Za'atar, a mixture of herbs traditionally used in Middle Eastern cooking, takes this braised chicken recipe from basic to brilliant. Add French green lentils, chopped carrots, and green olives to make it a one-pot meal.
Potatoes beware, asparagus are dressing up as French fries. Thanks to a beer batter and hot oil, the green stalks are golden and crispy. Lemon aioli makes great dipping sauce and there are three seasoning options depending on what mood you are in.
Our take on the iconic Chinese takeout dish swaps out the beef for pork tenderloin -- it's tasty, tender, and affordable. Hone the technique by cooking each ingredient separately over super-high heat, then combining, and you can apply it to all kinds of vegetables and proteins.