to dress it up with a fresh, vegetable sauce. Ragout is a French-style, slow-cooked stew that can be made with vegetables or meat. Here, it marries the flavor of sweet tomatoes and salty Kalamata olives for a tasty sauce that completely coats the broccoli.
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Heather Chadduck HillegasSalty and sweet are two of our favorite things. Super easy to prepare and with ingredients that won’t wilt easily, this legume-based salad makes a great option for packing lunch ahead of time. Soft chickpeas combine with crunchy carrots, salty pistachios, and sweet dates for a different flavor profile in every bite.
Photo: Hector Manuel SanchezChicken fingers aren& 39;t just for kids. You can use plain breadcrumbs instead, but we prefer panko for the added flavor. Savory-sweet and addictive, the tahini-tomato dipping sauce offers a palate intrigue adults will love but enough flavor familiarity to keep it kid-approved.
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire SpollenFresh, brightly colored vegetables add some welcome vibrancy to this comforting soup. Have fun with the noodle shape, or use any small pasta you have on hand. If you& 39;d like, sprinkle each serving with freshly ground black pepper for a finishing touch.
Photo: Hector Manuel SanchezTumeric is the trending seasoning of the year. We love that the side dish recipe allows you to dress up precooked brown rice by adding fresh lime juice and cilantro. You& 39;ll love the pork chop, but it may be the rice side dish that you make again and again, as it pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes, ranging from Spanish to Asian.
Gold Ataulfo mangoes are ideal in smoothies, as they& 39;re creamy and much less fibrous than the red-green variety. Turmeric boasts a bounty of natural medicinal properties. Some studies connect turmeric with healthy properties including preventing indigestion, blood clots, and possibly even diseases like Alzheimer& 39;s and Parkinson& 39;s.
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Missie Neville CrawfordYieldServes 4 (serving size: 1 potato)Mini spuds are a great gluten-free side for lighter mains like salads or soups. Look for small sweet potatoes about the size of your fist, or cook two larger potatoes and serve half a potato to each person.
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Missie Neville CrawfordYieldServes 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup broccoli and 2 tbsp. sauce)If using a crown of broccoli, trim into florets and place in a steamer basket over a saucepan filled about halfway with boiling water. Cover and steam 4 minutes or until the florets are crisp-tender.
Photo: Allison Miksch; Styling: Lindsey LowerYieldServes 5 (serving size: 3 cheesecakes)These adorable cheesecake bites would make the perfect bite-sized dessert for guests at any holiday gathering. Thanks to frozen mini phyllo shells, these tiny tarts are a breeze to assemble.Ingredients1/3 cup powdered sugar1/3 cup plain 2 reduced-fat Greek yogurt1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract2 ounces goat cheese, softened15 thawed frozen mini phyllo shellsBlueberry or strawberry preservesNutritional InformationCalories 150Fat 5.