The stockings are hung, the tree is trimmed and Christmas is (finally) almost here. You’ve been fussing over your holiday menu for some time, but what about the other six nights of the week? Here are seven quick, easy dinners to whip up before and after Santa’s visit that won’t add more stress to your plate.

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11 garlic cloves
5 carrots
5 sweet onions
4 celery stalks
1 piece ginger
6 ounces mustard greens
1 pint cherry tomatoes
4 lemons
1 pint cremini mushrooms
2 avocados
1 red onion
1 lime
3 bunches fresh parsley
1 bunch green onions
2 bunches thyme
1 bunch rosemary
1 bunch cilantro

1 pound ground pork
1 whole chicken (about 4½ pounds)
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (or leftover chicken)
1 rotisserie chicken (or leftover chicken)

1 stick unsalted butter
4 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese
4 ounces heavy cream
Crumbled cotija, for serving

1 pound wide rice noodles
10 ounces couscous
12 ounces spaghetti
8 ounces wild rice
Ciabatta (for serving, optional)
10 six-inch corn tortillas

Canned and Packaged Goods
One 16-ounce bag dried 15-bean mix
12 ounces canned diced tomatoes
Two 32-ounce cartons chicken broth
Bean sprouts
Two 5-ounce cans oil-packed tuna
1 jar pepperoncini
1 jar capers
One 7-ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo
8 ounces canned, crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

Pantry Ingredients: vegetable oil, smoked paprika, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground caraway, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, ground turmeric, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, olive oil, bay leaf, dried oregano

Monday: Instant-Pot Harissa Bean Stew

Dried beans that take an hour to soften (instead of all night)? Thank you, pressure cooker.

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Tuesday: 15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Simple enough to make on a weeknight, impressive enough to serve to friends on the weekend.

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Wednesday: 15-Minute Mediterranean Couscous with Tuna and Pepperoncini

Canned tuna makes this meal come together in minutes—and keeps you feeling full all evening.

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Thursday: Cacio e Pepe

Spend $20 at a fancy Italian bistro…or whip it up yourself with only five ingredients. The choice is yours.

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Erin McDowell

Friday: Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

In case you still haven’t decided on a main course for the big day.

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Saturday: Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

The recipe calls for diced chicken breast, but leftover roast chicken also works.

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Sunday: Chicken Tinga Tacos

If you still have leftover chicken, this is the way to put it to use. If you don’t, grab a rotisserie chicken and save yourself some work. You’ve earned it.

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