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  1. How to Cook: Pasta Primavera
    Recipe Rating: 3.62101

    Pasta Primavera literally translates to "Spring Pasta" and everyone needs to know how to make a big, beautiful pasta dish for warm-weather get-togethers. It's a crowd-pleasing, affordable contribution that goes with most anything, anywhere.

    Categories: Side Dishes, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, Picnic and Potluck, Learn to Cook, Vegetarian, Sugar Conscious

  2. How to Cook: The Best Basic Potato Salad
    Recipe Rating: 3.59067

    Potato salad is one of those dishes that can help limit the cost of a summer get-together. Learn to make this one, then try a few of your own special touches--maybe curry powder, chopped hard-cooked eggs, black olives or roasted red peppers? For a mayonnaise-free version, try our Dijon Vinaigrette Potato Salad recipe . For a mayo-and-mustard version, omit the lemon juice and add 2 tablespoons mustard and 1/3 cup chopped pickles.

    Categories: Side Dishes, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Sugar Conscious

  3. How to Cook: Fresh Salsa
    Recipe Rating: 3.82563

    Salsa has lots of advantages: It seems indulgent, but it's actually a healthy choice, fat free and loaded with flavor and vegetables. It's inexpensive, especially when the ingredients are home grown or in season. It's versatile because you can make it hotter with more peppers or make it sweeter with fruit. And it's easy!

    Categories: Appetizers, Dressings, Sauces and Condiments, No Cook, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fat Free, Sugar Conscious

  4. How to Cook: Roasted Butternut Squash
    Recipe Rating: 3.26991

    Hard winter squashes can be intimidating, but they are actually very simple to prepare as well as satisfying, nutritious and affordable! Butternut squash, for example, delivers healthy carbohydrates, vitamins A and C plus potassium. This basic recipe brings out the best in winter squash: little bites delightfully caramelized outside and creamy inside. Serve straight from the oven as a side dish or use in soup, tacos, enchiladas, pasta and salad.

    Categories: Side Dishes, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, Learn to Cook, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free

  5. How to Cook: Beans
    Recipe Rating: 3.32048

    Cooking beans at home is renowned as a simple way to save money and provide the base for many a healthy meal. It requires little effort and they're easy to keep on hand in the fridge or freezer. And then you can quickly put together everything from basic beans and rice (seasoned differently in different cultures) to soups, salads, dips and spreads.

    Categories: Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Family Friendly, Make Ahead, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Dairy Free, Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, High Fiber, Low Fat

  6. How to Cook: Quinoa
    Recipe Rating: 2.95319

    Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It's light and fluffy in texture but has that whole grain ability to fill people up. If you've got company coming or are looking for leftovers, this recipe easily doubles.

    Categories: Side Dishes, Budget Friendly, Learn to Cook, Quick and Easy, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Sugar Conscious, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free

  7. How to Cook: Healthy Salad Dressing
    Recipe Rating: 3.60976

    Nuts and fruit can make for creamy, juicy and flavorful salad dressings without adding any extracted oils. Plus you get the health benefits of those nutrient-dense nuts and fruits. Save money by using your imagination and what's in your pantry to come up with new flavor combinations.

    Categories: Dressings, Sauces and Condiments, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, No Cook, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Sugar Conscious, Wheat Free

  8. How to Cook: Simple Pesto
    Recipe Rating: 3.37992

    Pesto is so versatile, you'll never run out of ways to enjoy it. Toss spoonfuls of this no-cook sauce with hot pasta or steamed vegetables, use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, or serve as a dip with raw veggies or pita chips. You can easily adapt pesto to your budget by substituting sale-priced nuts, herbs/greens and cheese, or what you've got on hand or in the garden. Sunflower seeds might be the ticket for those with nut allergies.

    Categories: Dressings, Sauces and Condiments, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, Learn to Cook, Make Ahead, Gluten Free, Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian

  9. How to Cook: Spaghetti Squash
    Recipe Rating: 2.93376

    Spaghetti squash makes an excellent side dish or a fun substitute in thin noodle recipes, from Asian to Italian. It is loaded with nutrients, such as beta carotene and fiber, and is tender, with just a slight crunch. Watch our how-to video.

    Categories: Side Dishes, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, Learn to Cook, Dairy Free, Fat Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free

  10. How to Cook: Chickpeas
    Recipe Rating: 3.22361

    Chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) are a delicious, versatile, nutritious pantry staple, and cooking dried beans at home makes them incredibly affordable. Add them to soups, salads or curries, and use them to make some homemade hummus.

    Categories: Side Dishes, Family Friendly, Make Ahead, Learn to Cook, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, High Fiber, Low Fat, Sugar Conscious

  11. Easy Strawberry Jam
    Recipe Rating: 3.5819

    This simple jam is full of fresh strawberry flavor and extremely versatile: try it spread on toast or pancakes, over oatmeal or yogurt, or as a warm topping for ice cream. Don't feel obligated to add any of the optional flavors, but if one of our suggestions strikes your fancy don't hesitate: You'll be in for a treat.

    Categories: Dressings, Sauces and Condiments, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, Learn to Cook, Make Ahead, Quick and Easy, Dairy Free, Fat Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free

  12. How to Cook: Grilled Summer Vegetables
    Recipe Rating: 3.51694

    When eggplant, peppers and summer squashes are in season, use a simple cooking method such as grilling to fully enjoy them and benefit from their nutrients.

    Categories: Side Dishes, Quick and Easy, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Entertaining, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fat Free, High Fiber

  13. How to Cook: Beef Pot Roast
    Recipe Rating: 3.21064

    A pot roast is much easier to prepare than you might think and makes a fabulous one-dish dinner . . . and even tastier leftovers. It’s simple to customize your pot roast by using different seasonings, liquids and vegetables.

    Categories: Main Dishes, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, One Dish Meals, Dairy Free

  14. How to Cook: Vegetable Bean Soup
    Recipe Rating: 3.39282

    Here's how to make warming, satisfying soup with a few basic ingredients and plenty of options for substitutions. Customize your soup further by stirring in something especially flavorful just before serving, or topping with croutons or shredded cheese.

    Categories: Soups and Stews, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, Vegetarian

  15. How to Cook: Boiled Eggs
    Recipe Rating: 3.77973

    Nobody likes overcooked, rubbery breakfast or Easter eggs. Here's how to get perfect hard-cooked or soft-cooked eggs every time with no guessing.

    Categories: Breakfast and Brunch, Snacks, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Quick and Easy, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Vegetarian, Sugar Conscious, Wheat Free

  16. How to Cook: Basic Vinaigrette
    Recipe Rating: 3.60603

    A quick vinaigrette at home is worlds better and usually worlds cheaper than bottled or going out for salad. Plus, substitutions are a breeze. If you prefer less acidic flavor, balance it by adding a bit of jam, sugar or honey. Make sherry-walnut vinaigrette with: shallot + whole grain mustard + walnut oil + sherry vinegar + chervil + finely chopped toasted walnuts. Vinaigrette makes an ideal marinade for poultry, meat, tofu, tempeh and veggies.

    Categories: Dressings, Sauces and Condiments, Budget Friendly, Make Ahead, No Cook, Quick and Easy, Learn to Cook, Dairy Free, Low Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Sugar Conscious

  17. How to Cook: Mac and Cheese
    Recipe Rating: 3.19608

    Jump right into this super simple method for making everybody's favorite comfort food, using just milk, flour, cheese and macaroni.

    Categories: Main Dishes, Side Dishes, One Dish Meals, Quick and Easy, Budget Friendly, Cooking with Kids, Learn to Cook, Family Friendly, Vegetarian, High Fiber

  18. How to Cook: Whole Grains
    Recipe Rating: 3.60358

    Make it easy to get budget-friendly, health-promoting whole grains into your life with this foolproof boiling method!

    Categories: Side Dishes, Budget Friendly, Learn to Cook

  19. How to Cook: Frittata
    Recipe Rating: 3.83094

    A frittata is the savvy cook's solution for leftovers, including vegetables, Easter ham, Passover brisket, roasted chicken, salmon or pasta. It's also a perfect party appetizer, since it's equally delicious served warm, at room temperature or cold.

    Categories: Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Budget Friendly, Family Friendly, Learn to Cook, Quick and Easy

  20. How to Cook: French-Style Scrambled Eggs
    Recipe Rating: 3.61362

    Savory and fluffy, these soft scrambled eggs are the real deal. Watch our how-to video.

    Categories: Breakfast and Brunch, Learn to Cook, Budget Friendly, Quick and Easy, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Sugar Conscious, Wheat Free

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