The worst of winter may be over, but it doesn’t exactly feel like spring yet. So, while we’re still craving cozy, soul-warming meals, we’ll be honest: We’re tired of waiting all night for soup to cook or casserole to bake. That’s where these meals come in—each dish takes 45 minutes or less to put together.
Four 1-inch pieces ginger
2 bulbs garlic
1 red chile
1 red onion
2 red bell peppers
1 pound green beans
2 heads cauliflower
12 ounces frozen peas
2 white onions
5 celery stalks
1 sweet onion
1 pint mushrooms
1 bunch kale
1 bunch beets
4 bunches scallions
3 bunches cilantro
3 bunches parsley
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch rosemary
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 pound ground beef
2 rotisserie chickens
Four 8- to 10-ounce beef tenderloin steaks
1 stick unsalted butter
1 half-pint heavy cream
3 ounces grated Parmesan
Steamed white rice (optional, for serving)
16 ounces potato gnocchi
10 ounces arborio rice
Canned and Packaged Goods
One 4-ounce jar red curry paste
One 14-ounce can coconut milk
One 28-ounce can chickpeas
12 ounces beef broth
Three 32-ounce cartons chicken broth
Pantry Ingredients: sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, chile paste, extra-virgin olive oil, chile powder, ground coriander, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, allspice, nutmeg, breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, bay leaf, vegetable oil, sriracha, dried Italian herb seasoning
Monday: Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry
This weeknight gem comes together in one pan, because the only thing worse than cooking dinner on a Monday night is washing dishes.
Tuesday: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
Not only is this recipe meatless, but it’s beyond flexible. Feel free to use broccoli instead of cauliflower, snap peas in place of bell peppers or even green curry paste instead of red.
Wednesday: Swedish Meatballs
IKEA’s got nothing on this 40-minute copycat recipe. The real star is the four-ingredient savory sauce. Might we suggest serving the meatballs over 20-minute mashed potatoes?
Thursday: Chicken Gnocchi Soup
How the heck did we pull this soothing soup off in 40 minutes, you ask? By cooking the gnocchi in the broth instead of its own pot of water and using store-bought rotisserie chicken.
Friday: Cauliflower Fried Rice
You can make your own cauliflower rice in three minutes flat by using a food processor (but we won’t tell if you use store-bought instead).
Saturday: One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale
Want to know the secret to conquering medium-rare beef tenderloin at home? Cooking it on a baking sheet. Just season, assemble and broil to juicy perfection.
Sunday: Baked Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
Things you love: creamy, decadent risotto. Things to hate: stirring arborio rice at the hot stove all night long. Luckily, this beauty comes together in the oven instead in a skillet or Dutch oven.