We’re not going to lie: most of us dread the week after Labor Day. While it’s not the official end of summer on the calendar (or the warm weather that comes with it), it pretty much puts the hammer on easy seasonal vacation vibes and brings us back to the reality of work, of school, schedules, obligations and the annoying question: “What am I making for dinner?”
We’re here to take at least some of the load off your shoulders with simple recipes that deliver flavor, but let you score a little extra vacation dragging yourself around the kitchen. We’re talking one-pot wonders like salty chili and Thai green curry, mouth-watering pasta topped with fresh produce, and protein-packed energy bars for when you need a midday pick-me-up or nut-free snack. at school. for kids.
To make meal planning even easier, these recipes are purchasable, meaning you can order all the ingredients you’ll need through Walmart with just a few clicks. Oh yeah, and Walmart+ Members also receive free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
What to cook this week
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t. Sure, they’re high in protein, but almonds, cashews and their buttery brethren aren’t always welcome when you have a nut allergy or aversion (or are just looking for something a little different in your energy bar). That’s why these pups are loaded with chia seeds, amaranth, and sesame seeds for a flavorful, nut-free power-up.
Cooler weather means it’s time to pull our favorite all-purpose device out of summer hibernation. Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting when it comes to this zesty, hearty white chicken chili — a make-it-and-forget supper you’ll be anxious to get home from a long day at work.
If you thought you couldn’t make curry paste from scratch (midweek, no less), think again. You’ll be able to claim every grain of merit for this veggie-rich curry, brilliant with ginger, coriander, and lemongrass. The best part? It comes together in a jar, so cleanup is a snap.
Don’t let the spectacular end of summer products go to waste. This includes bunches of tender, fragrant basil, the key to a no-cook, kid-friendly pesto. Do you really want to go green? Swap the expected pine nuts for equally delicious, brightly colored (and much cheaper) pistachios. Incidentally, the sauce freezes beautifully, so you can enjoy summer through fall.
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What’s so magical about this deceptively simple cake? As it bakes, the dough separates into three distinct layers – a creamy crust, a creamy center, and a light, angel-esque top. This cake is perfect for birthday parties or just a weekend treat.