Quick Weeknight Meals

Recipe: Spicy Canned Salmon Cakes — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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You don't hear much about canned salmon, as tuna seems to dominate the conversation when you're talking about canned fish. Here's a way to pull it into the spotlight in an unexpected way: Give it the crab cake treatment. While we love crab cakes just as much as the next person, crab's not cheap enough to be an everyday meal, so let's make salmon cakes that are just as fancy and tasty as their crab counterparts — your tastebuds and wallet will thank you.

These salmon cakes are influenced by an incredible crab cake recipe from Chef Ming Tsai, and they're held together by a spicy mayonnaise (that's also a dipping sauce!) and coated in crunchy panko breadcrumbs. They're tasty as a quick weeknight dinner with a green salad, but also fancy enough as your next dinner party appetizer.

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10 Ways to Turn Frozen Meatballs into an Easy Weeknight Dinner — Tips from The Kitchn

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Meatballs are some of my favorite foods to make and eat. They are so versatile and can be adapted any number of ways to feature a wide range of flavor profiles. It seems that almost every culture has some sort of meatball in its recipe box.

Keeping a stash of frozen meatballs on hand can open the door to any number of easy weeknight dinners. You can make your own meatballs and freeze them for convenience, or simply pick up a bag in the freezer aisle to use at a moment's notice.

Consider these options next time you're stumped for what's for dinner:

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5 Leftover-Friendly Recipes That Help Me Master Weeknight Dinners — Tips from The Kitchn

Leftovers might be the secret to manageable home cooking. Much like meal prep, leftovers are made while you're already cooking one meal and save time when cooking the next, but unlike meal prep they don't require you block out a few hours of time once a week. Make the most of your Monday dinner prep and you'll have something easy to prepare for other nights of the week. Here are the five recipes that I always cook for their leftovers and some ideas for turning them into other meals.

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Recipe: Spicy Ground Pork & Zucchini Stir-Fry — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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This spicy, satisfying pork and zucchini stir-fry, rich with ginger and garlic, is the ultimate solution when you don't know what to cook midweek. Toss everything together in one skillet or wok and it comes together in next to no time. Pile the good stuff on top of rice in a bowl and enjoy the comforting, well-balanced dinner in front of you. Go ahead and take that bowl to the couch if you'd like, along with a glass of wine, if you're in need of serious respite after a long day — it will most definitely help nudge you along toward the weekend.

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Recipe: Skillet Eggplant Parm — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Here is how you do eggplant Parmesan on a weeknight. This twist on the classic is just as comforting as the original, without any of the fuss. There's no frying involved and the whole dish comes together in just one skillet, meaning less mess and less cleanup — both of which are always a win. You still get those crispy, crunchy breadcrumb bits, lots of sweet, garlicky tomato sauce, and all that gooey, melty cheese. Served alongside pasta or simply with a good amount of garlic bread, this Italian-American favorite has never looked better.

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Recipe: Geraldine’s Mellow Tomato Sauce with Brie — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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For the most part, watching Instagram stories is always a good idea — especially since it brought the idea for summer's most amazing tomato sauce to life. Had I not been scrolling through my feed, I never would have seen this simple, must-make tomato and Brie sauce that managing editor Geraldine pulled together for a fast and fancy midweek dinner. It's the kind of no-cook sauce made with the ripest, juiciest summer tomatoes in mind. They're chopped and tossed together with torn sweet basil, a few glugs of good olive oil, and chunks of creamy, pungent Brie that melt into the sauce when hot pasta hits the bowl.

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