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Everyday Meal Planning

Preparing a fresh meal for your family doesn't have to be a headache. Use these simple tricks, recipes, ideas, and shortcuts to make no-fuss dishes

A Month of Ideas

A Month of Dinners
Six basic recipes, 28 different meals: the easiest menu plan ever.

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The Easiest Ways to Trim Produce

Fast, foolproof strategies for cutting your favorite fruits and vegetables
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Find Your Perfect Dinner Recipe 

Use this tool to find delicious recipes based on how much time you have to cook and what's in your fridge. 
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6 Ways to Save on Groceries

Follow these simple tips to save you money at the supermarket.
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Organize a Dinner Swap

It couldn't be easier: Cook one big-batch recipe, swap with three other families, and, voilà, you've got four nights of delicious, ready-when-you-are meals.
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Garlicky Broiled Salmon and Tomatoes
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Sweet potato and Gruyere uncooked

Smart Strategies

Baked penne with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes

5 Steps to a Successful Dinner Swap
More and more people are taking the dread out of dinner prep by trading meals. Want to start a swap group that works for you? Here are some pointers.

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Dinner Preparation Task Cards
Put these slips in a bowl and let everyone choose his or her job for the night.

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An immersion blender, a rubber spatula, and more kitchen supplies

Cooking Basics Checklist

Don’t know where to get started in the kitchen? Follow these easy steps and tips.

  • Before starting, read the recipe all the way through. Then preheat the oven, if necessary.
  • Make sure you have the ingredients and gear you need and get it all out.
  • Before you start cooking, prep all the ingredients according to the recipe instructions. (This is called mise en place.)

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