Apricot Teriyaki Meatballs

There’s a secret behind this teriyaki sauce. And, it might already be in your refrigerator! Apricot preserves! Why apricot preserves you ask? Because the fruit preserve adds sweetness and hint of apricot flavor to the sauce – and those two elements partner perfectly with salty soy sauce, tangy rice vinegar, and nutty sesame oil.

All the flavors complement each other and make for a thick, rich sauce that you will swoon over. We never have a drop left in our house. And that brings me to my next point…

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Toasted Ravioli With Marinara

This super simple recipe takes ordinary ravioli to new heights! Slightly crispy on the outside, tender and cheesy on the inside, you’ve never had ravioli like this before!

And the process is easy: First, the pasta is boiled until just tender (it doesn’t matter if you start with fresh or frozen ravioli).

Then, the tender squares are brushed with olive oil, seasoned with cheese and baked until golden. As the ravioli squares bake, they gently toast and puff up – and the result is incredible – a slightly crisp exterior and tender interior. And now they’re ready for the marinara dip!

How to eat toasted ravioli? It’s up to you, but in my house, we use our hands – these bite-size squares are the perfect finger food. That said, these also make a great addition to your party appetizer selection.

Which ravioli to use? Your favorite! Choose any variety of ravioli you prefer – fresh or frozen, cheese or beef. They all work well.

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Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Let’s face it, bacon makes everything better, and chicken is no exception! In this recipe, the bacon not only adds great flavor to the chicken, it makes a stunning presentation (worthy of entertaining).

About the flavors: Aside from the marriage of bacon and chicken, there are plenty of other complimentary flavors going on: bacon and cheddar cheese, cheddar cheese and Dijon mustard, and bacon and maple syrup.

Yes, the ingredient list is short, but each component is a key player, creating a dish with complex flavors in every bite.

Want to prep ahead? This dish can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance. Prepare the chicken as instructed below and, before baking, cover the pan with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate before baking.

Remove the pan from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking (perhaps while the oven is preheating). Remove the cover and spoon over any of the maple-Dijon sauce from the bottom of the pan. Bake as directed below.

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Espresso-Chocolate Cake With Espresso Beans

Imagine a moist chocolate cake, kicked up with the flavor of espresso coffee. The coffee doesn’t overpower the chocolate flavor – in fact, it catapults the cocoa to new heights! And, here’s more good news: by adding 1/2 cup brewed espresso, you can eliminate milk from the recipe, which cuts back on calories and fat.

I also used nonfat Greek yogurt in the batter, slashing calories and fat even further. That means, you can feel good about enjoying slice after slice of this amazing cake, whether it’s for dessert, breakfast or mid-afternoon snacking!

Leftover cake? As unlikely as that is – store leftover cake at room temperature, well wrapped, for several days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Garlic Mozzarella Wheel With Marinara

This chewy, garlicky, cheese-stuffed bread is similar to a calzone – but the dough is shaped into a wheel and served with marinara sauce in the middle (for delightful dipping)!! And thanks to store-bought dough, you can assemble the wheel in just minutes.

I like to serve this as a main dish, with vegetables and a salad on the side. If you want, you can serve the wheel as a party appetizer – your guests will adore you!

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Buttery Roasted Broccoli Rabe With Parmesan

An easy and colorful dish that changes the side dish game completely! If you’ve been relegating your side dish repertoire to broccoli, peas and asparagus, it’s time to branch out. Broccoli rabe (also called rapini) is a fabulous way to add color and nutrients to your plate while enjoying something truly unique.

Despite what you may think, broccoli rabe isn't baby broccoli. True, it's a cruciferous vegetable, but it's more closely related to mustard greens and turnips. In terms of flavor, the stems are mildly bitter and the flowery buds are reminiscent of true broccoli.

That’s why partnering those flavors with sweet butter, aromatic garlic and nutty parmesan works so well. When I make this for my boys, there’s never a speck of green left.

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Pearled Couscous Salad With Wilted Kale, Garlic And Crushed Red Pepper

The next time you're deciding between rice and pasta, opt for pearl couscous instead! It’s an easy and affordable option that brightens up any dinner table. I prefer pearl couscous to regular couscous because the larger "pearls" (actually balls of toasted semolina) create a more rewarding bite.

I used tri-color couscous for this recipe (mostly because I thought it was pretty), but you can use regular pearl couscous if you want.

The best part about this salad is that it’s simple to prepare yet boasts the gourmet essence of garlic, oregano, and basil. A simple red wine vinaigrette blends all the flavors together.

Serve the salad as side dish for grilled and roasted meats, fish and poultry, or turn it into a vegetarian main dish by adding grilled tofu and toasted almonds or walnuts.

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Refresh Your Breakfast With These Amazing Homemade Pancake Recipes

At their most basic, pancakes are a magical combination of milk, eggs, and flour given a quick cooking over high heat in a pan. Variations on pancakes show up all over the world -- from the crepes of France to potato Latkes to savory Johnny Cakes.

Infinitely versatile, pancakes make a great meal any time of day. This collection of recipes from our friends will give you plenty of options: Try topping them with berries or whipped cream, or adding peanut butter, fruit, or special jams and preserves to make a truly unique and delicious meal.

*These recipes are sorted by time tags (both prep and cook). Click on the tab to find the one you need.

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Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes With Homemade Strawberry Syrup
Via growingupherbal.com
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​​Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes With Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Ditch boxed pancake mixes for something tastier and healthier with this Fluffy Ricotta Pancake and Strawberry Syrup recipe.

Not only are these pancakes light and fluffy, but they're higher in protein and free of processed sugar, making them healthier than traditional pancake recipes.

Make Saturday morning breakfast something your family looks forward to again!

For Happy Pancake Day
Via michael84.co.uk
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​​​Happy Pancake Day

Here's my recipe for making pancakes which I have been using since I was young. It has all the basic ingredients for making pancakes, and makes very simple but delicious pancakes.

Many people eat their pancakes sweet, I prefer savoury and use H.P. Brown sauce, a traditional British sauce as a topping which is quite unique.

Homemade Pancakes
Via pikalily.com
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​Homemade Pancakes

There's something very special and comforting about warm, fluffy pancakes straight from the griddle. We really enjoy pancakes as a Sunday morning treat but we have been known to indulge on a Friday night with some gooey maple syrup and rich vanilla ice-cream.

That's the great thing about these pancakes, you can enjoy them whatever way you want, and either as a sweet or savoury dish. Our favourite savoury/sweet combo is crispy bacon and maple syrup. And we recently cooked up a batch and topped them with bananas cooked in coconut rum.

Delicious! And just a tad naughty!! Hope you enjoy, Nial and Helen, pikalily.com

As easy to make as they are to eat, pancakes are always a favorite at my breakfast (or dinner) table. Needing nothing much more than a pan, a stove burner, and a bowl to mix batter in, they also make for easy cleanup after the meal is over.

Try out any of these recipes from our friends to mix up your breakfast, lunch or dinner menu at any time of the year.

The Most Delicious Homemade Fudge Recipes You Can Try This Weekend

Rich and decadent, homemade fudge is the dessert du jour for anyone with a serious sweet tooth. Whether made with chocolate alone or combined with peanut butter or marshmallows, fudge is always a holiday favorite. Made ahead of time and left to chill in the fridge, it makes for an easy-to-serve dessert with minimal cleanup.

*These recipes are sorted by time tags (both prep and cook). Click on the tab to find the one you need.

  • Under 15 Min
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Crockpot Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Cake
Via todayscreativelife.com
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Since it uses brownie mix and a slow cooker, it’s a very low-maintenance dessert.

Granny’s Peanut Butter Fudge
Via unskinnyboppy.com
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​​​Granny’s Peanut Butter Fudge
There’s plenty of butter in this recipe, so dieters beware!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Via spicedblog.com
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​Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Just make sure to give yourself enough time for the fudge to chill in the refrigerator before slicing. This fudge will be a family favorite for sure!"

If you’re looking for a sure-to-please dessert that you can prepare ahead of time, look no further than our gathering of recipes for fudge. Peanut butter makes for particularly rich and decadent fudge, but you can also opt for adding a crunch from whole nuts, or gooey sweetness from marshmallows.

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