Taste the rainbow. Use this guide to make homemade food coloring the next time you want to decorate baked goods for a holiday.
Thanks to things like French fries and chips, potatoes have gotten a saturated, sodium-filled, not-so-healthy reputation. But the truth is, taters can actually be a nutritious addition to many meals.
I’m not just talking about sweet potatoes (which we also love, don’t get me wrong). Plain old white potatoes are a great source of carbs, vitamins and nutrients, and are filling and satisfying. And they’re super affordable—what’s not to love?
These 17 recipes show that you don’t need a deep-fryer to make potatoes delicious. You’ll find ideas for Greek-style potatoes and chicken you can make in a slow-cooker, baked eggs and potatoes that are perfect for breakfast, and a sheet-pan shrimp and potato boil that’ll make your summer a cinch.
Though you may associate your Instant Pot with wintry meals like meaty stews, you can also totally use it during the summer. The nice thing about the pressure cooking gadget—aside from the fact that it has a bunch of functions including yogurt-making and slow-cooking—is that you don’t need to turn on the stove or the oven to use it. So you can make anything you want on a hot summer day and you won’t sweat to death—scout’s honor.
That’s not the only reason to keep your Instant Pot handy from June to September. Its pressure cooking function allows it to quickly make things that normally take a long time. So the next time you want fall-off-the-bone tender baby back ribs, you don’t have to work all day for them.
Now that I’ve caught your attention, here are 13 classic summertime recipes to put your Instant Pot to work. They include practically anything you might find yourself craving during the summer, including must-haves like corn on the cob and healthier renditions of favorites like sloppy joes and chicken wings. Plus: Game-changers like Instant Pot peach cobbler and a shrimp boil that only takes six minutes to make.
Even though sandwiches aren’t something I usually associate with lots of veggies, it turns out there are kind of a lot of veggie-packed sandwiches out there. You see, I’m someone who’s not exactly great at eating the recommended 2 1/2 cups of vegetables I’m supposed to be eating every day per the USDA. If there’s a way to turn something that’s normally just meat, cheese, and an occasional slice of lettuce into what’s basically a salad between two slices of bread, I’m gonna know about it.
Before you tell me that all veggie sandwiches are boring, take a look at these 15 creative ideas and reconsider. While it might be easy to throw some tomatoes and sprouts on bread and call it a day, these ideas experiment in ways you would never expect, and they’re just as easy to make as their less-exciting counterparts. Get pumped for vegan BLTs that actually taste legit, bahn mi that are brimming with all of the veg, and cozy, satisfying wraps stuffed with broccoli and chickpeas. They aren’t all vegetarian, but a lot of them are, and most can easily be altered to become vegetarian, if that’s something you’re interested in. Bookmark them for later and before you know it, you’ll be eating more than enough vegetables every day—and you won’t hate it.
I love ice cream more than I love most things—I spent two years working at an ice cream parlor for Pete’s sake—but ice cream does not love me back. I’m lactose intolerant, so even just a few bites of the sweet, creamy stuff can flip my stomach completely upside down, which means that during the summer (peak ice cream season!) I have to find some creative workarounds to fill the ice cream-shaped hole in my heart.
I’m clearly not the only person so afflicted, because the internet is teeming with dairy-free frozen dessert recipes. Bloggers have transformed all the classics into lactose intolerant-friendly treats that taste just as good as their cream-filled counterparts. With ingredients like alternative milks and naturally creamy fruits (like bananas), pretty much everything from ice cream sandwiches to milky popsicles can be dairy-free.
These 15 recipes have all the dairy-free ice cream you could possibly want, plus ideas for frozen treats that don’t normally have dairy, like slushes and sorbets. So whatever kind of icy treat you’re looking for, you’ll definitely be able to find something here.
There are a lot of things to love about summer, but its fresh, seasonal produce might just be what I love most. From tomatoes to corn, a lot of excellent fruits and vegetables reach their peak deliciousness from May through August. I get pumped for all the different ripe picks out there, but every year I always get the most excited for the same things: peaches, plums, and apricots.
These three juicy fruit are all known as stone fruit, because they literally have a stone, or a pit, inside of them. They’re most famously featured in sweets—think peaches and cream, plum tarts, apricot jams—but they’re also great in salads, sautés, grain bowls, sandwiches, and all sorts of different savory meals. And since they’re each an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and K, they’re worth eating more often.
Celebrate this season’s harvest with this mix of 19 apricot, peach, and plum recipes. Ideas like apricot-Dijon glazed salmon, barley porridge with honeyed plums, and plum-ricotta tartines will help you make the most of the stone fruit while it’s still around.