Foolproof Pan Pizza
This no-knead, no-stretch pizza cooks in a skillet, simultaneously freeing you of the need to have superb pizza-peeling skills and landing you with a crispy, golden-brown crust, robust enough to hold as many toppings as you fancy. It's even easy enough for first-time pizza bakers—a keeper by all accounts.
Eggs Baked in Avocado
A quick jaunt in the oven is just enough to preserve the avocado's creamy texture, enriched by that runny yolk and accented with plenty of lime and cilantro. That the avocado doubles as the bowl only makes your brunch that much better.
Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)
Corn is grilled over extra-hot coals for a nutty char. Slathered with a creamy sauce of Cotija cheese, mayo, and chili powder, it's finished with a spritz of tart lime.
Balanced Green Juice
Love it or hate it, chances are you've already settled into an opinion on juice. But for skeptics, this drink can easily help stave off any wheatgrass-related baggage, with a helping hand from apple, lime, ginger, and cilantro. Think less liquid salad and more, well, juice.
Black Bean, Corn, and Red Pepper Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette
You need little more than a giant bowl to prep this salad, which is chock full of festive summer veggies that come together right away and only get better as they steep in the citrusy, cayenne-spiked dressing.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Dr. Pepper
Through the sorcery that takes place during a long, slow braise, Dr. Pepper imparts a subtle, complex, not-at-all-saccharin sweetness to pork shoulder. It's plenty good on its own, but it also makes and a solid match for your favorite barbecue sauce.
Ramen Crust Pizza
Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
With all due respect to our vegan friends, these cookies pass what is perhaps the most critical test: non-vegans like 'em, too. Their delicate crumb is offset by the oatmeal's chew, and because they're primarily sweetened with brown sugar, they get a nice, toasty, ever-so-slightly molasses flavor.
The Best French Bread Pizza
With the right loaf and a little inspiration from garlic bread, this French bread pizza is much more than a shortcut to dinner (though it doesn't hurt that it's on the table in 20 minutes). It's good pizza in its own right, and one to rival its more traditional counterparts.
Jamaican Beef Stew with Rice
This stew has the trappings of a cozy winter dinner—savory, hearty, and fragrant as it simmers—but with the help of fruity habañeros (or jalapeños if you're spice-shy), allspice, cinnamon, and a dash of rum, it's also got some fire to perk you up year-round.
Chicken and Penne in Vodka Cream Sauce
As comfort foods go, penne alla vodka tries to be well-rounded, bless its heart. While it's true that tomatoes' acidity, red chili flakes' subtle heat, and vodka's punch keep things interesting, the cream-rich sauce is what keeps us coming back, especially when it's served with tender sliced chicken and cheesy garlic bread for good measure.
Hearty White Bean and Spinach Soup with Rosemary and Garlic (Vegan)
It's the little things—homemade stock, fresh rosemary and lots of garlic, a last-minute addition of lemon juice to brighten—that make this simple, healthy soup one worth savoring. It's also a good canvas for other add-ins, should you feel especially creative (or hungry).
The Best Vegan Mapo Tofu
Mapo tofu, the classic Sichuan dish of silken tofu, roasted chili oil, and Sichuan peppercorn, is well-loved 'round these parts, not least because of the beef with which it's traditionally made. Fortunately, fermented bean paste and mixed mushrooms contribute more than enough rich umami flavor to make this vegan-friendly version as good as the original.
Thai Chicken Satay
Food on sticks has an ineffable inherent appeal, regardless of how the finished product tastes. These skewers don't disappoint, with chicken that stays juicy thanks to a quintessentially Thai marinade flavored with lemongrass, lime, turmeric, and sriracha. It's sweet and sour and spicy in turn, all the more so with a side of homemade peanut sauce.
Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas
Blow 'em away at your next fajita night with this sizzling skirt steak. It's tender and juicy, with a spot-on marinade that's just a tad sweet and packed with lime and chili.