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Turkey-Pumpkin Chili

Rating: Unrated
Is there a recipe that shouts “fall” more than a chili made with turkey and pumpkin? Probably not, and this delicious dish has ample spices to draw out the savory side of the pumpkin and cannellini beans to add body to each hearty bowl. If you want a fresh herb to sprinkle on top, try cilantro, which comes from the same plant as the coriander seed, which infuses the base of the soup.

Curried Chicken Soup

Rating: Unrated
Chicken noodle soup gets an upgrade in this curry-spiced version of the classic comfort food dish. Curry powder adds welcome depth of flavor, while baby spinach adds a fresh twist. The key to this recipe’s quickness is using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, which means that the meal comes together in around a half an hour. Psst… Don’t skip the step of toasting the curry powder before adding the broth—it’s essential to unlock the spice mixture’s flavor.

Turkey-and-Rice Meatballs

These family-friendly meatballs come together quickly—just turkey, rice, olive oil, and seasoning are required—and taste great with a crunchy kale and apple salad. The lemony tahini dressing is a winner—its creamy texture adds welcome richness to the plate. Pro tip: A freezer that’s stocked with these turkey-and-rice meatballs is your friend. Make with the salad as written below, or serve them stirred into a brothy soup, twirled into pasta, or beneath a blanket of melted cheese atop a garlic-rubbed roll. Thanks to their flexible flavors, they’re at home in many dishes.

Slow-Cooker Ragù With Spaghetti Squash

A slow cooker makes easy work of a Bolognese-inspired sauce, thanks to its gentle approach to cooking the ingredients, which infuses each bite with deep, rich flavor. But, the genius part of this recipe is cooking spaghetti squash in the slow cooker at the same time. It’s an easy, hands-off dinner that doesn’t skimp on flavor, despite being gluten- and dairy-free (unless you shower it with cheese, of course).

Feta and Watermelon Grain Bowls

This fresh vegetarian dinner recipe tastes like the peak of summer. Cubes of juicy watermelon mingle with creamy avocado and nutty farro, to create a healthy, easy dinner salad. Each bite is studded with pops of salty feta and herbaceous cilantro. This healthy grain bowl would also work well served as a side to anything you have going on on the grill. Simply cut the watermelon and avocado into smaller chunks and toss everything together. It would taste great alongside grilled salmon, planks of crispy tofu, or grilled steak. P.S. You’ll use the “pasta method” to boil the farro, which means you add the grains to already boiling water. It’s a quicker way to cook all sorts of whole grains, like brown rice and barley.

Eggplant Panzanella

What’s better than a salad that is mostly croutons? That’s a rhetorical question. A Panzanella is just that, a traditional Italian salad that features cubes of deliciously toasty, grilled bread. The pieces then soak up a bright, lemony vinaigrette and the juices of cherry tomatoes. Meaty eggplant makes this Panzanella hearty enough for dinner, while baby kale adds fresh crunch. But what ties all these elements together is a shower of shaved Manchego cheese and fragrant fresh dill. Make ahead tip: This dish can sit up to an hour in advance at room temperature. The bread will get softer as it soaks up the juices, so if you like soggier pieces, this is the move for you.

More Make-Ahead Meals

Spring Pasta Salad

This flavorful and quick pasta recipe features the best of spring’s bounty. Peppery radishes and crisp sugar snap peas nestle up to casarecce, a twisted type of pasta that allows the delicious sauce to cling to its folds. (If you can’t find it, another short, textured shape such as penne or gemelli will work well.) A honey-mustard vinaigrette—spiked with shallot and lemon zest, thank you very much—coats each bite, while a shower of mint and salty ricotta salata at the end adds a bit of decadence. Serve with rosé or white wine and enjoy the quick prep time and minimal dish clean up.

Summer Squash Farro Bowl

Rating: Unrated
Look no further for your next satisfying, delicious, vegetarian dinner. This healthful recipe balances building blocks to create a healthful meal–including beans, vegetables, whole grains, and avocado—and does it all in just 35 minutes. It’s amazing what properly roasting vegetables and chickpeas will do: the beans become crispy and chewy, the zucchini and yellow squash delectably caramelized, and the onion redolent with umami. For a gluten-free version, substitute short-grain brown rice or quinoa for the farro. Pairing tip: This dish goes well with a light, earthy red like pinot noir or a nearly effervescent white like vinho verde.

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin

Rating: 4.5 stars

Coq au vin on a weeknight? Yes, please! Normally this decadent French dish is an all-day affair, but thanks to the ingenious invention of a slow cooker, the chicken deepens in flavor while you work or sleep or hey, just sit on the couch. The result is a hearty bowl of comfort, equally at home on date night or when you host friends. Egg noodles are prefect for sopping up the luxurious sauce, but if you want a whole-grain alternative, brown rice or pearl barley would taste great, too. All that’s left to do when dinnertime rolls around is set out the candles, crack open the wine, and enjoy this delicious dish.