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Time to Turn the Oven On: What to Make for Dinner This Week

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Another week, many more meals to make. We're on that gentle path to baked pasta and butternut squash, but it's not quite casserole season yet. Let us help you get a  delicious dinner on the table. The weeknight recipes here 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. So join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.

 

Monday: Blistered Eggplant with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

A last hurrah to summer: Broil that eggplant and enjoy the meaty, flavorful slices with lots of those glorious tomatoes still in the market. You’ll need bread to sop up the juices!

 

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TUESDAY: Orecchiette with Corn, Arugula, and Tuna

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Those little ears, they might just be our favorite pasta shape. Tonight we’re pairing them with corn off the cob and tuna in olive oil (by the way, we always use the sustainable kind).

 

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WEDNESDAY: Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice

A true one-pot wonder, this chicken and rice dish is rich, flavorful, and oh-so easy to make. Get out your Dutch oven -- and check the pantry for a can of coconut milk.

 

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THURSDAY: Sunny-Side-Up Egg and Baby-Spinach Flatbread

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Photography by: Hans Gissinger

And the award for fastest dinner of the week goes to: this ovo-vegetarian entree. Top-notch whole-wheat flatbreads (like naan) are something to keep on hand in the freezer for just a night like this. And of course, you always have eggs in the fridge. Another great thing about this recipe is its adaptability: Use whatever greens you have in the crisper drawer (watercress, arugula, or baby spinach all work.)


 

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FRIDAY: Cuban Skirt Steak and Vegetables

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Photography by: Anna Williams

Skirt steak is full of flavor and is ready in minutes. Sear it in a hot skillet, then cook a pepper, an onion, and corn rounds in the same pan. Everything is doused in a lime-garlic sauce and served with plenty of rice or griddled bread. Whether you have a mojito before dinner is up to you.

 

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SATURDAY: Whole Branzino in Grape Leaves with Zucchini, Olives, and Mint

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Photography by: Johnny Miller

We’re going Greek tonight for dinner, channeling the healthful tenets of this quintessential Mediterranean diet with whole grilled fish wrapped in grape leaves. Branzino is a variety of sea bass; if your fishmonger doesn’t have it use whole trout. Either way, it will be big on flavor and quick to prepare.

 

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SUNDAY: Zucchini-Ribbon "Lasagna"

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Lighten up your lasagna! Go gluten-free! This recipe does both those things without sacrificing the richly layered tastes we all love in classic Lasagna Bolognese. Here, strips of zucchini stand in for pasta and we use ground turkey not beef. It’s an absolutely delicious family dinner.


 

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