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Easy -- and Delicious -- Dinner Recipes For Early December

Starring steak, salmon, broccoli, and other favorites this week.

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It's holiday season; there's so much to do, so much to cook, so much to eat. These easy dinner recipes are just what you need to keep you and your family on track. Most take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, many cook much quicker than that but may require constant stirring. These are delicious meals the whole family can enjoy. Yes, there will be pasta. On the weekends 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: Black Rice and Broccoli with Almonds

Photography by: John von Pamer

Start the week in style with this meatless fall salad. Might it be part of your post-Thanksgiving recovery? 


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TUESDAY: Salmon Noodle Casserole

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Creamy, comforting, and economical (three quarters of a pound of salmon serves six with this casserole), this is a crowd-pleasing dinner. Plus it can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated, a boon for the busy weeknight cook.


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WEDNESDAY: Meatballs with Garlic Bread


This is a beefy, saucy dinner in just 35 minutes. Cooking the meatballs in the tomato sauce saves time and infuses the sauce with meaty flavor. Bonus: There's only one pot to wash. You already knew that everything tastes better with garlic bread! And this is a super-easy route to garlicky deliciousness using hoagie rolls rather than a loaf.


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THURSDAY: Crispy Chicken and Apple Salad

This fall-flavored dinner salad takes just 30 minutes to make.


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FRIDAY: Farro and Porcini Risotto


Because we love risotto! Oh, yes, porcini too! If you haven't tried making risotto with farro or barley, please do. We're sure you'll love the results. This recipe takes only 35 minutes to the table and includes making a basil-parsley-walnut pesto that is stirred into the risotto. 


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SATURDAY: Swiss Chard Pie

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Sorta kinda keeping with an Italian theme (risotto last night!), our vegetarian pie is inspired by the glorious Italian vegetable tortas popular in Liguria. It has an olive-oil crust and is an easygoing recipe; make it whenever you have time and freeze, then bake it straight from frozen.


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SUNDAY: Rib Eye with Horseradish Butter and Root Vegetables

Photography by: Johnny Miller

Just because it's the weekend doesn't mean you always want to spend all afternoon in the kitchen; sometimes a fast weekend dinner is welcome. (Especially if you've been working on your Christmas cake or started holiday cookie production.) And sometimes you just plain want a steak. This restaurant-worthy dinner takes only 30 minutes and pairs the rib eye with roasted celery root and carrot  -- all cooked on one sheet pan.


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