Entrée

Arugula and Asparagus Ribbon Salad

During asparagus’s short season, serving it raw is a great way to enjoy it. Shaving the spears into thin ribbons and briefly marinating them in a quick vinaigrette turns the asparagus soft and almost creamy.

Sliced Steak with Arugula

This iconic Roman dish (Stracceti di Manzo in Italian) is perfect for a sophisticated, but simple, dinner in a hurry.

Mushroom, Bacon, and Arugula Skillet

This quick skillet isn't just for breakfast - it's an easy dish to prepare any time. Savory mushrooms, bacon, and eggs pair wonderfully with fresh green arugula.

Vidalia Onion Soup with Wild Rice and Blue Cheese

Vidalia onions will make this a one of a kind soup, but if they’re not available, try Walla Walla or another variety of sweet onion. If you have homemade stock on hand, this would be an ideal time to use it.

Vietnamese Caramelized Pork

Served with steamed white rice, this is a restaurant-quality meal that's surprisingly straightforward to prepare.

Millet-Scallion Pancakes

These delicious pancakes turn out satisfyingly extra-crispy, thanks to a relatively dry batter, and pressing the pancakes flat in the pan.

Creamy Spinach and Coconut Linguine

This is a gorgeous, Thai-inspired pasta dish, rich and creamy with coconut milk, ginger, and garlic, and tinted deep green from spinach and mint.

Rustic French Beets

Possibly the most delicious way you’ve eaten beets, this recipe uses the greens in addition to the roots. They’re served with creamy Boucheron cheese and warm, crusty bread.

Fennel and Black Olive Ciabatta Pizza

Using ciabatta bread for pizza crust makes getting dinner on the table fast and easy. This pizza is topped with a tasty and classic Italian combination of sweet cherry tomatoes, fennel, briney black olives and savory parmesan.

Kale and Black Bean Tacos with Chimichurri

These tacos are so easy to make, they’re sure to become a weeknight staple. The chimichurri adds a bright, tangy, and garlicky flavor that complements the black beans and kale nicely.

Pinto Bean, Kale, and Pasta Soup

 

This is just the kind of soup to make at the beginning of the week for lunches. It’s hearty enough to keep for several days, and is so delicious you won’t tire of it.

Crunchy Thai Kale Salad

 

This Thai-inspired recipe makes a perfect healthy dinner for one, but can be easily multiplied for more servings.

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Kale

Stuffed with a bunch of lacinato kale, these potatoes are tasty and seem indulgent, but have enough green to be wholesome. Serves 3 as a hearty main, or 6 as a side.

Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Chickpeas

This comforting, mostly hands-off meal has a sauce built right in, and has the kind of flavor that seems (deceptively) like you worked on it all day. It does take 24 hours to marinate, so plan ahead.

Steak and Purple Potato Salad

 

Substitute small new potatoes or quartered golden potatoes for the purple ones, and this hearty salad will be just as good. It’s easily doubled.

Sautéed Chicken with Meyer Lemon

This recipe uses heat and sugar to quickly pickle thinly sliced Meyer lemon. The sweet, sour, and lightly bitter pickled lemon adds tons of flavor to this fast chicken dinner.

Sweet Potato-Shallot Alfredo

 

Gluten-free and vegan, this pasta dish is creamy comfort food that everyone can enjoy. Toss in more cooked vegetables before serving if you’d like – steamed kale or roasted broccoli would be delicious.

Potato Leek Au Gratin

Scented with leek and garlic and enriched with cream and Gruyère, this gratin is baked in a low oven, which leaves a crispy crust and buttery potatoes. A mandoline will make quick work of the potatoes!

Wild Rice Burgers

Sure to please vegetarians and omnivores alike, these hearty burgers are easy to make and are so satisfying, with sharp cheese and just a touch of heat. If you've cooked the wild rice ahead of time, this recipe comes together very quickly.

Sausage and Feta Hand Pies

These beautiful hand-held savory pies look impressive, but they are incredibley easy to make. Perfect as a light lunch with a side salad, as an accompaniment to a larger meal, or make them smaller and serve them as appetizers at your holiday gatherings!

Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup

Hearty enough to be a one pot meal, this soup is richly flavored, easy to make, and adaptable – use kielbasa instead of the andouille, or substitute the sausage entirely with a couple of cans of drained white beans.

Winter Squash, Onion, and Red Wine Pandade

This is arguably the only way to eat winter squash. In the oven, the bread becomes surprisingly light, fluffy, and silky, the squash turns intensely flavorful, and the cheese melts into a browned and bubbly cap.

Brussels Sprout and Chorizo Beer Hash

Great in the morning for a special and substantial breakfast (but good for dinner, too) this meal will convert event the most serious Brussels sprout hater. This hash is perfect to make during the holidays, when you can double it for a home full of houseguests.

Thai Green Curry with Beef and Eggplant

Serve this authentic curry with jasmine rice. It's very easy to make a vegetarian version by substituting the beef for firm, cubed tofu that's been patted dry, and then following the recipe as directed. Simply omit the fish sauce.

 

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