It's hot -- no matter where you are, the heat is on. Likely all that sunshine affects what you feel like eating. Need some ideas? Here's our weekly list of suggestions: Dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time or cook quicker than that but may require constant stirring. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. Visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
Monday: Greek Mezze Salad
You're going to love this meatless dinner, it gathers everyone's favorite Mediterranean foods on one plate. We're talking lemony yogurt, cucumber salad, easy roasted chickpeas, and grape leaves. Make the components ahead and assemble just before dinner. And those grape leaves, they're another of our favorite canned foods, be sure to keep them in your pantry.
TUESDAY: Spinach Salad with Chicken, Corn, Tomatoes, and Feta
While we’re on a salad kick -- and why not? It’s August after all -- try this luscious mix of much that’s good about summer. Feta provides a salty kick to juicy sweet tomatoes and corn.
WEDNESDAY: Corn Soup with Tomato-Bacon Toasts
Ready for a summery spin on the classic grilled cheese-and-soup combo? Ripe tomatoes and crisp bacon amp this open-face sandwich, and fresh sweet corn shines in the cold soup.
THURSDAY: No-Bake Summer Lasagna
This is an inspired pasta for right now. No oven needed, just a touch of stove-top cooking, some cheese, and some prime produce.
FRIDAY: Turkey Burgers with Red Onion and Jalapenos
Who said turkey doesn’t match up to beef when it comes to burgers? They clearly hadn’t tried this patty and its flavorful fixings.
SATURDAY: Grilled Fish Kebabs with Shaved Zucchini
By now you know about us and grilling: much as we love the kitchen, it’s wonderful to cook outdoors. And much as we love burgers (see Friday), we also like to mix it up. Yes, more fish; these kebabs are quick to make but fancy enough for company, whether you use salmon or swordfish. And the shaved zucchini and corn salad is simply divine.
SUNDAY: Balsamic Lamb Chops with Stone Fruit and Arugula
Pick them up and eat them -- that’s why they are called “lollipop” chops! Here they’re marinated in aged balsamic and olive oil, and that same duo dresses the arugula and mint leaves, plums, and nectarines, for dinner salad with sweet, fresh flavor in every bite.