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Potlucks

The original potluck referred to a meal cooked in one pot with whatever ingredients happened to be on hand -- the luck of the pot. Today, a potluck is a delicious communal, easy-on-the-host gathering of family and friends. Turn to our recipe arsenal of casseroles, salads, desserts, and more for a guaranteed potluck crowd-pleaser.

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Break out a family favorite: tuna casserole. The traditional comfort food is great for serving large groups. In our tuna casserole recipe, we cut the sauce with chicken broth, but there's enough milk to make this casserole feel indulgent.

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You can make this beef stew in the oven or a slow cooker. Either way, in two simple steps, you will have a warming, wholesome, and wonderfully flavorful meal. Freeze individual-size servings of your beef stew, and turn leftovers into a great lunch or dinner.

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Whole-grain spaghetti gets striking color from a quick toss with pureed beets (a prime source of the phytonutrient betalain). Sun-dried tomatoes -- richer in lycopene than fresh ones -- lend the sauce a caramelized sweetness.

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Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.