Quick and Easy

How to Brown Bag like a Rock Star

Lunch is usually left out of the meal planning conversation, though it can be the toughest meal to plan for. You need time to prep (not easy on hectic mornings or busy nights); you need something that travels well, and you need a satisfying alternative to take out or the cafeteria. CookingLight.com Assistant Editor Rebecca Longshore shares her tips for […]

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5 Soups Featuring Rotisserie Chicken

A bird in the hand is worth … easy, warming soups for dinner! Rotisserie chicken makes a pot of hearty soup doable on even the busiest weeknights. Here are five of our fastest favorites: More Soup Ideas: 25 Best Soup Recipes 100+ Healthy Soup Recipes Quick, 20-Minute Soup Recipes

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We Tasted It: Modern Table Meals

We tried the conveniently packaged Modern Table Meals in our Test Kitchen and we really loved their simple instructions and their unique flavors. It can be hard to prepare a quick meal that is healthy and filling at the same time. We tried a couple of their blends and found them to be tasty and an easy way to get dinner […]

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How to Cook Kielbasa Sausage

Kielbasa is the Polish word for sausage. That means the sausage can be any type of Polish-made sausage and technically be “kiełbasa.” In the U.S., kielbasa is typically smoked and completely cooked before being packaged. This is similar to how American hot dogs are fully cooked when sold, as opposed to the fresh, raw sausage links, or “brats” cooked every Labor […]

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3 Easy Mayo Stir-Ins For Superior Burgers

Once you learn how to emulsify your way to homemade mayonnaise, you can transform your mayo toppings with three simple stir-ins. If you’re Asian pantry is well-stocked, you’ve probably got what you need on hand. Sriracha: Spice up your burger with a squeeze of this Thai hot sauce. Wasabi: Stir a dab of wasabi paste into mayo for horseradish heat. […]

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Diary of a Saucy Lady: 5 Ways to Use No-Cook Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce

What happened to summer?! I hope you spent it spooning no-cook sauces over everything that crossed your plate. I know I did! For the final installment of my very saucy diary, I’ll leave you with a concoction that will serve you well as transition to hearty stir-fries, school lunches and quick weeknight dinners. Inspired by the bold, aromatic flavors of […]

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Banging Breakfast Burritos: Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Banana

A breakfast burrito should be three things: portable, quick, and crunchy. Consider all checked with this protein-packed PB&J breakfast burrito. Our recipes, easily made in 10 minutes or less, are worth rising and shining for—guaranteed. Just grab and go! My co-worker Kimberly Holland swears peanut butter and chocolate is the world’s most heavenly combination, but I disagree. Call me basic, boring, or Plain Jane, but […]

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3 Great (and Easy) Pan Sauces for Chicken

You’ve got a pan. You’ve got a package of chicken breasts. What you don’t have is a clever thought about turning them anything special. This is where a pan sauce comes in. Basically this is a sauce made right in the same pan you used to cook the chicken, using the browned bits stuck to the bottom (the fond, if […]

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Rotisserie Chicken: Your Weekday Meal Shortcut

Crunched for time? Lean, mean rotisserie chicken will come to the rescue! Check out these no-recipe-needed ideas for quick meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner!) using a store-bought bird. Breakfast Chicken, Asparagus, and Cheese Omelet: Fill omelet with diced rotisserie chicken breast, blanched asparagus spears, and a sprinkle of cheese (we like gruyere!) Lunch Pulled BBQ Chicken Stuffed Taters: Toss a mixture of shredded light and […]

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5 Simple Sides for Homemade Freezer Pockets

Last-minute meals are the cornerstone of my weeknight meals. With minimal planning, you are on your way to a delicious dinner with plenty of time to relax before bed. (Or watch too many episodes of Criminal Minds.) The Homemade Freezer Pockets that our Test Kitchen whipped up are the epitome of genius meal planning. Premade by you days or weeks before, […]

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