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The Friday Buzz: What We Make for Lunch


Welcome to The Friday Buzz, our roundup of all good things, good advice, good feelings. It’s the happy hour of blog posts! Up this week: Easy Lunches!

Friday is here, and for a lot of us that means we are planning our menus to get ready to go grocery shopping over the weekend. I’m pretty good about having breakfast foods on hand and planning out dinners, but I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy lunch ideas that take zero brainpower to make.

So, I thought I’d ask The Simply Team to share their go-to lunches, and here’s what they had to say!

OUR FAVE QUICK LUNCHES

  • It’s a Wrap! Andy’s go-to lunch is a chicken wrap made from a whole wheat tortilla, ranch dressing (he does a homemade non-dairy ranch, but you could do your own version), spinach, precooked chicken, and craisins.
  • Think Big! Emma loves to make big batches of something (anything, really!) that she can reheat throughout the week. Her two recent favorites are: Frittata made with chicken sausage and all the leftover vegetables from the weekend, and Beet and Barley Salad with a poached egg on top.
  • Oodles of Noodles: Summer likes to make our Thai Noodle Salad and eat it throughout the week. (It makes a lot!) She also likes sautéed peppers and onions with an egg on top.
  • Avo-Toast! Megan turns to avocado toast with an egg on top or some sort of egg scramble with a whole wheat tortilla.
  • Smash It! Cambria often smashes chickpeas on a piece of Ezekiel bread with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Simple and delicious!

What are some of your go-to quick and easy lunches?

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READER COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Man in the North left a comment that warmed our heart and souls on our Egg Drop Soup.

I followed the recipe, with a few substitutions that turned out great. My fiance is sick and when she tasted this soup, her whole day changed and lifted her spirits. We both agreed it’s the best egg drop soup we have ever had. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it meant more than you can imagine.

Watch out, Chicken Noodle Soup. Looks like I’ll be making Egg Drop Soup the next time I get sick!


18 Easy Lunches You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

Lunch gets a bad wrap: Breakfast holds the title for most important meal of the day, and we pull out all the stops for dinner. But what about lunch? It's time we stop neglecting lunch and start treating it with the respect it deserves &mdash it's the meal that gives us the mid-day boost we need to keep going. You don't have to spend your Sundays meal-prepping to have healthy and satisfying lunches throughout the week. These quick and easy lunches are ready in 20 minutes or less and require no more than five ingredients. So stop with the sad PB&Js already! Keep reading for 18 easy lunches you can make in 20 minutes or less.


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Stephanie Cartin, Social Media Expert + Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur at heart, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career in 2012 to follow her passion to launch Socialfly, a leading social-first digital and influencer marketing agency based in New York City. Socialfly has since blossomed to over 30 full-time employees and has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies two years in a row. The agency has worked with over 200 well-known brands including Girl Scouts, WeTV, Conair, Nest Fragrances, 20th Century Fox and Univision. Stephanie is the co-host of the Entreprenista Podcast and co-author of Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide to Using Social Media To Grow Your Business. She is also a recent recipient of the SmartCEO Brava award, which recognizes the top female CEOs in New York and a Stevie Award for Women Run Workplace of the Year.

Kristina Ross, Content Creator + Social Media Whiz

Kristina Makes #Content is a social media ✨funtrepreneur✨, creative strategist, and public speaker for all things Internet related. Four years as a magazine editor and producer/copywriter in the world of advertising (Mercedes, Cancer Research, French Kiss Records), Kristina packed her bags and decided to go remote with social media as she saw a booming industry. Since then, she built @thefabstory from 10k to 1m followers in just 18 months and now specializes in creative strategies behind social media advertising and user acquisition. Her campaigns have levelled apps from the top 50 into #1 in their app store categories overnight. Kristina's work and experiences have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global and has given several talks at Harvard Business School on the big bad world of #content.

A.V. Perkins, Selfmade Alum and Creator of AVdoeswhat

A.V. is a DIY expert and creator of Avdoeswhat.com. What began as a traditional Do-It-Yourself blog has grown into a lifestyle platform that includes crafts, upcycled furniture and pop culture. As a digital host for HGTV Handmade, along with appearances in Bustle, The Pioneer Woman, and BuzzFeed, A.V. is determined to help thrifty millennials realize "Life is better when you Do-It-Yourself!" A.V. is also the co-creator of University of Dope, an exciting thought-provoking card game that celebrates Hip Hop culture.The first of its kind.

David Mesfin, Creative Director + Brand Expert

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Salmon is the ever reliable crowd-pleaser of the seafood family, making it a solid option for your holiday centerpiece. Plus, the 3-minute honey mustard sauce is a useful seafood go-with to keep in your back pocket for future ventures.


30 Simple Seafood and Meat-Free Meals to Eat on Good Friday

As we head into Easter, these easy dishes will help us remember the day.

Easter is, of course, about much more than just bunnies and eggs. And for those of us who have been celebrating the entire season of Lent, it's especially important to remember Good Friday, when Christians around the world commemorate Jesus's greatest sacrifice. Whether you are celebrating with prayers and fasting, with church services, or simply by abstaining from any meat-based meals (whether that means fish, or going full-on vegetarian), it's appropriate to treat the day with solemnity before moving on to celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In that spirit, we're here to help you. You can learn a little bit about the history of Good Friday, and how it's been celebrated through the ages. And if you're unsure of what to make, or what is appropriate to cook, we've got a long list of ideas from our site and from around the web. These are our favorite dishes to make and eat on Good Friday&mdashsome involve fish or seafood, which has been a classic choice for Christians on Fridays during Lent for hundreds of years. Others are completely meat-free, which is not only a good sacrifice, but also a healthy choice.

But most importantly, these choices are also relatively simple and easy to make. After all, commemorating Good Friday isn't about celebrating. (We'll do that on Easter, when we're decorating, painting eggs, and hiding baskets for the young ones.) It's about remembering, and being thankful.


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&ldquoThis Baked Potato Bar is the perfect solution. Just prep your toppings earlier in the day, store in the fridge, then serve up with some hot potatoes for an easy meal. It works for a small crowd (like your family) or a big one (like the whole swim team).&rdquo
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Starting your own business can feel isolating without a network of women to bounce off ideas, ask questions, and cheer you on along the way. Enter Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week highly-interactive virtual course that brings together top female entrepreneurs to teach you how to build a new business — from business plan to promotion — or grow your existing one.

The best part? Selfmade now provides one-on-one mentoring with successful entrepreneurs who've been where you are right now and who care about making a difference for women in business. They include business owners, founders, VCs, and subject-matter experts in industries such as finance, advertising, marketing, licensing, fashion, and media.

Our summer mentorship program will feature a host of new mentors we're excited to connect you with, including:

Linda Xu, Entrepreneur and E-Commerce Expert

Linda is the co-founder and chief growth officer at Cart.com, a Series-A e-commerce technology platform that partners with brands to help them grow. Linda served as head of growth at Sitari Ventures where she oversaw strategy and operations. She has acquired and advised tech and consumer companies as a private equity investor at global firms including The Riverside Company and Lazard. Additionally, Linda spent a brief stint on the team launching Uber Freight. She loves all things food and plants.

Stephanie Cartin, Social Media Expert + Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur at heart, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career in 2012 to follow her passion to launch Socialfly, a leading social-first digital and influencer marketing agency based in New York City. Socialfly has since blossomed to over 30 full-time employees and has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies two years in a row. The agency has worked with over 200 well-known brands including Girl Scouts, WeTV, Conair, Nest Fragrances, 20th Century Fox and Univision. Stephanie is the co-host of the Entreprenista Podcast and co-author of Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide to Using Social Media To Grow Your Business. She is also a recent recipient of the SmartCEO Brava award, which recognizes the top female CEOs in New York and a Stevie Award for Women Run Workplace of the Year.

Kristina Ross, Content Creator + Social Media Whiz

Kristina Makes #Content is a social media ✨funtrepreneur✨, creative strategist, and public speaker for all things Internet related. Four years as a magazine editor and producer/copywriter in the world of advertising (Mercedes, Cancer Research, French Kiss Records), Kristina packed her bags and decided to go remote with social media as she saw a booming industry. Since then, she built @thefabstory from 10k to 1m followers in just 18 months and now specializes in creative strategies behind social media advertising and user acquisition. Her campaigns have levelled apps from the top 50 into #1 in their app store categories overnight. Kristina's work and experiences have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global and has given several talks at Harvard Business School on the big bad world of #content.

A.V. Perkins, Selfmade Alum and Creator of AVdoeswhat

A.V. is a DIY expert and creator of Avdoeswhat.com. What began as a traditional Do-It-Yourself blog has grown into a lifestyle platform that includes crafts, upcycled furniture and pop culture. As a digital host for HGTV Handmade, along with appearances in Bustle, The Pioneer Woman, and BuzzFeed, A.V. is determined to help thrifty millennials realize "Life is better when you Do-It-Yourself!" A.V. is also the co-creator of University of Dope, an exciting thought-provoking card game that celebrates Hip Hop culture.The first of its kind.

David Mesfin, Creative Director + Brand Expert

David is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director with award-winning integrated campaign background, including the Super Bowl, FIFA, NFL, and global launch campaign. He has created global partnerships to increase brand awareness through traditional, digital, social, and experimental marketing campaigns, collaborating with C-suite leaders from Genesis, Hyundai, Honda, Sony, Adidas, Oakley, Toyota, Neutrogena, Land more to communicate their company's vision through creative and marketing. He has earned awards from Cannes, One Show, Clio, Webby, EFFIE, Communication Arts, Google Creative Sandbox, OC and LA ADDY, DIGIDAY, TED | Ads Worth Spreading, American Advertising Federation, FWA, The A-List Hollywood Awards, IAB Mixx, and Graphis.

Jasmine Plouffe, Brand Strategist

Jasmin is a brand strategist/graphic designer who helps female entrepreneurs attract their dream customers by sharing their story and taking their branding and graphic design to a whole new level.

Plus, our Selfmade Alum will be there to guide you along the way! Go from feeling alone to feeling deeply connected to a community of like-minded women. Our professional business and career coaches will encourage you to take the next step toward your biz goals via weekly Accountability Pods. Students will have access to a wide community of like-minded entrepreneurs, including experts, founders, future business partners, freelancers, and more.

This summer, Selfmade coaches include Niki Shamdasani, co-founder and CEO of Sani, a South Asian-inspired fashion brand Emily Merrell, founder and chief networking officer of female-focused networking organization Six Degrees Society Dr. Annie Vovan, whose career spans the corporate world, non-profit space, and service-based and e-commerce businesses and Cachet Prescott, a business mindset coach and strategist.

Ready to take your business idea to the next level? Enroll in Selfmade Summer session today!


Friday Night Dinners

You might think calling for takeout is easy, but these recipes are actually easier. Kick off the weekend with meals your family will love and you won't mind making — it's that simple.

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Southwest Quesadilla with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

Easily up your failsafe quesadilla game with this 5-star recipe. Sauteed peppers, onions and corn meld with creamy refried beans and melty cheese for irresistible golden-brown wedges. Dip 'em into the cool sour cream sauce, spiked with lime, to balance the heat of the pepper Jack cheese.

Sloppy Joes

You've worked all week the last thing you need to do tonight is "work" in the kitchen. Behold 5-star sloppy joes that come together in one skillet. Brown the meat, then throw in the rest of the ingredients. No one will ever know this hearty meal required such little effort.

Chicken Parm Pizza

When chicken Parm meets pizza, it's a match made in heaven. Store-bought pizza dough helps this dinner come together in under 40 minutes (quicker than you can get delivery). Invite the kids into the kitchen to shape the dough and top the pies for a family-friendly feast from start to finish.

Stuffed Turkey Burgers

These three-ingredient burgers will have you surprising everyone at the table. Not only will you have the burgers on the table in 20 super fast minutes, but they're also hiding a tasty secret: sweet roasted red peppers and melty mozzarella.

Shrimp Scampi

Follow Ree's lead and spice things up in the kitchen tonight. She gives her buttery and garlicky shrimp scampi an unexpected dose of flavor with hot sauce &mdash and she does it all in 16 minutes.

Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Dinner

Armed with one trusty sheet pan, you can throw together a classic dish of sausage and peppers without much effort at all. Everything roasts on the same pan, which means you can sit back and relax while the oven does all the work.

15-Minute Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Chipotle Slaw

When it comes to serving a dinner that's guaranteed to please everyone at the table, a make-your-own bar is the way to go. In this case, we're talking tacos. Use prepared chipotle mayonnaise, precut coleslaw mix and canned beans &mdash ultimate timesavers.

Smoked Gouda and Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Cheese

To make a perfect grilled cheese, you simply cannot use any ol' cheese you find in the fridge. Pair smoked Gouda with deli Muenster for unmatched flavor and the greatest cheese pull potential.

Beef and Black Bean Sliders

Stretch a protein (and your dollar) with these flavorful sliders. Adding black beans to the ground beef means you can easily feed four and use only a half-pound of meat. And, thanks to their size, the mini burgers cook up in just a few minutes.

2-Ingredient Pizza Dough

Truly anyone can make this beyond-simple dough. Mix together self-rising flour and Greek yogurt, then knead and roll out. Voila! You have homemade pizza dough ready for your favorite toppings.

Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Chicken

Grab a rotisserie chicken on the way home and have a full meal &mdash protein, starch and veggies &mdash on the table in just 25 minutes. Cooking the frozen shelled edamame along with the noodles saves you from washing an extra pot, and the little soybeans add a nice pop of texture and color to the finished dish.

15-Minute Indian Curry with Chicken and Peas

We believe there's a good reason "curry" rhymes with "hurry." Chicken tenders need only a few minutes to cook in a flavorful sauce spiced with garam masala and curry powder. Serve it with store-bought naan or over fragrant basmati rice.

Chile-Rubbed Steak with Creamed Corn

A quick spice blend of chili powder, sugar, salt and pepper goes a long way in flavoring flank steak. Pair the meat with this stovetop creamed corn &mdash made simply with frozen corn, an onion, chopped peppers and evaporated milk &mdash for an impressive looking (and tasting) meal that'll set you back only 35 minutes.

Quick Shells and Cheese

That kid-favorite boxed mac and cheese has nothing on this 16-minute recipe from Ree Drummond. Get her secret to making the creamiest cheese sauce, then amaze your little ones. Just be prepared: The kids will ask for this again and again.

15-Minute Grilled Skirt Steak with Pesto Butter

Skirt steak, a super flavorful and quick-cooking cut of beef, is the star of this 15-minute dinner. Topped with a two-ingredient pesto butter and served with grilled asparagus, this dish is doable on even the busiest weeknight.

15-Minute Broiled Salmon and Broccoli

This easy sheet pan dinner comes together in practically no time thanks to an oft-forgotten workhorse of the kitchen: the broiler. Its high heat creates perfectly charred broccoli florets and cooks the salmon quickly. And don't worry about the fish overcooking &mdash the creamy Dijon sauce ensures sure that won't happen.


25. Fall Harvest Protein And Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

Fall harvest protein dinner is an excellent meal that will satisfy your craving for fall flavors. It’s chock full of wholesome ingredients too! Change things up midweek and go from enjoying chicken to tofu. However, you can make this meal with only one type of protein if you prefer one over the other. Some of the other wholesome ingredients include sweet potato, brussels sprouts, red onion, dried cranberries, and pecans.

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