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Sunday Brunch: Yogurt Pancakes with Pomegranate

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Since these pancakes are light on the flour (actually, sort of light on ingredients in general), the end result is airy, not-too-sweet, and perfectly satisfying. Plus, the pomegranate delivers a healthy dose of antioxidants. Get the recipe here.

At-Home Date Night: Shrimp Risotto with Sweet Peas and Leeks

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This recipe's combination of fancy and homey is a great note to strike when cooking for a date. Give yourself a head start and cook the risotto until the rice is almost done and it's time to add the shrimp and other ingredients. Turn off the heat and wait for your date to arrive (and be very impressed!). Get the recipe here.

Meatless Monday: Lemon Couscous Salad

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Aside from fresh cilantro, this healthy vegetarian meal can be made almost entirely from your pantry in less than 15 minutes, which makes it the perfect dish for any last-minute dinner guests. Get the recipe here.

Pre-Workout Power Breakfast: City Oatmeal

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What makes "city" oatmeal different from the rest? It doesn't require any fresh ingredients. While summer "Island" oatmeal may use fresh peaches and strawberries, this beautiful bowl just calls for frozen blueberries (which turn the oats a bluish color) and dried cherries. Get the recipe here.

Picnic in the Park: Chicken Satay Banh Mi Sandwiches

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Using grilled chicken instead of pork cuts the fat in this traditional Vietnamese sandwich recipe. But since it's still packed with intense flavor, you'd never guess it has less than 300 calories! Get the recipe here.

Morning After a Big Night Out: Spinach Pie Quesadilla

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There's nothing like an egg and cheese sandwich to bring you back to life after a late night out. Delis, from humble to gourmet, slap these two simple ingredients on anything from kaiser rolls or toast to croissants and wraps. In this delicious rendition, the egg becomes more of an ingredient in the sandwich filling than the main event. Get the recipe here.

Hosting a Dinner Party: Butternut Squash & Leek Confit Empanadas

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Think your crazy schedule means you'll never host an impressive dinner party? Not with this recipe! You can make the butternut squash and leek confit fillings days in advance, leaving plenty of time for assembly the night of. Get the recipe here.

"Sick" Day: Mom's Garlic Soup

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This one-pot wonder is an excellent solution to single living: Easy. Cheap. Comforting. Pantry friendly. You can make it with chicken or any type of sausage you have on hand instead of turkey. Get the recipe here.

Weekend Barbeque: Chicken Satays

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For finger food-oriented events, we love how things look on kebab sticks. And since you can build the sauce right into the skewered protein, it's a lot less messy than traditional barbecue ribs and drumsticks. Get the recipe here.

Finger Food Party: Chipotle Hummus

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You can make this spicy hummus several days in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Double or triple the recipe for a big party, and serve it with toasted pita triangles or raw veggies (if you're counting calories). Get the recipe here.

Comfort Food Fix: Roasted Tomato Soup with Crispy Pancetta

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This tasty tomato soup puts the can of Progresso in your pantry to shame. It's perfect for a stormy weeknight dinner. Get the recipe here.

Elegant Birthday Dinner: Smoked Mozzarella Tartlettes

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Tartlettes are easy but elegant, homey but aesthetically pleasing; they contain a little childhood nostalgia, but they're effortlessly made adult and gourmet with interesting, tasty toppings. Get the recipe here.

Cocktail Party on a Tight Budget: Black Bean Cakes

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Black beans are a savvy party host's best friend. They're not only packed with belly-filling fiber, but there are countless tasty ways to serve them. These fancy-looking black bean cakes elevate a humble bean into an elegant bite—perfect for your next cheap but chic gathering. Get the recipe here.

Brown-Bag Lunch: Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

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This tasty meal is packed with protein and filling enough to prevent sugar cravings later in the day. Get the recipe here.

For more great recipes, check out the new book In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine.


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