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Seafood

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon, Carrots, & Green Beans

Carrots, green beans, and teriyaki-glazed salmon roasted on sheet pans is as easy as a weeknight dinner gets.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Vegetables

Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, & Goat Cheese Salad

Serve this rich, colorful salad alongside juicy grilled pork tenderloin for a fall lunch with friends.

Yield: 4 to 8 servings
Soups

Simple Butternut Soup

Roast a halved butternut squash, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and then blend it in a food processor with a bit of chicken broth, miso paste, and a small amount of butter. It’s warm and satisfying, perfect for a cozy lunch at home.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Poultry

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Crumbled ground chicken, dressed in a delicious sticky hoisin-based sauce and wrapped in crisp lettuce is a tasty, fun weeknight meal.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Vegetables

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

This fresh, summery side dish gets even easier if you replace the oil, lemon juice, and cilantro with a little bit of high-quality bottled dressing.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 15 minutes
Seafood

Broiled Frozen Shrimp

Being able to pull a main course out of the freezer after work some days is the only way to save your sanity. This cajun shrimp is hot and juicy 25 minutes from start to finish. It’s hard to get better than that.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 25 minutes
Cakes

Chocolate Back-to-School Cake

Our son started Kindergarten this year, and I was excited to adopt a tradition of Joanna Goddard’s – celebrating the beginning of the school year with a cake.

This single-layer 8-inch square cake serves a small family a treat the night before school starts with enough leftover for the next night as well. It’s an easy recipe to make on a weeknight and is absolutely delicious. Rainbow sprinkles add a sweet touch of celebration.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Poultry

Poached Chicken Breasts

This simple chicken preparation is perfect for salads, pasta dishes, or a school lunch bento box.

Yield: 1 to 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Nibbles

Chocolate Sunflower Butter Energy Bites

Packing school lunches is a whole new challenge at our house. After six weeks, these protein-packed treats have become a lunchbox favorite. Any nut butter will do, though sunflower butter makes them allergy-friendly. They’re so easy to make that they’re a great hands-on activity to do with a new kindergartener, and they never come home at the end of the day (unlike those poor rejected baby carrots).

Yield: 16 to 18 energy bites Total time: 45 minutes
Cocktails

Mexican Martini

Like margaritas, but garnished with olives and served straight up rather than frozen or on the rocks, Mexican martinis are a quintessential part of hot Austin summers.

Yield: 1 large serving Total time: 10 minutes