Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

Grilled Chicken Tacos With Mango

Grilled Chicken Tacos With Mango

Yep. Grilled chicken tacos with mango. Prepare to be astounded. (What? Perhaps you were expecting a humdrum weeknight dinner?)

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

An easy, light, spring-inspired riff on traditional risotto that still manages to maintain all the rich, indulgent, creamy goodness of the Italian classic.

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  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Easy Smashed Potatoes

Easy Smashed Potatoes

Kid friendly. Adult approved. Gluten-free. Vegan. Awesome for entertaining. And even awesomer for when you want to stand at the stove and inhale carbs straight from the baking sheet.

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  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
Brownie Pie | Tar Heel Pie

Tar Heel Pie | Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich and gooey chocolate brownie pie is crazy easy to make—and just as easy to make disappear.

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  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

Easy, healthy, scrumptious, simple, vegan, and done in an hour.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 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
Clay pot filled with Vietnamese caramel chicken pieces and cilantro on a wooden table

Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

Vietnamese caramel chicken is an easy weeknight dinner that tastes authentic as heck even if you don’t use a clay pot when you make it. Sorta like dessert for dinner.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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 folks are saying about this gumbo.

  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 4
Apricot Galette

Apricot Galette

This perfectly imperfect galette is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And yet to guests its equally impressive. Do the math.

  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
White Bean Dip

White Bean Dip

Essentially a milder, smoother, creamier, awesome-r riff on traditional hummus, this white bean dip is gonna make you like eating healthy.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Tofu Adobo

Tofu Adobo

If you’re not already familiar with the sorta-but-not-too-fiery sauce known as adobo, trust us, you’re going to want to slather it on everything. Even tofu.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 0
Tahini Cookies 

Tahini Cookies

Chewy and nutty and salty and subtly sweet and guaranteed to be a little more exotic than any other cookie you’ve ever had. Also gluten-free as well as dairy-free and egg-free and, yes, paleo-friendly.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 7
Banana Bread

Banana Bread

A superlative version of the classic American quick bread that everyone loves.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 72