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And for Dinner This Week: We're Having Roasted Shrimp, Cauliflower Pasta, and a Wondrous One-Pot Chicken Chili -- Do Join Us!

Here's the mealtime inspiration you need. Make one of these easy dinner recipes tonight and every night this week.

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Let us help you get a delicious meal on the table every night. The easy dinner recipes for weeknights take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, many cook much quicker than that but may require constant stirring. These are meals the whole family can enjoy. Yes, there will be pasta. On the weekends we like to try something different; recipes that cook long and slow, projects that get us using new ingredients and techniques, and menus to make entertaining a cinch. So join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.


MONDAY: Tian Provencal with Polenta 

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Bright and beautiful but also immensely satisfying, this vegetarian meal-in-one casserole uses polenta as its base and is topped with layers of thinly sliced tomato, eggplant, and zucchini -- and plenty of Gruyere cheese.

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TUESDAY: Ham-and-Egg Fried Rice


Fried rice is a wondrous concept, and this recipe, topped with a fried egg, is a most superior rendition. You're sure to love how the yolk melds into the garlicky-gingery rice.

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WEDNESDAY: White Bean Chicken Chili

Calling all chili lovers! Add this recipe to your repetoire. It's a little bit spicy, totally filling, and a delicious one-pot wonder. It freezes well and reheats like a dream. We're sure you'll be eating it all winter long.

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THURSDAY: Bucatini with Cauliflower, Capers, and Lemon 

Photography by: James Ransom

How do you like to eat your bucatini? While we love this thick spaghetti-like pasta with pancetta, tomatoes, and onions, as well as with red clam sauce, our current favorite is this fast vegetarian dinner where the finely chopped cauliflower is broiled atop the pasta. How's that for a novel technique?!

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FRIDAY: Roasted Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash 


Sure, there is the spiral slicer, but before everyone was eating zucchini noodles, there was spaghetti squash. This is a mostly hands-off, stove-top-free dinner: While the squash bakes, there is plenty of time for a glass of wine before you need to roast the shrimp.

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SATURDAY: Farro-Mushroom Soup


This is fuel for colder nights. You've likely had mushroom-barley soup before. This is our upgrade: a warming broth -- nourished with fresh hens of the woods, royal trumpets, oysters, and chanterelles -- that counts as a meal. The farro is tender but has a satisfying chew; a handful of dried porcini offers additional depth of flavor; and dill and vinegar give each spoonful a real pop.

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SUNDAY: Lamb Curry

Photography by: Jonathan Lovekin

We don't use the pressure cooker nearly enough and that sure is an oversight. When we do, it slashes cooking time on recipes like this sumptuous, delicately spiced one-pot meal. Yogurt, cilantro, and Indian pickle make great accompaniments, but what you really need is plenty of naan or other flatbread to scoop up that rich sauce.

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