Though it does call for a large, shallow pan, once you have the right kitchen implements, paella is cheap, easy, healthy and delicious to make- perfect for dinner parties and other family-style gatherings.

You may not be able to dance salsa like a Cuban but at least you can recreate their delicious plato nacional of beans and rice!

Born out of a "meh" dinner entree, this chicken salad is fancier than most, super tasty and worthy of a members-only country club! Added plus- hold the mayo!

Break-the-blues pesto is the kick in the pants that all us of need every now and then! Delicious and easy, you can take the short-cut and still give yourself credit for crossing something off the to-do list.