It's a hectic time of year, but you still need to eat and to eat well. These easy dinner recipes are just what you need to keep you and your family well fed. Our weeknight meals take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, many cook much quicker than that but may require constant stirring. 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: Minestrone with Winter Greens
It's time to add this filling vegetarian soup to your recipe repetoire.
TUESDAY: North African Beef-and-Carrot Stew with Mint
Make something special tonight, it is Tuesday after all! This recipe pairs beef (we're talking sirloin here) with it's old pal carrots but gives them a fresh spice spin with cinnamon and cayenne and fresh mint -- served over couscous.
WEDNESDAY: Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Peanuts
Who said one pot was slow? Tonight our pot is a wok (you could also use a heavy skillet), and our meal is bright and refreshing. Cue the snow peas, lime juice, and basil. Consider this a night off from winter.
THURSDAY: Saucy Shrimp and Grits
A pantry dinner because -- we love pantry dinners. We need them for those nights when the refrigerator looks bare. The quality and freshness of your grits makes all the difference. We love the stone-ground grits from Grit Girl and store them in the freezer to extend their life.
FRIDAY: Roasted Squash and Mushroom Pasta
One of the best things about winter is roasted vegetables. A little prep yields a lot of flavor. Roast the butternut squash and mushrooms on the same baking sheet for this simple, hearty, and totally delicious vegetarian pasta.
SATURDAY: Mustard Turkey Burgers
It's been more than two weeks since Thanksgiving -- time for a turkey burger!
SUNDAY: Braised Short Rib, Stout, and Potato Potpies
Savory pies are another thing to love about cold-weather cuisine. With one crust or two, whether pastry or potatoes, they're just the kind of warming food for a winter's night. With this potato-topped pie, while the short rib filling braises, there's plenty of time for holiday prep or hanging out.