Grilled chicken breast. Lemon salmon. Spaghetti. Repeat. If you’re tired of your usual rotation, these seven unconventional recipes are sure to spice up dinnertime. Each dish is a twist on a classic that’s interesting enough to satisfy, yet simple enough to prepare on the reg. Better yet, the list includes simple one-pan gems and even a no-cook meal that would impress roommates, picky kids and dinner party guests alike. Let’s start shopping, shall we?

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Shopping List

Produce
11 garlic cloves
2 lemons
3 pounds zucchini (or pre-spiralized zucchini noodles)
1 sweet onion
1 head cauliflower
1 lime
2 red onions
1 jalapeño
4 large orange or yellow tomatoes
1 seedless cucumber
1 pound heirloom tomatoes
1 red or yellow bell pepper
2 peaches
12 ounces baby bella mushrooms
1 medium yellow onion
1 green bell pepper
4 large plums
3 large shallots
1 bunch parsley
2 bunches basil
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch cilantro
1 large bunch microgreens, shoots or soft herbs
1 bunch oregano
1 bunch tarragon

Meat
1½ pounds large, tail-on shrimp
1 pound ground beef
5 eggs
4 slices prosciutto
12 ounces ground turkey
3 pounds (about 6 medium) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

Dairy
1 stick unsalted butter
14 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
14 ounces milk
4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 slices blue cheese
8 slices Colby Jack cheese
9 ounces buttermilk

Grains
1 pound ravioli
12 small tortillas, flour or corn
4 thick slices white or sourdough bread
8 potato buns

Canned and Packaged Goods
3 ounces dry white wine
14 ounces marinara sauce
Taco seasoning
One 4-ounce can green chiles
Cornichons
Pickled red onions
3 ounces tomato paste
9 ounces tomato sauce

Pantry Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried oregano, all-purpose flour, cumin, nutmeg, crushed red pepper flakes, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, honey

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Monday: 20-Minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

This lemony seafood pasta is often made with linguine, but we substitute in-season zucchini noodles to make it lighter and more refreshing. Did we mention it comes together in a single skillet?

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Tuesday: Ravioli Lasagna

Behold: Your picky kid’s (or partner’s) new favorite casserole. There are endless riffs to try: Think cheese ravioli and pesto, mushroom ravioli and marsala sauce or lobster ravioli and vodka sauce.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Wednesday: Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

Sure, mushrooms have officially dethroned cauliflower, but we’ll never get over these indulgent vegetarian tacos doused in homemade queso. The cauli is baked in a lime-kissed batter that’s spiked with taco seasoning.

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Thursday: Deli Sandwich Dutch Baby

During the dog days of summer, we lean on deli sandwiches more than you’d expect for dinner in a pinch. Here, you get all the fillings your heart desires (prosciutto! cheese! pickles!), but on a warm, crepe-like Dutch baby instead of bread.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Sarah Copeland

Friday: Yellow Tomato Gazpacho

You’ve had your fair share of red gazpacho, but when you try this sunny alternative, you’ll never go back. It’s milder and less acidic, thanks to yellow tomatoes and ripe summer peaches. Serve it with greens or a crusty baguette for dipping.

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Photo: Dante Crisafulli/Styling: Katie Wayne

Saturday: Mushroom and Turkey Sloppy Joes

We don’t have beef with beef, but these handhelds are twice as nutritious as the O.G. Make them more filling by adding canned beans to the mix, or spice them up with jalapeños, pepper Jack cheese or hot sauce.

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Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

Sunday: Sheet Pan Buttermilk Chicken Thighs with Plums, Shallots and Honey

Don’t knock this fruity masterpiece ’til you try it. With only eight ingredients and minimal effort, the chicken thighs will be ready for their closeup in 30 minutes flat. Just be sure to brine them the night before so they turn out as flavorful as possible.

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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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