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Summer Dinners, Fast Meals

Here are this week's recipes—just what you need for a delicious dinner every night.

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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 or cook quicker then that but may require constant stirring. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.

Monday: Beet, Avocado, and Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

detox salad

Beets are the new kale—you heard it here! Or were beets kale before kale was kale? Doesn't matter! They're rich in iron and when made into a juicy slaw with celery and cucumber and then paired with avocado, arugula, and sunflower seeds, they make a crunchy, delicious rainbow of a dinner.


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TUESDAY: Broiled Spicy Pork and Pineapple

pork pineapple plate
Photography by: Joseph De Leo

Summery and a tad exotic, the luscious combination of pork, pineapple, and scallions broiled then served with a simple sauce made with fresh ginger and lime juice takes less than 30 minutes and tastes divine.


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WEDNESDAY: One-Pot Penne with Zucchini and Parmesan 

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

By now you know about our love for one-pot pasta. This is a super-easy, super-quick recipe starring everyone's favorite summer squash—grated not sliced. The only cooking needed is boiling the penne.


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THURSDAY: Mediterranean Chopped-Chicken Pita

It's not a sandwich, really. You could call it an open-faced sandwich, but we think it's best cut into wedges and eaten like a pizza. This combination of chicken, hummus, cherry tomatoes, raddichio, and feta is very Mediterranean in all the tasiest ways.


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FRIDAY: Fish Chowder

Photography by: Marcus Nilsson

Fast to make and satisfyingly luxurious to eat, this chowder is also easy-going: Use whatever firm-fleshed white fish—cod, bass, or red snapper—looks freshest at the market.


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SATURDAY: Grilled Steak with Tomatoes and Scallions


It's the weekend and it's time to grill—the flatiron steak is another underused cut that is also inexpensive and has plenty of beefy flavor. The scallions and cherry tomatoes are cooked on the grill to make a simple, succulent topping—and all in 20 minutes. Pair with grilled corn—with cotija and sour cream if you feel decadent, or simply with cilantro butter.


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SUNDAY: Open-Faced Lobster "Rolls" with Avocado Spread

Photography by: Yunhee Kim

There are no rolls here, but no one will miss them because everyone will be too busy enjoying the delectable lobster meat atop slices of grilled bread. Yes, grilled bread makes everything sublime, as does the avocado-lemon puree. No mayo, no butter, no rolls—just satisfied diners.


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