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Weeknight Meals in Preparation for Fall (Sigh)

We've got a mix of late-summer, early fall, and just plain delicious on the menu this week.

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Let us help you navigate the path to getting dinner on the table. There are meals to grill, ones that cook on the stovetop, one-pot wonders, and all kinds of dinners the whole family will enjoy. Yes, there will be pasta. So join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.


Monday: Quinoa Salad with Zucchini, Mint, and Pistachios

Photography by: Ryan Liebe

By now you know all about protein-rich quinoa, and don't you love that it cooks quickly and makes a salad hearty enough to serve as a main? Likely you're always on the lookout for new, fabulous quinoa recipes like this one. Bonus points: It's another way to use zucchini!


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TUESDAY: Pork with Pears and Parsnip Mash

Photography by: David Malosh

We're feeling a little fall-like tonight, anticipating the chill to come and feasting upon this classic with a twist -- meat and potatoes is just as comforting and twice as tasty in this quick pork stew served atop a mash of parsnips and potato.


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WEDNESDAY: Pressed Chicken with Okra Succotash

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Take one whole chicken and have dinner on the table in 40 minutes. Really. This is another of our one-pot-wonder recipes, starring the trusty cast-iron skillet. (We're not counting the skillet used to press the chicken. That is covered in parchment and not used for cooking!)


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THURSDAY: Spaghetti with Sicilian Pesto

This might not be how you think of pesto -- no basil or pine nuts here -- but Sicily is not Genoa. On the island, they make a pesto with roasted bell pepper, tomatoes, almonds, golden raisins, and cheese -- and boy, is it good. Dinner will be on the table in 25 delicious minutes.


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FRIDAY: Grilled Snapper Sandwich

Photography by: David Malosh

Think beyond the burger: This simply seasoned sandwich is worth flipping for. (We're still in grilling mode.) Red snapper fillets pair so well with quick-pickled vegetables on a grilled bun, and the meal comes together in 25 minutes -- just like yesterday ... and not like yesterday at all!


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SATURDAY: Late-Summer-Vegetable Minestrone

Photography by: Anna Williams

Consider this meal late summer in a bowl. A rainbow of produce  -- carrots, green beans, zucchini, and tomatoes -- plus beans in a rich vegetable broth. Slow cooked, immensely flavorful, and super healthy, this is a soup to love. Make a double batch and freeze the season for when it's cold outside and lush tomatoes are a distant memory.


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SUNDAY: Grilled Marinated Hanger Steak


Go French! This cut, also known as "butcher's steak," is a classic of bistro cuisine. We're not going the Gallic route tonight though -- while we can, we grill. And we always slice this steak across the grain for a more delicate texture. Serve with salad -- maybe grilled, a riff on Caesar, or a full-on end-of-summer over-the-top one.


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