Build Your Dream French Fries And We'll Reveal What People Love About You

Curly > crinkle cut.

16 Slow Cooker Recipes You Can Make Once And Freeze All Winter

Just reheat and enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Thaw this recipe in the fridge overnight and in the morning you'll find it's good as new. Get the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan

Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan

Just like lasagna, eggplant parm is an easy dish to make in bulk and freeze it away in individually wrapped portions for a no-brainer meal. Get the recipe.

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Crock Pot Tofu Tikka Masala

Crock Pot Tofu Tikka Masala

Just make sure to freeze the curry sauce, the tofu, and the rice in separate containers. Then, you can thaw the ingredients separately and throw them together for a meal that tastes just made. Get the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are the king of freezer meals. You can use any meat you prefer like ground chicken, turkey, or beef. Get the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup

Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup

Not only does bean soup freeze super well, but it's also a great protein-packed meal on the go. Get the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Want to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes? Whip up a quick spaghetti and top it with these pre-made Italian meatballs. Buon appetito. Get the recipe.

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23 Plant-Based Ways To Eat Protein If You're Cutting Back On Meat

No meat? NBD.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Start the day off right with this quinoa porridge (P.S.: It actually tastes more like dessert than breakfast). Get the recipe.

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Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Pancakes

Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Pancakes

Thanks to peanut butter, almond milk, vanilla, and maple syrup, you'd have no idea you're eating chickpeas for breakfast. Get the recipe.

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Spicy Tofu Scramble

Spicy Tofu Scramble

Trying to avoid eggs? This tofu scramble is the perfect breakfast addition to a vegan diet. Get the recipe.

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Edamame Black Bean Burgers

Edamame Black Bean Burgers

Dress up this bean burger with anything from avocado and spicy mayo to sun-dried tomatoes and arugula. Get the recipe.

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Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites with Garlicky Yogurt and Feta Dip

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites with Garlicky Yogurt and Feta Dip

Make these as a party appetizer...or just for yourself. Get the recipe.

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Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice

Everyone's favorite Chinese dish gets a better-for-you twist. Swap rice for quinoa and load it with your favorite stir-fry veggies. Get the recipe.

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Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

The majority of this recipe can be made with ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry and spice cabinet — like canned chickpeas and tomatoes, cayenne, paprika, and chili powder. Get the recipe.

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Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goat Cheese

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goat Cheese

If you need proof that vegetarian meals can still feel totally decadent, look no further. Get the recipe.

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Ginger and Lemongrass Thai Soup with Crispy Tofu

Ginger and Lemongrass Thai Soup with Crispy Tofu

Lemongrass, ginger, coconut milk, sesame oil, and soy sauce make this soup the perfect mix of sweet and tangy. Get the recipe.

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Kale, Edamame, and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale, Edamame, and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Loaded with edamame, quinoa, and avocado, this salad will fill you up and make you feel good. Get the recipe.

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Spicy Eggplant, Chickpea, and Chard Shakshuka

Spicy Eggplant, Chickpea, and Chard Shakshuka

Whip up this skillet recipe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you're trying to avoid dairy, just skip the crumbled feta. Get the recipe.

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Baked General Tso Tofu

Baked General Tso Tofu

Marinated in soy sauce, maple syrup, and a little cornstarch, this tofu gets super crispy without any deep-frying. Get the recipe.

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Creamy French Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale

Creamy French Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale

The key to this recipe is the creamy sauce made with mixed mushrooms, garlic, thyme, white wine, coconut milk, and and tamari.

Get the recipe.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowls

You can substitute your favorite grain for the rice in these versatile burrito bowls. Get the recipe.

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Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Loaded with beans and veggies, this hearty soup will warm you up from the inside out. Get the recipe.

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You're Officially An Adult If You Own 17/32 Of These Kitchen Items

Do you own more than one wine glass?

19 Healthy Recipes You'll Actually Want To Eat

Meals that make eating healthy seriously easy…and tasty.

It's hard to come by healthy recipes that actually taste good and don't take FOREVER to make.

It's hard to come by healthy recipes that actually taste good and don't take FOREVER to make.

It’s also easy to reach for your phone and order takeout, or pop some very processed freezer foods into the oven, just in time to watch your favorite show. But neither option is likely to keep you full or help you meet your fitness and nutrition goals (whatever those may be).

So for your convenience, we rounded up some delicious-looking recipes that are easy to make and will actually keep you satiated until it's time for your next meal. They also include only whole, minimally processed foods, and have very little added sugar, if any at all.

Alright, prepare your cooking supplies and let's get into it!

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Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

There is never a bad time for cheesy "bread."

Here's the recipe.

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Mexican Street Corn Chicken Salad

Mexican Street Corn Chicken Salad

You can save time preparing this delicious salad by oven-grilling or baking the corn.

Here's the recipe.

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Easy Weeknight Chicken Fajitas

Easy Weeknight Chicken Fajitas

You can throw this versatile recipe over a bed of greens, brown rice, or just eat it by its zesty self.

Here's the recipe.

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Five-Minute Cheesy Zoodles

Five-Minute Cheesy Zoodles

Crank out these zoodles and have dinner on the table in no time.

Here's the recipe.

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Winter Squash, Leek, and Vegetable Soup

Winter Squash, Leek, and Vegetable Soup

This rich winter soup will warm you to your toes.

Here's the recipe.

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Peppers and Chipotle Chicken Burgers on a Portobello Bun

Peppers and Chipotle Chicken Burgers on a Portobello Bun

Because who doesn't crave a savory, cheese-covered burger every now and then?

Here's the recipe.

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25-Minute Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

25-Minute Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

Sneak more veggies into your meal with this tasty take on ~fried rice~.

Here's the recipe.

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Five-Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl

Five-Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl

Quick, simple, and it will keep you full as you take on the morning.

Here's the recipe.

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Cauliflower Risotto

Cauliflower Risotto

You're going to want the whole pot for yourself.

Here's the recipe.

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Salmon and Shredded Brussels Sprout Tacos

Salmon and Shredded Brussels Sprout Tacos

This is how to up your fish taco game.

Here's the recipe.

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Turkey And Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Turkey And Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Mix it up. Scoop it in. Bake. And voilà!

Here's the recipe.

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One-Pot Mexican Shakshuka

One-Pot Mexican Shakshuka

Eggs baked in a skillet of tomato sauce, topped with cheese and avocado. Yes, please.

Here's the recipe.

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Shrimp and Avocado Salad With Miso Dressing

Shrimp and Avocado Salad With Miso Dressing

PSA: Avocado and shrimp make a damn good duo.

Here's the recipe.

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Pizza Frittata

Pizza Frittata

Pizza for breakfast? Yep, we're on board.

Here's the recipe.

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30-Minute Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili

30-Minute Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili

This chili will spice up your life. Or, your dinner, at least.

Here's the recipe.

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Spaghetti Squash With Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese

Spaghetti Squash With Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese

This crowd favorite will have you forgetting you're consuming spaghetti squash.

Here's the recipe.

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Zoodles With Chicken and Spicy Almond Butter Sauce

Zoodles With Chicken and Spicy Almond Butter Sauce

Almond butter for president.

Here's the recipe.

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Healthy Cajun-Style Charred Okra and Shrimp

Healthy Cajun-Style Charred Okra and Shrimp

Gumbo is always a good idea.

Here's the recipe.

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Four-Ingredient Creamy Vodka Steak Pasta

Four-Ingredient Creamy Vodka Steak Pasta

You had us at four ingredients.

Here's the recipe.

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You Can't Season Your Food Unless You Get 9/12 On This Spelling Test

Do you pay attention to what’s in your spice rack?

14 Things You Never Knew You Could Cook In The Microwave

From roasted garlic to cheesecake.

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Microwaves are great — they're fast, easy, and the go-to appliance for quick cooking. They're also perfect if you don't have access to a stove.

Microwaves are great — they're fast, easy, and the go-to appliance for quick cooking. They're also perfect if you don't have access to a stove.

But microwaves can also be used to cook a handful of foods that you normally wouldn't associate with them (like roasted garlic!).

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Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

Everybody knows that roasted garlic is DELICIOUS — but it also takes about 45 minutes to make. One way to get around that is to microwave it! Just pop it in a bowl, cover it with olive oil, water, and seasoning, then microwave for about seven minutes. The results will be similar and you'll save yourself a ton of time. See how to do it here.

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Risotto

Risotto

Although this method isn't exactly speedy (it'll take about 25 minutes in the microwave), it will save your arm muscles from having to stir it constantly for 45 minutes. See how to do it here.

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"Toasted" Nuts

"Toasted" Nuts

If you suddenly realize your recipe calls for toasted nuts but don't want to spend 15 minutes roasting them in the oven, a microwave can give them a similar flavor in a fraction of the time (just don't expect their color to change too much). See how to do it here.

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Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Six ingredients and seven minutes in the microwave is all you need to make your own homemade candy. See how to do it here.

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Granola

Granola

Making granola in the microwave can be a real lifesaver for those mornings when you just don't have time to make a fancy breakfast — and with only seven ingredients and three minutes of cooking time, it couldn't be easier. See how to do it here.

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Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

This genius technique for making caramel shows just how hot microwaves can heat things and saves you from having to clean a sticky stovetop. See how to do it here.

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Individual Cheesecakes

Individual Cheesecakes

These mini cheesecakes come together in a matter of minutes, but (sadly) you have to let them cool before you dig in. (Hot cheesecake = gross, but cold cheesecake = delicious.) See how to do it here.

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Cookies

Cookies

Some cookies (like these super easy snickerdoodles) can actually be microwaved instead of baked. See how to make microwave snickerdoodles here.

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Who knew?!

Who knew?!

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I'm Kind Of Obsessed With This 10-Minute Cookie Recipe

It doesn’t get much easier than this.

It's the end of a long day and you're finally finished with your midterms, your kids, your latest Netflix binge — whatever! And you're craving something a little sweet, but SUPER low effort.

It's the end of a long day and you're finally finished with your midterms, your kids, your latest Netflix binge — whatever! And you're craving something a little sweet, but SUPER low effort.

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Cue this little concoction. It's a single-serving, five-ingredient, ready-in-10-minutes ~miracle cookie~. 🙏

Cue this little concoction. It's a single-serving, five-ingredient, ready-in-10-minutes ~miracle cookie~. 🙏

It's the dessert brainchild of Healthyish cookbook author — and BuzzFeed Food alum — Lindsay Maitland Hunt. (And it's good, y'all.)

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3. Pop in the freezer for 5 minutes.

3. Pop in the freezer for 5 minutes.

This brings everything together. If you get distracted with something and it's way more than 5 minutes, NBD. Your cookie will be waiting for you. That's the beauty of no-bake!

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MAKES 1 COOKIE

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons peanut butter, preferably natural
2 heaping tablespoons quick‑cooking or instant oats
1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips
Flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)

HOW TO MAKE IT
Stir the peanut butter, oats, sugar, and vanilla together in a small bowl until completely combined. Using your fingers, shape the mixture into a 2½-inch-wide (6‑cm), ½-inch-thick (12‑mm) disk. Press the tines of a fork into the top of the cookie. Chill on a parchment paper–lined plate in the freezer until firm, about 5 minutes.

Once the cookie is cold and hard, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 15-second bursts until stirrable. Spread half the chilled cookie with the chocolate, and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt, if you like. The chocolate should set when it hits the cold cookie, but if it doesn’t, you can return it to the freezer for a minute or two.

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Rate These International Starbucks Orders And We'll Guess Your Age And Height

Holy frap!

12 Impossibly Difficult "Would You Rather" Questions About Italian Pastries

These are impossible.

19 Servers Who Failed So Hard They Won

Ouch.

Let's be clear: SERVERS WORK HARD AND ARE BASICALLY SUPERHEROES. But even superheroes fail — and it's hilarious.

Let's be clear: SERVERS WORK HARD AND ARE BASICALLY SUPERHEROES. But even superheroes fail — and it's hilarious.

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This server, who got a bad customer evaluation:

This server, who got a bad customer evaluation:

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This server, who dropped her tray:

This server, who dropped her tray:

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And this server, who dropped her tray AND her money:

And this server, who dropped her tray AND her money:

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This server's interesting spelling of the word "squash"

This server's interesting spelling of the word "squash"

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And this server has an interesting way of spelling "birthday":

And this server has an interesting way of spelling "birthday":

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This server delivered this to a table:

This server delivered this to a table:

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This server dropped espresso packets in the potatoes:

This server dropped espresso packets in the potatoes:

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This server handed the chef this ticket and expected them to understand it:

This server handed the chef this ticket and expected them to understand it:

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This server dropped sugar and left a looooooong trail of it:

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This server, who seems to have fallen while trying to wash dishes:

This server, who seems to have fallen while trying to wash dishes:

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This server dropped her table's to-go box just five minutes before closing:

This server dropped her table's to-go box just five minutes before closing:

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This server dropped a whole bucket of ice:

This server dropped a whole bucket of ice:

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And this server broke a planter:

And this server broke a planter:

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This server should stay away from sharp objects:

This server should stay away from sharp objects:

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This server charged customers $2.29 for "sluts" (???):

This server charged customers $2.29 for "sluts" (???):

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This server dropped a shitload of ketchup:

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And this server dropped a shitload of silverware:

And this server dropped a shitload of silverware:

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This served accidentally divided the bill into 20, instead of two.

This served accidentally divided the bill into 20, instead of two.

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And last but not least, server who failed and is unfazed:

And last but not least, server who failed and is unfazed:

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29 Tasty Dairy-Free Soups That'll Soothe Your Soul

Whether you’re dairy-free, lactose intolerant, or just looking to try something new.

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Ramen Noodle Soup

Ramen Noodle Soup

A classic staple turned vegan. Get the recipe here.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

For fancy occasions (like a wedding) or not. Get the recipe here.

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Vegetable "Bone" Broth

Vegetable "Bone" Broth

Who says you can't get the health benefits of "real" bone broth from vegetables?
The mushrooms, veggies, and spices give this broth a nutritious boost. Get the recipe here.

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Creamy Arugula Soup

Creamy Arugula Soup

If you like the peppery flavor of arugula, you'll love this soup. Get the recipe here.

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

This super-frugal recipe calls for dry, uncooked black beans and will cost you less than $5 to purchase all of the ingredients. Get the recipe here.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

A classic soup, veganized. Get the recipe here.

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Celery Root Soup

Celery Root Soup

If you've never cooked with celeriac before, get on it! The taste is one in a million (but a bit strong if you're not a fan of celery — fair warning!). Get the recipe here.

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Lemon Lentil Soup

Lemon Lentil Soup

Tangy and savory. Get the recipe here.

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Rosemary White Bean Soup

Rosemary White Bean Soup

This tasty soup is the ultimate comfort food. Get the recipe here.

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Golden Lentil and Spinach Soup

Golden Lentil and Spinach Soup

Feel free to choose the vegetables you want for this one. Get the recipe here.

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What International City Should You Live In, Based On Your Cocktail Order

Pick your poison.

19 Recipes Every Serious Mac 'N' Cheese Lover Needs To Try

Sweet dreams are made of cheese.

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White Cheddar Truffle Mac 'n' Cheese

White Cheddar Truffle Mac 'n' Cheese

This drool-worthy meal features truffle oil, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese. The best part: You can whip it up in a single skillet in under 30 minutes. Get the recipe.

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Jalapeño Popper Mac 'n' Cheese

Jalapeño Popper Mac 'n' Cheese

Creamy, spicy, heavenly goodness in every bite. Get the recipe.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Mac 'n' Cheese

BBQ Pulled Pork Mac 'n' Cheese

When life gives you leftover pulled pork, use it to make this life-changing mac. Get the recipe.

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Parmesan Spinach Mac 'n' Cheese

Parmesan Spinach Mac 'n' Cheese

It's like two favorite comfort foods — spinach artichoke dip and mac and cheese — had a baby. So you know it's gonna be good. Get the recipe.

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Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese Cups

Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese Cups

Hello, greatest party app ever. You can make these bacon bites in advance and heat them up before your guests arrive for a never-fail crowd pleaser. Get the recipe.

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French Onion Mac 'n' Cheese

French Onion Mac 'n' Cheese

TFW two comfort foods become one. Get the recipe.

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Cajun Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese

Cajun Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese

Shrimp and cajun seasoning upgrade this childhood favorite into something much more sophisticated. Get the recipe.

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Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese

Loaded with onion and garlic powder, blue cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco, this mac and cheese packs a serious kick. Get the recipe.

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This Spicy Food Quiz Will Reveal A Deep Truth About You

[Paris Hilton voice] That’s hot.

Design A Wedding Cake And We'll Tell You What Percent Pinteresty You Are

Let’s eat cake!

These Vintage Foods Gross Me Out, But Would You Eat Them?

SO. MUCH. GELATIN.

Below you'll find a collection of retro food that people actually ate back in the day.

Below you'll find a collection of retro food that people actually ate back in the day.

Some look terrible IMO, but some look pretty darn good...

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12 Painfully Practical Lessons I Wish They'd Taught Me In Culinary School

Some things you gotta learn the hard way.

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Culinary school is great — you learn TONS of genius cooking tricks, life lessons, and (most importantly) how to run a kitchen.

Culinary school is great — you learn TONS of genius cooking tricks, life lessons, and (most importantly) how to run a kitchen.

But there are plenty of things they *don't* teach you in culinary school, too.

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You'll probably have to work a TON of hours for the first few years of your career.

You'll probably have to work a TON of hours for the first few years of your career.

Restaurants are known for having demanding work schedules, and culinary students don't need to be taught that (trust me, they know) — but it would be nice to learn how to remain balanced.

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How to pay your student loans off...

How to pay your student loans off...

Culinary students are taught the harsh realities of working in restaurants (including the low starting salary), but they need to start teaching how to set budgets and plan for the future. Culinary grads have the potential to make good money, but it often takes years of working to get there (and that means years of tight budgets).

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And that the food industry still makes people "pay their dues" (aka start at minimum wage and work their way up).

And that the food industry still makes people "pay their dues" (aka start at minimum wage and work their way up).

Unlike other industries, the food world still makes you pay your dues and often overlooks education, and a lot of culinary grads (despite years of experience/training) will enter the workforce getting paid minimum wage.

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That working in restaurants isn't your only career option.

That working in restaurants isn't your only career option.

A lot of culinary grads feel like they're stuck working in restaurants the rest of their life, and this is not true (unless you want it to be!). There are several untraditional career paths where a culinary degree can come in handy, like food styling, food marketing, recipe development, and sales — to name just a few.

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That you're not a chef yet (and it'll most likely take you years of working to become one).

That you're not a chef yet (and it'll most likely take you years of working to become one).

Being called a chef is something that comes with many years of work experience, and a culinary grad shouldn't expect to be called one right after graduating. I'm not saying that *all* students expect this, but in my experience, it's a common misunderstanding.

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That lots of successful food professionals didn't go to culinary school (and that you don't necessarily have a "leg up" just because you did).

That lots of successful food professionals didn't go to culinary school (and that you don't necessarily have a "leg up" just because you did).

The reality is this: Culinary school isn't a golden ticket. Some kitchens will love that you went, and other kitchens will actually see it as a negative. It's all subjective.

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The importance of being fluent in kitchen slang as well as boring hospitality jargon.

The importance of being fluent in kitchen slang as well as boring hospitality jargon.

"Hot behind", "86", and "yes, chef" are all terms you need to understand, but it's also important to be able to confidently speak with management in a professional manner. Learning how to speak the super-important kitchen slang as well as professional jargon (like how to negotiate a raise) are two different but equally important skills, and I wish I'd learned more of the latter.

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That some kitchens are literally 100 degrees and you'll have to learn to take care of your body to stay healthy.

That some kitchens are literally 100 degrees and you'll have to learn to take care of your body to stay healthy.

Culinary school *is* hot, but restaurant kitchens can be SCORCHING. Be prepared to work in the heat and learn tricks for dealing with it in a healthy manner (and, TBH, learn how to find a new job if it gets out of control).

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The proper way to knock on the back door of a kitchen (aka how to ask for work the old-school way).

The proper way to knock on the back door of a kitchen (aka how to ask for work the old-school way).

A stage is just a fancy name for working for free to gain experience or try out for a job. Most kitchens will take a stage (who says no to free work?) and consider it a serious source of talent. Culinary school does stress the importance of staging, but it doesn't really teach how to ask for a stage in a professional manner. If writers learn how to send pitches, chefs should be taught how to stage.

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How (and when) to be creative.

How (and when) to be creative.

Culinary school does a great job of teaching technical skills, but it doesn't teach creativity (and, to be fair, that's not why you go). The food industry values creativity, and it's important to learn how (and when) to be creative.

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Can You Go 7 For 7 On This Food Name Quiz?

STAKE —> STEAK

For each question below, you must choose the food that is an anagram of what's in the photo. Example: STAKE --> STEAK

For each question below, you must choose the food that is an anagram of what's in the photo. Example: STAKE --> STEAK

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Here Are A Bunch Of Ultimate Comfort Foods From Around The World

Feed your body and your soul.

Tater Tot Nachos

Tater Tot Nachos

Because tater tots > tortilla chips any day. And they're a perfect excuse to eat nachos for breakfast.

Find a recipe for loaded tater tot nachos here.

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Laksa

Laksa

It's a spicy noodle soup recipe popular in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine often made with coconut milk and curry broth.

Find a recipe for tofu and red curry coconut laksa here.

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Chili and Cinnamon Rolls

Chili and Cinnamon Rolls

You may have doubts about this unlikely flavor combo, but it totally works.

Find a recipe for slow cooker chili here and homemade cinnamon rolls here.

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Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Nothing says comfort food like this southern recipe made with tender chicken, creamy sauce, and biscuit dumplings.

Find a recipe for Crock Pot chicken and dumplings here.

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Macaroni Bechamel

Macaroni Bechamel

"It's an Egyptian classic, which is basically pasta with meaty red sauce and a fantastic layer of white sauce and cheese."

Find a recipe for vegan macaroni bechamel here.

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Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

"Butter the outside of the bread and grill it like you would a grilled cheese. The peanut butter gets all warm and gooey and it's like a little piece of heaven,"

Find a recipe for fried peanut butter and jelly here.

—Sam White, Facebook.

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Polish Cabbage and Noodles

Polish Cabbage and Noodles

"This dish is called halushki. It's basically noodles and cabbage cooked in a skillet with a ton of butter."

Find a recipe for Polish halushki here.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Instead of constantly stirring arborio rice on the stove top, you can bake creamy, rich risotto in the oven for an easy weeknight meal.

Find a recipe for oven-baked butternut squash risotto here.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese

Why settle for one when you could have both? Plus, calling for just a few basic ingredients, it's the perfect comforting dish to make on a budget.

Find a recipe for grilled cheese sandwiches and rustic tomato soup here.

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Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili

"Spaghetti smothered in chili and topped with a mountain of shredded cheese and hot sauce. It's called a three-way and it warms the soul."

Find a recipe for Cincinnati chili here.

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Fried Chicken and Waffles

Fried Chicken and Waffles

The best part about this sweet and savory southern classic is you can make them for breakfast or dinner — and it's always socially acceptable.

Find a recipe for quick fried chicken and waffles here.

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Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki are Japanese fried cabbage pancakes. The name translates to "how you like it" because you can mix in any of your favorite ingredients, from shrimp and scallions to fried egg and pork belly.

Find a recipe for okonomiyaki here.

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Cassoulet

Cassoulet

Cassoulet gets its name from the round pot in which it's traditionally cooked in Languedoc and the south of France. It's typically made with meat like duck confit, pork or lamb, white beans, and pork skin, all slow-cooked until super tender.

Find a recipe for classic cassoulet here.

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Pastina with Egg and Cheese

Pastina with Egg and Cheese

"It's so easy and delicious. I boil pastina (little star pasta) and once the pasta is al dente, I crack an egg into the pot. I stir the egg until incorporated then add some Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice."

Find a recipe for pastina and eggs here.

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Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

Go to any Jewish household for the holidays and you'll find matzo ball soup on the table. Everyone has a slightly different variation of this traditional eastern European soup that's been passed down by generations.

Find a recipe for matzo ball soup here.

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Aligot (Cheesy Potatoes)

Aligot (Cheesy Potatoes)

Sort of like fondue, this French dish is basically mashed potatoes blended with cheese, butter, and cream.

Find a recipe for cheesy whipped potatoes here.

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Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow

This South African street food is essentially a bread bowl filled with Durban-style curry like mutton or chicken.

Find a recipe for bunny chow with lamb curry here.

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Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

What can be better than mini burritos that get smothered in cheese and chili sauce then baked to golden brown perfection? You can fill the flour tortillas with just about anything, but a mixture of sweet potato, black beans, and poblano peppers makes for a hearty, meatless meal.

Find a recipe for sweet potato enchiladas here.

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Pizza Pot Pie

Pizza Pot Pie

Cheesy, doughy personal deep dish pizzas? Sign me up.

Find a recipe for pizza pot pie here.

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Pho

Pho

This Vietnamese soup is made with rice noodles, beef or chicken, and a handful of spices and aromatics like onion, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and coriander.

Find a recipe for beef pho here.

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Poutine

Poutine

"You make this Canadian specialty with thick cut fries, brown gravy, crispy bacon and cheddar cheese. It's SO good."

Find a recipe for Canadian poutine here.

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Congee

Congee

This rice porridge is eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in many Asian households from China and Laos, to Sri Lanka and Thailand. Many recipes call for additions like meat, vegetables, eggs, and condiments.

Find a recipe for Instant Pot congee here.

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Lebanese Eggplant Boats

Lebanese Eggplant Boats

"It's broiled eggplant filled with spiced ground beef or lamb, pine nuts and topped with a tomato sauce."

Find a recipe for spiced eggplant stuffed with beef and bulgur here.

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Grilled Cheese on Garlic Bread

Grilled Cheese on Garlic Bread

Let's be honest. Why would you settle for any other type of bread?

Find a recipe for garlic bread grilled cheese here.

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Kale, White Bean, and Chorizo Soup

Kale, White Bean, and Chorizo Soup

Make a big batch of this hearty soup at the beginning of winter and freeze it in individual portions for the perfect lazy night meal.

Find a recipe for chorizo, white bean, and kale soup here.

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Soto Ayam

Soto Ayam

This Indonesian take on chicken soup gets its flavor from lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, peanut oil, and chili paste.

Find a recipe for Indonesian chicken soup here.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

"The filling is so delicious. You can use ground beef, turkey, or really any meat with rice, tomatoes, and cheese."

Find a recipe for sloppy Joe stuffed bell peppers here.

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Fried Rice with Crispy Egg

Fried Rice with Crispy Egg

This delicious meal is perfect for people cooking on a budget. You can liven up basic rice with just about anything from sautéed shrimp or bacon bits, to mixed veggies and fried egg.

Find a recipe for rice bowl with fried egg and avocado here.

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Flamin' Hot Cheetos Fried Chicken

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Fried Chicken

Sometimes, you crave something really out there. That's where this fried chicken comes in, with a crispy breading made of none other than crushed Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

Find a recipe for Flamin' Hot Cheetos fried chicken here.

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Upgraded Instant Ramen

Upgraded Instant Ramen

Anyone can heat up a package of instant ramen for dinner. But when you dress it up with anything from garlic and curry powder to a fried egg and Sriracha, it's totally next level.

Find a recipe for 20-minute Sriracha shrimp ramen here.

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Hashbrown Casserole

Hashbrown Casserole

Want to achieve pure breakfast bliss? Start with frozen shredded hash browns then add sour cream, cream of chicken soup, melted butter, and lots of cheese.

Find a recipe for copycat Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole here.

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Pupusas

Pupusas

This Salvadoran dish is made of masa cakes (sort of like super thick tortillas) stuffed with a savory filling of beans, cheese, or meat, then topped with cabbage relish and salsa.

Find a recipe for cheese pupusas here.

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