Chickpea Niçoise With Tahini Dressing
Niçoise salads have earned their place in the salad canon alongside Caesar and Cobb salads, and for good reason: the combination of fresh ingredients, tart dressing, and hard-cooked eggs is not only a delicious way to eat more vegetables, it’s also and deeply filling. Normally, a Niçoise has tuna, but this vegetarian version swaps cumin-spiced chickpeas in for protein, and a garlicky tahini dressing stands in for the traditional mustard vinaigrette. Add some crumbled feta for richness and the end resulting dish is a original blend of French and Middle Eastern influences.
Turkey Burgers With Lime Mayo and Crispy Oven Fries
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.
Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin
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.
Big Batch Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal
Baked oatmeal is the kind of recipe that sounds like a contradiction when you first encounter it. It’s baked, and it’s oatmeal? Isn’t oatmeal supposed to be a quick stovetop thing? Well, yes, but hear us out. Oats stirred together with many different mix-ins allows them to soak up extra flavor, plus you can make a big batch for a crowd without manning the stove, or dishing up a toppings bar. Not to mention, the addition of eggs in the batter make this breakfast deliciously pudding-like. Most baked oatmeals call for regular milk, but this makes use of coconut milk, instead. It’s both great for the dairy-free, and tasty for anyone.
Steamed Mussels With White Wine and Tarragon
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.
Make It Yourself: Fresh Ricotta
Once you try your hand at making this milky cheese (just four ingredients necessary!), you’ll find no shortage of ways to use it. Spoon it over bowls of pasta, spread it onto thick slices of warm toast, tuck it into omelets, fold it into dips, dollop it on top of pizza. And, of course, layer it into lasagna. This homemade version is creamier and more luscious than store-bought varieties—and it’s ready in less than an hour.
Edamame Pasta Salad
Pasta salad might sound retro, but this fresh take is perfect for a weeknight dinner or as a side at a dinner party. Here, with nutty edamame, toasted walnuts, and crumbled feta, you get something elegant and interesting. Sherry vinegar adds a nice mellow flavor, but you can substitute red or white wine vinegar in a pinch. If you’re making this ahead, leave out the baby arugula until just before serving.
Hoisin Chicken With Broccoli
This is the kind of dinner that makes you wonder why you ever order takeout. Not only does it come together on just one baking sheet, the ingredient list is short for such a flavorful combination. You’ll make a simple hoisin-tamari sauce to glaze the chicken, and roast some garlicky broccoli alongside. Chop up any leftovers to make fried rice. If you need this meal to be gluten-free, double check the ingredients on the hoisin, which sometimes includes wheat as a sauce-thickener.
Mushroom White Pizza
White pizza is the kind of thing that feels totally restaurant-fancy, but is actually quite easy to make at home. To make the base, simply stir together ricotta and shredded mozzarella with garlic and oil. Top with sautéed mushrooms and you’ve got something worthy of date night at home. This pizza is cooked grandma-style, stretched out into one family-style serving on a baking sheet. Serve with an arugula or romaine salad on the side.
Beer-Braised Shrimp With Radicchio Salad
When you eat three meals a day every day for your entire life, it can sometimes feel like there are no new ways to get food on the table. But here, with a buttery beer-braised shrimp and a pleasantly bitter greens salad, dinner is guaranteed to be a fresh and interesting take. If you’re not a fan of having to peel shrimp once they’ve been covered in sauce, you can remove the tails before cooking, or buy peeled ones.