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17 Easy Ways To Make Your Pancakes More Awesome

Breakfast will never be the same.

1. Red Velvet Pancakes

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Hint: Valentine’s Day. Get the recipe here.

2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Time to use the extra can of pumpkin you have lying around. Get the recipe here.

3. Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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For when you feel like gettin’ fancĂ©. Fine the recipe here.

4. Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

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Pro tip: Add vanilla whey protein for a flavor and health boost. Get the recipe here.

5. Vegan Oreo Pancakes

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Nothing like Oreos for breakfast. Get the recipe here.

6. Funfetti Pancakes

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Birthday cake remix pancakes. Sprinkles included. Get the recipe here.

7. Spelt Flour Pancakes

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Guilt-free stack of pancakes. Get the recipe here.

8. Chai Pancakes

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Zen out with these chai tea pancakes. Get the recipe here.

9. Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

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Oh, baby. Get the recipe here.

10. Tofu Pancakes

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You only need three ingredients for these, and they’re perfect for heading in a savory (read: bacon and eggs) direction. Get the recipe here.

11. Gluten-Free Rice Flour Pancakes

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These light, fluffy pancakes will please your GF BFFs. Get the recipe here.

12. Spiced Banana Pancakes

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The perfect Sunday morning banana pancakes. Get the recipe here.

13. Nutella & Reese’s Pancake Sundae

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This combo deserves to be in the history books. Get the recipe here.

14. Banana Oat Peanut Butter Pancakes

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Your new go-to healthy breakfast. Get the recipe here.

15. Bacon Pancakes

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Bacon inside, instead of on the side. Get the recipe here.

16. Hot Chocolate Pancakes with Charred Marshmallows

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Arguably better than s’mores by a campfire. Get the recipe here.

17. Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

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Ooey, gooey chocolateyyy. Get the recipe here.

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This Dessert Is Epically Delicious…And You Don’t Even Need To Bake It

If you’re like me, your oven acts more like an extra storage space for your cramped kitchen than it does a functional home appliance. Sure, sometimes I clear it out for the ambitious pie or baked chicken, but those things take so long to make and require so much effort.

But what if I told you that there’s a simple dessert you can make in minutes…without ever touching an oven?

Yes, friends, this no-bake cheesecake is a thing of beauty and it’s so easy to whip up!

I know what you’re thinking — you never knew cheesecake was so easy to make!

This Light Take On Pizza Bites Is About To Become Your Poolside Go-To!

You know what’s the worst? Chilling by the pool at a cookout on a sweltering day and being assaulted with an onslaught of heavy food.

Burgers are cool in theory, but when you’re drowning in your own sweat, the idea of scarfing down a greasy, fatty burger becomes less appealing by the second. The same goes for pizza. I was swimming at my apartment complex the other day when it was 95 degrees out and I almost melted when some guy opened up a steaming box of pizza.

But then it hit me. Going three months without pizza should be illegal and we should just deal with the heaviness that accompanies everyone’s favorite meal. Or should we? Someone prayed to the summer gods for a solution, and it comes to us today in the form of these zucchini pizza bites that bring all of the cheese and none of the gut-busting agony.

Stay tuned until the end if you want to hear a song that’s truly not good at all.

I don’t know about you, but I have a date with some zucchini, a whole lot of sunscreen, and a swimming pool.

19 Recipes That All Use One Unexpected Ingredient — YUM

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day, but any other time of the year, you’re more likely to find me with a spirit in my hand than a lager. But for those who love knocking down pints of ales, stouts, and malts, you might want to take a look at all the other things you can do with your beer.

Introducing the vast world of cooking with brews…get ready, because this is going to change your world.

1. This marriage of beer, cheese, and pulled chicken is a good way to start off.

2. Even hummus can get a kick in the pants with some IPA.

3. Grilled cheese becomes infinitely better when you soak the bread in beer.

4. Fish tacos + beer = a match made in food heaven.

5. Risotto is tough to make, but I think this ale addition makes it worth your while.

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6. It’s my belief that cheese and beer were destined for one another…and that bacon puffs were meant to be dipped into that mixture.

7. The wheat beer in this pizza dough gives it a distinct, delicious taste.

8. Customize this three-ingredient beer bread by using your favorite brew.

9. Then again, I might choose this more complex garlic, cheese, and beer bread instead.

10. This spicy beer shrimp dish is to die for.

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11. I want all of this beer braised pulled pork. Right now.

12. Winter may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make this beer braised beef stew.

13. Throw some brie, cheddar, apples, and beer into a pot and you make a beyond delicious soup.

14. I’m no vegetarian but these eggplant burgers with honey beer-glazed caramelized shallots are too good to pass up.

15. If you just want a beer-y side, these buttered mushrooms will go with anything.

16. Brittle is good. Brittle with bacon is better. Brittle with bacon and beer is the best.

17. I just fell in love with these chocolate beer brownies.

18. If you like glazed doughnuts, you’ll LOVE these ones with beer.

19. These mini cheesecakes are double trouble — they’re made with chocolate stout and topped with salted beer caramel sauce.

More beer, please!

Are You A Terrible Cook? Go Back To Basics With 20 Skills Everyone Should Know

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably way better at eating than you are at cooking.

As you can imagine, my first foray into feeding myself after moving out of my parents’ house was less than pleasant. After botching one too many mind-numbingly simple meals, I hit the books to figure out what I was doing wrong. (As it turns out, that was just about everything.)

If you’re off to a rough culinary start, learning these 20 basic skills will do you a world of good. Keep in mind that these aren’t hacks. They will not teach you how to use a piece of yarn and someone’s left shoe to make a pork roast. They will, however, help you tackle delicious dishes from this point forward.

1. Make a roux.

Sick of using jarred sauces for everything? Same. That’s where the mother sauces come in. Before we get to those, however, let’s address the almighty roux.

This mixture of fat and flour serves as a thickening agent in three out of the five mother sauces. All you have to do is warm up one cup of butter over medium heat. Add a little under two cups of flour to the butter and mix until it forms a paste. Cook for five minutes, or until you can no longer taste the flour.

2. Master the mother sauces. First up, tomato.

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Known by fancy people as sauce tomat, this is pasta’s best friend. Learning grandma’s recipe was my only option, but if you don’t live in fear of being disowned, you can find plenty of recipes online.

3. Next on the list is espagnole.

Your roux mastery will come in handy when making this classic brown sauce. Add some tomato puree, beef stock, and seasonings to the mix to create the perfect accompaniment for that bangin’ roast you’re about to make. I have faith in you. Check this recipe out!

4. Become one with béchamel.

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Do you love mac and cheese? Of course you do. That’s why making a killer béchamel sauce is the key to culinary success. Bust out that roux again to create the base, stir in some milk, bring to a boil, and add fistfuls of cheese. (That’s definitely an accurate measurement.) This video will show you how it’s done.

5. Embrace all things yellow with a little help from hollandaise.

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If you’re a lover of poached eggs (more on those later), then you’ve probably experienced this mother sauce in all its golden glory. With butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, and some spices, you can seriously up the fancy factor at your next brunch. Find more details here, and check out this microwave version, because who doesn’t love microwaves?

6. Last but certainly not least, we have velouté.

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Although it sounds like the sauce equivalent of someone who reads Tolstoy for fun, velouté is pretty simple. Employ your roux magic once again, but this time, invite a little stock to the party. Finish with salt and pepper, and voila! Here’s a step-by-step guide.

7. Now that you have the sauces down, it’s time to get crackin’ on a few more kitchen skills. Let’s talk about poached eggs.

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First thing’s first. I can’t do this to save my life. I just know that if I could, my brunch experiences would be exponentially better than they are right now. Don’t let my abysmal failures hold you back! You got this. The key here, according to people with actual skills, is to start with fresh eggs.

Bring some water to a simmer, add a splash of vinegar, create a gentle whirlpool, and drop the egg in. After pulling off that epic spin move that I cannot get a handle on, cook for three minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and bask in the fact that you’re officially better at adulting than I am.

8. Hold your knife the right way.

Do you keep your index finger out straight on the knife while you’re chopping the day away? Stop. I cut that nonsense out the second Rachael Ray made fun of everyone who does it on her talk show that I don’t like but can’t stop watching. Check out what the guy in this photo is doing. Choke up on the handle and form a sturdy grip by keeping your index finger tucked in. Make Rachael proud, okay?

9. Melt chocolate like a pro.

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A long, long time ago (read: up until about November of last year after 24 years of life), I thought that throwing chocolate in the microwave was a totally reasonable way to melt it. It’s not. Don’t be like me. Use a double boiler instead.

Grab a small pot, a glass bowl that you can rest on the rim of the pot, and some chocolate. Add a layer of water to the bottom of the pot that doesn’t touch the bowl and bring it to a simmer so that the steam heats the glass, effectively melting the chocolate in the bowl without scorching it. This video should help!

10. Control sodium and avoid nasty additives by making your own stock.

Go nuts with this one and make any flavor of stock your little heart desires. If you want to make chicken stock, for example, all you need to do is fill a 12-quart pot with water and add vegetables, herbs, and a good ol’ chicken carcass to the mix and let it simmer for a few hours. You can find awesome recipes here, here, and here.

11. Slay the roast game by making gravy.

Whether you love brown gravy a la espagnole or prefer the hearty country stuff, you can steer clear of the mystery ingredients found in those store-bought gravy packets and make some from scratch. This one by Queen Ina Garten (which I’m pretty sure is her official title) looks like something I’d be more than happy to drown myself in.

12. Separate egg yolks.

The first time I saw a recipe that called for egg yolks, I scoffed and said, “Silly recipe. That’s not how eggs work.” I later figured out that the cookbook was not the silly one in that situation. If you need to separate an egg, gently crack one and pull it apart. Over a bowl, pass the yolk between both halves of the shell until the white separates.

13. Peel a whole head of garlic in under 30 seconds.

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If there’s one thing that makes me feel like an absolute crazy person, it’s peeling garlic one miserable clove at a time. Sure, you could smash the hell out of each one with the side of your knife like all those cooking wizards on TV do, or you could try this.

Grab two bowls that are roughly the same size. Throw all the cloves you need to peel in one. Place the other on top and shake the living daylights out of them for 20 seconds. All of your garlic will be peeled and your hands won’t smell horrible for the rest of the night. Check this out for a full demonstration.

14. Make a vinaigrette.

Instead of relying on Paul Newman for all your dressing needs, start making vinaigrettes at home. They’re usually much lighter and more refined than anything you’d find in a bottle at the grocery store. Take a look at this list for more details!

15. Don’t waste all the goodness in that pan.

After searing any form of protein in a skillet, use the drippings left behind to create a pan sauce in minutes. Remove the meat and add things like oil, wine, and shallots to the pan. Stir that goodness around until the flavors marry and blow your guests’ minds with your restaurant-worthy ways. Head over to this site for more info.

16. Impress everyone you know with soup that you made in a blender.

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Does anyone else feel like making soup takes 37 years? I feel like it takes 37 years. While airing my grievances one day, a friend told me about blender soups. If you’re like me and you bought a blender to make smoothies for breakfast every day and have done no such thing, put it to good use by pureeing cooked veggies into soups that look way fancier than they actually are. Check these recipes out!

17. Sauce your pasta like a real adult person.

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Stop plopping cooked pasta on your plate and adding a dollop of sauce on top. Instead, leave your sauce in the pan and add the pasta. Toss that carb-filled goodness around with a large spoon or some tongs to coat every noodle before plating.

18. Step away from the sink with that cooking oil.

If you don’t want to create a drain-clogging monster in your kitchen sink, dump cooking oil into a disposable container and put it in the trash.

19. Learn when to use different kinds of butter. You can’t have it all.

When it comes to salted and unsalted butter, there’s a time and a place for both. Although most of us love all butter equally, we can’t just use the two varieties interchangeably depending on what’s on sale at the store because life isn’t fair.

For cooking and baking, stick with unsalted butter to control flavors across the board. Salted butter is good for spreading on toast or melting on top of veggies because who cares about health, anyway?

20. Frost a cake like the superstar you are.

Much like my inability to poach eggs, my glaring lack of skill in the cake department is pretty embarrassing. You know how it’s usually cute to make your loved ones cakes when their birthdays roll around? It’s 100 percent offensive when I do it. If you’re better at existing than I am, you should definitely add this skill to your arsenal. Let this video be your guide, because I certainly can’t do it.

Although these skills aren’t as cool as all those crazy food hacks floating around out there, they will help you out way more in the long run. Just remember that if I can do it, you can, too.

31 Microwave Recipes That Are Borderline Genius

Well, this changes everything.

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1. Microwave Risotto

So much easier than standing over a stove, “stirring constantly.” Check out THREE awesome recipes here.

2. Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie

Not only is this the fastest way to feed a homemade cookie craving, it’s also the only way to make homemade cookies without running the risk of eating a dozen in one sitting. Recipe here.

3. Bacon in the Microwave

No more scrubbing bacon grease off of your favorite skillet. Instructions here.

4. Gluten-Free Microwave Enchiladas

You can also make these gluten-filled by using regular tortillas, if you’d prefer. Either way, the whole thing will take 10 minutes. Recipe here.

5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

The thing about mug cakes is that it’s really hard to share. Oops. Recipe here.

6. Two-Minute French Toast

Syrup to taste, as usual. Recipe here.

7. Vegan, Grain-Free Microwave English Muffin

All about those nukes and crannies! Recipe here.

8. Microwave Peanut Brittle

Recipe here.

9. Nutella Mug Cake

Only slightly more difficult than spooning Nutella straight from the jar to your mouth. Recipe here.

10. Microwave Egg White and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Those nuked innards would probably taste pretty great on a microwave English muffin, if you want to really go all in. Recipe here.

11. Roasted Garlic in the Microwave

Because roasted garlic makes EVERY dish better, but sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience. Recipe here.

12. Microwave Granola

Recipe here.

13. Microwave Lemon Bars

Coming soon to a bake sale near you. Like, very near you. The nearest. Because you will bring them. Recipe here.

14. Sour Cream and Onion Microwave Veggie Chips

Satisfy that snack craving ASAP. Recipe here.

15. Microwave-Baked Sweet Potato

Much faster than the hour (or more!) it takes to roast a sweet potato in the oven, with a very similar result. Recipe here.

16. Microwave Ropa Vieja

This classic beef dish is seriously impressive. Recipe here.

17. One-Minute Vegan Coffee Cake

Fresher than anything you could pick up on your way to work. Recipe here.

18. Microwave Chicken and Dumplings

Comfort food, at its finest. Recipe here.

19. Microwave Scrambled Eggs

By taking the eggs out to stir every 45 seconds, you get eggs that are soft and delicious, not gummy and dense. Recipe here.

20. Microwave Mason Jar Pancakes

Bring a Mason jar of pancake batter to work in the morning, then nuke it in your office microwave for a big pancake breakfast! Recipe here.

21. Microwave Ratatouille

And, look how pretty! Recipe here.

22. Microwave Cinnamon Roll

Homemade cinnamon rolls are actually sort of a pain, since most call for yeast and thus require lots of waiting (ugh). This one comes together in a matter of minutes! Recipe here.

23. Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

Easier than Easy Mac! Well, maybe not, but probably better. Recipe here.

24. Microwave Lemon-Horseradish Sole

I won’t tell anybody how you did it. They certainly won’t guess. Recipe here.

25. Loaded Microwave-Baked Potato

Recipe here.

26. Microwave Monkey Bread

Recipe here.

27. Microwave Salmon en Papillote

Cooking fish en papillote (in parchment paper) in the oven is easy, but this brings things to a whole new level. Recipe here.

28. Microwave Chicken Penne Al Fresco

 

The chicken in this recipe is pre-cooked, but the pasta gets cooked in the microwave in a delicious mix of broth and tomatoes, then the cheese and chicken get stirred in at the end. Recipe here.

29. Microwave-Baked Apples in a Bag

Easy as pie. Much easier, actually. Recipe here.

30. Microwave “Fried” Rice

Recipe here.

31. Toasted Nuts in the Microwave

Toasting nuts in a skillet is pretty labor-intensive, and they never seem to brown evenly. And using an oven is risky, because if you let them go a minute too long, they’re burnt and bitter. The microwave is an easy, foolproof alternative. Instructions here.

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21 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes

Using a slow cooker isn’t as much of a short cut when the recipe calls for sixteen ingredients you don’t have.

1. Kalua Pig

One bite of this and you’ll wonder why you’ve been wasting so much energy with complicated pork shoulder recipes. Recipe here.

2. Tortellini Soup

A real crowd pleaser. Recipe here.

3. Skinny Pineapple Salsa Chicken

Marinating and/or braising meat with pineapple juice helps make it super tender without any extra fat. Recipe here.

4. Roasted Vegetables

Yup. Serve over rice, or with deliciously crusty buttered bread. Recipe here.

5. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

It only takes about an hour to roast a chicken in the oven, but some nights I’m definitely too hangry to wait that long. Recipe here.

6. Vegetarian Green Lentil Curry

Crockpots and lentils are a match made in heaven. Recipe here.

7. Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Hearty but not heavy. Recipe here.

8. Simple Poached Salmon

Salt and water don’t count as ingredients, they’re essentials. Recipe here.

9. Smoky Baby Back Ribs

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Recipe here.

10. Easy White Chicken Chili

Isn’t it great when the easier option is also the healthier option? Recipe here.

11. Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Recipe here.

12. Italian Beef Sandwiches

You’ll also need cheese and bread for serving, but all you need to make the deliciously tender beef is chuck roast, pre-mixed seasonings, pepperoncinis, and some beef broth. Recipe here.

13. Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Magic. Recipe here.

14. 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

A personal favorite. Recipe here.

15. Slow Cooker “Lasagna”

Ravioli + Marinara + Cheese = lasagna in a pinch. Recipe here.

16. Simple Steak Pizzaiola

So tender you won’t even need a steak knife. Recipe here.

17. Sweet n’ Spicy Meatballs

Semi-homemade at it’s best. Recipe here.

18. Easy Cheesy BBQ Chicken

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What could go wrong with chicken, cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce? Nothing, that’s what. Recipe here.

19. Skinny Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken

Recipe here.

20. White Beans and Sausage

Recipe here.

21. Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Recipe here.

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