Leftovers make tasty Spinach and Feta Burgers

This Dec. 29, 2017 photo shows a spinach and feta burger with a cucumber yogurt sauce in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Leftovers! Some folks love them, others happily scrape them into the trash. Me, I’m on the love team. Leftovers speak to me. I’d always rather start a meal with a fridge full of tasty bits of this and that than have to confront a blank canvas of raw ingredients. This recipe tackles one particular challenge: how to repurpose leftover cooked chops, steaks, or roasts.

Shrimp paired with pineapple brings elegance

This Dec. 26, 2017 photo shows shrimp and pineapple skewers in Bethesda, Md. A super easy go-to recipe, which uses easy pantry ingredients, you can even use canned pineapple, to create something that still feels high-end. (Melissa daArabian via AP)

After all the cooking and shopping that the holidays inspire us to do, I’m looking forward to pulling out some easy recipes that use pantry ingredients that I keep on hand. One of my favorite items to keep in the freezer is frozen shrimp.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes are simple to make

This Jan. 1, 2018 photo shows cauliflower mashed potatoes, bottom right, in New York. Not only is this purée tasty, smooth, and light, it’s also the perfect vehicle for any sauce…just like mashed potatoes. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Let’s say you’ve resolved to eat healthier in the New Year, but find yourself tripped up over and over again by your unconquerable yen for food that’s rich and delicious. And let’s also say that one of your favorite dishes is mashed potatoes.

Grain bowl built on healthy, filling ingredients

This Dec. 8, 2017 photo shows a Korean grain bowl in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Every New Year, lots of us resolve to lose weight. And every year, lots of us fail. The problem? We go from eating too much food, much of it unhealthy, to eating very little of anything. But after starving ourselves for a while, many of us return to our old habits and regain the weight.

Chopped Winter Salad

This November 2017 photo shows a chopped winter salad in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)

How often do we read some article about how meaningful it is to cook with the seasons? But winter can test those good intentions.

Smoky lentil soup gets depth, flavor without meat

This Dec. 18, 2017 photo shows lentil soup in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Rich bean soups are classic winter comfort food. They are filling, healthy, and inexpensive, making them a worthy addition to the menu rotation. The downside to dried bean cookery is the time it takes to soak and then cook beans. Canned beans are a reasonable substitute, although they cost more than three times the price of their dried, bagged counterparts.

Dried fruits and cognac shine as a fruit compote

This undated photo by chef Elizabeth Karmel shows a dried fruit compote. Fruit compote, also known as stewed fruit, is a combination of dried plums, apricots, cherries and a tiny bit of minced crystallized ginger, that stays good in the refrigerator for a very long time. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

Fruit compote — or stewed fruit — is an old-fashioned thing that seems just right for right now.



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