Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

A kickin’ chicken taco of this caliber is not to be underestimated. Sure, this is an inexpensive, family-friendly weeknight dinner… but it’s a cool inexpensive, family-friendly weeknight dinner. Also, it’s just a ridiculously tasty recipe. For more meals like it, grab a copy of Julie Grimes’s $10 Dinners: Delicious Meals for a Family of 4 that Don’t Break the Bank.

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Instant Pot Melting Potatoes

You’ve seen the Internet-famous “melting potatoes;” now here’s how to do them in your Instant Pot—i.e. without cranking your oven up to 500°. Buttery, creamy, perfectly salty Instant Pot Melting Potatoes make for a divinely decadent celebration of potato—no cream or cheese necessary. If you want to double the recipe, you’ll need to brown your potatoes in batches, but can steam them all together. Feel free to garnish with a sprinkling of whatever herbs you desire; parsley, sage, or rosemary are all great options.

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Creamy Tomato-Vegetable Soup

The amazing thing about this rich, flavor-packed tomato soup? It’s made without using a pot. Rather than sautéing aromatics and vegetables in batches over the stove, all the components of your homemade tomato soup are roasted together on a sheet pan for deep, caramelized flavor in the oven. Just toss them in some oil on your baking sheet, pop the pan in the oven, and the majority of your hands-on work is done. Once your veggies are cooked, you simply puree everything in a blender with a bit of cream. You can pour the soup straight from the blender into serving bowls, and then all that’s left to do is dive on in. For a peak tomato soup experience, serve with a warm grilled cheese sandwich.

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Easy Black Forest Cake

Devil’s food cake layers enriched with milk chocolate and a trio of extracts are sandwiched with the simplest and most decadent stuffing of them all–ready-to-eat cheesecake filling and cherry pie filling. Capped off with fudge frosting and gooey chocolate-covered cherries, it’s a cinch to wow your guests.

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