Garlic & Onions

Recipe: Summer Squash Risotto — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

(Image credit: Christine Han)

A creamy, comforting bowl of risotto can be yours for the eating even on a weeknight. Add grated zucchini for a healthy helping of summer vegetables; chop some fresh, fragrant basil; and, of course, throw in a few handfuls of Parmesan cheese and you have a delicious vegetarian dinner to enjoy. Yes, there's some stirring involved, but pour yourself a glass of wine and put on a podcast or some music, and let the repetition be a relaxing meditation on the deliciousness to come.

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Recipe: Broccoli and Cauliflower “Coleslaw” — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Bringing a side dish to cookouts (and really any potluck) always feels a little bit like Thanksgiving dinner for me. I'm itching to go off-script, to prepare something new, exciting, and adventurous, while the rest of the family wants nothing but the classics. This slaw is the compromise where everybody wins. It ditches the standard shredded cabbage for a duo of crunchy chopped florets for a fresh spin. It's an instant hit with this broccoli- and cauliflower-loving crowd! The creamy tang of the lightened-up classic dressing will satisfy even the most ardent coleslaw devotees.

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Recipe: Broccoli and Cauliflower “Coleslaw” — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Bringing a side dish to cookouts (and really any potluck) always feels a little bit like Thanksgiving dinner for me. I'm itching to go off-script, to prepare something new, exciting, and adventurous, while the rest of the family wants nothing but the classics. This slaw is the compromise where everybody wins. It ditches the standard shredded cabbage for a duo of crunchy chopped florets for a fresh spin. It's an instant hit with this broccoli- and cauliflower-loving crowd! The creamy tang of the lightened-up classic dressing will satisfy even the most ardent coleslaw devotees.

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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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