4 Easy Dinners You Should Make This Week

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By Cooking Panda

The weekdays are upon us! Instead of being too tired at the end of the day to make dinner and going out every night, why not spend a few minutes making these totally doable dinners?

1. Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Mango

Make the most out of store-bought curry paste by using the tricks in this recipe. Plus, there’s a great hack to cut down the amount of fat in your coconut milk without sacrificing that gorgeously creamy texture.

2. The Best Steak Fajitas

Be the hero of Taco Tuesday with these super flavorful 30-minute steak fajitas.

3. Steak and Watermelon Salad

Watermelon prices are going down at the grocery store, so why not make the most of it by throwing a juicy melon into a deliciously salty salad? This recipe really doesn’t get much easier, especially if you have leftover steak from your fajitas.

4. Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil

Throw some sauce on your salmon and wrap it in some foil. You can grill or roast it. It’s great with roasted asparagus, squash, or potatoes – if you want to keep things as easy as possible, throw some vegetables in the foil packet with your salmon.

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

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5 Incredible Ways To Eat Pumpkin For Dinner (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Pumpkin spice might be a polarizing flavor that most people either defend to the death or incessantly chirp to the heavens about how overrated it is. But do you know what’s a real crowd-pleaser that brings everyone together? Plain pumpkin.

Whether fresh or canned, the fall squash provides a rich, hearty deep flavor with a subtle hint of sweetness. Oh, and don’t forget the best part: The fiber-rich, nutrient-packed food is super healthy and incredibly easy to cook with.

Don’t have pumpkin on hand? You can totally switch it out for any similar type of squash, such as acorn or butternut. Let’s get cooking!

1. Pumpkin and Fried Sage Flatbread

If you’ve never had fried sage with pumpkin, you’re missing out on this powerhouse of a harmonious marriage. If you want, a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar will really bring out the flavors.

2. Curried Pumpkin Soup with Coconut

The fresh pumpkin that this recipe calls for is absolutely awesome, but if you’re looking for a lightning-fast meal, just swap out the fresh stuff for the canned variety and you can bypass the roasting, boiling and blending.

3. Kaddu Ki Sabzi (Indian Pumpkin Stew)

This thick stew is light and simple yet packed with spices for a main or side to keep you perfectly warm on a cool fall evening.

4. Pumpkin Chowder

This thick, chunky, spicy soup is fabulous if you’re looking for a healthy but satisfying way to fill up for dinner. The recipe does require a bit of chopping, so if you’re in a rush you can buy some pre-chopped butternut squash (cut up any big chunks) and save yourself a fair bit of time.

5. Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi

Gnocchi can be tricky to make from scratch, because starchy potatoes and glutinous flour can turn to goo if you knead the dough just a little too much, while the dumplings will disintegrate if you underdo it. But when you use pumpkin and ricotta instead of a white potato, you get a much more forgiving dough that stays light and fluffy with an added rich, savory taste, so you get a little more wiggle room.

Featured Image: Joy/Flickr

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8 Mouthwatering Taco Recipes You Should Make Tonight

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By Cooking Panda

Taco Tuesday is upon us, and we’re here to keep your dinner easy and spectacular. From normal to wacky, here are some of our favorite taco recipes that we totally think you should try:

1. Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos

Make the most tender, flavorful barbacoa-style beef in your slow cooker. Set it and forget it!

2. Dave’s Mocha Chicken Tacos

Make this coffee chicken in your slow cooker using any cut you want – just make sure to cook out your alcohol first. We recommend browning the chicken on the stove with a quick sear, putting it aside, and pouring the sherry (marsala wine or brandy would probably work just fine here too – if you use a drier alcohol, add a little more sugar later on) into your chicken pan.

Turn down the heat a little, and let the booze cook out for a couple minutes, until it doesn’t smell alcohol-y anymore. Then dump everything into the slow cooker and cook that sucker!

Shred it, toss it back in the sauce-filled slow cooker and let everything mingle for a few minutes, and you’ll have a super-awesome taco filling. Top with cilantro, onions, grilled chilies, cream – whatever floats your boat.

3. Dave’s Mexican Veggie Tacos

Is this the same Dave from the Mocha Chicken? We don’t know, and we’re full of questions! One thing’s for sure — people swear these are the best veggie tacos ever. You be the judge.

4. Chicken Mole Tacos

Mole always requires a lot of ingredients and a ton of work, but this slow cooker sauce really cuts down the amount of time you need to spend to get something super delicious and rich. Do your chopping, sauteeing and blending ahead of time (you can even make a double batch and freeze half), and the rest is just a matter of slow cooker magic.

5. Crispy Potato BLT Tacos #SP5

Have you ever tried stuffing your tacos with crispy potatoes and bacon? If not, you need to do this now! For a vegetarian twist, try these.

6. Peanut Butter Steak Tacos

Sounds crazy, but savory peanut butter, cilantro and sriracha make for a totally awesome steak sauce. Trust us.

7. Taco-Filled Pasta Shells

Like many of these other recipes, labeling this pasta dish as a taco is a major stretch. But honestly these shells are just super delicious and we want you to be happy, so we’ll call them tacos, because they deserve your attention.

8. Curried Turkey Tacos

Curry powder, black beans and salsa go perfectly with the ground turkey and give it a unique flavor kick, especially when you’re tired of the same old ground meat with taco seasoning.

Featured Photo Credit: Dessert For Two

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