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Asparagus and Eggs with Creamy Lemon Sauce 96¢ per serving
Asparagus and Eggs with Creamy Lemon Sauce
A springtime treat, bright-green asparagus spears are topped with pan-poached eggs. The creamy mayo-mustard-lemon sauce brings it all together. The sauce, a Dijonnaise with citrus, is ridiculously easy to make, and our "pan-poaching" method proves more dependable than traditional poaching. Savor as a light lunch or brunch. It will give you that "I' ... read more
Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Fritters with Creamy Dipping Sauce $1.21 per serving
Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Fritters with Creamy Dipping Sauce
(4.5)
These savory pancakes are a great way to enjoy many different vegetables and create a satisfying and healthful meal. We started with zucchini, beans, and corn, the revered "three sisters" of Iroquois tradition, and gave it a Southwestern point of view with black beans and cilantro. Sauteéd onion adds a sweetness that complements the texture of the ... read more
Brie Panini with Fresh Pear and Red Fruit Jam $1.40 per serving
Brie Panini with Fresh Pear and Red Fruit Jam
(4.5)
A luscious combination of creamy cheese and slightly crisp pear slices grilled in a pan makes for a marvelous lunch. The red fruit jam (strawberry or raspberry will do) adds a touch of sweetness that complements the rich notes in the brie. A fancy foodie treat for a great price!
Chickpea, Tomato, Mint, and Feta Salad with Garlic-Parmesan Crostini $2.04 per serving
Chickpea, Tomato, Mint, and Feta Salad with Garlic-Parmesan Crostini
(5.0)
This light but filling salad is loaded with protein and vitamins. Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, while feta adds protein, calcium, and B-vitamins and a foodie touch to this inexpensive dish. The mint really makes it if you can find fresh mint at a good price (we often grow our own), though you can substitute other fresh or dried herbs if ... read more
Flatbread Napoletana $1.09 per serving
Flatbread Napoletana
Flatbread pizza is good, fast, and cheap! Our kitchen hackers discovered that an uncooked (raw) flour tortilla delivers the perfect consistency of a thin crust loaded with sweet tomato sauce, veggies, and a sprinkling of goat cheese—a real treat. It makes a quick dinner, or a tantalizing appetizer that you can serve guests. Alternatively, you can u ... read more
Lemon-Spinach Orzo $1.00 per serving
Lemon-Spinach Orzo
(5.0)
This light, flavorful dish is full of lemon-scented pasta, garlic, and hearty greens. It's so simple to make, which is another reason to love it. Serve it on its own or as a side dish (without the feta and olives) to accompany our Chicken with Plum Tomato and Prosciutto. Or you might like to add a few pieces of grilled chicken or fish with a squeez ... read more
Mediterranean Quinoa-Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs $1.55 per serving
Mediterranean Quinoa-Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs
(5.0)
For a fresh take on a Mediterranean salad, we combined lentils, quinoa, fresh herbs, raisins, and cucumber, with a creamy lemon vinaigrette. The key to a wildly tasty and satisfying salad is a balance of textures and flavors—crunchy, smooth, sweet, and tangy—and it's all here, complemented by a bright, fresh homemade dressing you can make in minute ... read more
Olive and Herb Tuna Wrap $1.22 per serving
Olive and Herb Tuna Wrap
(5.0)
Tuna is an excellent source of protein (here 15 grams per serving!), B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it’s inexpensive and makes a quick and easy lunch. Zesty bits of olive and fresh dill balance the flavors and let this dish stand out.
Orange and Honey Glazed Carrots 83¢ per serving
Orange and Honey Glazed Carrots
Carrots with green stems, when available, make an especially eye-catching presentation for this side. Left whole for glazing, the carrots can be garnished with their decorative greens for serving. We love this as part of a trio of colorful and economical side dishes for the holidays, along with a Fresh Cranberry Relish and our Roasted Brussels Spro ... read more
Panko Fried Chicken Sandwiches $2.18 per serving
Panko Fried Chicken Sandwiches
The fried-chicken sandwich is an indulgent classic. Here crunchy panko breadcrumbs give texture to a light but juicy take on an old-time tradition. Onion rolls and chopped scallions contribute extra flavor and dill pickle slices add tang. If you're feeling brave, add some hot sriracha! ... read more
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts 58¢ per serving
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts
Roasted Brussels sprouts are delish, easy to prepare, and good for you. The toasted walnuts complement them perfectly, and the dish is topped off with a slightly sweet balsamic glaze. We love this as part of a trio of colorful and economical side dishes for the holidays, along with a Fresh Cranberry Relish and our Orange and Honey Glazed Carrots.Th ... read more
Spinach and Mushroom Crepes $1.68 per serving
Spinach and Mushroom Crepes
(5.0)
The crepe is a surprisingly economical treat, despite its glamorous French associations and astronomical price tag at restaurants. Crepes are made from a few basic ingredients, can be served hundreds of different ways, sweet or savory, and don’t require any special pan or utensils for cooking. Prepare a large batch of crepes ahead of time and store ... read more
Summer Salad with Lemon Farro $2.12 per serving
Summer Salad with Lemon Farro
Contrasting color, texture, and sweet, sour, and salty flavors make a salad exciting. In this favorite hot-weather entree, we've mixed light and dark greens along with colorful vegetables, crunchy seeds, raisins, a dash of honey, fresh lemon, and blue cheese. Farro—a satisfying, chewy grain—cooks quickly and the lemony vinaigrette on both the green ... read more
Tart Fresh Cranberry Relish 40¢ per serving
Tart Fresh Cranberry Relish
(5.0)
These beautiful seasonal berries need no cooking in this upgrade (in our opinion!) of sugary, cooked cranberry sauce. A little honey, cinnamon, an orange, and a blender are all you need. Tell no one how effortless this treat is to prepare when you bring it to a holiday gathering! We love this as part of a trio of colorful and economical side dishes ... read more
Tea Sandwiches 98¢ per serving
Tea Sandwiches
(5.0)
Tea sandwiches somehow transform basic ingredients into a special, tasty, bite-size treat. Whether you have them for lunch or afternoon tea, they are so simple to make and so extraordinarily delectable. The key is to use thinly-sliced bread with crusts removed. We paired cucumber with cream cheese, avocado, and mint, and egg salad with dill and sto ... read more
Velvety Corn Chowder 48¢ per serving
Velvety Corn Chowdernew
This creamy, rich-tasting chowder is actually good for you. It's low in fat, and made with little salt and no dairy! The inspiration comes from Oprah herself, and her cook Rosie. We've been cooking it up for years now, and decided it's time to share our vegan version. Go for it while there's still fresh corn in the markets, some of the sweetest of ... read more
= quick and easy
= gluten free
= vegetarian
= vegan