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Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (September 27 - October 3)

PureWow logo PureWow 9/23/2021 (Taryn Pire)

Cooking dinner should (hopefully) never feel like a chore. But after a long day, standing at the stove for an hour can feel like a tall order. So, this week's roundup stars quick, easy recipes that are just right for busy weeknights. These seven dinners take 45 minutes or less to prepare, so you'll get to bypass takeout without spending *too* much time making your meal.

RELATED: 54 Fast Dinner Ideas You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

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Shopping List

Produce2 limes

2 lemons

Two 1-inch pieces ginger

10 garlic cloves

6 ounces trimmed snap peas

1 pound mixed cherry tomatoes

1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes

2 pints red cherry tomatoes

1 medium onion

2 pounds medium carrots

3 ounces baby arugula

2 to 3 poblano peppers

2 red onions

1 ear corn

1 avocado

2 red bell peppers

1 small eggplant

2 small zucchini

1 large head cauliflower

1 bunch scallions

3 bunches cilantro

1 bunch radishes

1 bunch asparagus

1 bunch parsley

1 bunch mint

1 bunch scallions

Gallery: 50 Easy Dinner Ideas for Busy Weeknights (The Daily Meal)


One 1- to 1½-pound center-cut salmon fillet (or four 3- to 4-ounce small fillets)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)

8 large eggs

1½ pounds chicken sausage


Coconut yogurt, for serving (optional)

4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving

1 stick butter

Crumbled queso fresco cheese, for serving

Grains2 bundles soba noodles

4 small tortillas

Steamed white or wild rice, for serving

Canned and Packaged GoodsWhite and black sesame seeds

Basil pesto

One 32-ounce carton vegetable or chicken stock

One 13-ounce can coconut milk

Pantry Ingredients: creamy peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, agave, sriracha, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, cayenne pepper, all-purpose flour, plain dried breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, canola or vegetable oil, balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes, hot sauce, smoked paprika

Monday: Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

This three-step recipe comes together in a flash with the help of a blender or food processor. Feel free to jack up the protein with tofu or chicken.

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Tuesday: Salmon with Pesto and Blistered Tomatoes

After rotisserie chicken, jarred pesto is our favorite shortcut in the book, since just a dollop can instantly turn the flavor of a dish up 100 notches. Case in point: this decidedly unfussy-yet-fancy salmon.

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Wednesday: Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup

Homemade soup in just 30 minutes? That's the beauty of the Instant Pot. If you don't have an immersion blender, whirl the soup in batches in your blender instead until it's smooth and creamy.

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Thursday: Chrissy Teigen’s Cheesy Chicken Milanese

Any salad served atop a shatteringly crisp, cheese-stuffed chicken cutlet is our kind of salad. Even your picky kids will have no complaints about the veggies amidst all that mozzarella.

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Friday: Egg Tacos with Roasted Poblano, Onion and Corn Salsa

When our laziness puts dinner in jeopardy, it's protein-rich eggs to the rescue. The salsa is a great way to use up the last of summer's corn (though canned kernels are fine in a pinch).

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Saturday: Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage

The ultimate way to clear your fridge of produce that's seen better days. Even better, it all comes together on a baking sheet, so you'll have minimal dirty dishes to wash after you eat.

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Sunday: Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon-Herb Sauce

Bust out your trusty cast iron skillet or grill pan for this one, so the cauliflower steaks can get as much smoky char as possible.

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RELATED: 50 Kid-Friendly Dinners That Are Quick and Easy

For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.


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