Want to know what the most well-loved recipes for the month of March were? You know the ones: the recipes our Simply Sous Chefs (that’s you!) have been cooking, sharing, and talking about nonstop. Read on to see what made the cut!
Crispy skillet chicken is cooked in a flavorful lemon broth and served on a bed of Swiss chard, potatoes, and carrots. This bistro-style oven braised chicken with vegetables has everything you love about cozy comfort food.
This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is loaded with shredded chicken, tomatoes, corn, and beans. It’s ready so fast in the pressure cooker! Don’t forget to garnish this weeknight soup with avocado, lime, and, of course, tortillas.
Mexican Lasagna! Also known as Taco Lasagna or Mexican Casserole, this dish is layered with corn tortillas, ground beef, green chiles, beans, salsa, and cheese. A huge hit with a crowd! Perfect for potlucks.
Fresh green beans are a wonderful thing. Cook these by briefly blanching, then sauté in bacon fat. Toss with a little bacon, black pepper, and vinegar, and serve as a side with roast chicken or steak.
This week’s meal plan focuses on family favorites with a batch of chocolate cupcakes thrown in for good measure. Enjoy Slow Cooker Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Fettuccine Alfredo and some sole to round out the week.
Whether we’re talking a casual movie night with the family or Super Bowl Sunday, these Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos are ready to party! They come together quickly and easily, and are so much fun to each straight from the pan.
These are hands down the best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting you’ll ever find. They’re moist without being dense, and have just the right amount of spice. Add nuts or leave them out — it’s up to you!
Pasta Puttanesca is a classic Italian pasta dish that’s ready in under 40 minutes! Make it with canned tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, canned anchovies, jarred olives and capers. So simple and so good.
Celebrate spring and St. Patrick’s Day with “green” food all week long. Start your meal planning week with Thai Green Curry, by midweek enjoy a quick and easy Kale and Sausage Dinner then wrap up the week with Salmon with Avocado Remoulade!
Easy 3-ingredient Beef Brisket! Here’s how to cook beef brisket in oven, slathered in a mixture of BBQ sauce and soy sauce. Just wrap in foil, and bake until falling apart tender. This beef brisket is simple and delicious.
Here’s how to easily cure your own corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s made with beef brisket, pickling spices, and salt, and needs to cure for 5 days. The result is a corned beef that’s more flavorful and unique than you can buy in the store.
Use your slow cooker to braise short ribs to perfection! They become incredibly tender in mix of beef stock and bourbon, and are terrific served on top of cheesy grits. It’s a dish that warms you from the inside out.
This meal plan is all about adjusting and adapting. Being on the go, needing quick and easy dinner ideas, or figuring out how to get those 5 a day doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Don’t sacrifice — enjoy Freezer Chicken Burritos, Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp, and Baked Sweet Potato Taquitos.
Welcome to The Friday Buzz, our roundup of all good things, good advice, good feelings. It’s the happy hour of blog posts! Up this week: Easy Lunches!
Friday is here, and for a lot of us that means we are planning our menus to get ready to go grocery shopping over the weekend. I’m pretty good about having breakfast foods on hand and planning out dinners, but I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy lunch ideas that take zero brainpower to make.
So, I thought I’d ask The Simply Team to share their go-to lunches, and here’s what they had to say!
OUR FAVE QUICK LUNCHES
- It’s a Wrap! Andy’s go-to lunch is a chicken wrap made from a whole wheat tortilla, ranch dressing (he does a homemade non-dairy ranch, but you could do your own version), spinach, precooked chicken, and craisins.
- Think Big! Emma loves to make big batches of something (anything, really!) that she can reheat throughout the week. Her two recent favorites are: Frittata made with chicken sausage and all the leftover vegetables from the weekend, and Beet and Barley Salad with a poached egg on top.
- Oodles of Noodles: Summer likes to make our Thai Noodle Salad and eat it throughout the week. (It makes a lot!) She also likes sautéed peppers and onions with an egg on top.
- Avo-Toast! Megan turns to avocado toast with an egg on top or some sort of egg scramble with a whole wheat tortilla.
- Smash It! Cambria often smashes chickpeas on a piece of Ezekiel bread with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Simple and delicious!
What are some of your go-to quick and easy lunches?
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READER COMMENT OF THE WEEK
Man in the North left a comment that warmed our heart and souls on our Egg Drop Soup.
I followed the recipe, with a few substitutions that turned out great. My fiance is sick and when she tasted this soup, her whole day changed and lifted her spirits. We both agreed it’s the best egg drop soup we have ever had. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it meant more than you can imagine.
Watch out, Chicken Noodle Soup. Looks like I’ll be making Egg Drop Soup the next time I get sick!
This Key Lime Pie is an American classic. Ours is made with lime juice and sweetened condensed milk in a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream. Use key limes if you have them, otherwise substitute regular limes.
Let the spicy flavors of Thailand tempt your taste buds! Tom Yum Soup is a quick, easy, and healthy weeknight recipe. This version is made with shrimp, but feel free to add the seafood of your choice.
Welcome to The Friday Buzz, our roundup of all good things, good advice, good feelings. It’s the happy hour of blog posts! Up this week I dish about BUTTER.
For the longest time, I thought margarine was butter. I grew up as a child in the 90s, which meant I was raised on margarine. It came in the little plastic tub, and I thought it was great! Fast-forward to my adult years: I was hanging out with some girlfriends who were all talking about the price of butter and how expensive it had become. I didn’t understand what they were talking about, because the butter I was buying was so cheap.
It turns out I was still buying margarine… in stick form. That’s right, because it was in stick form, I assumed I had made the switch! Nope. But you butter believe (haha) that from that day forward, I started buying real butter and haven’t looked back.
So I thought it’d be fun to focus on some butter-related products I’ve enjoyed lately, because my life motto now is butter is better!
- Dish It: I love storing my butter in this dish. I’ve tried many others, but I really like this one.
- Water It: But I’m also super curious about this dish and how you use the water in it. Anyone ever try it?
- Savor It: Flavored butters are intriguing, don’t you think?
- Wheel It: This little contraption would make it so easy to butter your grilled cheese sandwiches!
- Churn It: We mentioned this in our holiday gift guide for kids, but I’m thinking I need one too!
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Y’all know how to cook your rice! We asked for your preferred technique and so many of you chimed in. Here’s what some of you said about cooking rice:
“In the oven. 2 cups of rice 3 cups of water. Cover with foil. Cook 25 minutes.”
“We use the microwave! Add butter, salt, and lemon. My son (13) makes it all the time. He takes it to school for lunch.”
“An electric rice cooker…have had the same one for 30+ years.”
“1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water… Boil water add salt, put in rice, let it come to boil and lower to simmer. I double fold some paper towels and put between pot & cover. Let simmer 20 minutes then take off flame and put on side. Fluff before eating.”
“I actually prefer to make my white rice with chicken broth. Comes out amazing with that an onion. Best part? I make it in the microwave!! Super easy!”
READER COMMENT OF THE WEEK
The memories that come with food are so strong and tender. Rob left this sweet comment on our Texas Sheet Cake. We’re so glad he has the recipe again!
My Mama made this for years and I loved it. When my mama died someone took her cookbook where she had this written in the back cover. Now I have it again. It’s one of the best cakes and so easy to make. Thank you!
Cheers to the weekend, Simply Friends!
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili is perfect for busy weeks! Make it with chicken thighs or breasts, onions, celery, black beans, frozen corn, chicken broth, tomato puree, and spices. Combine everything in a crockpot or slow cooker, and let it simmer all day while you’re away.
These classic Italian-American style meatballs are huge and pillowy soft! They’re mixed with ground beef and pork, loaded with herbs and cheese, and served with a traditional tomato sauce. Make them baseball-sized for a dinner entree, or roll them smaller for an appetizer.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a homemade King Cake filled with cinnamon and sugar. If you can’t make it to New Orleans, bring it to you with this step-by-step guide to making this colorful, classic celebration cake – baby and all!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries at home? Yes, please! This sweet treat is quite simple to make: just melt chocolate and dip. We have lots of tips to make sure your chocolate covered strawberries look just like store-bought.