Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (April 19 – 25)

Can’t wait for grilling season? Join the club. It may not be warm enough to cook outside on the reg just yet, but you can still get an early taste of your summer favorites without firing up the barbecue. Here are seven dinners to cook this week that are bound to hold you over until warmer days arrive.

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Shopping List

6 limes
2 poblano peppers
7 garlic cloves
1½ pounds sweet potatoes
1 head cauliflower
2 avocados
1 head green leaf lettuce
2 carrots
1 medium English cucumber
1 large lemon
2 red onions
1 pint cherry tomatoes
4 ears corn (or 2 cups canned corn kernels)
1 head red cabbage
6 Persian cucumbers
1 shallot
1 sweet onion
4 bunches cilantro
3 bunches scallions
1 bunch basil
1 bunch mint
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch oregano
1 bunch chives, for serving

8 chicken thighs
3 eggs
24 shrimp
1½ pounds beef tenderloin, cubed
8 strips bacon
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 half-pint heavy cream
3 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
1 stick unsalted butter

4 Kaiser rolls
16 ounces bucatini
6 small corn tortillas (or 6 store-bought tostadas)

Canned and Packaged Goods
One 14-ounce can corn kernels
Sesame seeds
12 rice paper spring roll wrappers
1 package rice noodles or ban threads
Sweet chili sauce, for serving
One 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes

Pantry Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, all-purpose flour, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, freshly ground black pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, hot sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, sugar, sriracha, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, yellow mustard, chile powder

Monday: Lime Chicken With Corn And Poblano Salad

Aka the tastiest way to feed four people for just $10. The recipe calls for canned corn, but feel free to substitute a few fresh ears when they’re in season.

Tuesday: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

The vegetarians at your first barbecue of the year are in for a treat. The moist sweet potatoes in the patties will keep them from drying out. The smashed avocado and spicy mayo on top add layers of flavor, ensuring everyone will be raving about these burgers for weeks to come.

Wednesday: Summer Rolls

Crisp veggies + chewy rice noodles + juicy shrimp = the most refreshing, satisfying summer dinner of all time. Don’t forget the sweet chili sauce.

Thursday: Steak Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce

For now, turn to your grill pan to get those drool-worthy char marks. Once the weather warms up, you’ll be able to sear the skewers on the grates outdoors instead.

Friday: Spicy Corn Carbonara

Fresh corn won’t be at its peak until mid-July, but that doesn’t mean this bacon-y beauty is out of reach. Just substitute four ears with two cups of canned or frozen corn in the meantime.

Saturday: Butter-baked Cucumber Tostadas

You’ve roasted garlic, carrots, beets, broccoli and more—but we’ll bet it never crossed your mind to give cukes the same treatment. Top ’em off with light and tangy coleslaw and spicy mayo.

Sunday: Slow-cooker Pulled Chicken

Set it and forget it at breakfast, and you’ll be devouring it by dinnertime. Serve the chicken with white rice or a side salad if you’d like, but we’re partial to piling it onto brioche buns with lettuce and tomato.

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Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...