Enjoy the most flavorful ingredients of the season with these seven meals.

pea pesto handkerchiefs pasta in bowl with spoon
Credit: Chris Simpson

It's that time again; you're thinking about dinner and what to cook. So here's our weekly list of suggestions: weeknight dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time. Some recipes will be much faster than that. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. On the weekends, there's more time to try something new, cook something slow. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.

Monday: Pea-Pesto Handkerchiefs

A delicious, quick spring dinner that's also a clever cheat: we're using frozen peas tonight because fresh spring peas are still aways off yet. We also think using lasagna sheets in a meal that's not lasagna is genius idea. Be sure to use curly noodles so the edges catch the pea pesto! Bonus: It's vegetarian for meatless Monday.

spring chicken nicoise recipe plate
Credit: Sidney Bensimon

Tuesday: Spring Chicken Niçoise

Here's another 30-minute dinner. Our spring take on this classic salad combines new potatoes, sugar snap peas, and tender lettuces with steamed chicken, briny Niçoise olives, and salty feta.


Wednesday: Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry

We're really cooking fast this week-tonight's entrée comes together in 20 minutes. That's because for me, Wednesday tends to be "What?! I have to cook dinner tonight?" It's a low point of creativity and enthusiasm, so I need something speedy and easy. That it also needs to be delicious goes without saying. This colorful stir-fry fits the bill.

baked scallops
Credit: Bryan Gardner

Thursday: Baked Scallops

Another night, another 30-minute meal! A comforting dinner like a baked casserole is always a good idea. This creamy (thanks to crème fraîche!) scallop gratin is no exception. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to soak up the lemony white-wine pan sauce.

pork mushroom artichoke fricassee
Credit: Julia Gartland

Friday: Pork, Mushroom, and Artichoke Fricassee

Make Friday dinner easy with this sophisticated-in-taste but simple-to-make pork-and-vegetable sauté. It uses slices of pork tenderloin, but you could sub thin pork chops if you fancy.

Credit: Kate Mathis

Saturday: Scotch Broth

This old-fashioned farmhouse soup with shredded lamb is hearty but not heavy. Peas lend a lightness, while turnips (which contain good-for-you fiber) add a mildly sweet bite to the meaty broth.

Sunday: Every-Week Roast Chicken

Learn from Sarah Carey, Everyday Food host; she roasts a chicken almost every week. This is her "lowest-effort, highest-rewards" recipe. What you serve it with for Sunday dinner is up to you. Toss some carrots and onions into the roasting pan. Use the oven for roasted asparagus (so very spring). Pair the chicken with a salad if you fancy. Truly, the options are endless. Personally, I'm big on these potatoes. And if you're lucky, there will be leftovers.


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