Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (December 27 – January 2)

There are only a few days left in 2021, and we'll be celebrating the only way we know how: with delicious food. We've rounded up seven dinners to make for the week ahead. Some of them are quick and ridiculously simple, while others are a bit fancier and worthy of a New Year's Eve dinner party. And if you still have stragglers in your house post-Christmas, don't fret—these recipes are perfect for feeding a crowd, and will likely leave you with leftovers for lunch.

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Shopping List

3 lemons
9 large garlic cloves
1½ pounds romaine lettuce
10 ounces pearl onions (frozen is fine)
6 celery stalks
8 ounces kale
1 red onion
1 pint cremini mushrooms
2 sweet onions
3 carrots
1 small rainbow radish
Pomegranate arils, for serving
1 bunch broccoli rabe
2 bunches parsley
1 bunch dill
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch chives
1 bunch basil
2 bunches rainbow carrots with leaves (about 2 pounds)

4 Italian sausages
2¼ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast
1½ pounds shrimp
13 large eggs
8 ounces smoked salmon
1 pound ground beef
6 chicken legs (about 5 pounds)

3 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces whole-milk yogurt
1 stick unsalted butter
3 ounces whole milk
4 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces heavy cream
4 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
14 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
16 ounces buttermilk

1 baguette or crusty bread loaf (about 1 pound)
6 ounces short pasta
One 16-ounce package refrigerated biscuits
2 pounds ravioli (any filling will do)

Canned and Packaged Goods
One 14-ounce can white beans
2 green olives
4 ounces white wine
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
32 ounces seafood or vegetable broth
16 ounces chicken broth
One 15-ounce can peas
One 15-ounce can corn
12 ounces marinara sauce
Ground sumac
Pomegranate molasses

Pantry Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon pepper, cooking spray, hot paprika, cayenne pepper, all-purpose flour, bay leaf, dried oregano, flaky sea salt

Monday: One-pan Sausage With Broccoli Rabe And White Beans

With a house full of relatives and plenty of NYE planning to do, sheet pan meals are the way to go (bye, dirty dishes). This hearty dinner is easy to double if need be, too.

Tuesday: Family Style Chicken Caesar Salad

This crowd-pleaser is low-key, elegant and so easy to prepare. Your picky kids will have no clue that the dressing gets all its zippy flavor from olives and Worcestershire sauce (better than anchovies though, right?).

Wednesday: Shrimp And Pasta Stew

The word "stew" may make you brace yourself for stirring and simmering for six hours straight, but this seafood-rich beauty only needs 45 minutes to come together.

Thursday: Sheet Pan Eggs With Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese And Dill

Breakfast for dinner is always more fun with a crowd. Luckily, this protein-packed dish feeds a whopping 12 guests. Ready a dozen bagels ahead to make sandwiches.

Friday: Pomegranate-sumac Chicken With Roasted Carrots

Send 2021 out in style with this stunning Middle Eastern-inspired chicken dish that's crowned with an unlikely topper: carrot greens. (Did we mention it tastes even better with bubbly?)

Saturday: Ravioli Lasagna

Because we're guessing you'll need something cozy and carby to soak up all of last night's cocktails, and pasta is our go-to comfort food when a hangover strikes.

Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

Put something comforting, nostalgic and satiating in your belly ahead of the first week of the new year. (We think tender chicken, creamy soup and cheese-kissed biscuits should do the trick.)

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

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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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