Garlic & Onions

Recipe: Skillet Ratatouille Cobbler — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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Ratatouille, the humble French vegetable stew, just begs for some crusty bread to sop up all its tasty juices. But let's take it one step further and make it even easier. Throw that perfect trifecta of summer vegetables — tomatoes, eggplant, and summer squash — into a hot skillet without cooking them, then add a scoop of thyme-scented biscuit dough right on top. After an hour in the oven, you're digging into a savory vegetarian cobbler. It's the perfect summer dish next to grilled meats or a crisp green salad.

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Recipe: One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

The only thing better than having fast-cooking pork chops in my midweek meal plan is when they're extra juicy from simmering in salsa, and the whole dinner hits the table in a single skillet. If you are a fan of saucy foods, be prepared to swoon over these pork chops. They're cooked on the stovetop in a chunky salsa that's punched up with a splash of balsamic, so each bite has just the right balance of sweet, spicy, and tangy.

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How To Grill Juicy, Flavorful Shrimp — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Here's why you need to learn how to grill shrimp: This affordable crustacean is the fastest-cooking protein you can throw on the grill, it feels fancy but is fast enough for a weeknight, and it can do double duty as either an appetizer that cooks while the main grilled event rests or as the main event itself. Plus, shrimp takes readily to a host of flavors, including the smoky ones that we know and love from the grill.

It does require some consideration before it goes on the grill. Namely, how does one keep the shrimp from falling into the grill or overcooking and becoming tough and dry over the hot heat? The answer is skewers and yogurt, my friends. Curious? Let's light up the grill and literally put shrimp on the barbie (had to, sorry).

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Recipe: Flank Steak Panzanella — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Even though my husband is totally on board with including "salad night" in our meal plan, he still approaches it with a very skeptical eye. His worry is that salad for dinner isn't going to be filling enough — even though it always is! To convince him once and for all, I combined a super-fresh panzanella with strips of seared, juicy flank steak. It's a quintessential summer dish fashioned from day-old bread, sweet tomatoes and cucumbers, the peppery bite of arugula, and a sprinkle of salty Parmesan, all tossed with a simple vinaigrette. Add it to your meal plan as the easy dinner that celebrates the season, and watch it satisfy even the biggest (and most skeptical) of appetites.

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Recipe: Layered Cobb Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Take this salad to a potluck and it will be the talk of the table. It has the familiarity of a classic Cobb salad, balancing the leafy greens and tomatoes with can't-miss ingredients like crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and a zippy red wine vinaigrette, along with a fun twist that keeps it feeling fresh. I like to consider it the trifle of the salad world. Like the dessert, you'll make this salad again and again because it's a crowd favorite that's easy to pull together.

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Recipe: Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I have to be honest — I never quite understood what all the fuss was about when it came to classic chopped salad. It doesn't excite me. This version, however, is in a league all its own with tender chunks of BBQ chicken, crisp fresh corn, crunchy cabbage, and a tangy ranch dressing that ties it all together. It's packed with flavor, makes enough to serve a crowd, and is definitely worth making a fuss about.

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