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One Pan Quinoa with Chicken Sausage and Kale

One Pan Quinoa with Chicken Sausage and Kale

This, friends, is the ultimate one pan meal. Every box is checked — high-fiber carbs, protein, greens. But the best part? Minimal prep. Aside from slicing chicken sausage (and chopping kale if you don’t buy bagged, pre-chopped), this is a true dump and go situation.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

Pantry Recipe: Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

A sweet potato, can of black beans, oats and a handful of basic spices become the simplest midweek veg burger you’ve ever made. These Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers were birthed out of a moment of dinner desperation and saved us from back-t0-back nights of PB&J for dinner. Serve with or without buns, topped with […]

Greek Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Greek Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

I really started enjoying spaghetti squash when I stopped believing its purpose on this planet was to replace pasta (because when you want pasta, only pasta will deliver). It’s delicious in its own right, especially topped with saucy Mediterranean-style chickpeas and spinach. If the squash won’t fly with the kids, serve the filling over rice […]

Curry Roasted Salmon Bowls

Curry-Roasted Salmon with Tomato-Braised Chickpeas

I am so excited to share this straight-up delicious (and easy) recipe from Nicki Sizemore’s latest book, Build-a-Bowl! As someone who adores food in bowls (as evidenced here, here and here), these recipes speak to my soul. And because I’m all about easy weeknights, many of the ingredients (like grains and sauces) can be prepped ahead, […]

How to Steam Green Beans in Microwave

How to Steam Green Beans in the Microwave (Plus 8 Ways to Jazz Them Up)

Like broccoli, green beans are well-loved by my kids, so I serve them often. In a pinch, I rely on my microwave for quick and easy steamed green beans that turn out perfect every time. Use this method to make beans in advance during meal prep or cook them just before dinner. Serve them warm […]

Sausage and White Bean Bruschetta

Sausage and White Bean Bruschetta

I’ve been making some version of this Sausage and White Bean Bruschetta for a few years now and it (oddly) never occurred to me to write it down – like it was too simple to be considered a recipe. What does that even mean?! In fact, it’s the epitome of weeknight recipes, requiring just five […]

Soft flour tortillas stuffed with easy bean filling, topped with avocado and diced tomatoes

Pantry Recipe: Mixed Bean Tacos

If you’re facing down a near-empty fridge with a gaggle of hangry kids raiding the snack shelf, let me help. Mixed Bean Tacos are the ultimate “make somethin’ from nothin’” recipe, adaptable to whatever types of canned beans lurk in the pantry.

Pan with Enchiladas Made with Leftover Chicken

Leftover Chicken Enchiladas

These ultra-easy weeknight enchiladas use just six ingredients (six!), including leftover chicken, and require zero (zero!) chopping. If you thought enchiladas were too fussy for weeknights (full disclosure, I did!) you haven’t tried this one. This recipe makes a small batch but can easily be doubled and baked in a 13×9 inch pan.

Spiced Skillet Toasted Chickpeas

Spiced Skillet-Toasted Chickpeas

A quicker, more weeknight-friendly alternative to roasting chickpeas, these Spiced Skillet-Toasted Chickpeas come together in well under 10 minutes. Serve them atop salads or soups in place of croutons, or jazz up a bowl of rice and roasted vegetables.

Quick Braised Chicken with White Beans and Artichokes

Quick Braised Chicken with White Beans and Artichokes

The “quick braise” is one of my favorite weeknight cooking methods. Build big flavor fast by searing a quick cooking protein (chicken breast), add in some no-fuss mixers (canned white beans and marinated artichoke hearts), top with a punchy cooking liquid (stock, lemon juice, dried herbs), and finish in the oven for 10-12 minutes. This […]

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

I’ve converted many vegan chili skeptics with this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili. Stirring in a can of refried beans makes it thicker, heartier, and bumps up the protein. And while it looks like a lot of ingredients, most are spices or pantry staples. You can pull this off after work in under 40 minutes, […]

Beans and Greens Soup

Greens and Beans Soup

Feeling overworked or under the weather? This is the soup. Greens and Beans Soup is nourishing and comforting, but takes so little energy to make. It’s the simplest of soups, so opt for good quality stock whenever possible. This version uses a combination of butter beans and cannellini, but any white beans will do. And it […]