Elizabeth and Lena Alvarez, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Elizabeth and Lena Alvarez has tested.

A bowl of pasta with avocado sauce, toasted flaked almonds and a handful of arugula on top.

Pasta With Avocado Sauce

Seriously delicious. And guess what else? This pasta with avocado sauce is also pretty darn healthy. Good-for-you comfort food that we actually want to eat? Definitely one of our favorite things.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
A white bowl filled with brodo di pollo on a wooden surface with a fork and spoon beside the bowl.

Brodo di Pollo ~ Italian Chicken Soup

Brodo di pollo is, in essence, Italian chicken soup. And it’s a strong contender for the most soothing chicken noodle soup anywhere. Made by nonnas everywhere.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 8
Four bottles of natural food coloring in different shades.

How To Make Natural Food Coloring

At last, after literally years of searching, we have the perfect DIY natural food coloring recipe. No preservatives. No artificial coloring. No monumental price tag.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 124
A pot roast with potatoes and vegetables on a decorative platter with a serving fork on the platter and a napkin on the side.

Easy Pot Roast, Potatoes, and Vegetables

This classic, hearty, homey dish—just like something your grandma used to make but better—is an ideal one-pot meat-and-potatoes meal. Includes oven as well as slow cooker instructions.

  • (5)
  • 30 M
  • 4 H
  • 25
Five orange ginger chicken thighs on a wire rack.

Orange Ginger Chicken

This is sooooo not the gloppy orange chicken that’s an Americanized riff on Chinese food that comes in a white box. Sooooo not.

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  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 10 M
  • 0
A peach berry sonker in a square baking dish with one serving missing.

Peach Berry Sonker

That’s right. Sonker. And it’s the simple yet unforgettable fruit dessert–sorta like pie meets cobbler—that you’ve been missing your entire life.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 2
Four glasses of different flavored almond milk.

Flavored Almond Milk

Your morning glass of almond milk just got a heck of a lot more compelling. Ostentatious even. And it takes all of a minute. Maybe even less.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
Three coconut popsicles in a dish filled with ice.

Coconut Popsicles

We dubbed these lovelies “stealthy healthy” cuz they’re creamy, satiating, unadulterated loveliness would never lead you to believe they’re actually healthy.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 16
A serving of cucumber and onion salad being lifted from a serving bowl with silver salad tongs.

Cucumber and Onion Salad

Blissfully simple. Outrightly old-fashioned. Sigh-inducingly cooling. Even righteously healthy. Say hello to your latest summer obsession.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 4
A purple plum torte with dripping juice on a baking pan, all on a cooling wrap

Plum Torte

One taste and you’ll understand why this is the most popular recipe from The New York Times. A new American classic.

  • (13)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 56