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What’s For Dinner, Mid-January Edition

A week's worth of cozy meals.

Senior Digital Food Editor

We get it, it’s January and you’re trying to make up for all the cookies, ham, and cocktails consumed during the holiday season. Guess what, we are too! Our sensible approach is not keto or 100 percent salads, it’s planning meals ahead and making dinner almost every night. Less takeout, less processed food, more vegetables, and the occasional dessert is the route to success.

Our weeknight meals take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, and 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: Lentil Soup with Cauliflower and Cheese


Because Monday? Wouldn’t the week start better if you had this ooey, gooey dinner to look forward to? Sure it takes an hour to cook but only 15 minutes of hands on prep, and isn't that is time well spent for what is basically a mashup of French Onion Soup and Cauliflower Cheese, with lentils ergo healthy!


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TUESDAY: Chicken Scallopine With Arugula and Lemon


Fast, simple, and utterly delicious, that's dinner tonight. Chicken cutlets cook in no time at all, and when they're paired with peppery arugula and curls of Parmesan—it's like having  a meal in a trattoria in Rome.


Chicken Scallopine With Arugula and Lemon Recipe

WEDNESDAY: Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo

salmon creamy orzo
Photography by: Julia Gartland

A one-pot crowd pleaser that starts on the stovetop with a rich-bacon flecked orzo, then moves to the oven after adding the lemon-coriander salmon fillets. This colorful dinner takes 45 minutes and it's a recipe you're sure to want to add to your regular rotation.


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THURSDAY: Sausage-and-Mushroom Burgers with Broccoli Rabe

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

With sweet Italian sausage and mushrooms, this patty is rich and irresistible. It's served in a ciabatta roll dressed with mayo and Provolone. Broccoli rabe provides a fresh, peppery contrast. 


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FRIDAY: Baked Potatoes with Assorted Toppings

Tonight set up a DIY baked potato bar for dinner. Get inspired by what's in your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry for a selection of fillings This is a dinner that will use up leftover cheese, bacon, frozen vegetables, canned beans, salsa, and just about whatever else you have hanging around. Plus it's a crowd-pleasing meal; everyone gets to add their choice of toppings.


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SATURDAY: Green Chicken-Enchilada Pies

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Comfort is a casserole. In this case, it is disguised as an enchilada pie: Corn tortillas are layered with tomatillo salsa, shredded chicken, and plenty of cheese.


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SUNDAY: Sauerbraten with Potato Dumplings

Photography by: Marcus Nilsson

A classic German dish, this beef pot roast's name literally means “sour roast" and is a reference to the vinegar in the marinade. Here, using Martha's own recipe, we add applesauce which brings a hint of fruitiness. And those pillowy dumplings, they're also Martha's idea—they soak up the silky, spiced sauce.


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