Weeknight Meal Planner: 10/30/17
Any 5-ingredient dish that feels like more than the sum of its parts is a keeper, and this recipe is an exceptional example. The genius comes in the multitasking roles of the ingredients themselves: The liquid from a jar of capers helps to loosen the green sauce and give it a briny edge; green onions make up the base for the sauce, are sautéed along with the pork, and garnish the finished dish. Try the sauce on chicken or steak, or as a sandwich spread.
We began including recipes that serve two in January of 2015 for smaller families, empty nesters, or date-night dinners for when the kids have other plans. Since then it has become one of our most popular series. This quick, restaurant-worthy salmon recipe looks and feels date-night special but couldn’t be easier. Look for the narrow, slightly thicker fillets—these fare best under the broiler. Serve with a side of sautéed or roasted vegetables, or roasted small potatoes and a simple salad.
Try this quick, playful spin to turn pizza night on its head—in a good way. You get all the creamy goodness of chicken potpie, in a fun, eat-with-your-hands way that kids will love. Grown-ups will dig it, too, especially if you offer hot sauce at the table. Cooking the pizza in a preheated cast-iron skillet makes the crust wonderfully crispy so that it doesn’t sog out when the creamy sauce goes on. Be sure to use only 10 ounces of dough (though you’ll likely have to purchase in a 1-pound or larger ball); save the remaining dough to make breadsticks the next night.
A great stir-fry is all about timing. The trick is to have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start to cook so that every element can go in at exactly the right moment. Cooking in stages also allows the vegetables to get that irresistible seared-yet-crisp-and-tender quality. Sambal oelek is available in the international aisle of most supermarkets and is worth keeping on hand for adding a last-minute kick to many dishes. You could also substitute a generous pinch of crushed red pepper.
What could be easier than pasta for dinner? Cooking the pasta right in the sauce, saving time and cleanup and infusing the noodles with more flavor. The pasta is also endlessly adaptable, thanks to a short list of ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. Change up the spinach for any vegetables you have on hand (such as sliced zucchini and mushrooms), or add leftover diced cooked chicken thighs or cooked and crumbled sausage. We’ve happily embraced whole-wheat spaghetti as an alternative white pasta; it works especially well in this one-pot application.
The Hummingbird Cake is a staple for southern flair and charm. We decided to put our own spin on the iconic dessert by shaking it up. Now you can enjoy the classic pecan, pineapple, and banana flavors in a shake! Southern never tasted so good.