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Fast Idea Friday: Cran-Raspberry Truffles

We know the days leading up to Valentine’s Day can be a bit hectic, especially if you’re trying to plan the perfect meal for your sweetie. Stressing over stroganoff? Going crazy over creme brulee? Here’s a dessert idea that’s quick, easy and just as easy to look at as it is to eat: Cran-Raspberry Truffles.

 

 

Creamy raspberry-tinted white chocolate gets coated in a bittersweet chocolate blanket and topped with dried cranberries for the ultimate after-dinner treat. The best part is you freeze ‘em in between steps, giving you plenty of time to work on your other dishes! Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Fast Idea Friday: English Danishes

We’re at the 1-week countdown to the most romantic day of the year! We know proving to your sweetheart just how romantic you can be can seem intimidating, especially when Valentine’s Day lands on a weekday, but here’s a fast idea that’s impressive, yet simple enough for any rushed morning. Send your honey to work with a homemade English Danish in hand. They might even forget that it’s a weekday, after all!

 

 

Wouldn’t it be cute to cut out hearts in the center? They always say everything tastes better with love! Get the full recipe here.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Buffalo Dip

It’s the Friday before the Super Bowl and if you’re still searching for that perfect snack or app, have no fear: It’s Fast Idea Friday, and we’ve got a recipe  you can’t refuse! Creamy, tangy and just the right amount of spice, our Buffalo Dip is sure to please any palate, no matter what team they’re rooting for! Serve it alongside crunchy veggies and you’ll have a winning dish in no time.

 

 

Get the Buffalo Dip recipe here, and have a delicious Super Bowl Sunday!

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Peanut Chicken Noodles

Happy Friday, and happy National Peanut Butter Day! We know you could celebrate by simply grabbing a bag of your favorite peanut butter candies or just spooning it right out of the jar, but here’s a fast idea that’ll satisfy your dinner needs and your peanut butter craving: Peanut Chicken Noodles.

 

 

Satisfy your Thai food craving with this quick dish, which brings together flavors of sesame oil, soy sauce, honey and lime, all into one delicious peanut sauce. You’ll never call for take-out again! Get the recipe here.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Maple-Raisin Oatmeal

Between late nights, morning commutes and early meetings, it seems like no one has time for breakfast anymore. But–as you’ve heard before–breakfast is the most important meal of the day! You don’t need to slave away in the kitchen to make something hearty, healthy and yummy. Our Maple-Raisin Oatmeal takes less than 10 minutes to put together and contains a ton of fiber and protein to keep you full until lunch time. So bring your breakfast habit back for good. Your body, mind and taste buds will thank you.

Get the recipe here.

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Fast Idea Friday: Drop the Delivery Menu!

Happy Friday! We know the last thing you probably want to do tonight is cook dinner when you can just as easily get into weekend mode and order in. Let us give you an offer you can’t refuse: A pizza recipe that’s almost as easy to make as picking up the phone and calling for delivery — but it’s homemade! Plus, it’ll be done before any pizza boy could make it to your front door. Behold: Pizza Supreme

 

 

Spicy Italian sausage, creamy ricotta cheese and tender bell peppers on a warm crust straight out of the oven. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Cool it, Quick!

To make a light, fluffy grain salad, you need cooled cooked grains. But letting them chill out in the pot or strainer will leave you with a clumpy, gummy mess. The solution is as close as your cupboard. Grab a baking sheet and save your salad this way:

 

1. Transfer drained, just-cooked grains to a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Using a spatula, spread the grains in an even layer. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes for 4 cups of grains. (For even quicker cooling, stick the pan in the refrigerator; it’ll take half the time.)

3. Use the cooled grains in all sorts of salads and side dishes, like our brand new Spinach Salad with Beets, Quinoa & Goat Cheese.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Shrimp Salad Spoons

The new year is right around the corner, but before you collect your champagne, party hats and confetti, make sure you have a quick and delicious appetizer to serve or bring to whatever festive party you’re attending. These Shrimp Salad Spoons are easy to put together, require little to no cooking and are elegant enough for even a black tie affair. Plus, the shape of the edible “spoon” is perfect for cheers-ing with all your friends.

 

 

Creamy, crunchy, shrimpy goodness. What could be better on the last night of the year? Get the recipe here. Cheers!

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Trail Mix Granola

Happy day after Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like us, you got up at the crack of dawn for some epic Black Friday shopping (or you’re already home from those crazy 3 am sales). Which just goes to show, the holiday season is both wonderful and crazy at the same time. So you’re going to need snacks to keep you energized all season long. And we’ve got just the recipe for you: Our fast and easy Trail Mix Granola?

 

 

Store-bought trail mix combined with sweet cinnamon-y oats and baked to perfection–what could be bad about that? Make a big batch for your whole family to enjoy. Watch the step-by-step video here.

 

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Fast Idea Friday: PB & B Burritos

Did you know November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Here’s a fast way to celebrate: PB & B Burritos, complete with crunchy peanut butter, bananas, yogurt and honey. It’s the perfect healthy snack to make you feel like a kid again.

Watch our step-by-step video on how to make these sweet and crunchy treats here.

 

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