Put down that packet of premade stir-fry sauce, and prepare to give the classic quick-and-easy dinner a healthy and tasty update. Stir-fries are the perfect quick fix meal: adaptable, easy, and full of fresh ingredients; you only need a few minutes and a wok to get one of these on the table for dinner. If you rely on the same old recipe time and time again, allow us to inspire you to try something new and a little more exciting. From recipes based on Chinese classics to tasty satay sauces, and even some veggie and tofu delights, we’ve rounded up 17 of the most delicious stir-fry recipes. May you never order a takeaway again!
Oreo fans have long anticipated the arrival of the My Oreo Creation contest winners announced last year, and the wait is finally over! Cherry Cola, Kettle Corn, and Piña Colada Oreos officially hit shelves beginning on April 30, so prepare to make some room in your shopping cart for a
nonessential necessary purchase.
Like the true Oreo enthusiasts we are, POPSUGAR editors happily tasted all of the flavors ahead of the launch so that we could determine which ones to vouch for. Each flavor is wildly distinct from the next – seriously, props to the people who submitted these creative ideas – and you’re sure to find a favorite quickly. Personally, I’m obsessed with the not-too-sweet Kettle Corn flavor that uses an intriguing ingredient to evoke the flavor of popcorn (my all-time favorite snack!).
Oreo received hundreds of thousands of ideas for the My Oreo Creation contest, and these are the lucky three that have become available to the public. To choose the final winner, you can vote for your must-have flavor (or flavors) from April 30 through June 30. You’ll have to put your own taste buds to the test, but read ahead to see what we discovered after our thorough investigation.
If you’ve ever dealt with an ant invasion, you know how disgusting they are and how much of a pain it is to get rid of them. It’s like having an unwanted house party; somehow word gets out and things quickly get out of control. Thankfully, ants are a little easier to kick out than stubborn guests and even easier to lure and trap. Thanks to a simple DIY from the book Natural Solutions For Cleaning & Wellness, you can get a hold of your ant problem without using chemicals or toxins.
All you need is two household ingredients: baking soda and powdered sugar. Put a tablespoon of each onto a lid or saucer – the sweetness from the sugar attracts them while the baking soda kills them. Voila! You’ve got yourself a homemade ant trap.
For many travelers, a country’s personality is synonymous with that of its capital city. But, just as any Spaniard can explain that Madrid barely skims the surface of all that Spain has to offer, and any American can promise that the US is hardly defined by the likes of Washington DC, it’s safe to say that the UK is so much more than London.
From castles on hills and sweeping sea views to booming port cities and donkey sanctuaries (yes, really) – here’s a look at 10 cities across the UK that everyone should visit at least once . . . including all Brits!
It doesn’t matter where you live – a cozy city apartment, a beachside bungalow, a modest single-family home in the suburbs – part of adulting means having a designated place to put your Rosé, martini fixings, and whiskey on display. And you know what? We argue that it’s a really fun part of adulting! We’ve rounded up an assortment of bar carts that range from mid-century modern to farmhouse chic and industrial, with the most expensive being just under $275 and the majority coming in under $150.
It’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with veggie noodles, aka zoodles, spaghetti squash, or other spiralized vegetables posing as “carbs.” But one ingredient that’s guaranteed to turn you into a convert and make you forget all about the carbs you’re missing is cheese. And lots of it. Because when there’s so much melty cheese covering up the rest of the dish, you’ll forget you’re eating vegetables and feel like you’re indulging, even though you’re still eating a lightened-up meal. To ease your transition into the world of vegetable “pasta,” try the following 21 recipes that don’t skimp on the cheese or the flavor.
It may sound like a stretch to call this carbonara-inspired pasta “Italian mac and cheese,” but hear me out. Carbonara sauce is creamy, cheesy, and garlicky, attributes you’ll usually find in a bowl of the classic American dish. If the carbonara is made without cured pork and tossed with elbow noodles – as I did here – then can’t one call it mac and cheese?
Still have reservations about making it yourself? If you’re squeamish about mixing raw egg into the noodles, there’s no need to fret! The heat and steam from the pasta will cook the eggs. Just be sure to transfer the pasta into a separate bowl; otherwise, you’ll end up with carbonara that has a clotted, scrambled eggy texture.
Work quickly. Make sure the sauce components are ready to combine with the freshly cooked noodles. It’s important that the noodles are piping hot, so the egg cooks and the cheese melts.
- 1 pound dry elbow macaroni noodles
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup parmigiano-reggiano, grated, plus more for serving
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Black pepper, freshly ground
- 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, chopped
- Fill a large pot with water. Bring it to a boil, then liberally salt it until it tastes like ocean water. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions, or until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Transfer pasta to a large bowl.
- Meanwhile, beat the eggs and parmesan together in a small bowl and set aside. In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- To drained pasta, toss in garlic/oil mixture, then pour in egg/cheese mixture, stirring quickly until the eggs thicken and turn opaque. Thin out the sauce with reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary. Season with ground black pepper and salt. Garnish with parsley and more parmesan.
- Pasta, Main Dishes
- Serves 4
- Cook Time
- 20 minutes
Did you know you should be cleaning your coffee pot every month? Not just to get out old coffee grounds, but also because your coffee maker may have mold growing in it. Yep, mold. One study found that around half of classic coffee makers had mold and yeast growing in their reservoirs, and about one in 10 has coliform bacteria in them. Coffee also contains oils that leave dark marks on the coffee pot and can clog up the drip. Luckily, there’s a household supply you already have on hand that can help efficiently clean your coffee maker: vinegar!
If you’re tired of waking up to a grungy coffee pot and you want to avoid growth of mold, try this easy and eco-friendly cleaning solution that leaves your machine so clean, resulting in a better (safer) cup of joe. Here’s what to do.
- Fill the water chamber of the coffee pot with equal parts water and plain white distilled vinegar. Vinegar is a natural cleaner that breaks up oily buildup and cleans coffee residue. Turn on the brew cycle, and then turn off halfway through.
- Let the vinegar and water sit for an hour, giving it time to steam-clean the coffee maker. After one hour, turn on the brew cycle and allow the vinegar and water to continue to go through the drip cycle.
- Run three quick cycles of water through the coffee maker, and give the coffee pot a quick wipe-down. Now you’re ready for a fresh cup of coffee!
What perks come with spending a good amount of your life in the air? Free upgrades and a robust knowledge of travel hacks. Frequent flyers know how to pack, how to get through the airport seamlessly, and how to have the best in-flight experience. It’s how they survive.
As you plan your next trip, you can steal these secrets. We have tips from Virgin America flight attendants, the editor in chief of The Points Guy, and even a man who has visited every country on earth. And as someone who travels the world with airline miles myself, I’ve mixed in some of my own secrets. Read up before you head out.