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    14 No-Cook Recipes for Hot Days or Lazy Nights

    Without a doubt, humanity advanced leaps and bounds once it became clear that cooking over fire equaled better food. But sometimes, it’s just too hot or the day’s too long to even consider turning on an oven or stove. Luckily, plenty of recipes require no heat (or very, very little) and are just as flavorful and satisfying as their cooked counterparts. Here are 14 spectacular meals for those days when cooking just isn’t on the menu. Every kitchen should be stocked with at least a few cans of chickpeas. Not only are chickpeas filling, but they can go straight into  

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    No-Cook Cooking: Cookie cups can bring dessert back to weeknights | Food & Cooking

    Sometimes, dessert is not optional. But the days when you need a sweet indulgence the most, however, often are the ones when you’re simply too busy, stressed or tired to make it happen. That’s why No-Cook Cooking cooks like to make room in the grocery basket or online order for a roll or two of slice-and-bake cookies. You never know when you’re going to need them. Cookie cups offer endless options for putting dessert on the table in a hurry. For this experiment, get one roll of sugar cookies and another in a favorite flavor, such as chocolate chip or  

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    No-Cook Cooking: Eggs fit easily into many meal plans and schedules | Food & Cooking

    Ovo-vegetarians rely on eggs to keep protein levels healthy. If you like Mexican flavors one night and Italian the next, eggs bring the variety you crave to the meal-planning game. Carbonara is classic comfort food for bacon or pancetta lovers. And if you’re someone who’s simply looking for a satisfying dinner that can be on the table in minutes, make some room in your fridge for a dozen eggs and start exploring the possibilities. Cooking doesn’t get much simpler than scrambled eggs, which make a filling breakfast on their own or a fluffy filling for warm flour tortillas. Keep it  

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    No-Cook Cooking: Take stock of your year of pandemic perseverance | Food & Cooking

    Shopping became surreal when you faced empty shelves in the grocery stores during 2020. Not just milk-and-bread snowfall bare, but strike-out-at-three-stores bare. And in the process, you learned not to buy things you’d never eat out of fear that your favorite foods were gone forever.  Reward yourself with a celebratory meal that features foods you love that disappeared at different times in 2020 but are back now. Broil some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and steam some long green beans. Save a little room for your favorite pasta, which is finally back on the shelf. Celebrate the abundance there is. Shortages  

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    No-Cook Cooking: Let oatmeal and dried cranberries solve Christmas breakfast dilemma | Food & Cooking

    Oatmeal and dried cranberries are a dream team in breakfast cookies. If you’d like to play up the holiday color of the cranberries, try adding pistachios for a cheerful flash of green and a respectable serving of fiber and protein. If you bake them today, wrap them carefully and manage to hide them in a tightly sealed container, you’ll be able to pass them out with glasses of milk on Christmas morning. If you’re already baking cookies today to leave out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, chances are pretty good that no one will notice that you’re sneaking in  

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    No-Cook Cooking: A Don’t Forget List may become a new Thanksgiving tradition | Food & Cooking

    By now, you probably have a pretty good idea what you’ll serve — or order — for your Thanksgiving feast. If you’re cooking at home, you’re making that grocery list and checking it twice. Now it’s time to start a new list — a list of all the things you tend to overlook or forget. This year’s going to be different, so there’s no reason we can’t think positively and make some happy changes in the midst of all the chaos. With a Don’t Forget List on your phone or in your planner, this can be the Thanksgiving without a  

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    No-Cook Cooking: Making this different Thanksgiving a good one | Food & Cooking

    Don’t like the idea of leftovers? Think of it as meal planning instead. If you’re on your own this year, possibly for the first time, roasting your own turkey is a great way to build some confidence in the kitchen and fill some freezer bags with lean protein to build nutritious meals around later. If you’re hoping to replicate your family’s traditional meal on your own for the first time, now’s the time to start mapping out which tasks can be done the day before, such as baking a cake or chopping celery and water chestnuts for stuffing. You get  

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    No-Cook Cooking: Plan ahead for easy school-day breakfasts | Food & Cooking

    No matter how different the start of this school year may look and feel, students and their parents will share at least one basic question: What in the world are we going to have for breakfast? Mornings can be hectic for even the most serene families. And whether students will be seated 6 feet apart in classrooms or pulling up chairs in front of laptops, they’ll retain more of what they’re learning if they’re starting the day with energy from wholesome protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Parents who think they can work from home, concentrate at the office, lead  

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    Make these no-cook meals on lazy days | Food & Cooking

    National Lazy Day is Monday, Aug. 10. I’m not sure if this is an official holiday, but I’m definitely down with celebrating. Especially if it gives me permission to (mostly) forgo the heat of the oven and stove for quick and easy meals. Here’s to staying cool in favor of fresh, quick, low-cook meals. Loaded Hummus, Flatbread and Pan-Fried Sausages This is a sort of non-recipe, but I’ve shared the heaped hummus recipe from Smitten Kitchen to make it easier for home cooks who like a bit of direction. 4 large pitas, toasted, cut into wedges 1½ cups (8 ounces)  

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