Elizabeth and Lena Alvarez, Recipe Tester

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

White bowl with quinoa chili, red kidney beans, tomatoes, black beans, chopped avocado, grated, cheese, tortilla chips, a black spoon

Quinoa Chili

A vegetarian’s delight. Quinoa, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, and garlic are cooked in a broth infused with chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and unsweetened cocoa.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 3
Jar filled with spinach almond pesto with a spoon sticking out, on marble

Spinach Almond Pesto

A milder alternative to the classic basil pine nut pesto, this requires just toss spinach, roasted almonds, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor and buzz until smooth. Ten minutes and you’re done.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Brown Soda Bread

Brown Soda Bread

We guarantee you’re going to feel Irish when you sit down and savor a slice of this brown soda bread. Consider it your birthright.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Plastic container or North African chicken soup with shredded chicken, ras el hanout, couscous, and preserved lemon

North African Chicken Soup

We wish we always had a stash of this chicken soup recipe in the fridge to take to lunch as a soothing respite in the day.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Two bowls filled with tortellini, peas, and spinach.

Easy Tortellini Soup

A quick and simple weeknight recipe made with store-bought tortellini, spinach, and chicken broth. Super simple and perfect for the entire family.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
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

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

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

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

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

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

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