Recipes by Topic - cooking: fast prep

Simple Summer Chicken

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Need a fast and delicious protein to go with all the summer produce coming out of the garden this time of year? Try this recipe for ultra-quick grilled chicken breasts, marinated in a quick Italian seasoning mix before you toss them on the rack. They’ll go well with almost any…

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Beef And Onion Skewers

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Skewers are a classic grill favorite: they’re easy to cook and easy to eat, and somehow it’s just fun to pull your food off a stick in bite-sized pieces. Call it the inner cave(wo)man breaking through our 21st-century mores. Kids love them, too, and they’re easy to downsize for smaller…

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Sweet Potato Hummus

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Hummus is a perfect party snack or finger food – if only it weren’t made out of chickpeas! Here though, you can get that creamy, dip-friendly texture without any legumes at all: just use mashed sweet potatoes as the base of the hummus in place of the chickpeas. To make…

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Skillet Cherry Jam

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Jam making is a traditional way to preserve all the wild fruits of the summer and save all that nutritional goodness for the darker months ahead. Traditional recipes for jam cover everything from strawberries and raspberries to quinces, currants, and gooseberries, but here’s one for a big pile of fresh…

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken Wings

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Looking for something with a serious flavor? These spicy-sweet chicken wings have it all: first they pick up some spice in the marinade, and after they’re cooked, they’re coated in a tangy honey-balsamic glaze (with optional sriracha if you really like it kicky). To get the best flavor, the recipe…

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Spinach and Mushroom Chicken

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Take a break from salads but keep all the nutrition of spinach with a very simple grill recipe featuring sautéed vegetables as a topping for paprika-rubbed chicken. It’s an easy way to get protein and vegetables all in one recipe, with a delicious summery feel. When you sautee a big…

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Shrimp Taco Bites

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Need a standout appetizer or snack tray? Try these finger-friendly mini tacos: spicy shrimp stacked with fresh guacamole and salsa on top of crunchy cucumber slices. They’re perfect if you just need some munchies to set out for a party, but they’d work just as well as appetizers, or even…

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Fresh Summer Salad

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It’s not always easy cooking for just one person – there’s always the temptation to just eat leftovers out of the container because it’s so much work to actually pull together a meal. But that’s where salads come in so handy: they’re quick and easy, and easy to customize so…

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Fire-Roasted Salsa

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Salsa is a wonderful Paleo-friendly condiment for just about everything: it’s good on salads, burgers, or grilled meat, or just as a dipping sauce for whatever finger-friendly vegetables you like. And the perfect salsa-making season is when tomatoes are at their cheapest and most delicious: in other words, now. It’s…

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Cinnamon and Apple Waffles

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Pancakes are great, but we can’t forget about their close cousin, waffles. If you own a waffle iron and thought you would never use it again and that it would just keep on accumulating dust, then this recipe is for you! Granted, they are another one of those indulgences and…

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Flourless Banana Pancakes

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The search for the perfect Paleo pancake continues! Carrot cake pancakes are one way to do it, but what if you’re not into a lot of almond flour? Well, here’s a Sunday brunch recipe that doesn’t rely on any kind of flour at all – in fact, it’s completely nut-free,…

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Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

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Pineapple isn’t just for fruit salads! Slide it onto a skewer with a few chunks of chicken breast and grill everything with honey-mustard barbecue sauce for an easy and flavor-packed summer treat. It tastes a little bit like Hawaiian barbecue pizza – if Hawaiian barbecue pizza were a whole lot…

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Fresh Fruit Pops

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Is the ice cream truck calling your name lately? Throw together a batch of Paleo popsicles instead, with coconut water, real fresh fruit, and no monkey business going on with the flavors. They won’t quite turn your lips that charming shade of atomic purple-blue, but that’s a pretty small price…

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Tomato And Spinach Salad

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From rows of smooth, hefty beefsteaks and bumpy piles of multicolored heirlooms to punnets overflowing with bite-size cherry and grape varieties, summer means tomato season. It’s a chance to appreciate the juiciest and most flavorful fruit before refrigeration takes its toll; even better if you can get it direct from…

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Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

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Here’s a flavor-packed way to perk up any leftover chicken hanging around the fridge: give it new life with a creamy coconut milk base, a blend of spicy Thai seasonings, and plenty of lime juice for extra zing. It only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect for busy nights…

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Chicken BLT Salad

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Want to get your BLT on but not quite feeling the deviled eggs? Try a salad instead: a lettuce wedge topped off with crispy breaded chicken, plenty of bacon, and a creamy homemade dressing. It’s a perfect example of how simple it is to take a classic flavor and make…

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Mayonnaise, Revisited

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We’ve already touched on mayonnaise, but we also realized that mayo is so versatile and delicious that it’s worth revisiting and reiterating how simple it can be to prepare at home. Add to that the fact that healthy store-bought mayonnaise is not something that exists at the moment; all of them are prepared…

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Brisket Chili

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Got some leftover brisket? Give it a whole new life as a chunky, hearty chili to gobble down right now, freeze for later, or both. If you don’thave any leftovers, you can still get in on the action: just toss some raw brisket into a slow-cooker with all the other…

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Cream of Zucchini Soup

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It’s zucchini season! In the store, it’ll be cheap, but if you have a garden, you probably already have more than you know what to do with: zucchini is one of those crops that appears in a burst of abundance and sends you scrambling around to press huge baskets of…

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