Weeknight BBQ Chicken

This is an easy weeknight dinner and it is “finger lickin’ good!” The sweet and tangy BBQ sauce here comes from a recipe that Chef Alex Guarnaschelli attributes to her mom. Make a whole batch of this BBQ sauce and keep it in your fridge for lots of other meals, like wings, or burgers. If you don’t have time to make this BBQ sauce, you can always use one of your favorites.

Vegan BBQ Bowl with Farro

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This bowl brings together some southern BBQ favorites: Coleslaw, sautéed greens, BBQ- with a twist… its vegan! Instead of BBQ beef, this recipe features BBQ tofu cubes. The base of the bowl is nutty and chewy farro, and you top it with a mix of colorful BBQ classics.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

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I am always in search of the best wings and these slow BBQ cooker wings are unexpectedly delicious and crispy! The cook for a number of hours in the slow cooker, which makes them incredibly tender on the inside, and then you grill them for 5 minutes on each side and when they come off, coat them in a pungent BBQ sauce. They come have tons of flavor with an amazingly crunchy exterior. Eat these at your superbowl party or any weeknight! (Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, Slow Cooker)

Sweet Potato Fries

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I like sweet potato fries even better than regular French fries. There is something about the sweet, salty and spicy mix that gets me every time. And these are baked and not fried, so there is no mess to deal with. Try these alongside my vegetarian Deli Reuben sandwich or any other sandwich for dinner meal.

Brown Sugar and Chili Spiced Salmon

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This may be the easiest fish recipe I make and each time I bring it somewhere, people rave about it. The simple spice mix of brown sugar and chili powder, spread over the salmon, turns into a sweet and spicy glaze while it cooks. You and your family will be licking up the extra sauce…

Sweet and Salty Sweet Potatoes

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Do you love the combination of sweet and salty? This is an easy way to get your fix in a healthy weeknight side dish. These sweet potatoes cubes are rubbed with salt and a touch of cinnamon and cayenne and roasted until crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. This is a great side dish for any roasted or grilled chicken or meat.

Veggie Chili

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If you are looking for a delicious meatless fall meal, try this vegetarian chili. It is packed with veggies and warm spices and the bulgur gives it a great meat-like mouth feel. The best part, of course, is the great toppings that everyone gets to choose for their bowl: sour cream, jalapenos, avocados and cilantro. And don’t forget to serve with your favorite cornbread on the side! (Adapted from Moosewood Cookbook)

Shroomami Salad

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This dinner salad is packed with superfoods, beautiful colors and bold Asian flavors. While it’s not exactly a “one-dish wonder,” it is a salad and meal in one dish. Each time I make this, people ask me to pass on the recipe, so here it is! Based on a salad from Sweetgreen restaurant, this one brings together your veggies, starch and protein in one bite, each with its own special taste. Roasted marinated tofu and mushrooms are placed alongside chewy bright green kale and wild rice, and topped with beets, spiced sunflower seeds and a miso dressing that adds a deep salty Asian flair. Bring the leftovers to work with you for lunch - unlike lettuce, kale does not wilt!

Tortilla Soup

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Its always fun to have Soup for Dinner, and you get away with bringing out one pot to the table and you’re done. This is a hearty soup that covers all the bases in one dish - veggies, starch and protein – making it a full dinner meal. Make sure to place a variety of toppings in bowls for everyone to choose from – that’s the best part!

Grilled Spiced Wings

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Sunday nights in the summer tend to be our BBQ night. We’re not rushing home from work and we love to be outside, especially towards evening as it cools off. These Grilled Wings are a family favorite, with their sweet and spicy rub that crisps up on the grill. I found this great recipe watching Cooks Country, where they test out all kinds of methods and come up with the best one. These wings are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. I serve the wigs with a quick homemade vegan garlic ranch.