The Minimalist: Zucchini Souffle

A savory souffle, hold the anxiety.

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3 Recipes to Change Your Life and the World

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The more we cook, the healthier we (and the planet) will be. If you already cook on a regular basis – and if you’re reading this piece chances are you do – send this article to someone who doesn’t: We’ll all be better off.

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1st Day of HTCE: Meat Loaf

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“Boiled Water”

Makes: 4 servings

Time: 20 minutes

This Mediterranean classic, as ancient and almost as simple as boiling, is the quintessential beginner’s or just- plain-basic soup. It’s one you’ll cook forever.

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2nd Day of HTCE: Meat Loaf

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Meat Loaf

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

Time: About 1 hour, largely unattended

Free-form meat loaf has several advantages over those cooked in loaf pans: It develops a lovely crust on three sides instead of just one, and the fat can run off, rather than become trapped between pan and meat. Plus it’s easy to shape by hand and always turns out in the shape you wanted. You can also shape this mixture into meatballs if you like; just bake them for about half the time.

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3rd Day of HTCE: Pad Thai

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Pad Thai

Makes: 4 servings

Time: 30 Minutes

Easy to make at home—easier than you thought, I’m sure—and better than most pad Thai you’ve had in restaurants. Just make sure you have everything on hand and prepared before you start stir-frying, because it goes pretty fast once the heat is on.

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4th Day of HTCE: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes: 3 to 4 dozen

Time: About 30 minutes

These should really be called chocolate chunk cookies because that’s what’s called for in this recipe. (The chocolate chips available in every grocery store are disappointing at best and barely chocolate at worst.) For the most delicious results, buy a bar of good-quality chocolate (any kind except unsweetened; semisweet is traditional), chop it up, and mix it into the dough.

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Raspberry Cabernet Sorbet

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It may be Winter, but frozen dessert never really goes out of season. Plus, with the holidays approaching, you might find this homemade sorbet to be an excellent choice for dinner parties. It comes together incredibly quickly, sounds (and tastes) impressive, and the flavors are bright and rich.

The recipe is somewhat nontraditional for sorbet in that it contains some dairy, although silken tofu is a good dairy-free option. I used plain fat free yogurt, which added a nice creamy texture without much of a yogurt-y taste. The cabernet is subtle but great. I needed the full 4 tablespoons of wine in order to have enough liquid to break down the berries, but you should keep scraping down the sides as you go to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed and the liquid isn’t hiding all in one place. I kept my leftovers frozen for several days, and it tasted just as good days later. Feel free to get creative with the fruit – I’d try this recipe with blackberries, cherries, or a mix of berries, but you could also replace the wine with water and try pineapple, mango, or essentially any other fruit.

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5th Day of HTCE: Five-Minute Drizzle Sauce

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Five-Minute Drizzle Sauce

Makes: 4 servings (1/2cup)

Time: 5 minutes

Nothing could be easier or more versatile. All you have to do is boil some pasta or rice or broil a piece of chicken or fish, then get this going while it cooks. I’ll start you off with the base recipe—a kind of warm vinaigrette—and a handful of variations, but no doubt you’ll soon come up with even more ideas.

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6th Day of HTCE: Chicken Adobo

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Chicken Adobo

Makes: 4 servings

Time: About 11/4hours

This Philippine classic has been called the best chicken dish in the world by a number of my friends and readers. It is cooked in liquid first, then roasted, grilled, or broiled. Here, however, the initial poaching liquid is reduced to make a sauce to pass at the table for both the chicken and white rice, the natural accompaniment. The coconut milk isn’t mandatory, though it does enrich the sauce considerably.

Other protein you can use: pork chops (bone-in or boneless).

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