Here's our weekly roundup of deliciously doable recipes.

By Victoria Spencer
golden dal gingered tomatoes
Credit: Sidney Bensimon

It's that time again; you're thinking about dinner and what to cook. So here's our weekly list of suggestions: dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time. Some recipes will be much faster than that. We'll suggest what you can do to prep ahead and cut down on weeknight work. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.

Monday: Golden Dal with Gingered Tomatoes

For an easy-going vegan dinner, try our red lentil stew. It gets bonus points for also providing your weekly dinner routine with a pop of sunny color. It's topped with a tasty mix of shallots and tomatoes, yogurt, and frest mint. Serve it with rice or naan bread.

orange pork with watercress rice
Credit: Armando Rafael

Tuesday: Orange Pork with Watercress Rice

Pork tenderloin is cubed and cooked with a delicious syrupy sauce of orange marmalade, fresh lime juice, garlic, and ginger. Watercress, wilted in the same pan used to cook the rice, provides a fresh contrast to the rich meat.

Wednesday: One-Pot Minestrone

This beloved Italian soup isn't just hearty and healthy-it's really flexible. Use Martha's recipe as a guideline and choose the leafy greens, veggies, and beans you prefer or have in the refrigerator and pantry.

Credit: Bryan Gardner

Thursday: Chicken and Vegetables in Parchment

Cooking en papillote (that is, in parchment) is a healthy, messproof way to dinner. Each parchment paper package holds lean chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, baby bok choy, and a sprig of fresh thyme. They steam in their own juices, preserving nutrients and requiring little added fat (just a tad of olive oil). Serve with cooked brown rice or another whole grain.

scandinavian shrimp salad served on a pink plate
Credit: Lennart Weibull

Friday: Scandinavian Shrimp Salad

Not the usual shrimp salad, this 35-minute dinner will transport you to Sweden. There's plenty of juicy shrimp, potatoes and hard-boiled eggs add heft and cornichons and fennel are suitably Scandinavian touches. It all adds up to a delicious entrée.

Credit: Jonathan Lovekin

Saturday: Milk-Braised Pork Loin

There's a tad more time on the weekend, providing the chance to try something new. Sure, you may have roasted a pork loin before, but have you braised one in an herb-infused mixture of milk and cream? The meat is meltingly tender, and the braising liquid reduces to a most-delicious gravy. Give it a try, and serve with a crunchy fennel and endive salad or braised kale.

Credit: Roland Bello

Sunday: Pizza as Art and Dinner

Maybe there's a little pork left over from yesterday? Ah, how we love leftovers. We also love pizza-who doesn't? And Sunday is the perfect day for getting creative in the kitchen with dough and toppings. These art-inspired recipes go well beyond the usual tomato-mozzarella. Use them as inspiration for your pizza creations. Leftover slices-if there are any-will make a superb lunch for school or office.


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