Easy chicken recipes for busy weeknights
Weeknights can be a stressful and busy time. Between working, keeping your children busy with fun activities and learning new skills of your own, it can be hard to figure out what to cook. While there are plenty of quick dishes you can whip up, here are easy options that incorporate a crowd-pleasing protein: chicken. 2/36 SLIDES © Courtesy of the National Chicken Council Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs Peaches are a great fruit for grilling. For a sweet spin on kabobs, skewer chunks of peaches that will hold up well and taste delicious once off the grill with some marinated chicken.
If you went a little overboard at the farmer’s market, or picked way too many berries at a U-Pick farm, or even have blueberry bushes in your garden, you may find this time of year that their bounty is overwhelming. At least that’s what I hear—I live in a Brooklyn apartment with no outdoor space to put a grill, let alone a blueberry bush. But every summer, a friend in Maryland ends up with so many blueberries that she calls me for advice. After you’ve exhausted all the usual routes—blueberry muffins, freezing giant bags of blueberries, making blueberry popsicles, giving them away to blueberry-less neighbors—what on earth do you do with all that fruit? This year I have a good answer for her: Make this one-bowl blueberry cake.
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In the summer, I particularly appreciate the kind of baked goods that only dirty up one bowl, and this is one of those. Well, two bowls if you use another to make the glaze, but that’s optional. The cake itself uses ingredients you likely already have and comes together very quickly. Since the recipe uses oil, you don’t even need to spend time creaming butter. You basically just combine everything but the blueberries with a hand mixer, and then fold in 1¾ cups of blueberries into the batter. Scrape all that into a loaf pan and bake for an hour and 15 minutes. The hardest part of the whole thing is convincing yourself to turn on the oven in the summer, but the payoff makes it worth it.
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Once your cake is baked, you can put together an easy citrus glaze to pour over the top. That’s another quick situation. You just combine powdered sugar, milk, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl with a whisk. Pour it over the cake once it’s had time to cool—otherwise, the glaze will melt and roll off hot cake, leaving you with cake in a puddle of glaze. That’s it. You did it. You made the cake.
You can use the same basic formula if you happen to have other berries on hand. I imagine this would be wonderful with blackberries or chopped up strawberries. Once you’ve got the hang of the basic one-bowl batter, you can experiment with whatever berry you have too much of, whether that’s from your backyard or the supermarket.
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On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study of COVID-19 patients.The study focused on the activities they participated in and interactions they had before getting COVID-19.Whether they'd visited a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop was the biggest factor in those who tested positive.Exposures and activities where mask use and social distancing are difficult to maintain, including going to places that offer on-site eating or drinking, might be important risk factors for acquiring COVID-19, Study Authors.The CDC did acknowledge that there are limitations to this study.The "I went to a restaurant" option didn't differentiate between indoor or outdoor.Bars and coffee shops were combined into one category, despite the fact that they "might represent different exposures.".