Weeknight Dinners That Are Just Right for Spring
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. Some recipes will be much faster than that. We'll suggest what you can do to prep ahead and cut down on weeknight work. Recipes will be family-friendly, but we'll stretch the boundaries beyond chicken tenders and broccoli. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
Monday: Mushroom Tortellini with Arugula
Take store-bought cheese tortellini to the next level: This easy, tasty vegetarian dinner comes together in 30 minutes but seems fancy as it's made with mix of shiitake, oyster, and cremini mushrooms that are sautéed and tossed with the pasta. (Feel free to use just your favorite mushroom or a different combo.) We use a little pasta water with crème fraîche and parmesan for the sauce and fold in plenty of arugula right before serving.
Tuesday: Farro Risotto with Shrimp
We mentioned risotto before, but did you know this weeknight staple can be made with grains other than rice? Farro, as used in this healthy springtime meal, is the Italian name for emmer wheat. It has a nutty taste, and the pearled version has some of the bran removed so is quicker to cook than regular farro (just like with pearled barley compared to whole-grain barley).
Wednesday: Beef and Cheddar Hand Pies
Ground beef is amped up with Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, and cheddar, enrobed in storebought puff pastry, and baked until golden in this satisfying weeknight supper. Round out the plate with roasted broccoli rabe. If you're really feeling springlike, roast (or boil) some asparagus as your green
Thursday: Orange Pork with Watercress Rice
Dinner tonight fits the spring criteria because watercress appears in the wild in spring and it's a peppery green that's just what you need after a winter of root vegetables. Better still, you didn't need to forage for watercress because it's available bagged or in bunches in most supermarket produce departments. And when lively watercress is paired with juicy pork tenderloin and a zesty orange marmalade, fish sauce, lime juice, and fresh ginger sauce, the result is a meal that elevates Thursday and one you'll want to make on repeat.
Friday: Chicken Posole
A delicious dinner where the stove does the work. Invest 10 minutes in prep, then set the chicken thighs to simmer with tomato paste, Savoy cabbage, chicken broth, and herbs while you kick back with a beer and catch up with your family. Stir in the all-important hominy after you shred the cooked chicken into the soup. And be sure to serve with lime wedges, cilantro, and plenty of tortilla chips.
Saturday: Asparagus Custard Tart
Using store-bought puff pastry means minimal prep time for this stunning asparagus-studded tart. Serve it with a green salad to balance out the rich, cheesy filling.
Sunday: Lamb-and-Rice-Stuffed Cabbage
Traditional stuffed cabbage gets a delicious makeover: ground lamb, brown rice, pine nuts, dried currants, and fresh herbs are neatly folded into Savoy cabbage rolls and baked in a sweet-and-sour tomato sauce until tender and fragrant.