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22 Recipes Every Culinary Conflicted Couple Needs to Know

You like meat and potatoes but your partner wants a fresher, more interesting take on dinner. We'll show you how to make one dinner and serve it up two ways to suit you both.

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Honey Chipotle Ribs

Do ribs seem a little too heavy? For a lighter meal, shred the meat and toss it with a vinegary slaw.
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Hearty Italian Sandwiches

For a more interesting take on this Italian sandwich, mix the meat with your favorite anitpasto ingredients like roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, marinated artichokes, olives and pepperoncini.
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White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Lighten up this homey dinner (and add a little color) by mixing in roasted asparagus, shredded chicken and pimientos.
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Grilled Ribeye with Garlic Blue Cheese Mustard Sauce

Turn a steak dinner into beefy street tacos. Serve up slices of steak in mini tortillas with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and a drizzle of blue cheese sauce.
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Lemon-Dijon Pork Sheet-Pan Supper

From sheet pan supper to quinoa pork bowl, this main dish will satisfy everyone. Just cube the pork and toss it with the sweet potatoes, Brussels spouts, feta cheese, cooked quinoa and pull it all together with your favorite lemon vinaigrette.
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Pressure-Cooker Apple Balsamic Chicken

While the chicken is cooking, heat up a few pierogies in a skillet with sauteed onion and apple. Then, shred the chicken and add to the skillet for an apple balsamic pierogi chicken dinner.
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Pulled Brisket Sandwiches

While one of you enjoys this hearty sandwich, serve the other portion of shredded meat over a baked sweet potato.
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Turkey Breast with Cranberry Brown Rice

Swap a hearty turkey dinner for a gourmet sandwich. Serve turkey slices on rustic whole grain bread topped with lettuce, tomato and a spread made with mayo, horseradish and cranberry sauce.
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Southern Pork & Rice

Transform a classic pork chop dinner into a restaurant-style burrito. Just chop the pork and combine it with the rice mixture. Serve it in a warmed tortilla with spicy queso and sour cream.
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Grilled Brats with Sriracha Mayo

Serve sliced sausage on a bed of rice topped with sauteed peppers and onions. Don’t forget to drizzle with that delicious sriracha sauce!
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Tangerine Chicken Tagine

Shred this flavorful chicken and tuck it into warmed pita bread with the vegetable mixture. Add shredded Romaine for freshness and crunch.
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Texas Chili Fries

Skip the fries and toss the chili with cooked noodles and Cotija cheese. Top with sour cream and green onions for an amazing chili-mac.
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Slow-Cooker Malaysian Chicken

Turn chicken and potatoes into a noodle bowl: shred the chicken and toss with cooked rice noodles, the sauce and bean sprouts. Top with chopped fresh cilantro and peanuts and serve with a squeeze of lime.
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Sheet-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken

Swap chicken and potatoes for lemon chicken fettuccine. Just shred the chicken and toss with cooked fettuccine, your favorite Alfredo sauce and grated lemon zest for bright lemon flavor.
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Pressure-Cooker Mushroom Pork Ragout

Switch up a classic dinner option to a fun hand-held. Just slice the pork, toss it with the sauce and serve in hoagie buns. Add a slice of Provolone cheese and broil until it’s melted.
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Chicken-Cranberry Hot Dish

Swap meat and potatoes for cranberry chicken rice pilaf. Just shred the chicken and combine it with long grain and wild rice mix, dried cranberries and sauce from the recipe.
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Citrus-Herb Roast Chicken

Go from Sunday dinner to a breakfast-for-dinner hash and eggs. Cook chopped bacon in a skillet. Chop the veggies from the recipe and saute in bacon drippings. Add the bacon back to the skillet along with shredded chicken. Serve the chicken hash topped with a fried egg.
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Slow Cooker Jerked Short Ribs

Sandwich this flavorful beef between two tortillas along with chopped green onions and Monterey Jack cheese then grill until the cheese is melty. You’ll love this creative quesadilla.
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Pineapple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Create a Hawaiian pork individual pizza in a snap. Just chop the pork and toss with the pineapple sauce. Spread over an individual pre-baked pizza crust and top with shredded Swiss cheese. Add fresh cubed pineapple for extra sweetness.
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Caribbean Curried Chicken

Shred the chicken and toss with the thickened cooking juices. Serve it wrapped in flatbread topped with mango chutney.
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Pressure-Cooker Beef Brisket in Beer

Transform this meaty supper into a restaurant-style brisket grilled cheese sandwich. Try with sharp cheddar, muenster or smoked Gouda cheese. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, add sliced pear.
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Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Create a buffalo chicken salad by serving the chicken over crisp Romaine instead of on a bun. Top with sliced red onions, chopped celery, ranch dressing and crumbled blue cheese.

Peggy Woodward, RDN
Peggy is a Senior Food Editor for Taste of Home. In addition to curating recipes, she writes articles, develops recipes and is our in-house nutrition expert. She studied dietetics at the University of Illinois and completed post-graduate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Peggy has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She’s a mom, a foodie and enjoys being active in her rural Wisconsin community.