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Summer Meals on the Grill and Beyond: Dinner This Week

Here are this week's recipes -- just what you need for a delicious meal every night.

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Here’s our weekly list of suggestions for what to cook. We've got dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time or cook quicker than that but may require constant stirring. Count on grilling, plenty of pasta, and gorgeous summery meals -- and 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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Looking for More Burger Recipes? Check Out Our 30 Days of Burgers


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. 


We also adore salmon. Follow our favorite Alaskan salmon fishermen, Nelly and Michael Hand of Drifters Fish here on


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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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See Our Other Grilled Pizza Recipes



SUNDAY: Classic North Carolina Pulled Pork

Photography by: Jason Varney

Today is the day to cook long and slow. The pork doesn't need a lot of tending, and the smoky, tender results are just right with the sweet and tangy sauce, potato buns, and plenty of coleslaw.


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