Elizabeth and Lena Alvarez, Recipe Tester

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

Glass jar with a cold and flu drink with a cinnamon stick, a spoon with ginger

Cold and Flu Elixir

Made with honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cayenne, this sweet sipper is incomparably better than those blechy-tasting, over-priced, store-bought, brand-name cold medicines.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
Paleo Hot Cocoa Recipe

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

Rich, creamy, and divine. It also just happens to be paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, and adult-approved.

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  • 15 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
Kale Pesto Recipe

Kale Pesto

Yes, kale pesto. It’s easy and healthy and folks are calling it one of the best pestos they’ve ever experienced. Maybe you should see what all the fuss is about.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus

Beet hummus. Extraordinary to look at. Extraordinary to taste. Extraordinarily healthful. And super extraordinarily simple to toss together.

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  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
Brown Rice and Quinoa Porridge Recipe

Brown Rice and Quinoa Porridge

This may sound rather frighteningly hippie. We understand. Rest assured, it’s actually a lovely oatmeal alternative that works magnificently with your most tried-and-true hot cereal stir-ins and sprinkle-ons.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Hummus Recipe

Homemade Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Real hummus tastes like nothing but hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 20
Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

Simple Roast Chicken

As its name implies, this simple roast hen ridiculously easy and turns out a superlative bird with shatteringly crisp skin and surprisingly juicy meat. No surprise that it’s the same technique that Thomas Keller uses.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
Cantaloupe Agua Fresca Recipe

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Normally we have an issue with people talking fresh to us. But in the case of these agua frescas, or fresh flavored waters, we’re all ears.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 8
Asian Chicken Salad Recipe

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian chicken salad with bok choy and oranges and cashews helps you say so long to the same old boring chicken on salad greens. And it’s on the table in less time than it takes to get takeout.

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  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Strawberry Hibiscus Punch Recipe

Strawberry Punch

A summer party essential. You just may not have realized this yet. One sip and you’ll understand. (It’s nonalcoholic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something to fix that.)

  • 5 M
  • 7 M
  • 2
Black Sesame Ice Cream Recipe

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Despite being vegan and dairy-free (it’s made with coconut milk), this black sesame ice cream is still exceptionally creamy and boasts a beguiling taste. You sorta gotta experience it for yourself.

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  • 40 M
  • 4 H
  • 2
Apple Cider Vinaigrette Recipe

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This slightly sweet, subtly tangy, entirely apple-y vinaigrette recipe is going to come in far more handy than you can ever imagine.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
Homemade Dish Soap

Homemade Dish Soap

This natural alternative to fancy liquid dish soap is inexpensive, effective, and gentle on hands. Doesn’t get much more practical than that.