Garlic & Onions

Recipe: Skillet Braised Cod with Asparagus and Potatoes — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Jean Schwarzwalder)

"Wow, what's the special occasion?" my husband asked when I set this dinner on the table. It was just an average Wednesday night, but judging by the looks of the shallow bowls filled with tender cod fillets, vibrant veggies, fresh herbs, and a fragrant lemon and white wine broth, I can see how he thought I'd planned a fancy dinner. And that is the beauty of this weeknight recipe — it is so beautiful and nourishing, yet so surprisingly easy to pull together. This dish doesn't just get dinner on the table — it makes you feel like a total rockstar.

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Recipe: Spaghetti with Crispy Pancetta, Peas, and Burrata — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Christine Han)

You know that basic box of spaghetti you keep stashed in the pantry? I'm about to show you how to really make it live up to its full potential. This gem is easy enough to pull together on a Monday night when you're pressed for time, but fancy enough to hold its own when you host friends or your new in-laws for dinner. Soft, creamy burrata steals the show to make everyday spaghetti and frozen peas feel super special. Crisp bites of pancetta add a salty twist, and a handful of fresh basil and mint balance it out with a sweet, fragrant aroma that keep this meal feeling seasonal and fresh.

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Recipe: One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

This side dish is so smoky and fragrant, you may find yourself pushing aside the main course so that you can focus your attention on it. Smoked paprika not only lends its intense flavor to the couscous, but it also adds color, creating the most beautiful golden hue. Toasted sliced almonds add textural crunch to the dish (something that is all too often missing in plain ol' couscous), and a slew of chopped fresh parsley brings its pop of green freshness to the equation. Enjoy this as a bed for roast chicken, grilled steak, or even just a pile of juicy roasted vegetables for a simple, satisfying meal.

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Fajitas — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

(Image credit: Christine Han)

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: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Broccoli Bowls — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Coming home to a comforting meal, especially one made in the slow cooker, is the savior of busy weekdays. This Italian-inspired rice casserole has tender brown rice cooked with Parmesan, chicken broth, onions, and oregano, and it's layered with reliably juicy boneless chicken thighs, fresh broccoli florets, and a can of cannellini beans. Scoop into bowls and enjoy this all-in-one meal that has protein, veggies, and starch — perfect for pairing with a glass of crisp white wine.

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The Best Way to Get Garlic Smells Off Your Fingers — Powered by Lemon

My kids love to help me cook, which is equal parts rewarding and frustrating. It all starts with good intentions — lessons about healthy food and passed-down recipes — and quickly devolves into an egg-cracking, kale-throwing, glorious mess. Toddlers are super tactile; they want to be elbows-deep, feeling and tasting everything they can get their hands on. So naturally cleanup is a big part of the ritual. Huge.

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