Summer Meals on the Grill and Beyond: Dinner This Week

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: Chickpea-Brown Rice Veggie Burger

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

There are many good reasons to cook a big pot of rice on the weekend; one is to have brown rice ready for these delicious, hearty patties. If you have cooked rice on hand, making the patties takes mere minutes. You can wrap them in lettuce leaves for a healthy approach, or serve in pita pockets or on potato buns for a more traditional version.

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TUESDAY: Orecchiette with Sausage, Corn, and Chiles


One of the test kitchen's favorite pastas, orecchiette is a small ear-shaped pasta that holds little pieces of vegetable or sausage. Here it's the foil for a sweet (corn)-spicy (chile)-meaty (sweet Italian sausage) combo that's rounded out with a daub of sour cream.

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WEDNESDAY: Salmon with Green Beans and Lemon Zest


We adore cooking in parchment. The liquid inside each bundle is perfect for sopping up with a loaf of crusty bread. It's a healthy, messproof way to dinner. 

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THURSDAY: Kimchi Fried Rice

Photography by: Mike Krautter

File under "better than takeout," and faster to boot. Occasionally we're not all about seasonal ingredients. Sometimes at this time of year, grilling is not our thing. If you feel the same way today, make this irresistible rice dinner and top it with an egg fried in sesame oil.

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FRIDAY: Lemon Chicken with Herb Salad

Fast and fresh but filling, this a super-duper chicken cutlet recipe. Consider the herb salad a deconstructed pesto -- the basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan, and olive oil are there, but we added parsley too!


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SATURDAY: Grilled Pizza with Cheesy Corn, Fresh Tomatoes, and Basil

Photography by: Andrew Purcell

Summer is all about grilling, and every season is meant for pizza. So we bring you this grilled pizza, albeit one without tomato sauce. In a radically delicious move, we puree corn kernels with Parm, garlic, and olive oil. Tomatoes aren't skipped entirely: Thick, juicy slices are set atop the corn puree and slices of fresh mozzarella make it seem like a "regular" pizza. Try a slice and see if you really need regular.

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SUNDAY: Grilled Whole Fish

Photography by: Romulo Yanes

This is a weekend to expand your grilling repetoire. Grilling a whole fish is actually easier than grilling fillets: The skin and the thin layer of (healthy) fat under it insulate the fish, so you're not going to overcook and dry the meat out. Opt for mild, white-fleshed branzino: It has relatively few bones that are simple to remove, so the fish is very easy to serve and eat.

Watch how to grill whole fish.

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