9 Crust Ideas that are Better than Breadcrumbs

We love a good buttery, toasty breadcrumb topping for mac & cheese or casserole, but sometimes we like to change things up. These fun ideas are perfect for breading, topping and even making a crust. The best part is you probably have most of the ingredients already on hand!

 

Nuts

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A Flexitarian Weeknight Meal Planner

Why celebrate Meatless Monday just once a week when you can have the option to make all your weeknight meals vegetarian-friendly? Behold: five flexitarian meals where you decide to add the meat or omit it. No matter what you choose, you’ll end up with a hearty, healthy and delicious meal that everyone will ask for seconds.

 

Monday, January 26

 

Stay true to Meatless Monday with this Quick Bean & Porcini Ragu–the taste and texture will feel like a real meat ragu!

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Our 5 Favorite Toast Toppers

We knew we were onto something when we decided to put smashes on the cover of our January/February issue, and the fact that we weren’t the only ones reaffirmed us. Toast is so in for 2015, and we don’t just mean charred bread with a pat of butter. A thick slice of toast topped with a mixture of flavors and textures– creamy and crunchy; spicy and sweet– is the perfect way to start your day, satisfy an afternoon craving or top off a late night out. We’ll toast to these five toasts, any time of day!

 

The classic: Avocado Smash

In a bowl, smash 2 large pitted and peeled avocados with 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and 1 small grated garlic clove; season. Mound on 4 slices of toast and sprinkle with pepper.

 

 

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Superbowl-Approved Beer Cocktails

With just a week and a half until the Superbowl, it’s time to start thinking about the snacks and drinks you’ll be serving (or bringing!) during the game. This year, instead of picking up a few six packs of your favorite brew, incorporate it into a show-stopping cocktail that might even steal the spotlight from the halftime show. We’ve got a recipe for any type of beer drinker, from the traditionalist to the trend-setter. They’re bound to score a taste bud touchdown!

 

For the (almost) beer purist: Lager & Lemon-Limeade

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Our 4 Favorite Italian Comfort Food Recipes

A bubbly, warm, saucy Italian dish on a cold, winter night? Now that’s amore! Save the caprese salads and basil pesto for the summer–this winter, we want the hearty baked dishes, crunch baguettes and creamy desserts that Italy is known for. So take your pick at a cheesy, sausage-laden pizza bread, a rich and smoky sauteed chicken or a creamy, gooey, this-is-what-dreams-are-made-of baked pasta dish. Finish it off with a riff on Tiramisu and you’ve got yourself an Italian grandmother’s hug for your taste buds.

 

Three-Cheese Bread Pizza with Kale & Sausage

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A Semi-Homemade Weeknight Meal Planner

Weeknight dinners are meant to be fast and stress-free. That’s why this week, all five meals in our planner are semi-homemade. Whether it’s a rotisserie chicken or frozen ravioli, these dinners can be thrown together in a flash but do not compromise on flavor. So we’ll cut to the chase: you’re welcome.

 

Monday, January 19

No-Oven Pizzas

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Butter is Back!

Butter’s popularity is spreading! A potential explanation: “Studies show that a diet rich in fats and low in carbs is more effective than low-fat diets for weight loss, possibly in part because of fat’s satiating effects,” says Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise. Learn which kind of butter is best for every kitchen task.

 

 

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6 Spins on Mac & Cheese

Everybody’s favorite comfort food gets a delicious upgrade with these fun mix-ins. Imagine the pastabilities!

 

 

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Make Cooking Fun Again with this Weeknight Meal Planner

If you’re tired of your typical cooking routine we’ve got a fun and delicious menu to spice things up. Boring bowl of soup? Put an egg on top! Tired of traditional breadcrumbs? Try nuts instead! And what could be more fun than a taco night? This week, try these five weeknight meals. They may be the most fun thing you do all night!

Monday, January 12th

Garlic Soup with Poached Eggs

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Barley: The Hull Truth

We love nutty, hearty barley, but shopping for the tasty little grain can be confusing. Use this handy cheat sheet to make sure you’re buying the right stuff for your recipe.

 

 

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