How to Save Time and Money in the Kitchen

Between family, friends, work, and errands, there's often little time left in the day for cooking a wholesome, healthy meal. Whether you're cooking for one or preparing a feast for your entire extended family, these time-saving cooking tips can help you stretch those seconds in the kitchen.

1) Keep your cabinets well-stocked.
Before you make a trip to the grocery store, do a quick assessment of your cabinets. Are you low on essentials such as rice, flour, cooking stock, basic seasonings, and pasta? Keeping these kitchen staples on hand will prevent hiccups in your meal planning process down the line. Consider printing this handy grocery checklist from Martha Stewart.

2) Plan ahead.
Establishing a meal menu for the week will not only make dinner prep easier, it'll also help you save money. Scan the newspaper for coupons, then flip through your grocer's circular for any notable bargains. Afterwards, plan a menu based around the food that's on sale. For instance, if chicken is being offered at a discount, capitalize from the deal by creating a chicken-centric menu for the week. Assemble oven-ready dishes, such as casseroles and soup stock, that you can freeze and eat at a later date.

Menu Planning: Save Time In The Kitchen [Organized Home]
Save Time in the Kitchen [Martha Stewart]
5 best time-saving cooking tips [EatingWell]

Three Great Salad Recipe Websites

You might know how to prepare a basic Greek salad or a classic Caesar salad, but what about one with fried garbanzo beans? Have you ever thought of adding quinoa to your salad? If your salads need a bit of updating, these creative recipe websites can help.

Oprah.com
Oprah’s wonderful website is packed full of delicious recipes, but the salad tips are truly one-of-a-kind. Browse 45 fresh and healthy salad recipes for every occasion, from hearty, main course salad dishes to appetizer salads for summer gatherings. The Shaved Fennel and Grapefruit Salad is tangy and tart, while the salad with prosciutto and goat cheese perfectly complements Italian food.

101 Cookbooks
This stylish website offers a number of unique salad recipes for inspired lunches or dinners. The Avocado Salad doesn’t seem like much of a salad at all, with sliced, buttery avocados arranged over a bed of lentils, but its abundance of nutrients and low calorie content make it just as healthy. 101 Cookbooks features a variety of other bowls, dinner salads and side salads with ingredients that are much more creative than your usual lettuce.

Better Homes and Gardens
If you’re looking for modern updates to your favorite salad recipes, Better Homes and Gardens is just the place to look. They feature the very best ways to prepare herb salads, pasta salads and steak salads, and they’re so delicious that they might even feel new again.

5 Appetizing Apple Crisp Recipes

From the cold winter months to hot summer days, apple crisp is a sweet, rustic treat that makes a perfect dessert any time of the year. The sweet apples and gooey cinnamon sauce complement the crunchy crust, and apple crisp tastes even more wonderful when topped with cold vanilla ice cream.

There are a number of different ways to make this delicious dish, from quick, simple recipes to elegant creations ideal for dinner parties. Here are some favorite apple crisp recipes that you can make right in your own kitchen.

Apple Crisp II [All Recipes]

Betty Crocker’s Apple Crisp [Betty Crocker]

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel [Chow]

Apple Crisp with Oat Topping [Southern Food]

The Divinest Apple Crisp Ever [Architect Mom]

These Recipes Make It Easy to Cook Gourmet Meals for Two

Looking for recipes perfect for two people? Sourced from the stylish web magazine The Kitchn, these three dishes look—and taste!—like they took all day to prepare, when, in fact, they're quite simple.

Thai Red Curry Mussels
Fit for a Friday night of lounging in front of the TV, this recipe swaps utensils for pieces of crusty bread, which is ideal for sopping up the mussels' coconut milk-curry broth.

Penne alla Vodka
With just a hint of vodka, a creamy tomato sauce coats penne pasta in this easy recipe. Red pepper flakes, salty parmesan cheese, and fresh basil provide the garnish. Because this recipe serves four to six people, you'll likely have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

30-Minute Coq Au Vin
This recipe for coq au vin can rival that of any fancy French restaurant, and it can go from start to finish in under an hour. Serve this one-pot meal with crusty French bread, egg noodles, roasted potatoes, and, of course, a glass of red wine.

How to Find Find Farmers’ Markets Near You

If you strive to include local, organic produce in your diet, this post is for you! The following two websites make it easy to track down farmers' markets near you, so you can continue to stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory [USDA]
Listing more than 8,200 markets across the U.S., the USDA's farmers' market directory makes it easy to find exactly what you're looking for. You can search by zip code, available products, accepted payment, and location (e.g. farm or closed-off street). Making this tool even more convenient, results can be exported to a spreadsheet or viewed in map form.

Farmers' Markets [Local Harvest]
This website displays local farmers' markets in map form with a directory of market names listed underneath. Simply type your zip code at the top of the webpage, then click the results for more information and product highlights of each farmers' market.

Five Brunch Recipes to Try This Weekend

If you’re planning a mid-day brunch for friends or family this weekend, these creative recipes might give you a bit of inspiration. Just add some fresh-squeezed orange juice, a pot of hot coffee and maybe a basket of pastries to complete the perfect brunch menu.

Chicken Breakfast Burritos
Full of protein and deliciously savory flavor, these breakfast burritos use chicken instead of the traditional sausage for a truly unique taste. Simply add hash browns, eggs, and melted cheese for a hearty center of any Southwestern-inspired brunch.

Breakfast Casserole
If you need to feed a whole lot of people in one meal, a casserole is an easy and versatile option. For this breakfast casserole, simply add your favorite ingredients and pop it in the oven.

Berry Breakfast Pizzas
Even the youngest brunch guests will simply adore this sweet, fun take on breakfast pizza.

Orange Popovers
Everyone loves a good pastry at brunch, and these simple popovers are a much easier way to make these sometimes-tricky baked goods.

Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake
Make a large batch of these breakfast classics all in one glass dish to make serving brunch convenient and relaxing.

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Great Websites for Unique Sandwich Recipes

You use a recipe for pastas, soups and cakes, but you probably wouldn’t think of looking up a recipe for a sandwich. These helpful websites feature sandwich recipes that are much more elaborate than your usual grilled cheese, and you’ll certainly notice the difference in taste.

Food Network
The Food Network is home to some wonderful shows about sandwiches, and now you can learn to make them yourself. Their Top Sandwich Recipes page features everything from grown-up turkey sandwiches to hot, gravy-covered sandwiches that are more dinner than lunch. The Mahi Mahi Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that you might not have heard of, while the French Dip recipe will show you how to make this diner favorite right at home.

101 Cookbooks
Instead of updating the sandwiches you already love, try something completely new with the unique recipes on 101 Cookbooks. This beautifully-designed website is easy to navigate, and it makes for hours of inspiration for your next sandwich. 101 Cookbooks features an Avocado Asparagus Tartine, Vegetarian Lentil Burgers, and even an Egg Salad Sandwich with Greek yogurt instead of the usual mayonnaise.

Learn to Cook with Kale with These Recipes

Kale is certainly having its moment in the spotlight, made popular because of its “superfood” status and its large amount of vitamins and nutrients. If you want to get on board with the kale trend but don’t know where to start, these healthy and delicious recipes will help.

Rich Italian Sausage and Potato Soup
Though many kale recipes seem like they’ll leave you feeling hungry, this rich and creamy soup certainly won’t. Its Italian seasonings give it a zesty taste, while the cream base makes it a warm comfort food for chilly days. Pieces of spicy sausage add protein without adding much fat, and the strips of kale become tender and soft when cooked in the hot broth.

Garlic-Roasted Kale
Because kale is so thick and hearty, it makes a great side dish all on its own. This recipe roasts the kale until it’s soft on the inside and crunchy on the edges, with a delicious garlic taste that just about anyone will love.

Chicken and Kale Casserole
This chicken casserole may taste indulgent, but its low-fat ingredients and coarsely chopped kale make it a healthy take on the classic dinner dish. Because it serves up to 8 people, you can even turn your friends and family into kale enthusiasts when you serve it at your next dinner party.

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Find Creative Winter Recipes Online

Your go-to chili recipe is starting to feel a bit overdone, but you’re still craving something warm and filling for those chilly winter days. These handy websites are full of exciting, innovative recipes that will have you thinking outside the box about cold weather cooking.

The Food Network’s Winter Recipes
For fans of the beloved television cooking channel, The Food Network offers a section of its expansive website that is completely devoted to winter recipes. Here you’ll find casseroles, soups, stews, roasts, hot drinks and other comfort foods created by the masterful chefs and Food Network hosts, separated by skill level for your convenience.

All Recipes’ Winter Seasonal Cooking
All Recipes is a popular go-to website for many home chefs, and its Winter Seasonal Cooking section is equally as helpful. Browse the staff picks to find what All Recipes’ employees are loving at the moment, and even check out user ratings to decide if a recipe is worth trying. Full of clear, simple instructions for creative dishes such as Easy Mashed Potato and Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas, All Recipes is sure to add some inspiration to your winter cooking. 

Food.com’s Winter Recipes
Separated by broad, simple categories to help you find the perfect recipe for your holiday or occasion, Food.com offers a great collection of winter recipes for families. Browse their dishes by sections like quick and easy recipes, popular choices and even healthy recipes that will keep you feeling full and energized all winter long.

Find Local Food in Season Near You

Finding fresh, healthy foods nearby can extend beyond the produce counter at your neighborhood grocery store. If you want find food grown in your region, these three websites can help guide you:

Local Harvest
The CSA page of the Local Harvest website gives you complete information about signing up for a CSA, and where to find one in your area. CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”, and it generally operates like a subscription to your local farmers market. If you want a constant supply of fresh, local produce, Local Harvest is worth a read.

FarmersMarket.com
FarmersMarket.com is an entire website devoted to, you guessed it, farmer’s markets. Type in your zip code and you’ll instantly receive information about all of the farmer’s markets in your area, giving you quick and easy access to information about local and organic products. FarmersMarket.com also has an informative blog with tips and recipes for using your market purchases in healthy and delicious ways.

Epicurious
This self-described website “for people who love to eat” features information about farm-to-table meats and produce and where to find them in your area, including an interactive ingredient map. Epicurious also employs healthy, seasonal recipes, a tight-knit online community, and articles from chefs and other experts to keep you informed about local foods.