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weeknight

Pasta

Farfalle with Spicy Sausage & Butternut Squash

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

Total time: 4 servings
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
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
Starches

Garlic Noodles

Butter, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, and Parmesan seems like a funky combination, but it’s a delicious way to dress a side of noodles.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 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
Vegetables

Easy Skillet Kale with Lemon & Garlic

I’m late to the kale party, but have been looking for healthy vegetable recipes to serve as side dishes. This is a super easy (you tear the leaves with your hands, rather than chop them, and you don’t even have to dry the leaves after you rinse them) and quick side for a weeknight dinner.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 20 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
Vegetables

Garlic Broccolini

This broccolini, sautéed until the edges are crispy, seasoned with salt and garlic, and then steamed until just tender, is so, so good. It’s done on the stovetop in less than 20 minutes, making it an easy weeknight veggie.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Grains

Pressure Cooker Cilantro Lime Rice

This flavorful rice with cilantro and lime juice is prepared in a pressure cooker, which allows you to start the cooking process and walk away to focus on other dishes. It pairs well with chicken fajitas and charro beans.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes