We're relying on the oven for quick meals this week.
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what's for dinner menu 11.04.22

Wondering what to make for dinner? Need some inspiration? Here's our list of suggestions: dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time. Yes, there will be pasta (or noodles!) and, yes, it will be delicious. We'll be here every Friday with five weeknight dinners, including recipes, shopping lists, and everything you need to streamline your week ahead.

We're leaning on the oven for dinner this week as a reminder to all of us that quick weeknight dinners don't have to be cooked on the stovetop. The oven can tackle all the cooking, or finish a meal that starts on the stovetop. Either way, you get hands-off cooking, no need to stand and stir.

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The produce and fresh ingredients you need to buy for your meals this week:

what's for dinner menu 11.04.22
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quinoa bowl with tahini dressing recipe WFD

Quinoa Bowl With Tahini Dressing

Everyone will love the combination of textures in this balanced fall dinner salad: chewy quinoa, tender roasted broccoli and red onion, creamy avocado, and crunchy cucumber and almonds. It's a healthy dinner that satisfies.

Picadillo-style chili recipe WFD

Picadillo-Style Chili

It doesn't get much faster or beefier (in a sophisticated way) than this. Our 30-minute beef chili is inspired by picadillo, a traditional Cuban dish. It's light on tomatoes but big on flavor from cumin, cinnamon, and poblanos, as well as manzanilla olives, toasted almonds, and currants that make deliciously different toppings.

shells with roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, and ricotta recipe WFD

Shells with Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Ricotta

You need a curvy pasta like small shells or orecchiette to hold the chickpeas, ricotta, and cauliflower in this tasty dish. The cauliflower and chickpeas are roasted in the oven and develop deliciously caramelized flavors. Though this dish takes a little over 30 minutes to come together, it's mostly hands-off time.

Curried chicken and coconut rice recipe WFD

Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice

Do you love chicken and rice as much as we do? It's such a versatile dish, and even if you're a die-hard fan, we think this version brings something new to the table. (Hint: It's the coconut rice!) Our one-pan dinner starts on the stovetop, then moves to the oven to cook for 25 minutes. That's our way of saying this meal takes 50 minutes, but for half of that time, you can tackle chores or kick back while dinner finishes cooking.

baked fish and chips recipe WFD

Baked Fish and Chips

It's fish-and-chips Friday and that's a good thing! Our baked version is so much easier and less messy than deep frying—healthier, too. It's all made on two sheet pans, which means you can sip a glass of wine while the oven does the work.

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