One-Dish Meal

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: Flank Steak with Bourbon Cream Sauce — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Christine Han)

The meaty bite and fatty flavor of flank steak is pretty irresistible all on its own, but add bourbon cream sauce and this simple weeknight meal takes a turn for something far fancier. This quick-cooking sauce, swirled with smoky, sweet bourbon, a splash of stock, and some cream, is a luxe combo that takes your basic pan sauce to a new level — and your steak, too! Best of all, the sauce comes together with just three ingredients.

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Recipe: Fast and Fancy Spinach-Artichoke Mac and Cheese — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

(Image credit: Jean Schwarzwalder)

You love spinach-artichoke dip and you love mac and cheese, so it only makes sense that these two crowd-pleasers come together to make this luxurious weeknight dinner. If you think each one is amazing on its own, you haven't lived until you've experienced this dip-meets-dinner mash-up. With four (yes, four!) cheeses, a double dose of veggies, tender pasta, and a single pot, it doesn't get much better than this easy-fancy mac and cheese.

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Recipe: Crispy, Cheesy Sheet Pan Pork Chops — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Jean Schwarzwalder)

If pork chops are a regular player in your meal plan rotation, you're going to love this dinner. It's a fancied-up throwback inspired by the Shake'N Bake pork chops of the '80s and '90s. This version gets an upgrade from panko in place of regular breadcrumbs, plus the addition of grated Parmesan. Along with smoky spices and a hit of garlic, these sheet pan pork chops are an easy way to bring an old friend back to the dinner table with a few new tricks.

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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: Spring Vegetable and Chicken Braise — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

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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