Getting into the back-to-school mentality can be a little tricky, especially when it comes to lunch duty. Juggling multiple picky eaters plus your own desire to keep your family eating healthy can be a hefty task. But have no fear: We’ve put together some lunch ideas that will solve all your problems in one! These recipes are quick, easy and subtle enough for any picky palate while still being healthy enough for your own lunch! Your kids may never ask for lunch money again.
Have your kids made a habit out of PB&J? Try a healthy, fun alternative side dish in the form of these Crunch Apple & Almond Butter Rounds. Plus, if your school is peanut-free, you won’t have to worry!
We’re going around the world in Weeknight Meal Planners, and this week’s stop may be the biggest yet: Asia! Show your family that this favorite cuisine can be made at home and will taste just as good as the restaurant (if not better!). All you’re missing is a fortune cookie!
Monday, September 15
Today is National Peanut Day! We love these legumes (yep, they’re not actually a nut!) for their crunch, creaminess and soft flavor that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Not to mention they’re also high in protein and healthy fats — and can basically be used in any form (roasted, raw, whole or chopped!). Obviously these babies have tons of potential. To celebrate their special day, whip up one of these recipes that go way beyond the jar.
A sprinkling of chopped peanuts over these Baked Coconut Chili Lime Wings will enhance the marinated coconut flavor — plus, it’ll add a nice buffer from the spicy chili peppers.
Is it just us or is every food imaginable served on wheels these days? The Vendy Awards are back for their 10th anniversary and Every Day with Rachael Ray‘s second as the media sponsor! This five-city festival honors the best street cooks in the country, and tomorrow just so happens to be the New York City event on Governor’s Island. Whether you’re in the mood for organic sandwiches, empanadas, authentic churros or even a ramen burger, you’re sure to find at least a few trucks to suit your fancy. But make sure you go on an empty stomach! Check out these highlights from a decade of deliciousness.
Everyone wants a bite! The first food truck competition in the country shows no signs of slowing down.
Our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell, center, joined in the fun as a judge last year.
Luke’s Lobster won the People’s Choice Award for NYC in 2013– we see why!
It’s not too late! You can still purchase tickets for the NYC Vendy Awards here.
Our first Pantry Staple Wednesday task for the Love Your Kitchen Challenge will set you up for success during the rest of the challenge and beyond! Here’s what you need to do: Toss anything questionable; donate anything you’re not planning to use before it expires; remove products that have been sitting unopened for far too long. These products are taking up space in your pantry that could be otherwise used for the important and useful ingredients, tupperware, wrapping materials and more.
Now, make a recipe using one or more of your staples that are left behind! Here are some tasty ideas we’re dying to make during the challenge:
Use canned chickpeas and canned tuna in our Chickpea Tabbouleh Salad with Tuna.
Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!
Lesson 6: Whip Up a Killer Pan Sauce
The trick to decking out ho-hum pork chops, chicken breasts or steaks? Deglaze! Translation: Give the meat a good sear and then turn the stuff that’s left in the bottom of the skillet into a two-minute pan sauce that’s amazing drizzled over everything on your plate.
It’s that time of the year again: when days begin to shorten, schedules begin to fill up and dinnertime needs to happen in a pinch. Whether you’ve just sent the kids back to school or you’re graduating from the last of your summer Fridays, ease your way back into hectic days with five easy weeknight meals.
Monday, September 8th
Ah, football season. The time to bring out the face paint, team cheers, pom poms and, most importantly, delicious tailgating food and drinks! The idea of an on-site tailgate can seem a little overwhelming, but an at-home tailgating party can be simple, delicious and so much better than the actual game. So choose your own adventure: whether you want to cheer for a specific team, showcase the flavors of fall or have an all-out Mexican tailgating fiesta, we’ve got plenty of recipes to keep your fans full.
For a Fall-Flavored Tailgate
Start your guests off with Pumpkin Quesadillas and beer, to get them ready for fall flavors. Then, really win them over with homemade Baked Veggie Chips and Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip. Finally, when the weather’s still pleasant, fire up the grill for Chicken Wings with Jala-Peach Sauce
To Cheer on the Home Team
Fan of the Miami Dolphins? Rep the green and orange with Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Or maybe you like the Kansas City Chiefs? Show your red and white pride through Pizza Sliders. If you like one of the many teams with blue in their jerseys, try our Sticky Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip or Sweet & Spicy Double-Blueberry Salsa. If you just want to promote good sportsmanship, you can never go wrong with our Pimiento Cheese Football Sandwiches (pictured above).
Throw a Mexican Tailgate Fiesta!
Happy football season!
We’ve got a question for you: How well do you know the food in your city? Are you the type of person who likes to try a new restaurant every week, or do you you visit the same eatery with frequency? Do you know every Mexican, Italian and pizza joint around town? How about the bakeries and ice cream shops? Well, if you’re looking to become more familiar with your town’s best dining establishments, use this weekend as the perfect opportunity: create your own foodie adventure! No matter where you live, there are plenty of opportunities to explore your favorite cuisine or novelty. And while the weather’s still nice, you can hop, skip or jump from location to location. Here are just a few ideas for inspiration:
Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand of the popular site TheKitchn.com are famous for their tips and recipes — which is why we’re thrilled the October issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray features an exclusive sneak peek at their new The Kitchn Cookbook. It’s essentially a road map for organizing the busiest room in your house, stocking your pantry and implementing simple tweaks that will make cooking faster, more delicious and more fun. You can read the full story in the magazine — on newsstands September 9th. And in the meantime, you can whip up some of their bonus recipes they shared exclusively with us!