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Time is Tight This Week, Here's What To Make For Dinner

We've got seven days of delicious meals right here.

Senior Digital Food Editor

Is this peak holiday season? Guess so. There are extra events and extra errands to fit into the already packed week. And then there is dinner to squeeze in between the cookie swaps and cocktail parties. 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 try something different. Join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.


MONDAY: Baked Pasta with Cauliflower and Swiss Chard

cauliflower swiss chard bake
Photography by: Julia Gartland

What better way to start the week than with a comforting, meatless baked pasta? This one stars both cauliflower and Swiss chard, plus there's Gruyere.



Get the Baked Pasta with Cauliflower and Swiss Chard Recipe


TUESDAY: Spicy Coconut-Salmon Curry

Photography by: Marcus Nilsson

Pressed for time? Use frozen salmon fillets for this creamy, spicy curry -- and cook them from frozen in this dish. 


Get the Spicy Coconut-Salmon Curry Recipe


WEDNESDAY: Mushroom, Cheddar, and Toast Frittata 

Yes, it's brinner time again! Here's a comforting one-skillet meal we're stealing from breakfast. You can't go wrong with eggs and toast but maybe you've never combined them quite like this before? On the side opt for an easy arugula salad.


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THURSDAY: Thai Pork Salad 


And now for something fresh. One of our holiday strategies is to save the heavy proteins for the holiday meal and use meat sparingly the rest of the time. A little goes a long way when paired with healthy grains and lots of veggies, like in this Thai-inspired salad that's gilded with thinly sliced pork chop. Fish sauce and fresh lime juice add brightness.


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FRIDAY: Taco Casserole

Photography by: Mike Krautter

Just in case you're feeling tired tonight after holiday errands (and a week of work), or everyone is cranky after too many cookies and too many parties, here's a one-skillet meal guaranteed to soothe and satisfy. And it comes together in a mere 30 minutes.


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SATURDAY: Cinnamon and Chicken Stew  

cinnamon and chicken stew

It's going to be a busy day of shopping, wrapping, and other holiday prep so dinner should be easy and comforting. This hearty chicken and chickpea stew fits the bill. Most of its cooking time is hands off, so you can get some more gifts under the tree while it simmers.


Get the Cinnamon and Chicken Stew Recipe


SUNDAY: A Special Menu for Christmas Eve

frutti di mare linguine
Photography by: Ngoc Minh Ngo

The classic Italian feast of the seven fishes is a hit parade of seafood dishes served on Christmas Eve. This year we're taking a delicious shortcut and we hope you'll come along; our untraditional but no less delicious menu is a quick take on the fishes and comes together in a flash. It does however only feature six different fishes, but you could always serve a smoked trout or salmon appetizer if you're counting.


Get the Seafood Linguine Recipe


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