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: Grilled Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
We're starting the week with a clever recipe that uses the grill two ways: direct heat softens the peppers before you stuff them with a delicious mix of couscous, feta, golden raisins, herbs, and tomatoes. Then indirect heat (aka a skillet on the grill) is used to finish these super-summery stuffed peppers.
Tuesday: Shrimp Cobb with Cilantro-Lime Dressing
Cobb salad is an American classic and justly so. Here we switch out the usual chicken for shrimp with fabulous results. The bacon, avocado, and hard-cooked eggs remain, and the fresh, new cilantro-lime dressing pulls it all together magnificently.
Wednesday: Hot Dogs of Course!
Which city or state will you honor with your hot dog today? Chicago (veggie condiments), Cincinnati (chili, onions, and plenty of cheese), New York (sauerkraut and mustard), California (bacon-wrapped), Hawaii (pineapple!), or Wisconsin (bratwurst simmered in beer)?
Thursday: Grilled Tomato and Corn Pasta
Fast and festive, this pasta dinner suits if you’re still in holiday mode or back to work and pressed for time. Plus you get to eat fresh, seasonal corn and tomatoes—that’s always a good thing.
Friday: Sirloin and Summer-Vegetable Kebabs with Chimichurri
Another colorful dinner: thread veggies and balsamic-vinegar-marinated beef onto skewers, and serve with zesty chimichurri, a thick fresh-herb sauce.
Saturday: Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken
Grilled chicken is a summer standby and this whole bird recipe is a test-kitchen go to. Cutting out the backbone to grill it flat cuts cooking time in half. Learn more about this technique for upping your grilled chicken game. Oh, and marinate the bird all day for maximum flavor.
Sunday: Grilled-Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina Pizzette
Double this recipe because you know these pizzette will go fast. Pair them with leftover grilled chicken (if you have any!) and a couple of crowd-pleasing salads. Oh, and eat outdoors if you can. (The pizzette come together quickly, but you’ll need to make the pizza dough ahead of time.)