Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (June 22 – 28)

Hey, you, eating boxed mac and cheese out of the pot. Put down the wooden spoon—you could be doing so much better. With a little bit of planning and a trip to the grocery store, you can make a week of dinners that are both effortless and delicious…including a much tastier way to curb to your mac and cheese craving.

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Shopping List

16 garlic cloves
2 red onions
Two 2-pound heads cauliflower
6 lemons
2 limes
4 ears corn
3 pints cherry tomatoes
9 zucchini
4 ounces arugula
1 large ripe plantain
2 avocados
1 mango
1 jalapeño
1 bunch basil
1 bunch mint
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch parsley

Four 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1½ pounds thin-cut skinless chicken breasts
1½ pounds large tail-on shrimp

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup plain whole Greek yogurt
2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese
1½ ounces aged provolone cheese
1 ball burrata cheese

8 ounces short, curly pasta (such as gemelli or fusilli)
1 pound store-bought gnocchi
1 package corn tortillas

Pantry Staples: extra-virgin olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, Kosher salt, fine sea salt, crushed red pepper flakes, dried thyme, baharat spice, jerk seasoning, white rice, dry white wine

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Monday: Instant Pot 2-cheese Pasta With Cauliflower

Don’t be tempted to chop the cauliflower into small pieces before cooking it, lest you end up with a mushy mess of veggies. By keeping it in four larger pieces during the cooking time, it will retain some of its crispy texture by the time it hits your plate.

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

Tuesday: Lemon Salmon With Garlic And Thyme

To make sure your salmon comes out of the oven cooked to perfection (and not dry as a bone), take a look at how thick the fillets are. If they’re on the thin side, check them around the 15-minute mark—they should flake easily with a fork but still look moist.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Wednesday: Summer Skillet Gnocchi With Grilled Corn And Burrata

Try this one-pan wonder with a glass of white wine in the backyard. You can thank us later.

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Eden Grinshpan

Thursday: Chicken Kebabs With Garlic Lemon Yogurt

Don’t skip the cherry tomatoes, dipping sauce and mint—they come together while the chicken is marinating and make this recipe a complete meal.

A New Way to Food

Friday: Cauliflower And Plantain Tacos With Lemony Pesto Dressing

Can’t find plantains in your supermarket? No sweat, use a yam instead. (You’re resourceful like that.)

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Saturday: Grilled Jerk Chicken Cutlets With Mango Salsa

If you can’t take a real vacation this summer, jerk chicken cutlets with sweet and tangy tropical salsa are the next best thing.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Sunday: Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

Just like the classic version, 20-minute shrimp scampi zoodles are buttery and bright—minus the carbs. They’re a little bit naughty, a little bit virtuous and a lot delicious.

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Lindsay Champion

Freelance Editor

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