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Magic Pretzels

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What's magic about these pretzels? How fast they disappear. The recipe is easy for little ones to help with, and makes for great holiday gifts.

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Peanut Butter & Strawberry Bars

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The flavors of peanut butter and jelly with fresh strawberries makes these bars a favorite snack. The kids love helping with stirring and pressing the base into the pan and slicing strawberries with plastic knives. These are also good with a little chocolate drizzled over the top for extra flavor.

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Turkey Nachos

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Think dinner on a chip. "Leftover cooked vegetables" is not in the ingredients list as I'm not officially recommending that you sneak them in. That's because I'm a friend to children. Even if I happen to know for a fact that kids will never, ever notice that finely chopped broccoli has been stirred into the black beans. You didn't hear it from me.

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Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

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Cook chicken tenders quickly on the grill and top with pesto made with cilantro and sesame seeds for a zesty, speedy dinner. Serve with: Quinoa and grilled asparagus.

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Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

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Grilled teriyaki chicken with pineapple can be made with just a few pantry staples. Although it’s delicious when made with canned pineapple, fresh pineapple and its juice can easily be used in its place.

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Tortilla Soup

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Here’s a version of chicken tortilla soup that’s both super-easy and delicious. To make it even quicker, use crumbled baked tortilla chips in place of the homemade tortilla strips and skip Steps 1-2.

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole

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Lightly grilled escarole combined with tangy tomato vinaigrette makes an irresistible accompaniment to juicy beef tenderloin. Serve with: Grilled baguette.

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Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad

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Pureed berries give the tangy wine vinegar dressing a creamy texture that gently clings to the lettuce and fruit. This is a salad to enjoy when fresh berries are in the market.

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Tilapia Corn Chowder

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This light soup is a great way to slip fresh corn (and tilapia, of course!) into your late-summer menu. Make it a meal: Enjoy with a mixed green salad and oyster crackers.

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Beef Tataki

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Tataki is a typical Japanese preparation in which beef or fish is seared on the outside, left very rare inside, thinly sliced and served with a citrusy soy sauce. We cook the beef to medium-rare here, so it retains plenty of...

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