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. Recipes will be family-friendly, but we’ll stretch the boundaries beyond chicken tenders and broccoli. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
Monday: Lentil Patties with Lettuce and Yogurt
Go healthy and super tasty tonight with these lentil patties. They're a great meatless dinner and can be made ahead: Form the patties the night before or several nights before. Sauté them before serving with crunchy, fresh accompaniments including lettuce, yogurt, and caper berries.
TUESDAY: Crispy Panko Shrimp Salad
We're sure this recipe will become one of your favorites. All you need are five ingredients and 15 minutes, plus it stars shrimp—need we say more?!
WEDNESDAY: Spicy Thai Basil Pork with Sweet Coconut Rice
This week's edition of better than takeout is this stir-fried ground pork with basil and chiles. It's fast and delicious—what more could you want? An added bonus is the delectable coconut rice.
THURSDAY: Ricotta-Chive Frittata
Who says making dinner takes too long? This super spring meal takes just 15 minutes and calls for only 5 ingredients.
FRIDAY: Broken Spaghetti with Chorizo, Manchego, and Scallions
When you fancy something special but it's the end of the week and you're just about out of energy, try this one-skillet recipe. It's a quick take on the classic Spanish dish fideos, and it takes just 30 minutes to make.
SATURDAY: Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza
Yes, we're grilling! Better still, we're grilling pizza, and the pizza is topped with everyone's favorite spring veg. And if the grill doesn't appeal, well, cook on the stovetop (yes, really) or in the oven. One final piece of advice: Double or triple the recipe because everyone will want more.
SUNDAY: Roasted-Chicken Bread Salad with Peas
Here's your new chicken dinner, complete with sides. Roast and carve the bird, then whisk together a warm lemony dressing using pan juices. Toss it with cubes of toasted rustic bread, English peas, and snap peas, and arrange everything together on a platter. This makes a superb spring Sunday meal.