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Shepherd’s Pie

If there were a definitive ranking of comfort foods, shepherd’s pie might just be number one. Step one: make a batch of buttery mashed potatoes. Step two: cook up a mean vegetable-enriched beef filling. Step three: enjoy fire-side with a cozy blanket and a glass of red wine. Okay, that might be overkill, but the red wine should be doable. If you can’t find red new potatoes for the topping, substitute with another waxy potato like Yukon gold or fingerlings.

Hoisin Chicken With Broccoli

This is the kind of dinner that makes you wonder why you ever order takeout. Not only does it come together on just one baking sheet, the ingredient list is short for such a flavorful combination. You’ll make a simple hoisin-tamari sauce to glaze the chicken, and roast some garlicky broccoli alongside. Chop up any leftovers to make fried rice. If you need this meal to be gluten-free, double check the ingredients on the hoisin, which sometimes includes wheat as a sauce-thickener.

The Real Fried Rice

Croutons are cool on salad, but rice fried in bubbling oil? That’s next level. This fried rice also taste great on veggie bowls, too. Even though this recipe shares the same name with fried rice that you might get from takeout, this is a recipe just with rice—no egg, veggies, etc. Don’t skip the step of drying the rice before frying it—you want to make sure there’s not a lot of moisture left so the oil doesn’t splatter.

Chorizo and Cheese Rice Patties

One of the qualities of a great recipe is flexibility. These patties stand alone as a meal: they’re packed with flavorful chorizo and shredded cheese, and you can serve them with guacamole for extra flavor (and protein!). You could also top two patties with a poached egg for a new take on eggs Benedict, or cook bite-size patties and serve as hors d’oeuvres. When you scoop the cooked chorizo into the bowl with rice, be sure to scrape all the deliciously flavored cooking oil in, too.

Breakfast Rice Porridge

The most magical part about this breakfast is that it comes together from little more than rice and water. Simmer both with some brown sugar and cinnamon, and they become something greater than their parts. This version is topped with mango and toasted almonds, but if you want to mix it up, you could go with any sort of fruit and nut combo. Here are a few suggestions: apricots and sesame seeds, dried cranberries and pistachios, or pineapple and toasted coconut.

Make It Yourself: Ramen

Gone are the days when ramen meant instant noodles and a sodium-laden seasoning packet. Not only is homemade ramen easy and healthy, but it's ready in just a half hour. The base of our vegetarian version is a rich miso broth, flavored with ginger and garlic. Earthy mushrooms and a creamy soft-boiled egg make it a substantial main. If you can't find fresh ramen noodles, use dried—just ditch that salty flavor packet.

Arugula and Apple Salad With Spiced Toasted Pepitas

Pepitas are often given the sweet treatment—tossed with honey and baked into a brittle, or added to a sugar-y granola. But the versatile seed doesn't need sugar to make it shine in a simple salad. We'll prove it to you with this healthy recipe, in which they get roasted until golden and toasted and then tossed with coriander, cumin, cayenne, and just a pinch of salt. Make more than you need for this salad, and save them to use throughout the week.

Bison Burger

Instead of opting for ground turkey as a healthier alternative to beef, try bison. It contains less total fat and saturated fat than 80 percent lean beef, and has more protein, too. When you build your burger, skip the cheese and condiments and opt for tomato slices, red onion, and lettuce. Or, switch it up and use pea shoots or microgreens instead. Instead of mayonnaise, try a slice or two of avocado: it's filled with healthy fats and will provide that creaminess you crave.

Coconut-Kale Smoothie With Ginger and Mint

When it comes to a healthy breakfast, smoothies can be sneaky. Often times, they're loaded with sugar thanks to fruit juice or honey. Instead, thin out your smoothie with coconut water: packed with electrolytes and a lot less natural sugar than juice. Fresh ginger, fresh mint, and lime juice pack in flavor and contain an array of health benefits. If you have extra coconut water, try adding a splash to regular water for a boost of flavor and electrolytes.

Chicken Stock

Once you get the hang of homemade chicken stock, you might never go back to the store-bought kind. When you make your own stock, you can control the flavors and it often ends up to be more affordable. This recipe uses chicken wings, which work well since they’re mostly just skin and bones, but if you have a leftover roast chicken, an equal quantity of bones would work just as well. Smart storage tip: Many recipes call for 4 cups of stock, so it can be convenient to invest in quart containers for efficient cooking.