10 easy recipes that make a week's worth of food

Cooking every day seems as daunting as, uh, cooking every day. Especially after work. Especially when there are other things to do. Especially since, what the heck, there's only a couple hours until bedtime (assuming you go to bed at 9:30 pm — just me?).

This is where meal planning comes in. Our advice: Make a giant batch of something (tomato sauce! braised cabbage! soy sauce eggs!) at the beginning of the week, and use throughout the week for easier, faster, and, dare we say it, better dinners.

Here are your 10 favorite recipes from this past year to cook in a batch and eat all week long:

A summer-screaming zucchini schmear and 10 ways it'll save your weeknight meals

It'll be a few months before you can make anything with zucchini, but this butter is worth the wait: soft, freckly, and ready to be tossed with pasta or even stuffed into grilled cheese.

Or any haze, really. You can use canned chickpeas if you're pinched for time (or just don't want to cook dried chickpeas).

A week's worth of buttery tomato sauce? We don't need to be told twice.

We call this "letting your slow-cooker do the work for you."

Bake a ton of quinoa and chickpea flour falafel, then expand your falafel horizons by throwing them into tacos, sliders, and fried egg-topped toast.

We have a healthy obsession with Joan's on third's curried chickpeas: the caramelized onions, the cozy spices, the bright pop of lemon and cilantro.

Cabbage isn't called King of the Crisper for nothin'.

How to Choose the Best Camera for Your Individual Needs as a Photographer

We all know that line: “You’re a photographer. What camera should I get?” It comes with being a professional photographer in any capacity. 

I first came across Snapsort quite a few years ago, but it remains as relevant to me as ever. It’s a site I find myself coming back to, be it purely out of curiosity to see how my camera stands up against newer models or for advice when I’m looking to make a new purchase. Snapsort won’t be winning awards for its website layout anytime soon, but that’s not to say it isn’t straightforward to use. Its minimal design only makes it simple to optimize the site; the first way in which to do so is by searching the market based on your budget. Using a handy slider, you can specify the amount you’re willing to spend before hitting the search button. From here, you can modify a number of variables. More of a Nikon fan? That’s fine, cut Canon from the results. Find it impractical operating a camera with just one memory card slot? Cool, there’s an option to single out models that have several.

Once you’ve narrowed it down and have a few potentials, you can head over to what I find to be the fun part: the Snapsort Compare tool. Here, you can input any two cameras and review their strengths and weaknesses side by side. It’s a tool I’ve found invaluable in eliminating cameras I initially thought right for me. First, you can compare prices, but it’s in the technical data that this tool is handiest.
Snapsort highlights the strengths of each camera, before breaking down each aspect of the two you’re comparing and pitting them side by side. 
Placing results in a table, it’s easy to compare everything from the focus to the ISO, battery life to the weight of the camera, etc. of both the models you've selected. They even go as far as breaking many of the technical aspects into percentages (“Around 10% better image quality,” “Around 40% more lenses available for this model,” and so on).

Canada is offering free admission to its national parks in 2017—here’s where to stay

Canada is offering free admission to its national parks in 2017—here’s where to stay

The new year marks the 150th celebration of Canadian Confederation, and to commemorate the country’s birthday, Parks Canada is offering free admission in 2017 to all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas in 2017 to both Canadians and travelers alike.

UPP rounded up some of Canada’s top lodges near national parks to experience the best of Canada's natural wonders while staying in luxurious accommodations.

Post Hotel & Spa, Banff National Park

Dating back to 1942, Post Hotel & Spa features 60 rooms, 29 suites, and five cabins set on the Bow River Valley in the heart of the Canadian Rockies of Banff National Park.

Nestled amidst a UNESCO World Heritage Site and minutes from Lake Louise, the area is an alpine wilderness haven where bountiful wildlife gather. As a Canadian mecca for skiing and hiking, adventure is never far away, and the Lake Louise Ski Resort is just five minutes from the hotel and under 30 minutes from Moraine Lake. In the cold months, crackling fireplaces create the perfect backdrop to the Relais & Châteaux property’s award winning restaurant and one of Canada’s largest wine cellars, with over 25,000 bottles and more than 2,200 labels.
Île Aux Perroquets Lighthouse, Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

Set atop an islet in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, Île aux Perroquets lighthouse is a not-to-miss experience in maritime Québec. Located in Côte-Nord region along the North shore of the St. Lawrence River, the islet is a nesting ground for Atlantic puffins. The birds swarm the tiny plot of land, their brightly colored beaks shining through sun beams as they circle the air.

During a stay at the lighthouse’s keeper cabins, rest easy in the ambiance of oscillating waves and cultural and natural richness. By day, enlist the expertise of a Parks Canada guide to learn more about the island’s storied history of shipwrecks and remarkable characters, and by night, become enamored with the gulf’s vast coastline while enjoying meals of local and seasonal ingredients.
Tundra Buggy Lodge, Wapusk National Park

Located on the edge of the Arctic, the Tundra Buggy Lodge by Frontier’s North Adventures gains unrivaled access to the wild polar bear population in Cape Churchill and Wapusk National Park.

The lodge is entirely mobile, and offers an immersive experience as the northern lights dance in the sky by night and polar bears pace near the lodge’s windows by day. During October and November, the Tundra Buggy Lodge is located at Polar Bear Point in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, and in late November, the lodge moves to Cape Churchill in Wapusk National Park, a renowned location for viewing wild polar bears. As the only company granted overnight stays in Wapusk National Park, the Tundra Buggy Lodge receives a maximum of 40 guests per year.
Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes National Park

Completed by the American Great Northern Railway in 1927 to entice Americans north of the border during the the Prohibition era, Prince of Wales Hotel is set on the banks of Waterton Lake, where the towering mountains of Waterton Lakes National Park loom in the distance.

Just north of Montana’s Glacier National Park, both areas enjoy picturesque scenery, and during a stay at the property, rest in splendor of Old World charm and wood-beam architecture as the rooms and lobby are both a nod to the park’s nature and history. For an added dose of luxury, book the Prince and Princess Suites, inspired by the actual Prince of Wales, in which the property gets its name.
Hôtel Quintessence, Mont-Tremblant National Park

In the heart of the Laurentian Mountains in southern Québec, Hôtel Quintessence is just 20 minutes from Mont-Tremblant National Park, the largest and oldest park in Québec.

The 30-room, luxury boutique hotel offers a private garden and waterfront retreat on Lake Tremblant. In the winter, the area turns into a haven for adventure sports, as the park’s snow-packed, groomed trails lend to Canada’s best hiking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and cross-country skiing. In the summer, the park’s six rivers and 400 lakes and streams turn into a canoer’s paradise, encompassing a wilderness so vast that over 40 species thrive here, including the illustrious wolf.
Wya Point Resort, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Tucked within the mist-cloaked temperate rainforest of Vancouver Island, Way Point Resort near the hamlet of Ucluelet is just minutes from Pacific Rim National Park, offering a luxurious respite from one of Canada’s most pristine wilderness areas. Often overshadowed by Wickaninnish Inn and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, this lodge is worth a visit for its wooden craftsmanship alone.

Stay in a cedar lodge or a rustic yurt to gain access to the property’s private beaches and over 600 acres of old-growth forest, an area comprising an old village site of the Ucluelet First Nation. Opt for a private surf lesson, a fishing charter through the salmon-rich waters, or kayak the islands of Barkley Sound, which offer open access to the Pacific Ocean where frequent grey whale sightings occur.
Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park.

Featuring century-old fireplaces and an oak bar salvaged from an 1890’s Yukon saloon, Emerald Lake Lodge is history at its finest. Built on the shore of jade-hued Emerald Lake in the center of British Columbia’s Yoho National Park, the area was first discovered by guide Tom Wilson during construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Accessible year-round, the building is comprised of hand-hewn timber, stone fireplaces, and upper and lower verandas offering unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. With elegant dining areas, reading rooms, and 24 cabin-style buildings dotting the landscape, this 13-acre peninsula is the perfect base to explore the park’s 28 mountain peaks and natural attractions like Takakkaw Falls, which free falls for nearly 850 feet.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park

Set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the shores of Lac Beauvert in Jasper National Park, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is one of Alberta’s finest properties. This 700-acre, year-round mountain getaway features its own golf course and a stunning village of 446 finely-appointed guest rooms, cedar chalets, and luxury cabins marked in pathways effortlessly tucked within the wilds surrounds.

During a stay, visit Miette Hot Springs to take a dip in the hottest thermal pools in Canada, take a picnic to Goat Lookout for panoramic views of the Athabasca Valley, and glacier walk the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefield. No matter the adventure, spend your evenings around the lodge’s outdoor fire pits sipping warm drinks just as the sun sinks below the mountains.
Hotel Sacacomie, La Mauricie National Park

Located in the Laurentian Mountains between Montreal and Québec City, Hotel Sacacomie is nestled in the heart of the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve, set under an hour from La Mauricie National Park.

Overlooking the Sacacomie Lake coastline and built in style of a traditional European log cabin, the 109-room property is the perfect base to snowshoe, cross-country ski, and canoe the surrounding area. The property’s restaurant features an outdoor terrace and bar that serves traditional European delicacies and the spa is home to a sauna and hammam spa, the perfect place to recharge after exploring the 40 miles of trail encompassing the property.

37 Seriously Amazing Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

Everything you need to know (or buy) to make your house spotless !
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1. Clean the crevices in your window with a super-simple brush that fits right in and helps you get out all the gunk.

Get it on Amazon for $7.

2. Use vinegar and Dawn to make the best shower and tub cleaner you’ve ever used.

Use vinegar and Dawn to make the best shower and tub cleaner you've ever used.
For the full recipe for this shower cleaner, check Food.com.
Get the vinegar for $10 and Dawn for $12 on Amazon.

3. Use this guide to know exactly what helps remove stains.

Use this guide to know exactly what helps remove stains.

4. Finally get the outside of your second-story windows clean with a telescopic tool that you can use from inside your house.

Finally get the outside of your second-story windows clean with a telescopic tool that you can use from inside your house.

Cleaning the outside of your windows is the worst but it’s especially bad when that window isn’t on the first floor. Try this brush that’ll let you scrub the outside from the safety of the inside.
Get it on Amazon for $30.

5. Rely on Bar Keepers Friend when it comes to removing stains and rust.

Rely on Bar Keepers Friend when it comes to removing stains and rust.

Get it on Amazon for $6.

6. Use a pumice stone to clean stubborn toilet rings and caked-on grease.

Get it on Amazon for $8.

7. Keep your baseboards dust-free by reusing dryer sheets.

Keep your baseboards dust-free by reusing dryer sheets.

After you’ve thrown them in with your laundry, use your dryer sheets to clean and dust your baseboards and moldings. It’ll help get rid of static and keep them looking good throughout the week because it coats as it cleans.
Get them on Amazon for $4.

8. Get your microwave clean with steam and this lady who is ready to nag you at the sound of the beep.

Get your microwave clean with steam and this lady who is ready to nag you at the sound of the beep.

Get it on Amazon for $5.

9. Use an old toothbrush (or this special brush) to get those hard-to-reach crevices that would normally go totally ignored.

Get it on Amazon for $6.

10. Use Borax to create your own detergent or bathroom and toilet bowl cleaner.

It’s a one-stop shop for cleaning your home! Borax can be used to create nearly any cleaning product you’ll need. Best part is, the back of the box has all the recipes!
Get it on Amazon for $10.

11. Get grout lines super clean with a brush that’s perfect for reaching those nooks and crannies.

Get it on Amazon for $13.

12. Fill a dishwand scrubber with vinegar and dishwashing detergent to wipe down your walls while you’re in the shower.

Fill a dishwand scrubber with vinegar and dishwashing detergent to wipe down your walls while you're in the shower.

Get it on Amazon for $6.

13. Bundle some chalk in your closet to help absorb moisture and keep your clothes fresh to death.

Bundle some chalk in your closet to help absorb moisture and keep your clothes fresh to death.

 Find chalk on Amazon for $4.

14. Use wax paper to get rid of (and prevent) water stains on your faucet.

Get the full tutorial at Creek Line House and get the wax paper for $8 on Amazon.

15. Get rid of mold from ANY surface or material with this handy guide.

Get rid of mold from ANY surface or material with this handy guide.

Learn more at Heiton Buckley.

16. Use foil and baking soda to polish all your silver.

Use foil and baking soda to polish all your silver.
Get the full tutorial at Apartment Therapy and find foil and baking soda on Amazon.

17. Use dishwashing gloves to remove pet hair from rugs and upholstered furniture.

Use dishwashing gloves to remove pet hair from rugs and upholstered furniture.

Put on a set of dry dishwashing gloves and rub down on your upholstered furniture. The hair will clump together as it sticks to the gloves, making for easier vacuuming and disposal!
Get a set of six pairs on Amazon for $10.

18. Cut down on the time it takes you to clean blinds and shades with a microfiber cleaner.

Cut down on the time it takes you to clean blinds and shades with a microfiber cleaner.

Bonus, it works great for vents too!
Get it on Amazon for $9 or check out One Crazy House for a tutorial on how to create your own.

19. Use the power of your tools with scrubber attachments.

Use the power of your tools with scrubber attachments.

Just attach these scrub brushes and sponges to your drill and you’ll have a powerful cleaning tool to help you get rid of all those problem messes.
Get them on Amazon for $16.

20. Get an attachment for your vacuum that’ll help clean your dryer’s lint trap or try a brush to scrub out all the lint.

Get an attachment for your vacuum that'll help clean your dryer's lint trap or try a brush to scrub out all the lint.

Cleaning out your lint trap is important because it ensures your laundry dries and prevents dryer damage.
Get the attachment for $20 or a handheld brush for $6 on Amazon.

21. If you have a walk-in shower, a Drain Wig will catch all the gunk and help prevent clogs.

Get it on Amazon for $8.

22. Or get a TubShroom to catch all the hair that would normally clog your pipes.

Get it on Amazon for $13.
Available in five different color varieties.

23. Use baking soda paste to get rid of that gunk that builds up in the crevices of your wood cabinets.

Use baking soda paste to get rid of that gunk that builds up in the crevices of your wood cabinets.

Just mix one part vegetable oil with two parts baking soda to get the magic grime-fighting powers of baking soda paste. Get the full tutorial at One Good Thing by Jillee here.

24. Make your own no-fume bleach with baking sodadish soap, and hydrogen peroxide.

Make your own no-fume bleach with baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide.

Just mix together 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and 1/2 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Then use a cloth to apply it to a wet surface. Make sure to rinse the surface well after you’re all done.

25. Use a dab of toothpaste to clean mineral deposits left on your iron.

Use a dab of toothpaste to clean mineral deposits left on your iron.

Get more toothpaste-cleaning tips at Real Simple.
Find this toothpaste on Amazon for $3.

26. Clean everything from top to bottom, left to right.

Clean everything from top to bottom, left to right.

This may seem obvious but it’s also a mistake many of us have made. You vacuum and then dust, only to have to vacuum again because of the particles that made their way down onto the floor. So, save some effort by starting with high-up surfaces, then the countertops and tabletops, and finish with the floors.
Get the duster pictured here on Amazon for $20.

27. Carry all your cleaning supplies in one convenient place so you can pick up and move to your next cleaning destination with ease.

Carry all your cleaning supplies in one convenient place so you can pick up and move to your next cleaning destination with ease.

Get this cleaning caddy on Amazon for $9.

28. Clean lamp shades with a lint roller.

Clean lamp shades with a lint roller.

Get the full tutorial on Creek Line House.
Pick up a lint roller on Amazon for $5.

29. Use table salt to clean any grease spills on wooden surfaces and any overflows in your oven.

Use table salt to clean any grease spills on wooden surfaces and any overflows in your oven.

Cover a grease spill on a wooden kitchen surface with salt, let it sit for an hour, then brush away the salt. The salt should help absorb the grease from the wood! And if you ever have an overflow in your oven, cover it with salt immediately! Once it’s dry and cool, it’ll be super easy to remove.
Get it on Amazon for $6.

30. Use Alka-Seltzer to remove algae from bird baths, clean stains off of plastic containers, or even freshen up your fridge.

Use Alka-Seltzer to remove algae from bird baths, clean stains off of plastic containers, or even freshen up your fridge.

See all the ways you can use Alka-Seltzer on One Crazy House.
Get this pack on Amazon for $8.

31. Clean varnished wood with olive oil and white vinegar.

Clean varnished wood with olive oil and white vinegar.

Combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and lightly dampen the surface with the mixture, then dry with a cloth.
Get olive oil for $21 and white vinegar for $10 on Amazon.

32. Use an old pillowcase to clean ceiling-fan blades.

Use an old pillowcase to clean ceiling-fan blades.

See the full tutorial at WikiHow and get a simple pillowcase from Amazon for $7.

33. Clean your stainless steel appliances with a little cooking oil.

Clean your stainless steel appliances with a little cooking oil.

Put a little cooking oil on a lint-free rag and wipe down your stainless steel appliances.
Get it on Amazon for $7.

34. Give your dishes that sparkling finish by adding white vinegar to your dishwasher before you run it.

Give your dishes that sparkling finish by adding white vinegar to your dishwasher before you run it.

Add a small bowl filled with about 1 cup of white vinegar to the center of your top rack before your run your dishwasher. The vinegar will help remove water marks and deal with those cloudy glasses.
Get it on Amazon for $10.

35. And don’t forget to clean your dishwasher to get the best use out of it.

And don't forget to clean your dishwasher to get the best use out of it.

Get the full tutorial from One Good Thing by Jillee.

36. Clean that impossible-to-remove dust from candles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.

Clean that impossible-to-remove dust from candles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.

Learn more candle tips from Curio Brands.
Get a set of three bags of cotton balls for $7, rubbing alcohol for $7, and the candle for $6 on Amazon.

37. And don’t forget to dust those lightbulbs!

And don't forget to dust those lightbulbs!

Lightbulbs need love too! The same dust that settles around your house also settles on the surface and crevices of your lightbulbs, making your lights shine a little less bright. To dust them just take a soft-bristle paint brush and gently sweep it away.