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    21 Things To Cook, Eat & Drink In June

    Two words: Watermelon margaritas.


    June is one of the best food (and drink!) months of the entire year.

    Below you'll find some of our favorite ways to put all of its seasonal eats to use: from 20-minute pastas, to versatile sides, to shortcut sangrias — plus vegetarian, vegan, and low-carb options. What are you cooking this month? Tell us in the comments!

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    1. Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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    You’ve probably got the main sauce ingredients — soy sauce and Sriracha (or sambal) — in your kitchen already. Extra hungry? Ditch the lettuce, serve over rice, and top with a fried egg.

    Recipe: Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    2. 15-Minute Lemon Garlic Salmon and Asparagus

    This dish goes from prep to plate in no time — and everything cooks in one pan.

    Recipe: 15-Minute Lemon Garlic Salmon and Asparagus

    3. Easiest Shortcut Sangria

    Three steps: Muddle berries, add liquor and wine, top with club soda. (Since you make these by the glass, they’re perfect if you’re trying to use up the last of a bottle!)

    Recipe: Easiest Shortcut Sangria

    Besides the fresh peaches, the best part of this is the topping. It bakes up almost like cookie dough — with crunchy sugar broiled on top.

    Recipe: Peach Cobbler

    5. Lemon Garlic Pasta

    This version uses campanelle, but any short-shaped pasta — like orecchiette, cavatappi, or macaroni — would work.

    Recipe: Lemon Garlic Pasta

    6. Low Carb Oven-Baked Zucchini Boats

    Topped with tomato sauce, mushrooms, peppers, and turkey sausage. (But you can use whatever meat and veggies you have on hand!)

    Recipe: Low Carb Oven-Baked Zucchini Boats

    7. Instant Pot Strawberry Compote

    Only three ingredients needed here — and there’s no added sugar. Make a big batch and use it to top waffles, pancakes, or your favorite dessert.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Strawberry Compote

    8. Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken

    These cook super quickly in a skillet — but you can also fire them up on the grill. Recipe: Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken

    9. Vegan Blueberry Muffins

    These ditch the dairy but still bake up super fluffy and flavorful.

    Recipe: Vegan Blueberry Muffins

    10. Gem Wedge Salad With Homemade Herb Dressing

    The dressing doubles as a great veggie dip for your next BBQ.

    Recipe: Gem Wedge Salad with Homemade Herb Dressing

    11. Easiest Watermelon Margaritas

    These ditch the traditional liqueur and go straight for the watermelon + tequila + lime combo. And TBH? They’re even better that way.

    Recipe: Easiest Watermelon Margaritas

    12. Lemony Beet Hummus

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    This comes together in just a few seconds in the food processor. (And fair warning? It’s so good that you’ll probably never go back to regular hummus again.)

    Recipe: Lemony Beet Hummus

    13. Family-Style Sheet Pan Taco Night

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    Just pile chopped veggies and seasoned flank steak onto a sheet tray, then pop foil-wrapped tortillas in at the end to warm them through.

    Recipe: Family-Style Sheet Pan Taco Night

    14. Salty-Sweet Watermelon With Cotija, Chili Powder, and Lime

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    Inspired by esquites — or Mexican street corn salad — this simple side is equal parts tangy, spicy, and sweet.

    Recipe: Salty-Sweet Watermelon with Cotija, Chili Powder, and Lime

    15. Marinated Chickpeas

    Spicy, garlicky, and the perfect side for just about anything you’re cooking this season.

    Recipe: Marinated Chickpeas

    16. Strawberry-Balsamic Toast With Greek Yogurt

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    Protein-packed Greek yogurt is the perfect base for whatever seasonal summer fruit — strawberries, blackberries, peaches — you’ve got on hand.

    Recipe: Strawberry-Balsamic Toast with Greek Yogurt

    17. Goat Cheese Frittata With Fresh Arugula

    Meet your new favorite Sunday breakfast.

    Recipe: Goat Cheese Frittata with Fresh Arugula

    18. No-Cook Caprese Pasta Salad


    Super easy to assemble — and travels well!

    Recipe: Caprese Pasta Salad

    19. Balsamic Chicken Salad With Watermelon

    With tangy balsamic, creamy goat cheese, and fresh, in-season watermelon.

    Recipe: Balsamic Chicken Salad with Watermelon

    21. Silky Instant Pot Cheesecake With Cherries

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    There are two types of Instant Pot owners: The ones who already *know* that IP cheesecake is the best dessert you can make in it. And the ones who will learn that eventually.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cheesecake with Cherries