It's a new year, but you still need to feed your family every night. These easy dinner recipes are just what you need to keep everyone well fed. Our weeknight meals take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, many cook much quicker than that but may require constant stirring. On the weekends we like to try something different; recipes that cook long and slow, projects that get us using new ingredients and techniques, and menus to make entertaining a cinch. Be sure to join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
Monday: Baked Scallops
Here’s a restaurant-worthy dish for the last night of the year. It’s quick to make and utterly delicious. Round out this main with bread and salad or or serve the scallops over spaghetti.
TUESDAY: Broiled Pork Tenderloin with Black-Eyed-Pea Salad
We're savoring some traditional New Year foods but in a fresh, fast way: black-eyed peas bring luck in a salad with avocado, and the pork cooks in just 12 minutes when it’s broiled.
WEDNESDAY: Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup
If you’re back to the office today or if you've been at work throughout the holidays, you’ll be happy to come home to this satisfying soup. It's one of our four fast ways to get a healthy restorative chicken soup on the table after work.
THURSDAY: North African Beef-and-Carrot Stew with Mint
What a winner, this stew is full of flavor. It tastes as though it cooked long and slow but using boneless sirloin, chicken broth, and a touch of cinnamon means it actually takes just 35 minutes to get on the table. Bet you'll be cooking this on repeat in 2019.
FRIDAY: Salmon Noodle Casserole
Creamy, comforting, and economical (three quarters of a pound of salmon serves six with this casserole), this is a crowd-pleasing dinner. Plus it can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated, a boon for the busy cook.
SATURDAY: Minestrone and Parmesan Biscuit Potpie
Comfort might be a casserole, but it can also be a potpie. Topped with cheesy biscuits, this hearty vegetable-and-bean pie is a prime example. It's a great way to encourage those less keen about vegetables (kale, leeks, butternut squash), to enjoy them.
SUNDAY: Roast Chicken with Lemony Harissa Glaze
Come January with it's cold, often dreary days, there's nothing better than a Sunday roast. This spatchcocked chicken is glazed with a lively mix of lemon juice, zest, ginger, scallions, cilantro, and harissa, plus homemade marmalade (yes, you can sub store-bought). It's the delicious antidote to a grey weekend.