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Pork

Quick-Brined Grilled Pork Chops

A twenty-minute soaking in a salt brine makes grilled pork chops tender, juicy, and flavorful. Serve with grilled baby bok choy.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes
Pasta

Farfalle with Spicy Sausage & Butternut Squash

This weeknight comfort food pasta dish is an easy-to-make family favorite.

Total time: 4 servings
Vegetarian

Roman Pasta & Chickpeas

Our lives have changed in the past month. We are sheltering in place in our homes due to the arrival of the coronavirus, so all work, school, cooking, and eating is now done at home. I no longer dash to get a poke bowl or go for lunch with a coworker, I don’t even really leave the house.

This comforting bowl of chickpeas and pasta, cooked in its own sauce, has become a weekly go-to lunch we can make quickly at home and eat while we work and help Leo do his schoolwork. Made entirely from pantry staples, it’s garlicky and satisfying, and is a small dose of reassurance in uncertain times.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Poultry

Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thighs

This is a simple, perfect way to cook crispy, juicy, bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. Dice sweet potatoes in 1/2″ cubes, season, and roast 20 to 25 minutes in the same oven for a simple side.

Total time: 45 minutes
Pork

Easy Pork Carnitas

Tender diced pork tenderloin seasoned with chili powder, cumin, orange juice and lime juice, is a fast and easy weeknight dinner.

For a large batch of slow-cooked carnitas, try Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pork

Cast Iron Pork Chops

Brining pork chops keep them juicy, and this is a great alternative to cooking them on a grill.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings Total time: 2 hours
Vegetarian

Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi & Veggies

Gnocchi is a pillowy potato pasta typically boiled in water like other pastas, but a recent trend in roasting all of the ingredients for a meal on a single sheet pan has inspired a new way to cook them. Shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi can be roasted straight out of the package, resulting in a crispy, chewy texture. Bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, basil, and garlic round out the meal.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pork

Pressure Cooker Pork Tenderloin

A great strategy for getting dinner on the table fast is to prepare part of the meal in a pressure cooker, leaving your hands free to make one of the other dishes. This well-seasoned pork dish is quick to get into the pressure cooker. While it’s cooking, make some garlic broccolini and rice.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, try these grilled pork tenderloins.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Vegetarian

Salty Crispy Tofu

Medium or medium-firm tofu can be hard to find, but it’s the perfect texture for this dish. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts at making tofu at home, I found this recipe, which calls for soaking tofu in hot salted water ahead of rolling it in cornstarch and shallow-frying it. It’s crispy and delicious, and one of my son’s favorite dishes.

Serve with garlic broccolini.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 40 minutes
Munchies

Grilled Flatbreads Topped with Peach, Prosciutto, & Burrata

Grilling pita or slices of nice bread and topping them with grilled peaches, prosciutto, burrata, balasmic glaze, and basil, is a beautiful way to serve an elegant appetizer or light entreé for a girls’ night in.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 20 minutes