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Dinner Rush! Dirty Lentils + Rice with a Fried Egg

 

Dirty rice is a Low Country classic that usually features sausage, chicken livers and the holy trinity (onion, green bell pepper and celery) simmered together with long-grain rice. In a time of year when there’s plenty of other rib-stickin’ heartiness with every meal, lighten things up just a bit by taking a classic like this and making it vegetarian.

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Dinner Rush! Beef Stroganoff with Herbed Potatoes

 

’Tis the season for all things beefy and stewy! But with all of this frantic holiday activity, who’s got the time for that? Slow cookers would, but if you didn’t plan ahead, then a quick and easy stovetop stroganoff could be just the cure for that itch.

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Dinner Rush! Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken with Chard-Kale Salad

It’s not hard to spend the holiday season feeling overstuffed. Fruit pies, cider doughnuts and slow-cooker stews are regular party-circuit fare. Get yourself ready for the onslaught by recharging your system with some fried chicken.

Don’t worry; it’s not the traditional greasy stuff. This one hits the oven (not the frying pan) with a coating of crispy panko breadcrumbs for all the comfort of the original and just a fraction of the calories. I know there are lots of oven-fried-chicken recipes out there, but this one is different. Here’s why:

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Dinner Rush! Roast Pork Tenderloin with Oven-Glazed Carrots + Parsnips

 

 

Pork tenderloins are, hands down, one of the easiest items to prepare for a crowd. They pair well with almost any flavor combination and are so lean that they cook in virtually no time. While they do require just a bit of trimming to remove any excess fat or silverskin (that shiny connective tissue that you see on the surface of the cut), you can choose to do it quickly yourself or just ask your butcher to remove it for you.

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Dinner Rush! Chicken Legs with Roasted Grapes and White Cheddar Grits

 

What is the holiday season for if not to step back, reflect on the past year and reconnect with those you love. Since at this time of year calendars seem to magically swell with parties, dinners and casual get-togethers, make your gathering as fabulously effortless as possible with a meal that feeds a small group and a full house alike.

The trick to entertaining with style is to prepare a dish for your guests that is delicious, showstopping and requires as little cleanup as possible. This dish, my friends, is the total package.

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Dinner Rush! Jumbo Stuffed Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Meatballs are one of those dishes that seem to make everyone smile (sorry, vegetarians). They’re easy to prepare and fun to eat — what more could you ask for? A bigger meatball, you say? A jumbo meatball?! Good call.

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Dinner Rush! Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich with Apple Cider Gravy and Collard Greens

Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is coming. You can’t stop it. I can’t stop it. The best we can do is to prepare ourselves for turkey’s imminence. Sounds about the right time for a dry run on roasting America’s most-grateful bird.

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Dinner Rush! Kielbasa with Barley-Pecan Pilaf

Halloween is here at last! When we were growing up, the evening of Oct. 31 was 100 percent dedicated to getting out the door in search of candy. With the impending candy onslaught, dinner was a bit of an afterthought (“Whaddya mean I can’t just have candy bars and peanut butter cups?!”).

Whether you’ve got little ones of your own or you are fending off the horde at your doorstep, set yourself up for success with a no-brainer meal to power you the whole night through.

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Dinner Rush! Creamy Rigatoni with Squash, Sage and Pine Nuts

Move over, pumpkin spice latte — you’re not the only squash-themed edible that deserves the seasonal spotlight. Let’s clear a path for good ol’ reliable butternut. Is it the sexiest squash at the market? Hardly. But what it lacks in front-porch decor appeal it more than makes up for with a cute name and remarkable versatility.

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Dinner Rush! Pork Chops with Pierogi and Seared Apples

Ready yourself for impact because that magical time of year when apples manage to sneak their way into every corner of your autumnally themed life is now. Just try and look away as their dappled red and green skins flood quaint little baskets at farmers markets. Resist the smell of freshly fried cider doughnuts? Impossible. You might as well just surrender as “25 new ways to cook with apples” overtakes your Pinterest feed.

Speaking of which, here’s a delicious dinner recipe to try using apples.

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