15 Delicious One-Pan Meals For Anyone Who Hates Doing Dishes

You reduce time, but not flavor!

One Pan Honey Apple Pork with Potatoes

One Pan Honey Apple Pork with Potatoes

Recipe here.

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One Sheet Pan Mediterranean Chicken

One Sheet Pan Mediterranean Chicken

Recipe here.

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Baked Chicken Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

Baked Chicken Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

Recipe here.

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One Pan Oven Roasted Whole Branzino

One Pan Oven Roasted Whole Branzino

Recipe here.

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Tell Us The Most Emotionally Overwhelming Film You’ve Seen

“You always hurt the one you love…the one you shouldn’t hurt at all.” –Blue Valentine

Movies can be a great way to relax and escape reality for a few hours, especially when they’re silly and light-hearted.

Movies can be a great way to relax and escape reality for a few hours, especially when they're silly and light-hearted.

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But, every once in awhile, a movie comes along that does more than that. I’m talking about those films that hit you right where it hurts: Your emotions.

But, every once in awhile, a movie comes along that does more than that. I'm talking about those films that hit you right where it hurts: Your emotions.

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Perhaps you cried happy tears after watching the heart-warming bond between Carl and Russel grow as they adventure to Paradise Falls together in Up (2009).

Perhaps you cried happy tears after watching the heart-warming bond between Carl and Russel grow as they adventure to Paradise Falls together in Up (2009).

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A Twitter Bot For Handclap Emoji Tweets Had To Shut Down Because It Became Racist

On Twitter, there’s a convention of adding the handclap emoji between each word for added emphasis. Imagine it done out loud, with a clap for each word: the effect is like a preschool teacher yelling at a child who doesn’t listen, or a cheerleader rah-rah-ing a statement. Like this:

The convention has been a meme for a few years, which means it’s permuted into various levels of irony. Like this:

Serena Parr, a graduate student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, came up with the idea for a bot that would retweet emoji handclap tweets as a class project a few weeks ago. Since the handclaps are used for something you’re saying with conviction, Parr thought it would be amusing to see a feed of people’s most emphatic opinions, both serious and silly.

The first challenge was searching for these tweets. Normally, you can’t search emojis on Twitter, so Parr turned to a tool made by Matthew Rothenberg for his very fun website Emoji Tracker, which shows you real-time emoji use on Twitter. With a little bit of coding magic, the bot was made and launched in mid-January. She called it @lol_yelling.

And then, the inevitable and obvious thing happened. Much like Tay, the Microsoft Twitter bot that quickly became a Neo Nazi, within just two days, @lol_yelling took on the tenor of the rest of the cesspool of Twitter.

Parr wasn’t naive to the fact Twitter is often full of harassment and abuse, and she deleted her own personal account recently. “It was making me feel bad and miserable about the world,” she told me. She built into her bot a word filter to block out offensive language. But racism on Twitter isn’t just tweets that use the n-word. Ideologically racist stuff, like someone insisting that reverse racism is real or arguing that MLK’s “I have a dream” speech is bad because black people also owned slaves, kept getting through Parr’s filter. It was the kind of stuff that wouldn’t necessarily get someone banned, but is offensive to a reasonable person.

“If you click on these profiles, they’d retweet the most vile, racist, disgusting things. It was a strange glimpse into how this part of Twitter works,” Parr said. “There’s also really bad images and memes that would never get caught by a racist word filter.”

Less than five full days after it was created, Parr deactivated the bot, because she didn’t want to have to keep filtering out the bad tweets. She was keenly aware that the handclap emoji convention started in Black Twitter – the fact that it’s become so widespread that racists are using it makes the whole thing even more ironic and sad.

The bot isn’t doing any more retweets, but its account is still up, in case you want to enjoy it as a living monument to the fact that Twitter ruins everything .

11 Smart Meal-Prep Tips That Pro Chefs Want You To Know

Faster and more delicious meal prep with the pros.

Design: Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed. Photos: James Ransom / Food52 A New Way to Dinner / Ten Speed Press.

For lots of us, weekly meal prep just might be the answer. But anyone who’s tried it knows how boring it can be to open your container on Thursday night and face the same food yet again.

But Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, pro chefs and founders of Food52, have it down to an art. They wrote a book, A New Way to Dinner, packed with fully formed weekly meal plans that won’t leave you bored. Here are some of their best tips for making meal prep work in real life.

Before you start, think of the big picture – and organize everything you need first.

Before you start, think of the big picture - and organize everything you need first.

Whether you’re making your own meal plan or following a written recipe plan like the ones in A New Way to Dinner or even the Clean Eating Challenge, spend a bit of time before you go grocery shopping doing what you need to do to feel organized.

This might include things like:

  • Figuring out which nights you’re going to eat at home.
  • Reading your recipes all the way through ahead of time (especially if you’re following a plan like the cookbook or challenge, or if it’s the first time you’re cooking a recipe).
  • Writing down any modifications you want to make to your recipes directly on the recipes (or on sticky notes), and adjusting the grocery list appropriately.
  • Washing all of the dishes that you’re going to need to use to cook and store your prepped ingredients, and putting them away where you can find them.
  • Checking your “pantry staples” to make sure you’re stocked with all the basic ingredients that your recipes call for that week.
  • Once you’re done with grocery shopping, washing all of your produce at once so it’s clean and ready when you need it.

James Ransom / Food52 A New Way to Dinner / Ten Speed Press

Don’t be afraid to take shortcuts.

Don't be afraid to take shortcuts.

Remember, meal prep can take as much (or as little) time as you want it to – and there’s no shame in shortcuts. Buy the sausage instead of making it, use your favorite premade salad dressing instead of mixing it yourself, get the bag of preshredded Brussels sprouts if you feel like it’s worth the splurge, skip making dessert entirely and just buy a carton of your favorite ice cream. Amanda and Merrill frequently suggest shortcuts that you can feel good about taking, even if you don’t know much about cooking.

Of course, if you’re following a plan that’s based on a certain amount of protein or calories, making substitutions or replacements will probably alter the final nutritional measurements. Same goes if you’re on a budget – for example, opting for the precut bell peppers can be more expensive than buying the whole peppers. The key is to look at the price per unit; learn more about that here.

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