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Sample recipes from The Simpler the Better: Sensational One-Dish Meals

Mexican Chicken Soup with Tortillas

Every country in the world must have its own favorite chicken soup, and this one represents the Mexican contingent. It’s chunky with corn...

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Chopped Cobb Salad with Roquefort Dressing

Here are the basic elements of the famous Cobb salad, put together in a slightly different way. Instead of crumbled blue cheese as a com...

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Chicken Breasts with Pancetta and Sage

Boneless chicken breasts are wrapped in thin slices of pancetta, the Italian unsmoked bacon, with sage leaves tucked in between. Then th...

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Tuna, Sun-Dried Tomato, and White Bean Salad

Salads like this one often grace the antipasti table at Italy’s trattorias, where it is served as an appetizing first course. The beans ...

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Spiced Lamb with Dried Cherries in Acorn Squash

Inspired by the flavors of the Middle East, this meal comes in its own edible container. Acorn squash takes time to cook through. If you...

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Baked Shrimp with Scallions, Tomatoes, and Feta

When dinner needs to be on the table fast, you can rely on this colorful and flavorful dish. You have the option of spooning the shrimp ...

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Pesto Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

Mashed potato–topped shepherd’s pie is usually made from ground meat, but it’s the topping that gets my attention. Who doesn’t love mash...

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Ginger Beef and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Asian stir-fries are easy to pull off, as long as you have prepared all of the ingredients before you get cooking. And with a minimum of...

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Chicken, Basil, and Peanut Stir-Fry

Thai cooking has bright flavors, but you don’t really need to get authentic ingredients to create a spicy stir-fry in that cooking’s tra...

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Chicken-Mushroom Fricassee with Tarragon

Fricassée conjures up images of old-fashioned boardinghouse meals and matronly cooks in gingham aprons, but this quick version of the fa...

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Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry with Creamy Pesto Sauce

When it comes to stir-fries, think outside of the box, as this Asian cooking method can be applied to Western flavors with great success...

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Tuscan Beef Stew

Italian cooks are famous for cooking creatively and deliciously with a handful of ingredients. This stew is typical of Tuscany, where ma...

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Braised Pork Pot Roast and Red Cabbage

Beef doesn’t have a corner on the pot roast market. This braised pork roast is smothered in sweet-and-sour red cabbage and simmered to j...

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Provencal Veal Stew

Herbes de Provence lend their perfume to this lovely stew. The bones in the veal neck flavor the cooking liquid, making the use of addit...

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Grilled Lemony Chicken with Asparagus

With a bit of forethought, you can get an entire meal off of the grill. One trick is to heap the coals into a bank, giving hot and coole...

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Green Beans and Greens Soup

This simple rustic soup is made up of green beans, chard, and potato that all turn tender and soft once the soup is ready to eat. Underl...

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Crisp Crusted Flounder

Kids will like these golden, crisp fish fillets. Because flounder is often so thin, it can overcook easily. The best trick I know to avo...

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