• These fritters get a nice crispy crust while maintaining a softer noodly texture on the inside, which is bursting with fresh scallion flavor. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes 1 (3-ounce) package instant ramen noodles, broken into...

  • Do you know those people that can’t help but turn each bite of pasta into a garlic bread sandwich? In their honor, we decided to combine the two. YIELD 10–12 slices ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 5 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes 1 (11-ounce) package...

  • We’re keeping this quick and easy by using a seasoning packet of sloppy joe mix. Wanna know what do to do with leftovers? Try the Braided Sloppy Joe Pasta Loaf. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR mild PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 4 hours 8 ounces...

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    This dish is on the mild side, but feel free to amp it up by sprinkling in ghost pepper powder or adding your favorite hot sauce to the cheese sauce. But before you go all spice-crazy, try this without added heat; the truffle butter and...

  • You can find the CP staff at one of our go-to lunch spots, oh, about once a week. We all have a weakness for the spicy place, but our web designer, Rima Jean, has taken it to a new level and learned to make their...

  • Traditionally, sesame chicken is battered, fried, cooked in a sugary sauce, and then served over a pile of white rice. While it might taste delicious, it’s a nutritional nightmare. The good news is that you can get those flavors at home with less work and...

  • This soup calls for  lentil pasta, which looks and eats like regular pasta but has that lentil flavor to add heartiness and depth. Plus, it’s packed with protein for some serious staying power. Yield 6–8 servings Zest Factor Mild Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time...

  • We’re using regular ole elbow macaroni, but our cheese sauce actually contains a hidden healthy ingredient: butternut squash. And as a bonus, because we love you, we’re adding decadent lobster. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR medium PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes 1...

  • Crushed ramen noodles add an extra crunch to these tenders—similar to the ever-popular pretzel-crusted chicken. And because the ramen comes with a seasoning packet, you can add less of the other spices you’d normally add to the flour. YIELD 4 servings   ZEST FACTOR Hot...

  • A spiced-to-the-max salsa verde teams up with roasted cherry tomatoes and corn to give this pasta dish a cool, smoky depth that finishes with bright and zesty notes. This will leave you wondering why you haven’t tried this before! YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Hot...