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29 Leap Year Foods

Every four revolutions around the sun, we're gifted with a leap year and a whole extra day to add to our calendars! What better way to spend it than chowing down on some delicious dishes?
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Steak Your Claim

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Pepper Steak

SmokyRibs

A very quick and easy recipe packed with great Asian flavors and best served with rice.

Superfood Spread

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Delicata Squash with Dried Cranberries and Quinoa

Lemons and Basil

This Delicata Squash with Dried Cranberries and Quinoa makes for a healthy, easy lunch on its own or a lovely addition to a hearty spread!

Best Breakfasts

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Zucchini Walnut Cake

Joyous Health

This cake doesn't need to be saved for special occasions; you can enjoy it for breakfast to start your day! It's healthy, full of fiber, and doesn't spike your blood sugar the way baked goods with wheat or white flour can. And it's gluten-free too!

Low Maintenance

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Low-Maintenance Risotto with Crimini Mushrooms

Chef'd

We get it...constantly stirring risotto is not high on your list of priorities. You have emails to send, homework to help with and Netflix shows to binge-watch, for crying out loud. Your time is precious, so we’re here to help. All you have to do is keep an eye on the pot.

Healthy Helping

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit Salsa

Chef'd

Restaurants tend to serve breaded, deep-fried, and heavily sauced versions of this dish, but it can actually be quite light. Naturally gluten-free corn tortillas save on carbs, while the citrusy salsa is a bright topper for crunchy cabbage and flaky white fish.

Flavor Blast

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Sesame Plum Marinated Vegetables and Soba Noodles

Thrive Market

A cool, light, refreshing weeknight dinner for the family. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Brownie Points

PEANUT-FREEFISH-FREE

Brownie Batter Protein Overnight Oats

Happily Hughes

Breakfast or dessert? This recipe combines the best of both worlds. After all, who doesn't want a healthy brownie?

Two Heads are Better than One

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Clean Eating Cabbage Soup

Lemons and Basil

This detox Cabbage Soup is loaded with all sorts of veggies, black beans, and tons of yummy seasonings!

Spice of Life

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Kheema with Peas

Feed Me Phoebe

The list of spices in any Indian recipe might seem intimidating at first, but once you’ve invested in your rack, these homey dishes are fairly easy to throw together.

Auber-Genius

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Grilled Eggplant with Sumac, Capers, and Mint

Feed Me Phoebe

This Grilled Eggplant recipe is full of flavor from sumac, capers, and mint. The slices can be served as a side or on a sandwich.

Summer Lovin'

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Heirloom Cattle Bean Summer Salad

Ful-Filled

Simple, seasonal, and fresh, this Heirloom Cattle Bean Summer Salad was born from a stroll through the farmers market. The petite green beans, the vibrant cherry tomatoes, and the fresh fennel bulb with gorgeous fronds of greens--every ingredient just feels right.

Super Salad

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Salmon Goat Cheese Warm Greens Salad

Cotter Crunch

This warm greens salad with smoked salmon and goat cheese will satisfy your tastebuds and nourish your body! It's low-carb, packed full of healthy fats and protein, and topped with whipped goat cheese!

Seafood Delight

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Trout Filet with Apple Mostardo and Collard Greens

PeachDish

Delicious South Carolina Trout Filets topped with fresh apple mostardo and served with a side of garlicky collard greens.

Lighten Up

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Zucchini Fettuccine and Cauliflower Alfredo

Lemons and Basil

This lightened-up fettuccine Alfredo is gluten-free, grain-free, and could easily be dairy-free, all while maintaining the flavor of your favorite creamy Alfredo sauce!

Indian Flavor

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Spicy Green Chutney

Candid Appetite

This recipe will make the best Indian green chutney you have ever tasted. The sesame seeds, fresh coconut, and groundnuts provide incredible flavor!

On a Roll

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Mango and Shrimp Summer Rolls

Pickled Plum

These Summer Rolls are filled with plenty of vegetables instead of rice noodles for a delicious and healthy low-fat snack!

Find Your Bliss

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Cranberry Bliss Bites

Live Eat Learn

These Cranberry Bliss Bites can be made in just five minutes with all easy to find, natural ingredients. Sweet, zingy, and so addictive!

Get Sloppy

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Picadillo Sloppy Joes

Comfy Cuisine

A new twist on an old favorite!

Show Stopper

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Crispy Scallions and Sweet Chili Dressing

Feed Me Phoebe

This Massaged Kale Salad has it all: tender greens, sweet squash, crispy scallions, and a tangy, spicy dressing that offsets the roasted veggies. It's a perfect show stopper fall side that you can make in advance.

Breakfast or Dinner

PEANUT-FREEFISH-FREE

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

Lemons and Basil

This Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Filling can easily work as dessert, yet is healthy enough for breakfast!

Noodling Around

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Shanghai Char Jiang Noodles 上海炸酱面

Huang Kitchen

A simple but flavorful dish that is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients, making it the perfect meal to prepare for lazy nights and busy afternoons! Perfectly chewy noodles with a rich, deeply flavored meat sauce.

You Can Stew It

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Beef Stew

Rachel Redlaw

This is food that practically gives you a hug as you eat it, a real proper comfort dish!

Waffle-y Delicious

TREE NUT-FREEFISH-FREE

BBQ Pulled Pork Waffles

Pressure Cook Recipes

The buttery waffle is crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Stuffed with creamy cheese bits and smoky BBQ pulled pork, these sweet and savory waffles are delicious until the very last bite!

Na-cho Typical Nachos

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Vegetarian Barbeque Jackfruit Nachos

Lemons and Basil

As the jackfruit, seasonings, and sauce smolder, its mild flavor transforms into a perfect, smoky meat impersonator. The rest of this dish comes together with ease. Simply layer a bed of crisp tortilla chips with the BBQ jackfruit, then top with a generous layer of cheese, and you have the perfect base for all your favorite nacho toppings.

Nice Buns

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Bison Burgers with Drunken Onions

Vodka & Biscuits

Juicy bison burgers with Colby Jack cheese, topped with sweet and spicy whiskey-glazed onions, fresh field greens, and toasted buns.

Put A Wing On It

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

General Tso’s Wings

How to BBQ Right

General Tso’s Wings are excellent on the smoker, and wings are the perfect foundation for experimenting with different types of flavor.

Steakhouse Star

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Classic Pan-Seared Steak

SideChef

Rich, hearty, and oh-so-delicious. This steakhouse star can be made in your kitchen in just a few minutes.

Sugar Plum Fairy

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Plums in Vegan Balsamic Syrup with Blueberries

Al Dente Gourmet

You can serve these fragrant plums over mozzarella cheese with walnuts, with ricotta or mascarpone cheese, over pancakes, alongside plain yogurt, or even with chocolate ice cream!

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