Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Lou Ann Traster has tested.

A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what we’re hearing about this.

  • (3)
  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 8
A bowl of Instant Pot lentil soup, with a person cutting a slice of artisan bread in the background.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Inexpensive everyday ingredients become incredibly satiating and comforting with very little effort. You know, in that rustic French home cooking sorta way.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Two halved grilled cheese with onion jam on a wooden cutting board alongside a dish of onion jam and a butter knife.

Grilled Cheese with Onion Jam

Up your grilled cheese game with this riff on the classic that plays loose and easy with Cheddar, chutney, and caramelized onions.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 8
Four individual mushroom wellingtons with spinach and walnuts on a squares of parchment paper.

Mushroom Wellingtons with Spinach

Yep. Vegan wellingtons. For Thanksgiving. But also for a random Thursday night. Because once a year is certainly not enough. And you can even make ’em ahead of time.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 4
A baked pear galette on a white surface.

Pear Galette

Less fussy than a pie. With a charmingly and endearingly imperfect appearance that’s an ease to toss together. And a spare sweetness that’s easy on the hips. You’re welcome.

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  • 35 M
  • 2 H, 30 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
Six chicken caesar salad skewers on a white plate with leaves of red and green romaine and two lemon wedges.

Chicken Caesar Salad Skewers

These subtly flavored chicken skewers deconstruct the classic into separate, simple, spectacular components in weeknight-friendly fashion.

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  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
A white bowl filled with peach, burrata, and basil salad.

Peach, Burrata, and Basil Salad

Peachy keen takes on new meaning with this lovely little stunner of a starter or, if you’re like us and have a hard time restraining yourself, your entire supper. Loveliness personified.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 4
A cooked apricot galette on a piece of parchment paper with a metal spatula beside it.

Apricot Galette

This rustic galette can be charmingly misshapen yet still loses none of its appeal—and is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And yet to guests it’s just as impressive. Pretty easy math.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
An overhead view of a glass of blueberry kale smoothie with a straw and some blueberries and kale scattered around the glass.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Tastes like “bananas and blueberries and creamy icy summertime.” That’s what folks are saying about this spectacularly simple smoothie that has made converts of even avowed kale loathers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2