The best way to learn about a new place is tasting its food: through the flavors we can know more about the traditions and history of the people who live in these places.
Experimenting with new ingredients makes life interesting and if the foods are especially nutrient-dense — even better. They are so high in vitamins, minerals, and other healing compounds that health experts call them superfoods. In their countries of origin, these berries, nuts, plants, and seeds have been used for thousands of years to holistically medicate the body or just add yumminess to everyday, wholesome meals.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos with Sausage, Eggs and Salsa Verde

Frozen Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Without a doubt, weekday breakfasts can be one of the biggest meal struggles for busy families. Everybody wants to sleep an extra few minutes, but then you still have to get ready for the day and get out the door on time—plus find something to munch on at some point!

These freezer breakfast burritos, filled with sweet sausage, seasoned potatoes, cheese, scrambled eggs, and salsa verde, are my answer to this weekday struggle.

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Meal Plan for April Week 2

April Week 2 Meal Plan

This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for April. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.

Spring can be a fickle friend, especially where I live in Nebraska. One moment the sun is shining and my family has abandoned their boots for flip flops, and then next week it’s snowing and we cry a little inside.

The plus side of all of this is we can marry cozy, rich foods with spring fruits and vegetables. This week’s meal plan provides tasty dinners (and hope for spring), bringing you the best of both worlds regardless of the temperature outside.

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8 Recipes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

8 Recipes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

This post is brought to you in partnership with Mission Foods.

Whether you’re planning a day of Cinco de Mayo festivities surrounded by friends and family, or you’re just looking for a few good recipes to celebrate the holiday at home, here are some of our very favorite Mexican and Mexican-inspired recipes for your table.

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Pasta with Spinach, Artichokes and Ricotta

Lemon artichoke pasta with spinach

A quick pasta dinner makes weeknights go smoothly, whether you are rushing home from work or trying to feed the hungry hordes in a hurry.

This one combines frozen artichokes and spinach in a creamy ricotta sauce. It’s on the table in less under 30 minutes.

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Weeknight Chicken Ramen

Easy Ramen Noodle Soup with Chicken

A bowl of ramen is a bowl of comfort. Oodles of soft noodles immersed in a bowl of fragrant broth can send you into weeknight—or late night—heaven.

These kinds of meals don’t typically come without a lot of time and effort. However, with a few shortcuts, you can make a bowl of ramen any night of the week in under half an hour.

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Orange

Skillet Chicken with Fennel and Orange

Although this chicken with fennel and orange is great any time of the year, it’s especially welcoming toward the end of winter when you’re looking for something lighter to offset the heavier, stick-to-your-ribs dishes we tend to feast on during the colder months.

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Meal Plan for April Week 1

April Week 1 Meal Plan

This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for April. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.

Warmer temperatures bring with them a familiar ease to life – more daylight hours, fewer coat buttons to button and less headwear to adorn before flinging open the front door and stepping casually into the sunshine.

Spring comes around to remind us that being outside is a privilege and not a punishment.

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How to Cook Asparagus on the Stovetop

How to Boil Asparagus

Hello spring and hello asparagus! What’s your favorite way to cook asparagus?

I love them grilled, roasted, baked in to a frittata, or made into soup. But if I’m honest with you, the method I use most often to cook asparagus is to shallow boil them on the stovetop.

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Savory Dutch Baby Pancake with Salmon and Fried Egg

Puffy Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe with Whole Wheat Flour

My first food memory is of sitting on a kitchen countertop watching Anna, the young German woman who came to our house to help with cleaning and tidying, pull a puffy pancake out of the oven.

It was the biggest pancake I had ever seen. She slathered it with butter, sprinkled it with lemon, and doused it with a snowy shower of powdered sugar. I was fascinated.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins Gluten-Free

There’s a coffee shop by our house in Seattle that makes a great, substantial chocolate chip muffin with a nice crusty top that isn’t at all too sweet. I’m quite smitten with it.

Recently, I decided to recreate them at home, only making them gluten-free and dairy-free so we could share them with our extended family and friends, many of whom have food sensitivities and allergies.

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10 Easter Recipes for Your Family Table

Easter Recipes

Easter means it’s officially spring, and spring means fresh eggs, lamb, asparagus and artichokes, and citrus!

Whether you’re looking for something classic, or for a new dish to add to the mix, here are some of our favorite recipes for the Easter table.

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Pastelón (Puerto Rican Plantain “Lasagna”)

Pastelón, the Puerto Rican layered meat and sweet plantain pie, is one of those recipes that can divide families.

Being a “Nuyorican” (a Puerto Rican from New York), I found this to be true when my husband and I came together over our first dish of pastelón. As a native Puerto Rican, he argued that my version “wasn’t the real deal.”

It was as real to me as his attitude, so I defended my version tooth and nail!

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Cheesy Funeral Potatoes From Scratch

Funeral Potatoes with Real Potatoes

Ever had Funeral Potatoes before? This is a cheesy, creamy, spoonable potato casserole — an ideal side dish for a potluck supper or other large gathering.

Funeral potatoes are usually made with sour cream, condensed cream of chicken soup from a can, frozen shredded potatoes, and a cornflake or bread crumb topping. This makes a delicious casserole, certainly, but I wanted to try making a version from scratch using homemade ingredients.

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Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

Substitute for Cream of Chicken Soup

Condensed cream of chicken soup has its time and place, like creamy chicken casseroles, pasta bakes, and especially these Cheesy Funeral Potatoes. Most recipes call for canned soup, but today, I’m sharing my recipe for making condensed cream of chicken soup entirely from scratch.

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Meal Plan for March Week 4

Meal Plan for March Week 4

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife – and she is also one of our Simply Recipes recipe testers!

Can you believe that we’re already at the end of March?! I don’t know about you, but it seems as if the new year is flying right by!

Since Easter is next weekend, you may need meals during the week ahead that you can prepare quickly so you can focus on hosting or enjoying your loved ones.

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How to Make Lemon Curd

Best Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon curd, like many great recipes, is made with only few key ingredients. How you incorporate those ingredients makes all the difference when it comes to taste and texture.

I set out to make a lemon curd that would be tart and sturdy enough to layer between rounds of cake, but also sweet enough to eat on its own, one spoonful at a time, straight from the jar.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

What better way to conjure up memories of the joys of youth than strawberry shortcake? Strawberry shortcake is one of the easiest desserts to prepare, a perfect finish to a family meal or for serving a large group of people, because it scales so easily.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

To make strawberry shortcake, all you have to do is toss sliced fresh strawberries in sugar, and let them set for a bit to macerate. The sugar will draw moisture out of the strawberries and dissolve to make a syrupy sauce. Serve the strawberries over white cake or biscuits, and top with whipped cream.

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Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Brown Butter

Spinach Pasta with Brown Butter

When it comes to this pasta dish with mushrooms, spinach, and brown butter, you couldn’t ask for an easier or quicker weeknight meal.

Just sauté a hefty amount of mushrooms, add cooked pasta and spinach, and stir until the spinach wilts. Just like that, dinner is ready!

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10 Recipes For a St. Patrick’s Day Feast

10 Recipes for a St. Patrick's Day Feast

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday in which many celebrate being Irish, often regardless of one’s actual heritage!

It’s understandable though — it’s easy to get into the spirit of the day with dishes that involve ingredients such as potatoes, bread, and beer.

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Lemon and ricotta are a match made in heaven. You will find the pairing in many Italian desserts like cheesecakes, tarts, and torta di mandorle (lemon, ricotta, and almond cake), but with pancakes, you don’t have to wait until after dinner to enjoy this winning combination.

Unless, of course, you are “a pancakes-for-supper” kind of gal like me. There’s nothing like pancakes to help make the stresses of just living in this world feel a little bit lighter.

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Sheet Pan English Breakfast

Full English Breakfast on a Sheet Pan

A classic English breakfast is a really special way to start the day. It’s the kind of breakfast that will leave you nice and full through the early afternoon, at which point maybe you’ll want a light snack or some tea to get you to the dinner hour. It also happens to be a fantastic cure after a night of overindulging!

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Meal Plan for March Week 2

Meal Plan for March Week 2

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife – and she is also one of our Simply Recipes recipe testers!

The French essayist, Marcel Proust, said, “The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, ready to remind us…”

Obviously, what they remind us of is wrapped up in the event itself, and as we head into the week of St. Patrick’s Day, I can’t help but remember my journey through the heart of Ireland as a young culinary student.

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3 Foolproof Ways to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs in the Pressure Cooker

With Easter coming up and summer potlucks following right behind, there are many hard-boiled eggs in our near future. Sometimes they can be a little tricky to pull off—peels included!

Here are three ways to make hard-boiled eggs depending on your equipment, what kind of eggs you have, and what you plan to do with them.

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Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

Crockpot poached salmon

Your slow cooker is a versatile thing. So versatile, in fact, that you can even use it for poaching salmon.

It may seem odd to use a slow cooker (something usually used to cook food for hours at a time) for salmon (something that cooks very quickly). But here, we’re using the slow cooker less for its “slow cooking” function and more for its ability to provide steady, even heat—which is the perfect medium for cooking delicate fish like salmon.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake

Bundt cakes like this Lemon Poppy Seed Cake are one of my favorite types of cake to make—they manage to be both a simple homey dessert and a showstopper. There really is nothing better for a home baker!

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Pressure Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken in the Pressure Cooker

On weeknights, I am all about the boneless, skinless chicken thighs. They’re easy to prepare and always end up juicy no matter how they’re cooked.

Elise makes a recipe for Moroccan chicken using the slow cooker that is absolutely fantastic, but I wanted to adapt it for the pressure cooker so I could make it at a moment’s notice on a busy weeknight.

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Baked Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry French Toast Bake

French toast is one of my favorite special breakfasts. I love frying up slices on the stovetop for my little family of three on a lazy weekend. But when it comes to making something for a large brunch crowd, I don’t want to be stuck at the stove, dipping and flipping slice after slice of toast.

That’s where this casserole-style French toast comes in. It can be quickly assembled in the morning, or even the night before, before being baked off and served by the slice

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Easy Chocolate Cream Pie

How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie

What is better than chocolate pudding? Chocolate pudding pie, of course!

Don’t get me wrong, I love cake, but at the end of the day, the pies have it. Give me some fruit in a crust and you will be my BFF. But sometimes you just need chocolate.

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Meal Plan for March Week 3

Meal Plan for March Week 3

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife – and she is also one of our Simply Recipes recipe testers!

In many parts of the United States, school children are on or headed into Spring Break, and so many parents, both stay-at-home and working, struggle with meal plans to accommodate the break in routine.

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Sheet Pan Fish and Chips

Baked Fish and Chips Garnished with Fresh Parsley

Where I live in Boston, seeing “fish and chips” on a restaurant menu is as common as salt. Every fish shack serves them by default, and you’ll find fancy versions at high-end restaurants, too!

When making fish and chips at home, I say leave the deep-frying to the pros and opt for the oven instead.

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