“If you only have 30 minutes to get dinner ready, this handy list of recipes has you covered. You’ll find easy weeknight options that are full of flavor: think pastas, of course, but also 10-minute skillet sautés, shockingly quick vegetarian chili, and the speediest pork chops and chicken.” -Anikah Shaokat
The weather may be chilling out but chances are your schedule is doing the exact opposite. And while every task and appointment has the potential to derail your day, cooking shouldn’t be one of them.
That’s why I’m bringing you the best time-saving tricks from Epicurious that will fast-track you to filling and flavorful meals all season and beyond. You’ll find tons of meal planning and storage tips, quick-and-easy lunches and dinners, and a salted dark chocolate pudding that’s easy enough to tackle after the chaos of bedtime.
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AS: “These seasoning sachets are jam-packed with umami-rich ingredients that can turn anything—roasted veggies, boiled or steamed grains, grilled chicken, and fluffy scrambled eggs—into better versions of themselves.”
How Big-Batch Cooking Will Help You Make Dinner (and Breakfast) (and Lunch) With Your Ingredient StashEpicurious
AS: “Cook through your overzealous stash of produce and freezer full of proteins with this big-batch cooking guide.”
AS: “Having a dependable chili recipe in your back pocket means that a hearty, crowd-pleasing weeknight dinner is never far from reach. Swapping out beef for turkey makes for a lighter take on this one-pot classic that you won’t mind feasting on for days.”
AS: “A question humankind has been pondering since the inception of refrigeration. We sifted through all the confusing and sometimes conflicting information out there to put your mind at ease.”
AS: “When you have about a million things to keep track of, concocting a meal that needs your unyielding attention is, well, unpleasant. These slow-cooker lunches and dinners liberate you from standing over a stove so you have one less thing to worry about.”
AS: “Here’s a list of our tried and tested recommendations, for all your steaming, stewing, and set-it-and-forget-it needs.”
AS: “‘It’s a recipe I make when I need something the whole family (including my 20-month-old toddler) will devour,’ says recipe developer Sahara Henry-Bohoskey. ‘I adore how this recipe can shape-shift depending on whatever vegetables I need to use before they expire or whatever excites me the most in the produce aisle.’”
AS: “Toasty, sweet notes of oolong and the warmth of ginger, anise, and cinnamon envelope these soft-boiled eggs—snackable anytime but also great as part of a meal.”
AS: “Food editor Jesse Szewczyk knows that the worst part of making chocolate chip cookies is waiting for the dough to chill. That’s why he came up with the ice bath trick which significantly speeds up the chilling process, fast-tracking your way to a warm cookie.”
AS: “This lightning-fast dessert is what makes Ovenly’s Brooklyn blackout cake so remarkably luscious. But for you, it can be a much-needed weeknight treat after a long, busy day.”
Originally from Chittagong, Bangladesh, Anikah is a writer and recipe developer with bylines in Delish, Food52, Kitchn, Food Network, and Taste of Home. Prior to joining Epicurious, she was the assistant food editor at Food Network Magazine. She has a master’s in Food Studies from NYU and a culinary arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. Currently, she's an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching a course on food and identity. When she’s not cooking or writing, she’s reading historical nonfiction and cheesy romance novels (mostly to counteract the effects of historical nonfiction).