Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan, Almonds, and Lemon

These roasted green beans are flavorful and crisp, seasoned with freshly grated parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, and slivered almonds! I’ve also added optional fresh basil. These are a perfect side dish to serve alongside your favorite dinner, and they also make a great snack. Roasted green beans are also a great option if you’re seeking a simple Thanksgiving side dish alternative to green bean casserole.

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Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

I’ve tried many pumpkin muffins over the years, and these truly are some of the best I’ve had. They’re tender and not too sweet, with just the right amount of seasonal spice. The streusel topping adds a perfect crunch. Most importantly, this pumpkin muffin recipe actually tastes like pumpkin! Serve these warm or at room temperature, on their own or with a touch of butter.

Pumpkin muffins topped with crunchy spiced streusel topping

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Slow cooker kalua pork, also known as kalua pig, is a Hawaiian style recipe with only four ingredients: pork shoulder, bacon, garlic, and Hawaiian sea salt (more on that below). There’s minimal hands-on time, and the recipe yields plenty of leftovers, making this perfect for weekend meal prepping. We make this kalua pork recipe at least once per month, sometimes more. It’s great on its own or in tacos. You can also adapt the recipe to work with an Instant Pot. It’s easy and flavorful!

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Recipe

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (No-Churn)

Homemade vanilla ice cream is the ultimate in decadence. And guess what? You don’t need any special equipment to prepare this rich, creamy no-churn version. It’s also egg-free which means there’s no cooking involved. You basically whisk everything together, stick it in the freezer and give it an occasional stir. In no time, you’ll be enjoying an amazing homemade vanilla ice cream recipe. 

No-churn homemade vanilla ice cream

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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon

Roasted broccoli with garlic and lemon is one of the easiest, most flavorful side dishes you can throw together to serve alongside dinner. You can optionally add some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top for even more savoriness. We make this roasted broccoli recipe all the time because it’s so hands off, and it compliments everything from pasta and casseroles to meats and seafood. 

Roasted broccoli with lemon and garlic, topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese

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Spaghetti with Garlic, Anchovies and Parsley

If you’ve never tried anchovy pasta before, you’re in for a treat. If it sounds intimidating, don’t worry. Not only is this dish incredibly easy, but the flavors aren’t overpowering. Anchovies and sliced garlic are gently warmed in extra virgin olive oil until the fillets essentially dissolve, creating a rich, savory sauce. This pasta recipe comes together in about 20 minutes, and is adapted from Anthony Bourdain’s final cookbook, Appetites.

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