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A Week's Worth of Dinner Recipes for Mid-December

Warm, cozy meals for every night.

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It's cold outside. 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 try something different; we've got recipes that cook long and slow, projects that use new ingredients and techniques, and menus to make entertaining a cinch. Join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.


MONDAY: Crispy Rice Cake with Celery Salad and Avocado

Crispy Rice Cake with Celery Salad and Avocado
Photography by: Armando Rafael

We're starting with something different, we love this innovative but easy recipe and are sure you will too. It's a great way to use up leftover rice (don't you always have some lurking in the fridge?), and a fabulous avocado recipe for those of us who might just be over avo toast. Did I mention this meatless dinner comes together in 35 minutes?!



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TUESDAY: Beef and Cabbage Tacos

Photography by: Yuki Sugiura

Who doesn't love tacos? We love this recipe especially because it's fast (just 20 minutes), delicious, and a tad unexpected. Yes, give cabbage a try in your tacos and you won't regret it.


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WEDNESDAY: Bacon and Eggs with Savory Sauteed Leeks 

baked eggs leeks
Photography by: Andrew Purcell

In the grand tradition of breakfast for dinner we bring you this ultra-fast, super tasty one-skillet meal; eggs and bacon never tasted this good before. Leeks crisped in bacon fat take the dish to the level above the next level. Toast is the preferred side. 


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THURSDAY: Sausage-and-Pepper Ragu over Polenta 

A colorful bell pepper and sausage ragu over quick-cook polenta makes for a filling dinner in 20 minutes.


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FRIDAY: Sea Bass with Kale and Cannellini Beans

Photography by: Armando Rafael

Try this easy-going fish entree and you're bound to want to add it to your weeknight repetoire. It's one of our fabulous sheet-pan dinners, aka a one-pan meal (minimal cleanup!). If you can't find sea bass, use another white flaky fish such as cod or hake.


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SATURDAY: Our Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup 

chicken soup
Photography by: Armando Rafael

Because we adore this classic and are sure you do too. If you haven't tried our test kitchen's favorite recipe, well you should. It's comfort in a bowl. The recipe serves 6 but when you ladle this out for dinner, it's more likely to be 4 portions because everyone will spoon it up. Follow up with a comforting dessert, apple crisp or bread pudding -- maybe Christmas cookies if you just happen to have some around?!


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SUNDAY: Slow-Cooker Lamb with Olives and Potatoes 

lamb olives potatoes
Photography by: Romulo Yanes

Here's a recipe for a busy Sunday. Start this lamb shank dinner, then do those errands or catch up on chores while the slow cooker does its magic. Dinner will be ready in 4 1/2 hours (or 7 hours if you choose low!), and it will be delectable.


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