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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 quart container filled with cooked chickpeas.

How to Cook Chickpeas and Beans from Scratch: Brining Method

Here I've pickled peppers, onions, and fennel, and I've been tucking the mix into sandwiches, spreading it atop melty cheese toasts, and, as intended, sprinkling it over just-baked pizza. I imagine it would be fabulous with grilled bratwurst or in a Philly cheesesteak-style sandwich. // alexandracooks.com

Simple, Quick- Pickled Vegetables

A plate of oven-roasted cauliflower florets with parmesan.

Easy Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower Florets Recipe

This roasted eggplant lasagna with sautéed greens uses tomato sauce layered between noodles, roasted eggplant rounds, sautéed Swiss chard, and a mix of parmesan and mozzarella. I've omitted the classic ricotta + egg layer here because I've never loved it, but feel free to add it. This is a recipe that can be tailored to your liking. // alexandracooks.com

Roasted Eggplant and Sautéed Swiss Chard Lasagna

Two quart containers filled with tomato sauce.

Marcella Hazan Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, Simplified

A bowl of corn pasta.

Melissa Clark’s Creamy (No-Cream!) Corn Pasta with Basil

A bowl of raw corn salad with tomatoes, feta, and basil.

Mark Bittman’s Raw Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, Basil & Mint

A gif of uncooked ratatouille and roasted ratatouille.

Roasted Ratatouille = The Best Ratatouille

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

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 kale and quinoa salad has a lemony-mustard dressing, dried cranberries that plump with the cooked quinoa, crisp celery, toasted almonds, and goat cheese. It comes together in a snap and has been a welcomed addition to the summer salad rotation. It also keeps well in the fridge for days, making it perfect for lunch-on-the-go or a picnic at the beach. I find it irresistible, and while it's a great side salad, it's nearly a meal in itself. // alexandracooks.com

Kale and Quinoa Salad from Love Real Food

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

A sweet potato and mushroom quinoa burger on a plate.

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Veggie Burger

A bowl of Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing

Broccoli & Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing

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

A whirl of sweet hydration is just what I need as hotter days move in or, as it turns out, even when they don't—I've been making this blueberry-almond smoothie every day, rain or shine, brisk or balmy. // alexandracooks.com

Healthy Blueberry-Almond Smoothie

I’ve been making this oat and quinoa porridge nearly every morning for breakfast since learning the recipe, and while it’s a bit more work than other cooked-from-scratch hot breakfast cereals, it’s well worth the effort. An aromatic, light but satisfying, perfectly sweet porridge that comes together in a snap. // alexandracooks.com

Jean Adamson’s Quinoa-and-Oat Porridge

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