Best Guacamole

The BEST guacamole recipe! Made with 6 simple ingredients, it's an easy party appetizer or delicious topping for tacos, burritos, and more.

If you need a last-minute appetizer for a cookout this weekend, make this guacamole recipe! Actually, scratch that. Make this guacamole recipe if you need an appetizer for a cookout, party, gathering, or get-together at any time of year. With just 6 ingredients, it’s super easy to make, and it never fails to be a hit. It’s creamy, tangy, salty, and delicious. Even Jack, who’s generally not a fan of avocado, can’t get enough of this homemade guac. How to Make Guacamole If this is your first time learning how to make guacamole, you won’t believe how easy it is! You…

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30 Easy Summer Desserts

These easy summer desserts include fruit crisps, frozen treats, no-bake recipes, and more! No matter what you're craving, you'll find one you love.

Does anyone else have a weakness for summer desserts? I definitely do. It’s funny, because for most of the year, I don’t think of myself as much of a dessert person. I might reach for a slice of banana bread at breakfast or crave a cookie in the afternoon, but by the evening, I’m rarely in the mood for something sweet. But all that changes in the summer. I’ll never turn down a bubbly fruit crumble topped with vanilla ice cream, brownies at a picnic, or a scoop of sorbet on a hot day. These summer desserts make the season…

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Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! These oatmeal breakfast cookies are sweet, nutty, and filled with healthy ingredients like oats, nuts, and fruit.

Here’s how much I love these oatmeal breakfast cookies: after I finish typing this post, I’m going to head to the kitchen to make more. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and they have fiber from the oats and protein and healthy fats from almond butter. Thanks to maple syrup, they’re naturally sweetened too. But these breakfast cookies aren’t just good for you. They’re also delicious! The same ingredients that pack them with nutrients give them a sweet, nutty flavor and soft, puffy texture. Who wants to eat a bowl of oatmeal when you can eat a cookie for breakfast!? Breakfast…

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Cucumber Salad

This easy, refreshing cucumber salad recipe is perfect for hot days! A sweet and tangy dressing coats cool cucumbers, onions, and lots of fresh herbs.

This cucumber salad recipe is the quintessential summer side dish. Like all the best summer recipes, it calls for just a few ingredients, but it still packs a big punch of flavor. Thanks to a light sesame salad dressing, it’s salty, sweet, nutty, and tangy, with plenty of fresh mint and dill to take it over the top. You only need 15 minutes to make it (including 10 minutes of hands-off chill time), so toss it together and enjoy it as a dinner side dish, or, like me, eat it straight out of the bowl! On hot days, there’s nothing…

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

This portobello mushroom burger recipe will be a hit with vegetarians and meat eaters alike! It's juicy, meaty, and filled with rich, savory flavor.

The next time you need a quick and easy summer dinner, make this grilled portobello mushroom burger recipe! You only need 6 ingredients and 20 minutes to make it, but the payoff is huge. The grilled portobello mushrooms are juicy and meaty, and a simple balsamic marinade deepens their tangy, savory flavor. We often cook them on weeknights, when we’re craving something tasty but don’t really feel like cooking. But like regular homemade veggie burgers, they’re a great choice for summer cookouts, too. Served on a toasted bun with all the fixings, they’re hearty, satisfying, and absolutely delicious. Even meat…

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Broccoli Slaw

Creamy and colorful, this easy broccoli slaw recipe is a delicious side dish. Pack it up for a picnic, or serve it for dinner with whatever you're grilling!

Jack is obsessed with this broccoli slaw recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I love it too, but I haven’t heard him rave about a salad this much since…I don’t know when. His favorite part is the dried cranberries, and how their sweet-tart flavor contrasts with the crisp veggies and creamy, tangy dressing. I made it as a side dish with dinner the other night, and he hasn’t stopped talking about it since! Luckily for him, this broccoli slaw recipe is exactly the sort of thing I like to make in the summer. It’s light and refreshing, and it keeps well…

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45 Easy Summer Dinner Ideas

Tired of the same old recipe rotation? Change things up with these easy summer dinner ideas! They include pastas, pizzas, tacos, salads, and more.

Once Memorial Day arrives, all I want to eat are fresh, easy summer recipes. I know, I know, summer won’t officially begin until June 20, but here, the weather’s warm, the days are long, and berries, tomatoes, and zucchini are popping up at the farmers market. Why wait? I’m ready to make my favorite summer dinner ideas on repeat! No offense to winter, spring, or fall, but summer is my favorite time to cook. So much is in season now – fruits, leafy greens, herbs, peppers, tomatoes, etc., etc. The beauty of this peak-season produce is that you don’t have…

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Orzo Salad

This orzo salad recipe is perfect for summer picnics and cookouts! Feta cheese, olives, and a zingy Greek dressing fill it with bold flavor.

If you need a last-minute side dish for a cookout or picnic this weekend, make this orzo salad recipe! It’s fresh and flavorful, easy to put together, and, like any good picnic salad, perfect for making ahead. Toss it together a few hours to a day before a summer gathering, and it’ll still taste great when you’re ready to eat. But even if you’re not planning a cookout this weekend (or if your menu’s all set to go), stash this orzo salad recipe in your back pocket anyway. Because it keeps so well, it’s a great recipe to pack for…

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44 Best Cookout Food Ideas

These easy cookout food ideas include main dishes, grilling sides, salads, desserts, and more! Perfect for BBQs, picnics, or any summer gathering.

I never thought I’d be so excited to share these cookout food ideas with all of you. But after spending last summer picnicking on our own, the prospect of inviting family and friends over and gathering around the grill sounds amazing. Warm weather, good food, and great company? Life doesn’t get much better than that. You’ll find my best cookout food ideas below. They include 44+ recipes for veggie burgers and sandwiches, grilling side dishes, salads, snacks, desserts, and more. Some of them are out-of-the-box and inventive, like Chickpea Harissa Veggie Burgers or Grilled Watermelon with a crispy corn topping.…

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Best Potato Salad

This potato salad recipe is perfect for picnics and barbecues! A creamy, tangy dressing coats tender potatoes, fresh herbs, and crunchy veggies.

If you grew up in the Midwest, chances are that homemade potato salad was a fixture at every gathering you went to. At least, it was for me. Pale yellow and ultra-creamy, it had a permanent spot between the macaroni salad and the hamburger buns. No barbecue, picnic, cookout, or potluck was complete without it. This potato salad recipe is a fresh riff on that classic one. Over the last few summers, it’s become a new favorite on our picnic table. It’s just as creamy, savory, and tangy, but it has a lighter dressing, no hard boiled eggs, and plenty…

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Breakfast Burrito

This breakfast burrito recipe is the best way to kickstart your morning. Filled with eggs and fresh veggies, it's healthy, fun, and easy to make!

This breakfast burrito recipe is my ideal weekend breakfast. I love it because it’s fun, fresh, filling, and healthy, and it’s also a great way to use up odds and ends of ingredients I have leftover from recipe testing (or, you know, just making dinner) during the week. That half bunch of cilantro? Gone. The last little bit of cabbage? In it goes! Random black beans or avocado? This breakfast burrito is starting to sound good… Breakfast Burrito Recipe Ingredients I make this breakfast burrito recipe a little differently every time, but no matter what, I always start with these…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.