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. Some recipes will be much faster than that. We’ll suggest what you can do to prep ahead and cut down on weeknight work. Recipes will be family-friendly, but we’ll stretch the boundaries beyond chicken tenders and broccoli. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
It's spring -- even if local produce is thin on the ground and the weather keeps feeling more like winter -- so we're nudging toward lighter fare with this week's meals.
Monday: Chicken, Fennel, and Artichoke Fricassee
This quick-to-make (ready in just 35 minutes) flavorful braise feels like spring though it uses canned artichoke hearts (another ingredient to always have on hand) and other pantry staples. All you'll need to buy is chicken and fennel.Get the Chicken, Fennel, and Artichoke Fricassee Recipe
TUESDAY: Sauteed Mushrooms with Toasted Flatbread and Baked Eggs
Here's a healthy breakfast-for-dinner meal featuring a variety of mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, oyster, trumpet -- you choose!). Add more eggs to the dish, if you like, and pair with a simple green salad, or go springy with asparagus. (Yep, asparagus and mushrooms are a superb pairing.)
WEDNESDAY: Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna
Decadent, cheesy, and totally irresistible, this lasagna doesn’t cut any corners on taste and uses just one skillet, so cleanup is minimal.Get the Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna Recipe
THURSDAY: Broiled Mustard-Crusted Flounder
The prize for quickest dinner of the week goes to the flounder! Yes, this simple, flavorful entree takes just 15 minutes. The key: Thin flounder fillets brushed with a tartar-sauce-like paste (secret ingredient: Greek yogurt), then broiled. Serve with baby greens or watercress in an olive-oil-and-lemon-juice dressing (call it a lemon vinaigrette if you like).Get the Broiled Mustard-Crusted Flounder Recipe
FRIDAY: Red-Bean Burgers with Avocado and Lime
Ready to kick back with a burger? Try these meatless patties made from mashed kidney beans. But serve them traditional style on buns with romaine, sour cream, avocado, and lime wedges.
(While we are talking beans, time to soak some for tomorrow's soup!)Get the Red-Bean Burgers with Avocado and Lime Recipe
SATURDAY: Italian White-Bean-and-Mustard-Greens Soup
If you soaked your beans overnight, you're ahead of the game for soup-making today. If not, no worries -- just go with a quick soak. Either route will lead you to this slow-simmered, rich, and sustaining vegetarian soup made with large white beans, vegetables, farro, and that all-important ingredient, Parmesan rind.Get the Italian White-Bean-and-Mustard-Greens Soup Recipe
Sunday: Steak Dinner (aka: Get Out the Grill)
When you're feeling beefy, a steak dinner really hits the spot. If your budget is grand, go with Martha's pan-seared porterhouse. If your wallet is more modest, try flank steak. This cut is well priced and well flavored. It does benefit from marinating, so allow time for that, but the cooking comes together in a flash -- yes, we're talking grilling! And if you don't feel like cooking outdoors, a grill pan would do very nicely here. A steak just calls out for potatoes, so we suggest these phenomenal Crispy Potatoes with Rosemary.Get the Soy-Lemon Flank Steak with Arugula Recipe