Saturday, January 20, 2018

5 Strategies for Picking the Right Recipes for a Week of Meal Planning — Meal Planning Club

Let’s be honest — picking out recipes is the most fun part of meal planning. Part of making my meal planning ritual enjoyable and repeatable is making time at the end of each week to flip through magazines, browse Kitchn’s recipe page, and select meals for the following week. It doesn’t hurt that I like to do this with a cocktail or a soothing cup of tea in hand, either.

On the flip side, the biggest mistake I see new meal planners make is in the recipe selection. Either they are being too narrow in their recipe selection or skipping a key step (or two) before they even select recipes. There are a few better ways to select the right recipes for your meal plan — here are five of the most common.

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3 Korean-Inspired Recipes You Can Use for Dinner Every Day — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Rachel Yang, the James Beard Award-nominated chef behind Seattle’s Joule, Revel, and Trove restaurants, and Portland, Oregon’s Revelry, is a force. Her food— undeniably Korean at its roots, unabashedly creative in practice — combines noodles, dumplings, barbecue, and hot pots with flavors from all over the globe. But after cooking with her week after week during the process of writing her cookbook, My Rice Bowl: Korean Cooking Outside the Lines, I’ve learned her food is always one thing: Even though it’s restaurant food, it’s always comforting.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

While you can certainly make cabbage rolls after you get home on a weeknight, cabbage rolls can also be simmered until deliciously tender in the slow cooker all day long and welcome you home with their enticing aroma. With a no-cook beef-and-rice filling and no-cook tomato sauce, these cabbage rolls are easy to throw together in the morning so that dinner’s cooking away while you’re at work.

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How a $40 Target Find Became My Favorite Thing in My Kitchen — Feel Good Kitchen

When my first child was born, my husband’s coworker gave us a wooden step stool as a baby gift. It was a beautiful wooden one, about 12 inches tall, white with lavender treads and our daughter’s name carved in it in a sweet font. That’s nice, I thought, but why would anyone ever gift an apartment-dweller such a large gift?

Well, obviously she was an experienced mom!

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4 Cans of Tuna That Get a Thumbs-Up from the Seafood Industry — And 3 That Don’t — Shopping

In the world of nostalgic foods, there are a few standouts: hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows, of course), macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and the diner classic, the tuna melt. Just the thought of a homemade melt takes us back to sick days, snow days, and pretty much any other day that Mom was responsible for a hot lunch.

The times, they are a changin’, though, and as we considered the tuna melt recently, we wondered about canned tuna. Knowing what we do now about sustainability and the many threats facing our oceans, how can we be smart consumers of the ingredient that’s all too necessary for a classic tuna melt? What brands of canned tuna are both delicious and safe for the environment?

We reached out to fishmongers across the country to find out, and the consensus was resounding.

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How To Make Great Ribs in the Oven — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Who says you need a grill to cook good ribs? The lack of outdoor space for a grill at my apartment led me to pass up a good many recipes for barbecued ribs over the years.

Now I’ll be making up for lost time. I do believe I’ve cracked the code to making perfectly tender and mouth-watering barbecued ribs in the oven.

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7 of the Most Brilliant Cleaning Tools You Can Buy on Amazon — Shopping

This whole time I’ve been using a plain old scrubby sponge and broom to do my housework. Silly me! A quick tour through Amazon has revealed that cleaning my kitchen could be easier, quicker, more efficient, and fun.

Check out a few of the most brilliant cleaning tools you can buy on Amazon.

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