What to Cook Every Night This Week (April 22 - 28)

It’s spring, and we’re craving light and easy dinners. Here, seven recipes to make all week long that pack in the fresh veggies. (Plus, a grocery list to make shopping a breeze.)

30 Light and Easy Dinners to Make Every Night in April

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Grocery List

1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch fresh mint
1 bunch parsley
¼ cup fresh basil
½ cup prepared basil pesto
4½ cups spinach
2 firm avocados
1 head cauliflower
1 apple
5 cups sliced mushrooms
2 pints cherry tomatoes
3 lemons
1 lime
2 heads garlic
1 small onion
1 small red onion
2 leeks
3 shallots
5¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
6 ounces shredded natural cheese
1¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup whole Greek yogurt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large eggs
10 ounces chili-ready diced tomatoes with green chilies
One 25.5-ounce jar tomato sauce
¾ cup dry white wine or chicken stock
One 15-ounce can black beans
One 14-ounce can chickpeas
1 bag polenta
20 ounces long pasta
1 cup cashews
2 teaspoons baharat

Pantry Ingredients

Cayenne, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, chili powder, gluten-free flour, all-purpose flour, red-pepper flakes, avocado oil, grainy mustard, honey

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Plant Power Bowls

Monday: Soft Polenta And Mushroom Bowls

A warm and creamy base is topped with crispy mushrooms and fresh, crunchy veggies. In other words, this dinner is just the right balance of comforting and healthy.

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What's Gaby Cooking

Tuesday: Brown Butter Chicken Pasta

Coterie member Gaby Dalkin brings you an easy recipe straight from Florence. Our verdict? You can’t go wrong when you start with pasta and toss it with lots of butter, garlic, white wine and Parmesan cheese.

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Snixy Kitchen

Wednesday: Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken With Spinach

This easy Whole30 chicken recipe uses roasted garlic cashew cream mixed with a jar of tomato basil sauce for a quick weeknight dinner. Serve over cauliflower rice, sprinkle with fresh basil and you're ready to eat.

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Pinch of Yum

Thursday: Spring Detox Cauliflower Salad

Now that it’s spring, our bodies are begging for veggies, fruit and healthy proteins. Lucky for you, this salad packs in cauliflower, apple, parsley, mint and avocado.

easy southwest black bean polenta casserole recipe
Cotter Crunch

Friday: Easy Southwest Black Beans Polenta Casserole

We love this wholesome, gluten-free, vegetarian casserole because it’s make-ahead and feeds a crowd. So when your one-and-only invites three of their friends over for dinner without warning, you’ll be totally prepared.

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Saturday: Chicken Kebabs With Garlic Lemon Yogurt

Having people over for dinner? Lay out this gorgeous, effortless platter with a plate of cheese and crackers and let everyone help themselves.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Sunday: One-pot, 15-minute Pasta Limone

You could spend all day making red sauce. Or you could get everything done on your to-do list (plus a mani and mimosas with your besties) and then whip up this dinner in 15 minutes flat.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?