Dinner

9 Tiny Ways to Make Your Weeknight Dinner Feel Special — Everyday Fancy

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Weeknight dinners are my jam — I love gathering with my little family around the table and talking about our days. I also have a 5-year-old who is obsessed with eating out and at least once a week asks, "Can we have a [dinner] date out, please?" The answer is routinely no, but that doesn't mean I don't indulge her in making Wednesday night dinner feel special to cure her craving.

Thankfully it doesn't take a ton of effort to make weeknight dinners feel special. Some things are obvious, like actually using a tablecloth or wine glasses, but here are nine of my favorite ways to make a weeknight dinner feel special for every diner at your table.

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10 One-Pot Chicken Dinners for Weeknights — Recipes from The Kitchn

The best weeknight dinners are the ones that require the least amount of cleanup. At the end of a busy day, no one really wants to be standing over the sink for longer than they have to, right? These 10 chicken-centric recipes are weeknight gold, as they only call for one single pot to pull it all together. Pull out the paper plates to eat (we won't tell) if you really want minimal cleanup.

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Recipe: Arnold Palmer Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs — Recipes from The Kitchn

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There's something magical that happens when you combine iced tea with lemonade. This refresher, known as an Arnold Palmer, is a classic for good reason. The two drinks bring out the best of each other when combined — the bitterness of black tea counters the sweet, sourness of lemonade. So really how can an Arnold Palmer get any better? By bringing it to the dinner plate.

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Recipe: Spring Vegetable and Chicken Braise — Recipes from The Kitchn

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You might be tired of heavy winter braises by now since spring is in full force, but that doesn't mean you should retire the braising pot just yet. All the gorgeous spring vegetables still work beautifully in a quicker, lighter braise — one where you can still taste the unique flavors of each vegetable.

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Fajitas — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Fajitas have the fun choose-your-own-adventure nature of tacos, with the added appeal of cooking things on one sizzling-hot platter. Too many vegetarian fajitas just skip the meat and cook onions and peppers together, but these fajitas do more, adding roasted sweet potato slices dusted in cumin and smoked paprika to the colorful mix. Stuff them into warm tortillas and drizzle with a tangy yogurt and lime crema and call it dinner. And because we're in the business of making things smart and delicious, one sheet pan does all the hard work, roasting the sweet potatoes, onions, and bell peppers to complete fajita perfection.

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Recipe: Salmon Hash with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Herbs — Weeknight-Friendly Salmon Recipes from Diane Morgan

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Salmon's second life can take many shapes — croquettes, patties, a salad Niçoise, you name it — but any extra that shows up in my house is now going the way of this herby potato and salmon hash. While this dish lends itself to good eating any time of the day, I'm going to have to agree with Diane on it being an excellent choice for breakfast.

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