It’s hard to find fault with a Philly cheese steak sandwich. What’s not to love about juicy steak, caramelized onions and peppers, and bubbly melted provolone all piled on top of a soft baguette? And, thankfully, there’s no need to plan a trip to Philadelphia to eat this classic combo. In fact, it’s surprisingly easy to achieve that authentic steak-pepper-cheese combo in the comfort of your home. Shopping tip: If you can’t find flank steak, top sirloin or skirt steak will both work well.
Are you searching for a recipe for a flavorful, healthy chicken dinner? Look no further than this simple, summery number. The Aleppo pepper-rubbed chicken packs just enough heat, and is paired with a lemony-marinated zucchini salad, all of which gets drizzled with a garlic and herb dressing. To make this recipe even more filling, add some grilled bread or pita. Shopping tip: If you can’t find Aleppo pepper, which is imported from Syria, you can use regular chili flakes.
This vibrant, delicious dinner packs so many flavors, textures, and colors, it might be hard to believe it’s so healthy. The caraway-spiced marinated beets are a new twist on a classic salad bar staple, and the crispy chickpeas are borderline addictive. This recipe lends itself to serving family style, and is pretty enough for a relaxed summer dinner party. Shopping tip: You can find pre-made baba ghanoush in the refrigerated or deli section of your supermarket, usual near the hummus. P.S. If you’re a strict vegan, skip the honey.
A bowl of mussels is so striking with the purply blue shells and orange meat—it’s a wonder that something so elegant can come together in just ten minutes. This version sticks close to the classics, with a base of butter, shallot, and white wine, plus some fresh tarragon at the end. Serve with toasted bread and more butter, if you want. To make this meal even more filling, you could serve with buttered pasta and steamed asparagus. Pair with a crisp white wine like muscadet or vinho verde.
Caramelized shallots are delicious, that’s a fact. But shallots caramelized in chicken drippings? That’s just next level. Here, they’re served with crispy chicken thighs, a rosemary-garlic sauce, and green beans, for a dinner that is rich and satisfying, yet balanced. If you want to make this even heartier, serve with buttered, toasted bread. Some grocery stores sell pre-peeled shallots, so if you’re willing to spend a bit more cash, they’ll speed prep up quite a bit. Serve this with a light, peppery red wine or a medium bodied white.
Polenta is a great ingredient for easy, back-pocket cooking. It’s plain enough to be malleable to many directions, and it takes easily to rich, salty flavors like Parmesan, like in this simple dinner. Topped with a saucy mushroom-tomato-thyme mixture and the combination is reminiscent of pizza, but in an elevated way. If you want to turn this into a bigger dinner for a crowd, spread the polenta out on a greased baking sheet and top with the mushroom mixture to serve family style. Add on some fresh bread and a peppery arugula salad and you’ve got an elegant dinner party in less than an hour.
This is the kind of dinner that proves that vegan food doesn’t fit neatly into any one box. Here, a richly flavored coconut rice gets topped with spicy, crispy tofu cubes, and soy-infused sautéed vegetables. Nothing boring about that. Don’t be shy when pressing the tofu with the paper towels. The extra-firm kind can stand up to a fair amount of pressure, and drying it will make for a crispier exterior once cooked. Serve any leftover coconut rice for breakfast, topped with mango and cashews or pineapple and toasted coconut flakes.
Turkey burgers get a bad rap, but it doesn’t have to be that way when you make them in your own kitchen. This is because you get to control the seasoning—since turkey is a blank canvas, the spices and level of salt can make or break the taste of the final burger. Here, chili powder adds tons of flavor, since it’s a blend of several different spices including garlic powder, dried oregano, and of course, dried chilis. Add some chopped onion and the patty is flavorful, not bland or dry. Topped with a lime mayo and ripe avocado and you might never go back to beef burgers.
When you think of pork tenderloin, all too often what comes to mind is a dry, round slice of unappetizing meat. Here the opposite is the case. A pound of tenderloin is braised in a brown sugar and soy-spiked beef stock in a slow cooker until the meat is meltingly tender. So tender, in fact, that you can shred it easily with forks. Served with fresh cucumber and carrots over hot rice, this meal is both comforting and fresh—a balance that’s often difficult to find. Leftovers would be delicious in as a fried rice, or tossed with fresh cilantro and greens for a filing salad.