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A bowl of vegan, one-pot lentil soup.

Favorite Lentil Soup: One-Pot, Vegan, Completely Delicious

Overhead shot of two dinner plates filled with one-pot chicken with sherry and sherry vinegar sauce, bread, and salad.

One-Pan Chicken with Sherry Vinegar Sauce

A skillet filled with pasta carbonara.

Favorite Weeknight Meal: No-Bacon Pasta Carbonara Loaded with Greens

Chickpea Tagine with “Tomato Jam” and Roasted Delicata Squash

A platter of grilled hanger steak, resting.

How to Cook Hanger Steak on the Grill

A bowl filled with the best one-pan baked ziti with a fork and napkin.

One-Pan Baked Ziti — A Miracle!

A bowl of curried corn soup.

Deborah Madison’s Curried Coconut Corn Soup

Overhead shot of corn soup with herb salsa.

Five-Ingredient Corn Soup with Herb Salsa

A bowl of ginger-sesame soba and salmon.

Ginger-Sesame Soba Noodles with Cedar Plank Salmon

cucumber and green grape gazpacho

Green Gazpacho Soup

A bowl of chicken and cabbage salad with Thai dressing.

Thai-Inspired Chicken and Cabbage Salad

This summer vegetable salad comes together in no time—as the shallots macerate in the vinegar for the dressing, you can prep everything else: slice the radishes, turnips, scallions, etc. With a hunk of bread on the side, the meal is complete. // alexandracooks.com

10-Minute Meal: Greens + Tuna + Shallot Vinaigrette

In this skirt steak nicoise, while the skirt steak rests, you’ll make a simple sauce Niçoise. After halving cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopping olives, and tossing the two with capers, you’ll briefly sauté the mix with olive oil and garlic. After just a few minutes, the tomatoes will begin to break down, releasing juices and sweetening as they soften. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end offers a welcomed hit of acidity. // alexandracooks.com

Skillet-Seared Skirt Steak Niçoise

In these skirt steak sandwiches, skirt steak, which cooks to medium-rare in just about 5 minutes, is layered with arugula between slices of focaccia smeared with herbed mayonnaise. The key, as with all meats, is to let the steak rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing, and with skirt steak, to slice it thinly against the grain. // alexandracooks.com

Weeknight Skirt Steak Sandwiches with Herbed Mayonnaise and Arugula

A sweet potato and mushroom quinoa burger on a plate.

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Veggie Burger

This recipe for almond-sesame soba noodles with quick-pickled vegetables is really fun and super easy. It's also a good one to rely on in the summer — it's so refreshing — and, if you subscribe to a CSA or tend a prolific garden, it makes great use of all of those carrots, cucumbers, and radishes you may find yourself up to your eyeballs in. // alexandracooks.com

Almond-Sesame Soba Noodles with Quick-Pickled Vegetables

This ‘nduja grilled cheese includes Wisconsin fontina, a great melting cheese, and basil pesto, to offer a fresh counterpoint to the richness of the pâte-like spread. In keeping with the Italian theme, I sandwiched the three ingredients between thick slices of ciabatta, whose porous crumb so nicely absorbed the flavors of the spicy ‘nduja and sweet, earthy fontina. Yum. // alexandracooks.com

‘Nduja Grilled Cheese with Wisconsin Fontina & Basil Pesto

A bowl of no-fuss, easy, chicken enchilada casserole.

Easiest Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This pasta with spinach, walnuts, and lemon includes fresh greens tossed with a garlicky, white wine sauce made slightly creamy with crème fraîche. Yum. // alexandracooks.com

Spring Pasta with Spinach, Walnuts & Lemon

This salad is a combination of roasted vegetables, lentils, walnuts, and goat cheese. But there's a lot more to it than what's revealed in the title. There's raw radicchio, lots of fresh tarragon, and it's all dressed in an at once sharp, sweet, and salty dressing made with minced anchovies, shallots, mustard, honey, and currants. The whole combination is just so good. // alexandracooks.com

Lentil Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio, Walnuts & Goat Cheese

You will relish this endive and fava tartine—ricotta, pea shoots, radishes, and herbs—each spring-filled bite assuring you that you can endure a few more weeks of winter. This is the tartine to make when you’ve had your fill of comfort foods—of soups and stews and roasts and braises—and you long for something fresh and bright. // alexandracooks.com

Bread Toast Crumbs { The Trailer Part II: Toast } + Endive & Fava Salad Tartine with Herbed Ricotta

A platter filled with one-pan roasted chicken thighs and potatoes.

One-Pan Chicken with Potatoes & Tarragon

A bowl of farro risotto with kale and feta.

Farro Risotto with Kale and Feta

An overhead shot of a bowl of pantry tomato soup.

Super Easy Pantry Tomato Soup