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Turkey, Leftovers, and Much, Much More to Gobble for Dinner This Week

We're here to help you navigate the Thanksgiving feast and other meals.

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Of course, there will be a big bird this week, and so much more! Our dinner recipes are just what you need for a delicious meal every night. The easy  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. On the weekends (and holidays!) we like to try something different; recipes that cook long and slow, projects that get us using new ingredients and techniques, and menus to make entertaining a cinch. So join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.


MONDAY: Baked Sweet Potato with Greens 

Yes, you might be having sweet potatoes on Thursday (or maybe you're white potatoes all the way -- mashed, of course)? Whatever the starch you're savoring on Turkey Day, try this colorful and delicious meatless meal tonight. You might never consider baking a white potato again!


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TUESDAY: Tuna, Caper, and Basil Penne

Photography by: Jonathan Lovekin

It's ready in the time the penne takes to cook. This light but satisfying easy-to-make and easy-to-eat pasta just might be the ultimate weeknight pantry dinner. Be sure to have fresh basil on hand to add to the cupboard-staple ingredients.


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WEDNESDAY: Chickpea Soup with Parsley and Parmesan 


Take it easy before the big day, serve this kinda-fancy-but-straightforward-to-make soup with plenty of garlic and parsley. Bonus: It doesn't need a lot of tending.


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THURSDAY: Roasted Turkey Rubbed with Coriander, Black Pepper, and Fennel 

turkey coriander black pepper fennel
Photography by: Louise Hagger

What is Thanksgiving without turkey? This year we're cooking the bird in pieces so everything is cooked to perfection; the breasts get a head start in the oven while you sear the legs on the stove. Then put them together to finish in a roasting pan, where the legs braise in liquid. The result is juicy white meat and succulent dark meat, all with crisp, flavorful skin, courtesy of a spicy overnight rub.


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And if anyone needs anything more than another slice of pie later on, well, a turkey sandwich is mandatory.


FRIDAY: Leftover Turkey Curry

leftover turkey curry
Photography by: Julia Gartland

Because there are leftovers! Oh, how we love leftovers. Yes, you can transform turkey into big delicious pie or tetrazzini, but why not revamp it into an aromatic curry?


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SATURDAY: Turkey Tortellini Soup

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

We're transitioning from turkey, truly we are! This soothing soup uses a broth made with the turkey carcass -- and store-bought tortellini. Of course, you could make your own if you feel really inspired!


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SUNDAY: Peposo (Peppery Pork Stew)


Today we're celebrating the end of leftovers, relaxing after a busy holiday with plenty of good things to eat. A braise is just the thing for dinner tonight: This peppery (not spicy) pork is marinated, seared, then cooked long and slow (hands-off cooking meaning plenty of time to do things out of the kitchen) -- with incredible results. It's one of editorial food director Sarah Carey's all-time favorite recipes!


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