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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
Poultry

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

If you’re looking for a mouth-watering salad filling enough for dinner, but still lettuce-based (so it at least seems healthy), this is it. Romaine lettuce is topped with marinated and grilled sliced chicken thighs, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, boiled eggs, and honey-dijon vinaigrette.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 3 to 8 hours
Poultry

Chicken & Pea Traybake

Who knew a meal of chicken thighs and frozen peas could be so decadent? A long roast in a hot oven crisps the skin on the chicken, and the peas cook down in the chicken juice and schmaltz. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice to soak it all up.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Pork

Pressure Cooker Honey & Soy Pork Tenderloin

You can’t have enough recipes that are kid-friendly and can be easily served within 30 minutes. This honey-soy pork tenderloin, prepared in the pressure cooker, gets dinner on the table fast. Serve with hot rice and roasted broccoli or garlic broccolini.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Beef

Vietnamese Sugar Steak

Sugar is in the recipe’s name, but it’s balanced by the fish sauce, lime juice, and garlic in the marinade for this skirt steak, which is seared to medium-rare in a cast iron skillet and then thinly sliced. Serve with garlic broccolini and rice.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 2 to 6 hours
Soups

Pressure Cooker Ham Hock & Bean Soup

If you serve ham at the holidays, don’t discard the ham bone — it beautifully flavors beans and soups, and this easy pressure cooker recipe is a great way to take advantage of it. After the craziness of the holiday, you can put the soup on, put your feet up, and get ready for some comfort food.

Yield: 5 to 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes