Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (April 24 – 30)

Would you rather spend your weeknights standing at the stove or curled up on the couch with your HBO queue? That’s what we thought. To help make your dreams a reality, we’ve rounded up seven dinners to cook this week that only take 30 minutes or less to prepare. Think one-pot pastas, Instant Pot soup and an ingenious shortcut for tacos.

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Shopping List

2 leeks
11 garlic cloves
3 lemons
1 stalk celery
1 yellow onion
One 1-inch piece ginger
1 pound carrots
2 limes
3 tomatillos
2 jalapeños
1 head butter lettuce
2 red onions
3 avocados
1 medium heirloom tomato
2 ounces curly kale
1 sweet onion
1 bunch basil
2 bunches parsley
3 bunches cilantro
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch chives

One 1-pound skin-on salmon fillet
4 slices bacon
2 extra-large eggs
1 rotisserie chicken
1 pound medium shrimp

6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Crumbled cotija cheese, for serving
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces heavy cream
Coconut yogurt, for serving

12 ounces spaghetti, linguine or bucatini
10 six-inch corn tortillas
8 ounces penne

Canned and Packaged Goods
3 ounces raw cashews
2 tablespoons capers
Two 15-ounce cans cannellini or Great Northern beans
34 ounces vegetable or chicken stock
Two 13-ounce cans coconut milk
Canned chipotle peppers in adobo
6 ounces canned crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
3 ounces seafood stock

Pantry Ingredients: kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, fine sea salt, white wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, mayonnaise, sriracha, dried oregano, ground cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, white pepper, dried thyme, onion powder, nutritional yeast

Monday: One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Keep this simple spaghetti dish in your back pocket for the busiest nights of the week. It only requires eight ingredients (most of which are pantry staples) and 15 minutes of your time to come together. It’s also a kid pleaser, if that’s a concern.

Tuesday: Gena Hamshaw’s Caesar Smashed White Beans

Canned beans have helped us pull off dinner in a pinch more times than we can count. If you want to skip soaking the cashews, substitute vegan mayo to save time while keeping the meal plant based.

Wednesday: Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup

With a pressure cooker on your side, homemade soup for eight is mere minutes away. Each bowl is topped with canned coconut milk and a swirl of coconut yogurt for a creamy finishing touch. (And if you’re not feeding eight, the leftovers freeze beautifully.)

Thursday: Kristin Cavallari’s Salmon BLT Salad with Spicy Tomatillo Ranch

Packed with protein and a lick-the-spoon-delicious dressing, this salad only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. If you prepare the tomatillo ranch ahead, it’ll come together even faster.

Friday: Crispy Kale and Egg Skillet for One

Minimal ingredients? Check. Cooked in a single pan? Check. Ready in ten minutes? You bet. Don’t worry if you have others to feed: The recipe is easy to scale up for a crowd. Add leftover ground beef, prosciutto or potatoes to the mix too, if you’d like.

Saturday: Chicken Tinga Tacos

How is it possible to prepare these handhelds in 30 minutes, you ask? The secret is starting with shredded store-bought rotisserie chicken. (The zesty sauce is just as simple to prepare since it comes together in a blender.)

Sunday: Creamy Louisiana Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

No one at the table will believe how little time this comfort dish requires to make. Mix a double batch of the no-salt Cajun seasoning to use later on grilled meats, broiled fish, roasted vegetables and fried chicken.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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Taryn Pire

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...
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