Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (August 16 – 22)

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a treasure trove of fancy ingredients to pull together a showstopping meal. In fact, some of the tastiest dishes are simple ones that let fresh produce and basic seasonings shine. We’ll prove it with seven dinners to cook this week that require ten ingredients or fewer to come together. (Bonus: Many of them are pantry staples.)

29 Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes to Make All Summer

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Shopping List

4 lemons
14 garlic cloves
4 red onions
3 pints cherry tomatoes
3 medium zucchini
1 pound baby Yukon Gold potatoes
1 small head romaine lettuce
10 ears corn
4 ounces arugula
4 peaches
3 tomatoes
1 large white onion
3 celery stalks
1 russet potato
1 bunch radishes
2 bunches thyme
2 bunches basil

2 pounds jumbo shrimp
6 chicken drumsticks
Four 6-ounce salmon fillets
8 pieces chicken, thighs and legs

3 sticks unsalted butter
Burrata cheese, for serving
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
12 ounces evaporated milk

White rice, for serving
Dinner rolls, for serving
1 pound store-bought gnocchi

Canned and Packaged Goods
2 ounces white wine
One 32-ounce carton chicken broth

Pantry Ingredients: kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, olive oil, smoked paprika, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, all-purpose flour, bay leaf

Monday: Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo (shrimp In Garlic Sauce)

Got 15 minutes? Then this Latin staple is within reach. For maximum flavor, melt the butter and infuse it with lemon zest, garlic and black pepper first. Then, add the shrimp once the butter has bloomed and is fragrant.

Tuesday: Roasted Drumsticks With Tomatoes

All the juicy meat and crispy skin of a whole roast bird, minus the bulk of the work. These roasted drumsticks are cooked to perfection in a casserole dish and require way less fussing.

Wednesday: Cold Lemon Zoodles

Even the hottest of scorchers is no match for this no-cook beauty. Save time by buying pre-spiralized zucchini—just don’t skip the pretty pink radishes on top.

Thursday: One-pan Roasted Salmon With Potatoes And Romaine

Bet you rarely do anything with lettuce other than toss it in a salad or on a burger, right? Now’s the time to mix things up. (If you’d rather use another green in place of romaine, feel free to substitute kale or endive.)

Friday: Summer Skillet Gnocchi With Grilled Corn And Burrata

Smoky corn. Juicy tomatoes. Cool, refreshing burrata cheese. This crowd-pleaser has everything a warm-weather dinner needs, and it’ll be ready to eat in under an hour to boot.

Saturday: Skillet Roast Chicken With Peaches, Tomatoes And Red Onion

Three cheers for seasonal produce. Everything comes together in your trusty cast-iron skillet, so you’ll only have one dirty dish to clean after dinner. (It tastes even better eaten alfresco, BTW.)

Sunday: Crock-pot Corn Chowder

Sundays are for setting and forgetting. This decadent summer dish just calls for adding all the ingredients to the slow cooker and letting them simmer for six hours. Easy peasy.

For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.

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...