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. On the weekends we switch things up with cooking projects, long, slow cooking meals, and recipes for entertaining. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
Monday: Gnocchi with Peas and Egg
Start the week witih a filling meatless meal that highlights fresh seasonal produce and takes just 35 minutes to make. Bonus: the peas and arugula cook along with the gnocchi. Yes, you'll need a second pan for the creamy sauce, but it's worth it for this sensational spring dinner.
TUESDAY: Asian Chicken Salad
We love a dinner salad, and this recipe crushes it completely: it's colorful, crunchy, hearty, and features moist, delicate poached chicken. Once you've cooked the chicken and prepped the vegetables and herbs (both can be done ahead), this meal will be on the table in no time at all.
WEDNESDAY: Fish Taco Bowl with Lime Crema
If you love a fish taco, you'll want to switch things up and try this ace fish taco bowl. It's a genius way to use leftover cooked rice, or any other leftover grain you have on hand. It you can't find striped bass, you can sub another white fish or even shrimp. It'a also an inspired way to entice picky eaters to try new foods—it's colorful and easy to customize.
THURSDAY: Penne with Spinach Pesto and Turkey Sausage
Fresh spinach meets frozen peas in this 35-minute weeknight pasta. The veg stands in for the usual basil in the pesto, then more spinach is crisped in the oven alongside the sausage. It's a cheesy, green, and totally delicious dinner.
FRIDAY: Parmesan Pork with Polenta and Asparagus
Tonight we're serving up another 35-minute dinner. It'll actually take 25 minutes of hands-on time and 35 minutes to the table. Using a tube of polenta speeds the cooking while Parmesan is our secret-weapon ingredient; it's used to create a golden, umami-packed crust for the pork cutlets.
SATURDAY: Chesapeake Blue Crab Cakes with Fried Oysters
Here's something special for dinner tonight. We're feeling fancy and hope you are too. These crab cakes make any night special—the fried oyster topping takes them into truly spectacular territory, but feel free to skip if oysters aren't your thing. Don't, however, miss out on the simple Tomato-Cucumber Relish.
SUNDAY: Grilled Marinated Hanger Steak
We promised grilling and here it is, in all its beefy glory. The steak needs to marinate for at least 6 hours, so do that right after breakfast or even the night before. Once the meat has marinated, it needs just 12 minutes to cook and 5 minutes to rest before slicing. Serve with potato salad and carrot-and-kale salad, or a big leafy green salad and grilled corn.