It’s that time again; you’re thinking about dinner and what to cook. 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, slow cooking meals, and recipes for entertaining. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
Monday: Butter-Lettuce Salad with Egg and Potatoes
Sunny-side-up eggs and boiled potatoes add heft to this meatless main-course salad of butter lettuce, white asparagus, sugar snap peas, and chives.
Tuesday: Lemon-Ginger Chicken and Green Beans
A 30-minute chicken dinner that starts with skinless, boneless chicken breasts: first they’re seared, then they're finished in a poaching liquid flavored with fresh ginger (poaching helps keep them moist.) Serve with a fast side of couscous and a crunchy cucumber and cherry tomato salad.
Wednesday: Seared-Tuna Taco Bowl
A power bowl meal that will get you over hump day. An economical choice too, as one tuna steak serves four when accompanied by black beans, rice, and a delicious red-cabbage slaw.
Thursday: Bacon, Pea, and Fresh Herb Pasta
This is a herb-heavy dish, packed with fresh parsley, dill, and chives, plus sweet peas and a touch of goat cheese—oh yes and there’s bacon too! Any short pasta works for this recipe.
Friday: Lamb, Tomato, and Mint Kebabs
This is a total winner of a dinner, easy and delicious. If you haven’t grilled lamb before, you’ll really be pleased with these juicy chunks. Mint is the perfect partner and gives these skewers a Greek flair. Serve with a big leafy salad and pita bread.
Saturday: Grilled-Chicken Tostadas with Tomatillo-Cilantro Salsa
Something a little different tonight. Yes we’re grilling and grilling our favorite boneless, skinless chicken thighs, but we’re serving them with an addictive tomatillo, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime salsa that’s a cinch to make. Cinnamon-scented smashed beans make the perfect side.
(Start the pulled pork tonight for Sunday, it needs to marinate good and long.)
Sunday: Classic North Carolina Pulled Pork
We’re getting into the Fourth of July spirit here with slow-cooked pork the North Carolina way. The pork doesn't need a lot of tending, and the smoky, tender results are just right with the sweet and tangy sauce, potato buns, and plenty of coleslaw.