Why are Mondays so hard? And do they really have to be? We asked five smart, successful women to share how they make the first day of the week just a little bit easier. Here are five smart pieces of advice from an actress, an author, a chemist, a philanthropist, and a budding surgeon.
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All cutting boards are created equal, right? And you can cut anything on any kind? Unfortunately, no. Cutting boards come in all shapes and sizes and, while you don’t need to have all of them to have a well-stocked kitchen, it’s important to know exactly which you should invest in for which purpose.
The short answer: you should have one cutting board for raw meat and one for everything else.
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This is the very definition of a #miraclemeal: beef and veggie kabobs that go straight from freezer to grill.
These absolutely delicious family favorites are made with affordable beef sirloin that is coated with a spice rub, and threaded onto skewers along with veggies. The whole kabob is frozen, skewers and all, so you can make these two at a time or 10 at a time. The best part is you don’t even need to thaw them; when you’re ready to cook just fire up the grill!
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Chase Stout and his girlfriend, Kenzie Jones, recently adopted a kitten on September 4, which they named Mr. Wilson. They had previously adopted a German Shepard, Huey, and apparently the dog and baby kitten were already becoming best friends. Recently, Jones left the pair with her boyfriend to go on a short trip and was concerned about Stout feeding the kitten enough. He proved her wrong.
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Look, I realize that the title alone of this story is going to roll some eyes because chicken nuggets are often dismissed as kid’s food, not worthy of the time of day for serious home cooks. But we all have those nights when we need to get dinner done, despite really wanting to just order pizza. So we reach for the box of frozen nuggets and tear through the pantry in the hope of turning an otherwise boring box of chicken into a miracle meal. Here are 11 quick ideas for just such an occasion.
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Now that we’ve convinced you that there’s no need to go all Martha for your dinner guests, allow us to introduce you to Trader Joe’s frozen, store-bought appetizers. There are some great options out there that need nothing more than a short spin through the oven, which means you can focus on more important things like catching up with your friends.
But which are the best frozen appetizers? We tried 10 of Trader Joe’s most popular appetizers, and while there aren’t any particularly bad choices, some are definitely better than others.
Here are five frozen appetizers from Trader Joe’s that are a total win, and five that we’d skip.
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Regular fried rice gets a protein boost when rice is swapped for quinoa in this healthy dinner recipe. Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand—broccoli, green beans and mushrooms are all good options. Serve with hot sauce if desired.
Shredded chicken is tossed with a creamy blue cheese-hot sauce dressing before being tucked into a whole-wheat tortilla in this healthy quesadilla recipe. Served with a quick carrot-and-celery slaw, this easy recipe is great for lunch or dinner but can also be cut into smaller wedges and served as an appetizer.
Cauliflower, mushrooms, bulgur and seasonings combine to form the base of this healthy vegetarian meatball recipe. A quick homemade tomato-basil sauce replaces the traditional marinara to save sodium. Serve over whole-wheat spaghetti with a green salad.