We're All About Cozy, Delicious Dinners This Week
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 or cook quicker then that but may require constant stirring. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. On the weekends, there's more time to try something new or cook something slow. Visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
MONDAY: VERSATILE VEGETABLE SOUP
What better way to start the week than with a big steaming bowl of soup, packed chock-full of vegetables? We love this recipe because it's so adaptable; you can use just about any vegetables but be sure to combine starchy roots with quicker-cooking veg like broccoli or zucchini, and add greens along with beans or lentils or quinoa for heft. Serve with some good bread and cheese for a soothing, nourishing meal.
TUESDAY: RED CURRY CHICKEN STIR-FRY
Sweet and spicy, fast and lively, that's tonight's dinner. In fact it's so quick-cooking that you'll need to start the rice before you make the stir-fry. The secret ingredients in this dish are store-bought red curry paste (lots of flavor in no time at all) and fresh pineapple. Snow peas play a supporting role.
WEDNESDAY: FREEZER BURRITOS
Need a quick meal for after trick-or-treating? Or a fast dinner for before you head out to the costume ball? These make-ahead, microwaveable burritos are the thing, plus they can be customized to suit. If you have 35 minutes, you got this. Better yet, make a batch and freeze them for those nights when schedules are different and everyone is hungry.
THURSDAY: PASTA WITH PEPPERS, SQUASH, AND TOMATOES
Sweet yellow bell peppers, yellow cherry tomatoes, and crookneck squash make for a striking golden pasta dish. Hot Italian sausage adds substance and spice.
FRIDAY: ROASTED SALMON, RED CABBAGE, AND NEW POTATOES
Here's a different way to cook everyone's favorite fish and, bonus, it's a one-dish dinner: Salmon is coated in grainy mustard then nestled between red cabbage and small potatoes for a healthy and easy sheet-pan meal.
SATURDAY: PRESSURE-COOKER COQ AU VIN
A French-bistro classic gets the Instant Pot treatment-and this version takes a third of the time! Instead of standing at the stove stirring and simmering as the chicken creates an ultra-savory sauce, the meat is seared in the cooker, then aromatics, cognac, and wine boil down to deliciousness, and the chicken cooks rapidly. C'est incroyable! C'est superb!
SUNDAY: LASAGNA WITH MEAT SAUCE
We're not ones to oversell. Knowing that our test kitchen proclaimed this the ultimate lasagna, you should try this recipe for Sunday dinner. It combines layers of a sausage-and-beef filling and a triple-cheese filling. Plus, with our expert technique there is no need to parboil the noodles. And who doesn't love homemade lasagna?