Tag: weeknight dinners

Chefs’ Picks: Weeknight Dinners

by in Restaurants, May 21st, 2017

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Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

After a long, stressful day, weeknight dinners can make even the most-accomplished home cooks dream of hiring a live-in chef. We’ve done the next-best thing and asked the pros for new ideas — and some of their tried-and-true favorites — to make weeknight mealtimes a little more zen. Read more

Take 5: Italian-Inspired Dishes for Summer

by in In Season, Recipes, May 21st, 2017

Antipasto SaladA few days of nice weather in a row have us dreaming about lazy summer dinners. But then we snap back to reality and realize that, between camp, sports and work, summer weeknights are just as hectic as the rest of the year. These quick, Italian-style meals will inspire your dinners all season long.

Antipasto Salad (above)

Giada turns pasta salad into a full meal with the addition of antipasto staples like salami, smoked turkey and provolone cheese.
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Take 5: Weeknight Dinners Kids Can Make

by in Family, Recipes, May 7th, 2017

Depending on their ages (and your tolerance for mess), you may or may not want to turn dinner prep over entirely to the young chefs in your home. But these easy-enough-for-a-busy-weeknight recipes are perfect for involving both big and little kids in the kitchen, and they make tasty meals that everyone will have fun devouring. Read more

Take 5 This Week: Shortcut Meals You Can Make in Under an Hour

by in Recipes, View All Posts, April 30th, 2017

Sunny's Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo SauceUnless your meal prep game is seriously strong and you head into the week with 5 dinners ready to go (kudos, if that’s you), getting something fresh and delicious on the table every night can be a daunting task. Our favorite ingredient shortcuts, like rotisserie chicken or canned beans, cut a ton of time in the kitchen and can save you from another night of greasy takeout. Experimenting in the kitchen is a perfect weekend activity, but during the week there’s something to be said for effortless and tasty.

Sunny’s Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo Sauce (pictured at top)

No need to set up a pot of boiling water for this quick and easy vegetarian meal. Cook fresh fettucine with mushrooms and frozen peas in some chicken stock, which thickens up and becomes the base of this creamy alfredo sauce.
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Easy Beefed-Up Weeknight Dinners

by in Recipes, January 16th, 2017

Thai Beef with PeppersBeef dinners don’t have to be reserved for weekend decadence. You can have a protein-packed weeknight meal in no time with strategic prep work and the right ingredients. Check out these meaty recipes you can make tonight. Read more

6 Quick and Easy Summer Meals for Busy Weeknights

by in Recipes, July 12th, 2016

Pappardelle with CornWarmer weather is here, and that means long, busy days and summer nights spent outside. All this time engaging in outdoor activities leaves less time for cooking, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite summertime dinners that can be made in 20 minutes or less. (Turning on your oven is definitely not required.)

Pappardelle with Corn (pictured above)

Fresh summer corn adds sweetness to this pasta dish with tart tomatoes and fresh basil. Read more

One-Pot Pastas That Will Change Your Life Forever

by in Recipes, January 18th, 2016

Sometimes recipes billed as one-pot meals can mislead you. With most pasta dishes, for instance, sure, you can make the sauce from start to finish in one pot and then stir in the cooked pasta, but you’ve still got to boil the pasta somewhere, and that somewhere is another pot that needs to be cleaned. Then you need to strain the pasta – does a colander count as a third pot? Sigh.

Thus we bring you the true one-pot pasta dinner. This revolutionary method of pasta preparation allows you to skip the separate boiling and throw the dry noodles right into a pot with the other ingredients. As it cooks, the pasta’s starch helps the sauce thicken simultaneously. Food Network Kitchen created a version with fresh tomato sauce and a spin on classic mac and cheese, both with magical results. Try one for yourself tonight and you may never bother with two-pot pasta again. Read more

It’s Thanksgiving Week, But You Still Need Dinner

by in Recipes, November 23rd, 2014

10-Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi RamenThe meal of all meals is upon us. Even if your thoughts are consumed with brining and gravy and place settings, one thing is for sure: You still gotta eat. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, whip up these Beat-the-Clock Dinners that take 30 minutes, max. With these can-do recipes on your side, you’ll be energized and ready to go come Thursday.

On a particularly bone-chilling day, nothing seems more fitting than taking a bowl of steamy soup to the face. Perfect for the most extreme, need-comfort-now cases, 10-Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi Ramen (pictured above) is as speedy as it gets, coming together in one skillet and ready as soon as the broth comes to a boil.

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5 Basic Pasta Sauces to Master Now

by in Recipes, September 23rd, 2014

5 Basic Pasta Sauces to Master NowIf there’s any recipe to have in your back pocket at all times, it’s a good pasta sauce. When you’re armed with just a few simple (and likely on-hand) ingredients, jarred sauce can be a thing of the past, and no-sweat meals can be a nightly affair. Once you have these basic sauces down, a number of pasta dinners are just a rolling boil away.

Before you twist the lid off your next jar of tomato sauce, consider making a batch yourself. While there are many ways to make a classic red sauce, Ina Garten’s five-star Marinara Sauce is about more than tomatoes. She deepens the flavor with red wine and garlic, and she creates a chunky texture with chopped onions and crushed tomatoes. It jives perfectly with any pasta shape, as a part of a baked pasta dish like lasagna or even as pizza sauce.

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Go-To Ingredients for Grilling Season

by in In Season, June 17th, 2014

Go-To Ingredients for Grilling SeasonWhat do you really need on hand for quick, easy summer dinners? Here’s our go-to list — it’s a combo of veggies that turn into meals in a snap, seasonings that make everything a little more summery, and starches that help round out whatever you’ve got on hand (ideally without heating up the house too much).

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