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Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

This hearty, comforting Instant Pot Black Bean Soup tastes like it’s simmered for hours. But the layers of rich flavor develop quickly and easily in your pressure cooker! Perfect for weeknight dinners on busy evenings or cozy, effortless weekend meals … and it even freezes beautifully so you can make it ahead, too. (with Vegan/Vegetarian options)

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23 Easy Christmas Appetizers

These Easy Christmas Appetizers will help make your busy life a little simpler at the holidays. So many great ideas to choose from! But all of these munchies come together quickly (most in under 15 minutes) … and many can even be made ahead. Relax, make things EASY for yourself, and give yourself permission to enjoy the holidays with less stress this year!

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Christmas Tree Dip

This Christmas Tree Dip is a party headliner. Layers of scrumptious, bold Mediterranean flavors make it addictive … and its cute holiday “tree” shape makes it the centerpiece of any buffet. But, luckily, it’s quick and easy to whip up. (We’re talking 10 minutes here – seriously!) So, you definitely won’t mind when everyone requests that you make it year after year!

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Mint Chocolate Fudge (Christmas Fudge)

This super-easy Mint Chocolate Fudge will definitely put the holly-jolly in your holidays. It’s deeply chocolate-y, with a kiss of festive mint. And, it’s all prettied-up with an optional {but highly recommended} decorative swirl. Sensational for Christmas … but trust me on this … you’ll want to try my hack for keeping a little stockpile of “freezer fudge” for chocolate emergencies all year long, too!

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Cranberry Salsa

This unique, festive Cranberry Salsa slashes the amount of sugar many other recipes use to tame the tart cranberries. Instead, succulent pineapple adds an ingenious, sweet counterpoint and a tropical, salsa-y flair. So quick and easy – a perfect, guilt-free holiday appetizer!

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Pecans and Hot Honey

Love ordering Roasted Brussel Sprouts in restaurants? Luckily, they’re super easy to make at home, too! I’ve got simple tips to make sure yours roast up beautifully, every time. And then, the simple addition of cranberries, pecans, and a drizzle of sweet-and-spicy honey will make your perfectly oven roasted Brussels sprouts … totally irresistible!

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Sauteed Cabbage with Brown Butter and Walnuts

This 3-ingredient Sautéed Cabbage recipe is truly special, mingled with lusciously rich browned butter and crunchy walnuts. It’s super fast and easy, too, since the cabbage is cooked very quickly, to ensure it stays lively and fresh-tasting. Great for everyday dinners, yet memorable enough for holidays!