What to Cook Every Night This Week (March 11 - 17)

Good and bad news, ladies: Spring is taking its sweet time to get here, but that means you can still eat all the creamy-cheesy-carby foods you want. We rounded up our favorite speedy favorites. (Don’t worry: There’s one salad too, because, balance.) 

31 Effortless Dinners to Make Every Night This Month


Shopping List

1 bunch parsley
1 bunch fresh rosemary
1 bunch fresh thyme
1 bunch fresh oregano
1 bunch fresh tarragon
3 cups baby arugula 
1 bunch scallions
12 garlic cloves
2 shallots
1 large yellow onion
3 pounds baby potatoes
1 bunch asparagus
1 cup broccoli slaw
2 cups baby spinach
1 orange
2 lemon
2¼ avocados
½ pound white mushrooms
¼ cup green goddess dressing
2½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 whole chicken legs (thigh and drumstick)
One 4½-pound whole chicken
3 pounds beef chuck or round roast
15 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup sour cream
1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded havarti or fontina cheese
12 slices provolone cheese
12 ounces egg noodles
12 ounces spaghetti
2 pieces of naan
6 long rolls
One 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
4 cups beef broth

Pantry Ingredients

Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, all-purpose flour, extra-virgin olive oil, za’atar, honey, crushed red-pepper flakes, balsamic vinegar, onion powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, bay leaf

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Monday: Slow-cooker Whole Chicken With Potatoes

Prep everything Sunday night and let your bird cook slow and low all day Monday. Save the leftover chicken for Tuesday night; you’ll be so thankful that dinner’s already halfway done.

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Tuesday: Green Bowl With Chicken, Citrus And Herbs

Confession: There are so many gorgeous healthy bowl recipes on the Internet that sometimes we get overwhelmed and order takeout. But we guarantee that this recipe is everything you could ever want: filling cruciferous vegetables, creamy avocado and plenty of hearty chicken (leftover from last night).

avocado pasta recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Wednesday: Spaghetti With Avocado Pasta Sauce

On hump day, we’re usually being pulled in five different directions. That’s when we crave something satisfying and ridiculously easy. Enter this 30-minute pasta dish, which is rich but totally virtuous thanks to two whole mashed avocados.

slow cooker french dip sandwich recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Thursday: Slow-cooker French-dip Sandwiches

They're as easy as throwing some deli meat between two slices of bread—but so much more special. 

chicken paprikash recipe
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Friday: Chicken Paprikash

Having friends over for dinner? Presenting Coterie member Gaby Dalkin’s secret weapon: A Hungarian pasta dish made from egg noodles and the richest, creamiest tomato-chicken sauce. Unusual, but totally crowd-pleasing.

garlic naan grilled cheese recipe
Half Baked Harvest

Saturday: Garlic Naan Grilled Cheese

It’s the weekend, y’all. Time to eat whatever the heck you want. (Bonus points if it’s super easy and family-friendly, too, like this 15-minute recipe.)

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Ellen Silverman/Everyday Dorie

Sunday: Dorie Greenspan’s Sheet-pan Balsamic Chicken With Baby Potatoes And Mushrooms

Some Sundays, you feel like cooking up a big batch of soup for the week ahead. Others, you’ve got people to see and places to be. Save this slam-dunk dinner for the latter.