Dinner on the Grill, Pasta in One Pot, and 4th of July Favorites

Whether it’s Sunday and you want to cook up a storm, Monday and the fridge is stocked, or Thursday and you’re tired and hungry, we have dinner inspiration for you. Cook one of these recipes tonight and every night this week.

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It’s that time again; you’re thinking about dinner and what to cook. So here’s our weekly list of suggestions: dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time or cook quicker then that but may require constant stirring. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.


Monday: Cotija and Corn Tacos with Lime and Mango


Yes, we're celebrating fresh summer corn. It's the star of these meatless tacos and -- this might seem radical -- it's uncooked in a corn salad with cilantro, lime, and creamy cotija (a Mexican cheese) or a mild feta that's used to fill tortillas, along with thick slices of mango. These are not your usual tacos, but they just might become your new favorite.

Get the Cotija and Corn Tacos with Lime and Mango Recipe


TUESDAY: Coriander Cutlets with Zucchini-Spinach Salad

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

A grilled chicken cutlet is a simple summer staple -- fast to cook and healthy to boot. Here we ramp up the seasonal factor by pairing it with shaved zucchini (so sophisticated!) and baby spinach, tossed in a fresh olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Dollops of fresh ricotta add a touch of creamy decadence.

Get the Coriander Cutlets with Zucchini-Spinach Salad Recipe


WEDNESDAY: Gemelli with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Another fabulous one-pot pasta, different from the original, but the concept remains the same. Everything you need for a fast, delicious dinner is cooked in one straight-sided skillet. And while sugar snap peas are in season, we're always looking for ways to feature them at dinner.

Get the Gemelli with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas Recipe


THURSDAY: Flank Steak Kebabs with Peanut Sauce

Because we'll take every excuse we can to grill our dinner. And because everyone likes kebabs. And because this peanut sauce is addictive. This is one great meal.

Get the Flank Steak Kebabs with Peanut Sauce Recipe


FRIDAY: The Essential Fish Skillet

Photography by: Marcus Nilsson

Easy enough for a weeknight, fancy enough for company; this just might be your new summer go-to. It's a super Mediterranean-flavored meal: Meaty white-fleshed fish such as cod or monkfish meets white wine, pitted olives, capers, and olive oil, and they all cook in a skillet on the grill. Serve right from the pan with plenty -- repeat plenty -- of crusty bread to sop up the sauce.

Get the Fish Skillet Recipe


SATURDAY: An American Pie -- and Maybe Some Hot Dogs?!

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

Show your patriotism in pizza form. Tomatoes, cheese, and blue potatoes create an unmistakable flag design. Round out your celebratory meal with hot dogs, burgers, or whatever your family grilling tradition is for this most American of holidays.

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SUNDAY: Salad Days

Photography by: Raymond Hom

Use your leftovers! Yes, it's one of those days. Perhaps there are vegetables -- well, grill them to create a big, beautiful salad; or make a big salad to top with sliced grilled meat from yesterday. And if perchance you're starting from scratch today, we still advocate for this glorious summer salad with an irresistible dressing.

Get the Tomato, Baby-Lettuce, and Olive-Bread Salad Recipe

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