Cooking Is the Only Thing That Helps Me Meditate

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to share tips and ideas for a more stress-free dinnertime. Blue Apron’s easy-to-follow recipes are designed for a range of eaters, from vegetarians to conscientious carnivores, and they take care of the meal planning and…

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to share tips and ideas for a more stress-free dinnertime. Blue Apron’s easy-to-follow recipes are designed for a range of eaters, from vegetarians to conscientious carnivores, and they take care of the meal planning and grocery shopping for you. For a limited time, they're taking the relaxation one step further by partnering with Calm for three free months of Calm Premium when you sign up for Blue Apron.


I’m bad at meditating. Like, really bad. I’ve tried a handful of times over the years without success, always distracted by a noise or a thought or a to-do list that I can’t seem to shake. Some would argue that these distractions are exactly why I should keep at it, but I’ve found my own solution for finding a moment of calm: cooking. The rhythmic rocking of my knife on the cutting board, the steam wafting towards my face as I stir the mirepoix, the gentle ticking of the kitchen timer—these things bring me calm like no amount of sitting-in-place ever could.

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7 Low-Effort Ways to Reduce Everyday Food Waste at Home

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive is desig…

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive is designed to minimize waste, with only the ingredients you need and packaging that can be reused or recycled.


New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. But there’s one resolution (or if you prefer, intention) that might be a bit easier to stick with, since it’ll help you save money and food—all while doing something good for the environment, too: reducing food waste at home.

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5 Time-Saving Ways to Get Dinner on the Table Fast

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron’s top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and bey…

We've teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron's top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and beyond.


Peak holiday season is almost here—and you know what that means: From the launch of seasonal beverages to nonstop holiday movie marathons to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it’s practically impossible not to get in the spirit of the season.

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9 Gift Ideas for the Meal-Prepping Pro in Your Life

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron’s top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and bey…

We've teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron's top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and beyond.


I've always wanted to be the type of person who meal preps on a regular basis—batch-cooking grains and vegetables to mix and match throughout the week, freezing soups and casseroles for a heat-and-eat dinner, you get the picture. Though I may not have achieved meal prep superstar status yet, there are people on my holiday shopping list this year who definitely have, and maybe you know some, too.

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7 Meal-Planning Tips for the Busy School Season

We’ve teamed up with Albertsons Companies to share our top grocery-shopping tips and tricks to get you through the busy school season—and beyond. Up first: smart ideas for simplifying breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between with help from F…

We’ve teamed up with Albertsons Companies to share our top grocery-shopping tips and tricks to get you through the busy school season—and beyond. Up first: smart ideas for simplifying breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between with help from FreshPass™, a handy grocery subscription program with perks like unlimited free delivery, a $5 monthly credit for annual subscribers, and a VIP customer service line you can reach any time. Want to give it a test run? Start your free 30-day trial right here.


The start of September always brings with it an element of excitement—and busy schedules. There’s the changing seasons, anticipation of the holidays to come, and for parents, it means that school is fully in swing. With the uncertainty of the last year and a half, this normally hectic time has an added layer of stress. The one thing that doesn’t have to be? Meal time.

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How to Transform Leftover Potatoes into Shiny New Dinners

As a single person who loves to cook, there are many a week where I eat the same dish over and over (and over) again. But as much as I love leftovers (especially leftover potatoes), I also love variety. To balance affordability and flavor fatigue, I tu…

As a single person who loves to cook, there are many a week where I eat the same dish over and over (and over) again. But as much as I love leftovers (especially leftover potatoes), I also love variety. To balance affordability and flavor fatigue, I turn to dishes that transform into entirely new meals with just a few extra ingredients.

I hardly need to tell you, but hearty, humble potatoes are leftover superstars. From mashed to baked, roasted to boiled, potatoes transition into solid foundations for salads, soups, patties, and casseroles. With a little bit of planning, potatoes can fill you up all week long. Here are some of my favorite ways to reuse spuds.

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10 Cold, Quick Noodle Salads for the Hungry, Hurried & Hot

If I could, I’d eat a bowl of cold noodle salad every noon and night till the fall winds cometh.

Noodles are the softest, squiggliest landing pads for a variety of summer vegetables (not to mention all sorts of cubed cheeses and salty fridge accessori…

If I could, I'd eat a bowl of cold noodle salad every noon and night till the fall winds cometh.

Noodles are the softest, squiggliest landing pads for a variety of summer vegetables (not to mention all sorts of cubed cheeses and salty fridge accessories, like capers, olives, and anchovies). Add a heap of noodles to July tomatoes slicked with olive oil and suddenly, you've got a meal, not a snack. (Add a spoonful of chili paste and suddenly, you're a little chef.)

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How to Boil Chicken—to Put Toward So Many Good Meals

It’s hard to beat the convenience of boiled chicken. Sure, it can’t compete with the crackly crunch of fried, the golden schmaltz of roasted, the smoky char of grilled. But! Its swift preparation, snappy ingredient list, and meal prep prowess are secon…

It’s hard to beat the convenience of boiled chicken. Sure, it can’t compete with the crackly crunch of fried, the golden schmaltz of roasted, the smoky char of grilled. But! Its swift preparation, snappy ingredient list, and meal prep prowess are second to none. So let’s boil some chicken today and pat ourselves on the back tomorrow.

Which Chicken Cut Works Best?

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The path of least resistance for white meat superfans—no bones to pick around or skin to remove. Put toward celery-studded chicken salad or extra-cheesy baked ziti.

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How to Turn One Box of Groceries Into a Week’s Worth of Meals

Our friends at Imperfect Foods are reimagining grocery delivery. Their mission: to eliminate food waste and build a kinder, less wasteful world. So we’re sharing smart recipes and meal-planning tips that make the most of their grocery delivery offering…

Our friends at Imperfect Foods are reimagining grocery delivery. Their mission: to eliminate food waste and build a kinder, less wasteful world. So we're sharing smart recipes and meal-planning tips that make the most of their grocery delivery offerings—from the wide variety of produce to their budget-friendly pantry goods, like pasta, grains, and coffee (pro tip: Don't toss those used grounds!).


It’s become more and more common for all of us to ship everything straight to our doorsteps, especially during these times. There are definitely some silver linings to this shift: It’s convenient, safe, and has created a new daily highlight of checking for deliveries.

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What to Do With Ingredients That Are About to Go Bad

In the past week alone, grocery shopping has become enormously complicated. Maybe you aren’t able to leave home right now, or the nearest supermarket is all but stripped clean, or your go-to online delivery service has no available slots. In any case, …

In the past week alone, grocery shopping has become enormously complicated. Maybe you aren’t able to leave home right now, or the nearest supermarket is all but stripped clean, or your go-to online delivery service has no available slots. In any case, the food that’s already in your fridge is precious. Today, we’ll break down how to make the most of it.


First Things First

The good news is, “almost everything freezes well,” according to Marion Cunningham in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. This goes for raw foods and prepared meals. That said, there are some foods that don’t hold up well. Here’s Cunningham’s don’t-freeze list:

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