Simply Recipes
Air Fryer Crispy Cauliflower
Crispy cauliflower for the win, thanks to your air fryer! Make the cauliflower even tastier and crispier with spices, a little egg, and a light coating of breadcrumbs. Perfect as an appetizer or a side dish.

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11 Casseroles to Double and Freeze
Get ahead of the game with these 11 incredible casseroles. They are freezer-friendly, make-head magic meal ideas. Keep one for yourself and give one to someone else.

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How to Make Overnight Oats
This is the best overnight oatmeal ever! Just combine oats and water, then microwave the next day. So EASY and QUICK. You can make a whole week of breakfasts at once, too!

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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is a classic St. Patrick’s Day meal. Make it even easier by cooking the corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

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Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Garlic
Lamb chops are such a simple and satisfying meal. Marinate them in rosemary and garlic, sear them quickly on the stovetop, and dinner is served. Great for a romantic date night or a dinner party.

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New Orleans Beignets
Enjoy pillowy, sugary New Orleans-style Beignets right at home. Start the dough the night before, and let it rise slowly overnight for a sweet breakfast, or do it all in the morning. It's a trip to Cafe du Monde without the ticket price!

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Spicy Thai Soup with Shrimp
Let the spicy flavors of Thailand tempt your taste buds! Tom Yum Soup is a quick, easy, and healthy weeknight recipe. This version is made with shrimp, but feel free to add the seafood of your choice.

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What’s for Dinner? 5 Dinner Ideas that Make Great Leftovers
Making dinner each night can sometimes seem like a chore. Make this week’s meal plan work for you! Each dinner idea creates exceptional next-day lunchtime leftovers. If the recipe doesn’t make enough, don’t worry — each one is easy to double!

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The Friday Buzz: The Better Butter Edition

Welcome to The Friday Buzz, our roundup of all good things, good advice, good feelings. It’s the happy hour of blog posts! Up this week I dish about BUTTER. 

For the longest time, I thought margarine was butter. I grew up as a child in the 90s, which meant I was raised on margarine. It came in the little plastic tub, and I thought it was great! Fast-forward to my adult years: I was hanging out with some girlfriends who were all talking about the price of butter and how expensive it had become. I didn’t understand what they were talking about, because the butter I was buying was so cheap.

It turns out I was still buying margarine… in stick form. That’s right, because it was in stick form, I assumed I had made the switch! Nope. But you butter believe (haha) that from that day forward, I started buying real butter and haven’t looked back.

So I thought it’d be fun to focus on some butter-related products I’ve enjoyed lately, because my life motto now is butter is better!

BUTTER FAVES

MEANWHILE ON INSTAGRAM

Y’all know how to cook your rice! We asked for your preferred technique and so many of you chimed in. Here’s what some of you said about cooking rice:

“In the oven. 2 cups of rice 3 cups of water. Cover with foil. Cook 25 minutes.”

“We use the microwave! Add butter, salt, and lemon. My son (13) makes it all the time. He takes it to school for lunch.”

“An electric rice cooker…have had the same one for 30+ years.”

“1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water… Boil water add salt, put in rice, let it come to boil and lower to simmer. I double fold some paper towels and put between pot & cover. Let simmer 20 minutes then take off flame and put on side. Fluff before eating.”

“I actually prefer to make my white rice with chicken broth. Comes out amazing with that an onion. Best part? I make it in the microwave!! Super easy!”

READER COMMENT OF THE WEEK

The memories that come with food are so strong and tender. Rob left this sweet comment on our Texas Sheet Cake. We’re so glad he has the recipe again!

My Mama made this for years and I loved it. When my mama died someone took her cookbook where she had this written in the back cover. Now I have it again. It’s one of the best cakes and so easy to make. Thank you!

Cheers to the weekend, Simply Friends!

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Hurricane Cocktail
Looking for a tropical rum cocktail for Mardi Gras or just to sip on during the summer? Make a Hurricane! This boozy mix of dark and light rum, passion fruit puree, and citrus juice packs a powerful punch—it's a party drink for sure!

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Do I Need to Soak My Beans?
Here's a great question from a reader about pre-soaking beans! Why do it? Do you need to do it? Can you skip it if you forgot? We have the answers!

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3 High-Protein Gluten-Free Pastas You Should Try!
High-protein pasta is the new thing! Made from legumes like chickpeas and lentils, these gluten-free pastas have 2-3 times the amount of protein and fiber as traditional pasta. We think they're worth a try!

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili is perfect for busy weeks! Make it with chicken thighs or breasts, onions, celery, black beans, frozen corn, chicken broth, tomato puree, and spices. Combine everything in a crockpot or slow cooker, and let it simmer all day while you're away.

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Easy Pork Fried Rice with Frozen Vegetables
You can make this Easy Pork Fried Rice any time of the year thanks to frozen vegetables. Add them straight from the freezer to your skillet. Want to use frozen rice? That makes dinner even easier!

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Chinese Hot and Sour Soup
Craving Hot and Sour Soup just like your favorite Chinese restaurant? This recipe will hit the spot! It's made with Chinese mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tofu, and a beaten egg.

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5 Tips for Cooking the Best Gluten-Free Pasta
Tired of gummy or mushy gluten-free pasta? We can help! Here are 5 tricks to help you cook perfectly al dente gluten-free pasta, without clumping or stickiness!

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Hearty and comforting Beef Stroganoff becomes fall-apart tender with a few hours in the slow cooker. Perfect for a busy day when you don't have time to cook dinner. Serve it over egg noodles!

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Our Favorite Gluten-Free Pasta
What's the best gluten-free pasta? We tasted 11 popular brands and discovered a few new favorites we think are great whether you're gluten-free or not!

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Italian Meatballs
These classic Italian-American style meatballs are huge and pillowy soft! They're mixed with ground beef and pork, loaded with herbs and cheese, and served with a traditional tomato sauce. Make them baseball-sized for a dinner entree, or roll them smaller for an appetizer.

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What’s for Dinner? 5 Meals to Beat the Winter Blues
When the doldrums of winter drag on it’s best to mix up your meal plan with a balance of comfort food classics like hanger steak with lighter meals like salmon to remind you summer isn't too far off.

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