Wondering what to make for dinner? Need some inspiration? Here's our list of suggestions: dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time. Yes, there will be pasta (or noodles!) and, yes, it will be delicious. We'll be here every Friday with five weeknight dinners, including recipes, shopping lists, and everything you need to streamline your week ahead.
We're singing the praises of the broiler this week. In case you're not familiar with this part of your stove, think of it as an upside-down grill. It uses high, direct heat—just like a grill—but in this case, it comes from above. The blast of heat creates a caramelized crust, which means big flavor.
The broiler is a boon for the weeknight cook that you really should be using more. To that end, we're sharing several recipes that show how quick and versatile the broiler is. We don't want to go overboard, so we aren't sharing five broiled dinner recipes—but we could have, easily. Hopefully, our mostly broiled menu will inspire you to try other broiler recipes and to use yours on the regular.
What to Buy
Here are the produce and fresh ingredients you need to buy for your meals this week:
Colorful, nutritious, and quick, there's a lot to like about this plant-based power meal. It fits our theme because the broiler is used to soften the bell pepper halves. They're then filled with a mixture of Swiss-chard and white beans, and broiled again to melt the cheese topping.
Broiled Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Water Chestnuts
The broiler makes this dish more hands-off than the typical stir-fry—and no one will ever guess it wasn't cooked on the stovetop. This method is so easy and fast, you'll have dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.
Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Watercress
There's chicken for dinner tonight—and it's paired with bacon. This sheet-pan recipe is our last broiler meal for the week, and it's another fast option, clocking in at 35 minutes.
Spaghetti with Shrimp and Olives
Shrimp might seem light and summery, especially when paired with cherry tomatoes, but when you add rosemary, capers, and olives to the mix, prepare for a hearty and totally delicious dish. Bonus points: This entrée will be on the table in just 20 minutes.
German Sausages with Quick Kraut and Curry Ketchup
How do you like your wurst? We rather like them on Friday as a fabulous one-pot dinner with this super-duper quick kraut.