Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (February 3 – 9)

OK, now that you’ve gotten all that New Year’s resolution nonsense out of your system, it’s time to get back to the business of hiding under a blanket until May. This week’s meal plan practically makes itself, so you can resume your very important winter agenda. 

16 Quick and Easy Instant Pot Recipes to Try This Winter

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Shopping List

9 garlic cloves
3 lemons
1 lime
2 medium red onions
1 small yellow onion
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch green onions
3 medium red bell peppers
2 yellow bell peppers
2 green bell peppers
1 orange bell pepper
1 small head cauliflower
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
One 2-inch piece ginger
3 large zucchinis
3 pints cherry tomatoes
1 bunch fresh basil
3 cups mustard greens
½ cup bean sprouts
½ cup peanuts 

Meat and Fish
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
12 ounces top round beef
1 pound ground pork

16 ounces Parmesan cheese
1 pint milk
1 package shredded mozzarella cheese

1 pound fettuccine
1 pound spaghetti
1 large seeded flatbread or pizza crust
1 pound wide rice noodles 

Canned and Packaged Goods
4½ cups chicken broth
4 cups vegetable broth
½ cup marinara sauce 

Pantry Ingredients: Extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, ground cumin, ground cinnamon, dried oregano, tahini, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, honey, red-pepper flakes, sesame seeds, honey, vegetable oil, peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, sriracha

Monday: Sheet-pan Chicken Shawarma With Lemon-tahini Drizzle

In case you were wondering, this dish is paleo-friendly and gluten-, dairy- and grain-free. But if you ask us, it was love at lemon-tahini drizzle.

Tuesday: Baked Sesame-ginger Salmon In Parchment

Love cooking but hate doing dishes? (Join the club.) Introducing your dream dinner: baked sesame-ginger salmon and zucchini in parchment. It’s a complete meal that’s ready in 30 minutes, no pots or pans required.

Wednesday: One-pot Creamy Chicken Alfredo

Traditionally, you’d cook the pasta and sauce in at least two different pans, but in this 35-minute recipe, everything comes together in a single pot. Better yet, the unusual method makes for the creamiest results imaginable.

Thursday: 15-minute Skillet Pepper Steak

This here is a simple adaptation of one of our favorite Chinese-American dishes. Zero special ingredients, less than 230 calories per serving and very few dirty dishes make this an instant Thursday-night hit.

Friday: One-pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Some nights, we’ve got our chef’s hat on and we feel like spending two hours in the kitchen. Others (well, most nights), we’d rather whip something up in less than 30 and use the rest of our time to catch up on Love Island. The best part (beyond having just one pot to clean)? Once you’ve mastered this version, you can customize the recipe to your heart’s content.

Saturday: Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza With Zucchini And Bell Peppers

Chances are, you’ve eaten a few sad, soggy veggie pizzas in your day (that invariably had way too many black olives). But this cheater’s vegetarian pizza with zucchini and bell peppers starts with store-bought seeded flatbread, which remains crisp underneath a pile of thinly shaved veggies. 

Sunday: 15-minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Your favorite Thai takeout joint makes it look so simple. But have you ever tried to make pad thai at home? It’s not exactly easy. (Not to mention the special trip you have to make to the international grocery store for fish sauce.) This time, try this 15-minute cheater’s version instead.


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From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.