What to Eat This Week: Insanely Easy Foil-Packet Dinners

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The foil-packet dinner is a beautiful thing: simple, light on oil and butter, mostly hands-off and pretty much impossible to screw up. Plus, it leaves you with zero dishes a good chunk of the time. And I don’t know about you, but in my book, a dishes-less dinner is the best kind. So for this week’s recipes, we’ve got five insanely easy and healthy foil-packet dinners that will leave you with very little to clean up. Enjoy!

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11 Make-Ahead Lunches to Make Your Next Workweek SO Much Easier

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This past Sunday, we posted 5 Things to Do on Sunday to Prep for the Best Week Ever. In case you haven’t read it yet (tsk tsk), number three on the list is to whip up your lunches for the week ahead, so that you don’t have to worry about it during the week. And if you aren’t already doing this, you need to start, stat. Not only will you save yourself from weird hastily thrown together lunches made in a morning panic (a whole avocado and a can of cannellini beans?), you’ll save a boatload of cash if you’re eating out every day (think about it: $9 for a salad five days a week rings in at whopping $180 for the month. That’s, like, one month’s worth of cable WITH HBO, plus a delivery pizza and a six-pack of beer!).

And if you are already making your lunches ahead of time, chances are your go-to recipes have gotten a bit stale—a girl can only eat a quinoa, white bean and tofu salads so many times, am I right?

So, whether you’re new to the Sunday lunch-prep game or a veteran player, the 11 recipes below should help you out. From burrito bowl mason jar salads to nori vegetable wraps to make-ahead breakfast quesadillas (because who says you can’t have breakfast for lunch?), there’s something for everyone. Your homework: This weekend, whip up one or a few of these recipes and watch your workweek get a whole lot easier.

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MAKE: Cheesy Cauliflower Risotto with Mushrooms

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Cauliflower is finally getting its moment in the sun, if you haven’t noticed. From pizza crusts to hummus to chocolate milkshakes (Really!), cauliflower is turning up everywhere lately.

I typically just roast it like broccoli—olive oil, salt and pepper in a high-heat oven—but when I came across a recipe for risotto that used chopped cauliflower instead of Arborio rice, I was intrigued.

You see, although “Arborio” sounds fancy, it’s really just a starchy, short-grain white rice. It’s fairly devoid of nutrients and high in empty calories—things, of course, that cauliflower is not (*cough 27 calories per cup cough*).

Tucking into a big, healthy bowl of warm and creamy comfort food on a cold weeknight? Yes, please, and in just about 30 minutes to boot. Roast up some chicken or fish, and dinner is served.

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Delicious Dinners Made from Pantry Staples

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The other day, I cleaned out my kitchen cabinet and realized that I’ve been stock-piling pantry staples like I’m living in an episode of The Walking Dead or something. Seriously. I had like nine cans of beans, five boxes of pasta, and three jars of forgotten peanut butter. Because, well, it’s just so easy to forget about the food living in your pantry.

So, if you’re anything like me, your pantry could probably use some spring cleaning, and that’s exactly what this week’s recipes are made for: Here, five recipes that turn your forgotten pantry staples—stuff like beans, tuna, pasta, peanut butter, rice, canned tomatoes, coconut oil and more—into delicious, healthy dinners. Happy cooking!

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