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Soy-Ginger Pork with Noodles & Greens

This dish is pure magic. The broth is amazing, and the warm pork, kale, and noodles are incredibly satisfying on a cold winter evening. We use the pressure cooker, but instructions are included to make this dish in the oven.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Dips

Whipped Hummus

I’ve tried all kinds of tricks to get super smooth hummus, from removing the skins from the chickpeas to starting with dried chickpeas and cooking them in the pressure cooker. This method uses canned chickpeas and is super easy, as long as you don’t mind listening to your blender run for a while. It’s delicious and has a satisfying, velvety texture.

Yield: 2 cups Total time: 10 minutes
Vegetables

Sautéed Mushrooms

Leo loves mushrooms, but I am not a fan, so I had no idea how to cook them. He has so few favorite foods and I don’t want to turn him off of anything by cooking it badly, so I had to learn. According to Fine Cooking, sautéing mushrooms over high heat evaporates their moisture quickly so they brown nicely and are flavorful. These mushrooms are easy to make alongside dinner and have, so far, been a hit.

Total time: 15 minutes
Seafood

Salmon Roasted in Butter

Roasted salmon is part of our weekly rotation because it’s easy, everyone in the house likes it, and we’re really comfortable making it. This is the first recipe we’ve found in a while that’s been easier, faster, and more delicious than anything already in our wheelhouse. Serve it alongside broccolini or kale and rice or farro.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Condiments

Garlic-Ginger Paste

This is a game-changer, especially when you’re trying to get a meal together fast, or when you are working on an already-involved recipe and could use a shortcut that doesn’t compromise on flavor. Prepare this garlic-ginger paste in advance, portion it in an ice cube tray, and freeze it. Then just pull a cube or two out of the freezer whenever a recipe calls for freshly grated garlic and ginger, and you’ll be your own food prep hero. You’re welcome.

Total time: 20 minutes
Vegetarian

Khichdi

With pantry cooking on the rise, and needing simple dishes we can make for lunch on a work-from-home workday, this one-pot dish of rice and lentils became a favorite. We even prepped “khichdi kits” of pre-measured ingredients to make it easier to get lunch on the table.

The toppings are the real star – don’t skip them!

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 40 minutes
Poultry

Garlic Chicken Thighs

This has become a favorite, quick cooking weeknight chicken dish. Cooked on the stovetop and well seasoned with garlic and onion powder, it leaves the oven free for a sheet pan of roasted veggies or Oven Roasted Steak Fries.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Vegetarian

Pasta e Ceci (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
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 roasted broccoli.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 40 minutes