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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
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
Poultry

Lemon Herb Avocado Chicken Salad

A bright lemon juice-based salad dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the chicken, is paired with tangy feta cheese and rich avocados and bacon to make this flavorful Romaine-based salad a weeknight winner.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour
Beverages

Guy & Leesa’s Iced Coffee

Now that we’ve learned how to easily make our own iced coffee at home, we no longer brew hot coffee in the morning. We go through a batch of this iced coffee every day and a half.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 24 hours
Beans

Leesa’s Pressure Cooker Charro Beans

A pressure cooker makes this classic Tex-Mex dish of pinto beans stewed with bacon, onion, jalapeño, garlic, and onion easy to serve alongside chicken fajitas.

(If you’re looking for a vegetarian recipe cooked on the stovetop, check out this recipe for vegetarian charro beans.)

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

Teriyaki Chicken Salad

We love this flavorful, guilt-free super green cabbage, broccoli, and pea salad topped with juicy teriyaki chicken and dressed with teriyaki dressing. It’s the perfect Monday or Tuesday night meal after a weekend of indulgent eating.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Poultry

Leesa’s Chicken Fajitas

I keep an eye on my smoke detectors when I cook these fajitas, but they’re worth a little unexpected excitement if you’re having friends over for dinner. Chicken marinated in lime and seared on the stovetop until juicy and delicious perfectly rounds out tortillas filled with shredded cheese and grilled peppers and onions.

To speed things up you can sauté the peppers first, while the chicken is marinating. They’ll have a little less chicken-y goodness, but if you’re hungry, you won’t miss it.

We make these fajitas all the time at home, but the pinnacle was grilling the chicken over a wood fire on our last vacation with friends to Big Bend National Park. I’ve never been so proud of a meal.

Serve with charro beans.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Beauty Products

Happy Spray

This is actually a recipe for yoga mat cleaner, but the original instructions said it could also be used as a room spray. We started using a spritz or two of “happy spray” in the air in Leo’s bedroom whenever he had trouble falling asleep, and now it’s part of his bedtime ritual. You’d usually opt for something less energizing than ginger at night, but the happy factor can’t be beat.

Yield: 4 oz. Total time: 10 minutes
Poultry

Roasted Clementine Five-Spice Chicken

We’re always looking for weeknight chicken recipes and really love the combination of five spice powder and orange with these easy chicken thighs.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes