Much like salads with traditional mixed green lettuces, quinoa salad on its own is a culinary blank canvas. The grainlike seeds impart a flavor all their own — subtle nuttiness — but they pair well with countless other tastes, textures and ingredients, and you can dress them up or down depending on what ingredients you happen to have on hand. Bonus: Quinoa is filling, since it’s full of protein, which means that you can skip the meat and still feel satisfied.
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While burritos and wraps typically have a meaty element stuffed inside, swapping the usual beef, pork or chicken for hearty substitutes like beans and fresh veggies will give you a burrito that’s every bit as filling as the classic recipe without sacrificing flavor.
This Brown Rice and Bean Burrito (pictured above) has many of the best fixings of a meaty burrito — cheddar cheese, rice and a simple guacamole made from mashed avocado and lime — but it stars black beans instead of meat. After layering the guac, beans, cheesy rice and carrots in a tortilla, add a dollop of your favorite store-bought salsa for a little extra bite. Bonus: These burritos are ready to eat in only 15 minutes, making them ideal for a busy Monday night.
The unofficial end of summer means that autumn has nearly arrived, and with it the return of hearty, baked pasta dishes. And we couldn’t be happier about that.
A gooey, crowd-pleasing favorite, this Bake-and-Slice Macaroni and Cheese (pictured above) gets its craveable cheesiness from a blend of four cheeses — cheddar, Muenster, provolone and mozzarella. There’s a little paprika to add a welcome smoky bite to the indulgent sauce, which is made with half-and-half to amp up the creaminess. After coating all the elbow noodles with the sauce and cheese, cover the dish with one last helping of cheddar before baking. It’s important to let the casserole rest for a half hour before serving; this will ensure that it’s easy to slice.
Between packing up sandy beach chairs, getting little ones ready for school and gearing up for the busy month ahead, putting a satisfying dish on the dinner table can seem overwhelming on this unofficial last day of summer. But as you look ahead to fall, think about soups for bringing plenty of comfort to supper without a hassle.
Most hearty and filling salad recipes call for plenty of meaty elements, like diced turkey and ham in the traditional cobb. But you don’t have to rely on meat to guarantee a satisfying salad. The secret is using other proteins that deliver the heft you crave.
If your usual salad routine has you feeling uninspired (and maybe a little bored), look no further for a craveable solution: pizza. Yes, that’s right. Salad meets pizza. In this Tricolor Salad Pizza recipe from Food Network Magazine (pictured above), Ellie Krieger tops a cheesy crust with classic salad fixings, like greens and tomatoes, for a lightened-up dish that has all the gooey indulgence of a takeout pie, plus some welcome fresh additions. She starts with store-bought pizza dough, on which she melts a trio of cheeses: mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta. She then mixes peppery arugula, crisp endive and juicy grape tomatoes with balsamic vinegar for a colorful, healthful topping.
Get the recipe: Tricolor Salad Pizzas from Food Network Magazine
Though the weather outside is steamy, you needn’t wait for the cooler months to make a pot of chili. The secret to enjoying this hearty bowl in the summer is opting for lighter, fresher ingredients than the usual bases of chicken and beef. By opting for a veggie-packed version, you get the same depth of flavor but with a seasonal feel. Read more
Let us introduce you to your new favorite pasta sauce: salsa cruda. Its Italian name translates as “raw sauce,” and it’s typically a tomato-based mixture tossed with other fresh ingredients that are so full of flavor they don’t need to be cooked.
There’s no doubt that sweet corn is irresistible eaten right off the cob, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try shaving off the kernels for a new twist on taste. Try it tossed with grains and other veggies to make a simple standout salad, like this one featured above. Read more
If you’re anything like us, all you crave for dinner on a Monday night is the salty convenience of takeout. Thanks to Rachael Ray and her 30-minute meals, you can make an Asian-inspired noodle dish at home in less time than it would take to have it delivered. Read more