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Poultry

Herby Lemon Chicken Skewers

These chicken skewers are so tender, juicy, and delicious, Leo ate them even though they had herby green specs on them. The easy weeknight-friendly prep guarantees they’ll make it into heavy rotation.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour
Soups

Chicken Noodle Soup

A great soup has to have a great broth, and this one is delicious. The original recipe called for making the stock from roasted chicken wings, but drumsticks were much cheaper and yielded so much meat that we didn’t have to cook meat separately for the soup.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 4 hours 30 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
Pasta

Pasta with Greens & Beans

I’m trying to eat more greens, more beans, and less meat. This warm, hearty dish is a delicious way to get collard greens on the table.

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

Butternut Squash Red Curry

This veggie-centric, warming, hearty dish is perfect for cold winter evenings.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour
Vegetarian

Pumpkin Lentil Curry

This quick, cozy, satisfying vegetarian meal made mostly of pantry staples is perfect for New Year’s week.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Vegetarian

Sweet Potato-Coconut Curry with Black-Eyed Peas & Collard Greens

We usually celebrate New Year’s Day with friends at the Salt Lick Barbecue, with the traditional cabbage (cole slaw) and pork (ribs), but this was my first year to have black-eyed peas. They symbolize coins, which along with collard greens to symbolize bills, are thought to bring prosperity throughout the year. We can use all the help we can get this year!

Serve with white rice.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Soups

Spatchcocked Turkey Stock

For Thanksgiving this year we spatchcocked a turkey two days in advance and brined it in buttermilk. It was delicious, and had the added benefit of giving us time to make this homemade turkey stock in advance, which we then used in Day-Before Gravy (trying to simultaneously make gravy and get the meal on the table is quite stressful for me, so making it in advance is key!).

This recipe includes instructions for browning the raw turkey parts, unlike most recipes that assume you’ve already roasted your turkey.

Yield: 7 to 8 cups Total time: 1 hour 40 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
Seafood

Crab Rolls / Crab Melts

Unable to eat out, we began to look for easy meals that were still a bit of a treat. This crab salad, perfumed with lemon zest and a tiny punch of minced shallot, is a small luxury we can prepare either as crab rolls or crab melts and enjoy in minutes.

Yield: 2 servings Total time: 15 minutes