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Beans in your beef stew make it deliciously leaner

Picture this: after a long day at the office (or at the kids’ soccer field or wherever) you turn the key to open your front door and you are greeted by the heady aroma of a steamy meaty stew. You have been richly rewarded for spending mere minutes in the morning assembling dinner in your slow cooker.

Slow cooker short ribs that are worth the trouble

Many people love the idea of a slow cooker because it seems so simple — open the pot, insert ingredients, cover the pot, turn on the heat, then leave it alone. Eight hours later, after a hard day at the office or chasing the kids, you uncover the pot and spoon out a perfectly cooked, and perfectly delicious, dinner. It’s a miracle.

Bundled in a pretty package

A stuffed chicken breast or other meat is an elegant way to change up the dinner menu. And it need not take a great deal of time. Simply prepare a filling, pound the chicken to create more surface area, spread on the filling, roll and secure.

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The perfect burger, chop chop!

I’m not going to tell you how to dress your burger. I’m not going to tell you what sort of bun to put your burger on. I’m not really even going to tell you very much about how to cook your burger.

Pollo de aceitunas tender, infused with flavor

Dear Noelle: My husband took me for a birthday dinner at Casa Cordoba, a new Spanish restaurant in Montrose, Calif. Its olive chicken was fabulous! It satisfied my husband’s preference for comfort food and mine for nuance. Can you get the recipe? I would love to know how the restaurant got the chicken so tender and so infused with flavor.

Turning your zucchini abundance into no-fry fries

What if I told you there’s a way to transform zucchini into a delicious dish resembling french fries, but without all the calories? The secret involves cutting your zucchini into fry-like sticks, then cooking them in a way that delivers that signature crunch, but without the deep-frying.