Julia Levy

This pasta has got it all: richness, crunch, and a symphony of bright spring flavors. It certainly earns the name of “creamy,” thanks to a luscious sauce that slicks the sides of every noodle. You’ll make the sauce from leeks melted into soft submission in butter, which are then joined by a glug of half-and-half and some tart, crumbled goat cheese. To this, sweet frozen peas bring fresh balance, and to top the affair off, you’ll add a shower of onion-y chives and bright lemon zest. It’s the perfect dish for the first days of spring when the chill of winter is still sticking around.
By Julia Levy
In a world where dinner can be almost anything, the lovers of a so-called “square” meal of meat and potatoes might feel that dinner doesn’t feel like, well, dinner anymore. Not so with this easy steak recipe, which pairs juicy hanger steak with oven-roasted sweet potato wedges and sautéed spinach, plus a delicious compound butter to top it off. The butter in question combines garlic, fresh black pepper, and Parmesan and it’s so delicious you might as well double or even quadruple the batch to have ready-to-go flavor on hand. Add a pat to everything from breakfast eggs to a sandwich.
By Julia Levy
This delicious, healthy fish dinner is elegant and packed with flavor. You’ll nestle fillets of crisp-skinned halibut into a garlicky tomato and bean mixture, which is brightened up with lemon and fresh herbs. Parsley and basil are suggested, but you can mix it up with chives or fresh oregano. If you can’t find halibut, cod or grouper would be a good substitute. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the sauce and a light white wine like vinho verde. Pro tip: make sure your skillet is hot, hot, hot, and the oil is shimmering to get super crispy skin.
By Julia Levy
Finally, we are living in an era of vegetable-forward food that can please every palate, aka this is a healthful dinner that’s actually satisfying. This gorgeous, jewel-toned dish is a cornucopia of textures, flavors, and colors to entice the whole family. The silky carrot-tahini puree is beautifully balanced from the sweet steamed carrots, earthy tahini, and bright lemon juice. Nestled into this you’ll add umami-rich roasted vegetables, crispy chickpeas and just-wilted baby kale. Enjoy with a glass of sparkling white wine or dry rosé and finish with some dark chocolate.
By Julia Levy
A dinner with tons of flavor that’s on the table in 30 minutes? Yes, please! In the case of this one-pot chicken recipe, you’ll braise curry powder-spiced chicken thighs in a coconut- and cilantro-infused rice mixture. While this cooks, all that’s left to do is make a quick peanut sauce that elevates everything it touches. It’s a simple and tasty meal that doesn’t create a lot of dishes, which is why this will likely become a go-to in your kitchen.
By Julia Levy
Mamma mia! It’s a meet-cute between two classics: the flavors of chicken parm, rolled up into juicy meatballs. They’re bursting with flavor—Parmesan, parsley, and garlic—and slathered with marinara and melty provolone. What could be better? The meatballs are paired with spaghetti squash for a healthyish take on pasta, but let’s be real, regular noodles would work here, too. Shopping tip: Look for ground chicken that isn’t all white meat, since a mixture of white and dark will ensure moist, tender meatballs.
By Julia Levy
Delicious dinner alert! This hearty, Indian-inspired vegetarian recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and still manages to build intense flavor. That’s because you’ll layer in seasonings twice: First, cumin, mustard seeds, and coriander, which stew with the onions and eggplant, and then garam masala and cilantro stems, which simmer up with canned chickpeas and fire-roasted tomatoes. Shopping tip: Japanese eggplants are longer and thinner than the Italian variety, and tend to be less bitter.
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This easy fish dinner is more than just a healthy recipe. It’s also a template for building deep flavor in under 30 minutes, thanks to clever strategy. First, you’ll infuse broth with a delicious paste made from anchovies, garlic, and fresh oregano. Next, potatoes and kale get cooked in this mixture until they soak up the flavors, and you’ll top it all off with quickly seared halibut, which finishes cooking through with steam. This ensures each piece is perfectly tender in the center, not rubbery or dry. Serve with crusty bread for soaking up the broth, and dry white wine like Chablis or Vinho Verde.
By Julia Levy
Why fill a tortilla with pre-shredded cheddar when you could be layering them with elegant ingredients? Enter your new favorite dinner recipe: fancy quesadillas. They’re decadent, easy to make, and best of all, dinner is on the table in twenty minutes. In this case, that’s sweet pear, salty prosciutto, spicy arugula, and melty fontina cheese, all stuffed inside a crispy tortilla. Shopping tip: choose a just-ripe pear that isn’t too soft so that the slices can stand up to the other fillings.
By Julia Levy
Good weeknight meals take time into account as much as any ingredient. In the case of this quick noodle bowl recipe, 20 minutes gets you from prep to eating. And as far as quick dinners go, it’s hard to beat saucy noodles, especially when they’re bathed in a curried coconut milk broth. This vegetarian rendition includes tofu and broccoli, making dinner not only filling, but healthy, too. Of course, you can swap in whatever vegetables you have on hand—snap peas, grated carrot, or thinly shredded Napa cabbage would all taste great. Psst…If you’re sensitive to spice, remove the jalapeño seeds before chopping the chile.
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Don’t let the potentially unfamiliar name of Mudjara dissuade you from trying it. It's a Middle Eastern dish of lentils with onions and rice made with fragrant spices like cumin and coriander. Basically, it’s an easy pantry-ingredient dinner that turns into a satisfying and hearty dish. Not to mention, it comes together in one pot thanks to using pre-cooked lentils as a short-cut. The fresh, crispy salad is the perfect balance to the rich flavors of the mujadara. If you can find heads of little gem, small romaine-like heads of lettuce, they would be perfect here.
By Julia Levy
Need an elegant dinner for company? Look no further than this delicious (and easy) arctic char recipe with a crispy outside and a marinated fennel and carrot salad. And did we mention it takes only 20 minutes? It’s worth pulling out your mandoline to shave the fennel, since super-thin slices will make the salad easier to eat. As for shaving the carrot, a Y-shaped vegetable peeler is your best choice, otherwise a regular swivel-head vegetable peeler will do the trick. Shopping tip: If you can’t find Arctic char, feel free to substitute salmon instead. But, since salmon fillets tend to be a bit thicker than char, you might need a bit more cooking time.
By Julia Levy
There are some recipes that qualify as a home run, and this pork milanese recipe one of them thanks to smart strategy. This 30-minute pork dinner is not only quick, but it’s a major upgrade on your regular weeknight dinner thanks to perfectly crispy breaded cutlets with a secret ingredient: parmesan! It’s as simple as combining panko breadcrumbs and grated parmesan to get this deluxe upgrade. And by the way, it’s a one-skillet dinner, too. You’ll sear the pork chops, then sauté the green beans, and finish it all up with a garlicky tomato-basil sauce.
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Here’s a quick chicken dinner that’s great for a dinner party. To serve family style: arrange the charred kale and couscous on a platter with the skewers piled on top. (Any chicken drippings will be welcome on the pilaf.) Before cooking off the skewers, you’ll marinate the chicken, ensuring every bite is juicy, tender, and flavorful. Pay homage to the Moroccan-inspired flavors by serving fresh mint tea alongside dessert. Shopping tip: Lacinato kale is sometimes called dinosaur or Tuscan kale. In a pinch, curly kale will work, but lacinato’s flat leaves make grilling easier.
By Julia Levy
A good steak salad requires one thing: properly seared steak. The key? Get your pan and the oil good and hot before adding the steak to the skillet. Then, use a timer to track the recipe. It might seem silly, but this is the difference between a great crust and pink interior or the dreaded overdone steak. Once seared, you’ll pair the steak slices with peppery arugula, slices of sweet pear, toasted hazelnuts, and blue cheese. If blue is too intense for you, try a crumbled fresh goat cheese or shaved parmesan. Serve with a glass of light red wine like Pinot Noir or Syrah.
By Julia Levy
Unlike a standard jam, which can be super heavy on sugar, this cider vinegar-infused strawberry number has a balanced tartness. There’s no added thickener in this recipe, and since strawberries are low in pectin (a naturally-occurring thickener in many fruits), it’s essential to reduce the jam until most of the liquid has evaporated. Serve this spread on buttered toast, of course, but it’s also at home as a swap for traditional strawberry shortcakes, over ice cream, or in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
By Julia Levy
A snappy, crisp pickle is an essential go-to recipe for any home cook. Thankfully, your search can be over. This easy recipe combines standard elements—dill, garlic, and mustard seeds—with Persian cucumbers instead of the classic Kirby. That’s good news because Persian cucumbers have a high skin-to-flesh ratio, which makes these pickles extra crunchy. Using apple cider vinegar (as opposed to more traditionally used distilled vinegar), adds a distinct tart-sweet note to the spears. Some serving ideas: serve whole with hors d’oeuvres, chop and stir into salads, or muddle up with vodka for a twist on a dirty martini.
By Julia Levy
A good glaze recipe earns its keep, and this is no exception. Tart cider vinegar balances a generous serving of light brown sugar, and the whole-grain mustard seeds add spicy heat and texture. This sauce goes well with meats that don’t have too strong a flavor: pork or chicken marry nicely and don’t compete. Make this a fall meal with roasted sweet potatoes and apples, or lean into summer flavors with ears of grilled corn or peaches.
By Julia Levy
A creamy tomato soup is typically the result of, well, stirring in heavy cream. But in this vegan version, bread gives the soup its silky-smooth texture. Here's how it works: French bread is soaked in rice or almond milk before getting pureed with a cooked tomato mixture flavored with onion, garlic, and oregano. The vinegar stirred in at the end adds brightness and balance. Serve in bowls garnished with more fresh oregano, a drizzle of olive oil, and freshly-ground black pepper—and the remainder of the French bread on the side. Keep this recipe handy, because you’ll want to keep it in rotation all soup-season long.
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Forget counting sheep. Drink this warm, delicately spiced milk before you head to bed, and it may just help you catch more Zzz's. Feel free to use whatever milk you prefer, whether it's cow's milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or rice milk. You'll love the subtle notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, and the touch of sweetness from pure maple syrup. Once you try the cozy drink, you'll want to wrap your hands around a warm mug of it every night. It's nothing short of delicious.
By Julia Levy
A gluten-free diet doesn't have to be deprived of mozzarella sticks—we made sure of it. We accomplished this feat by coating string cheese (yes, the classic childhood favorite) in a mixture of cornmeal (instead of breadcrumbs), grated Parmesan, freshly-ground black pepper, and dried oregano. Then, after being fried in hot oil, we hit them with salt, more Parmesan, and oregano. Serve warm with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping. Everyone—gluten-free or not—will love these. In fact, we think you'll prefer them to the traditional sticks.
By Julia Levy
This take on traditional caramel sauce is fruity, slightly tangy, and, wait for it—made almost entirely of pineapple. After the caramel is smooth and golden, you'll stir in chunks of pineapple for texture and sweetness. The addition of chopped fruit also makes it a great candidate for an instant parfait: layer the sauce with Greek yogurt and chopped macadamia nuts, and you've got breakfast, dessert, or a tasty afternoon snack. It would also be delicious spooned over ice cream, as a topping for pound cake, or even as a cake filling. Both kids and adults will go nuts for it, so we recommend always keeping a jar on hand.
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The runny yolk in this breakfast porridge adds a creamy richness, while the fresh herbs make it decidedly savory. Prepping the big batch of porridge over the weekend makes it easy to enjoy this protein-packed version during the week, even on busy mornings. In addition to the egg, try adding crumbled bacon, sausage, or ham. Or, vegetarians can use vegetable broth instead of chicken and add avocado or crumbled tempeh to bulk up this breakfast.
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This satisfying breakfast is slightly sweet, but not so much so that you feel like you're eating dessert for breakfast. In fact, most of the sweetness comes from sliced banana, while just a touch comes from a drizzle of maple syrup. Sliced, toasted almonds add nuttiness and crunch, but feel free to use any nut, such as walnuts, pecans, or cashews. In the wintertime, add chopped fresh mango or pineapple to the banana. In the summer, top this porridge with fresh berries, which will also make for a pretty presentation.
By Julia Levy
This whole-grain breakfast couldn’t be easier to prepare, and we've come up with sweet and savory twists so you can take your pick depending on the day. Opting for quinoa is a great way to switch up your standard oatmeal breakfast, and makes for a cozy yet nutritious way to start the day. Quinoa is considered a superfood due to its high levels of fiber and protein, and has a deliciously nutty flavor. Though we used white quinoa, red or black quinoa would also be great. If re-heating leftovers, add a splash of milk to loosen up the porridge. 
By Julia Levy