Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (June 29 – July 5)

Summer is in full swing, which means we’re spending less time standing in front of a sweltering oven and more time outside. So let’s take this (socially distanced) party out to the back deck and whip up quick and easy seasonal meals every night this week. Frosé?

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Shopping List

7 garlic cloves
3 red onions
1 sweet onion
3 cucumbers
5 scallions
2 summer squash
2 large zucchini
2¼ pounds tomatoes
16 ounces cherry tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 European cucumber
4 ears corn
1 pineapple
1 lime
2 lemons
One 2-inch piece ginger
1 bunch baby spinach
1 bunch basil
1 bunch chives
1 bunch scallions

Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
1½ pounds pork tenderloin
8 strips bacon
2 eggs

4 ounces finely grated Pecorino Romano
16 ounces ricotta cheese
4 ounces heavy cream

1 pound pasta (like penne or rigatoni)
1 pound bucatini (or spaghetti or linguine)

Canned and Packaged Goods
1 jar tahini
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
One 8-ounce package marinated baked tofu
1 can pineapple juice

Pantry Staples: sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, sesame seeds, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic powder, honey, red-pepper flakes, ketchup, sugar, cornstarch

Monday: Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

Thanks to store-bought marinated baked tofu, these cold sesame cucumber noodles are hearty enough for lunch or dinner. (And did we mention the irresistibly tangy dressing?)

Tuesday: 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil

It’s summertime, and it’s hot, dammit. Luckily, with some ripe produce and a blender or food processor, you can whip up this equally tasty 15-minute gazpacho recipe—no heat (or effort) required.

Wednesday: Skillet Pasta With Summer Squash, Ricotta And Basil

Sorry, Lady and the Tramp. When the weather gets warm, spaghetti and meatballs just won’t cut it. Best of all, this one-pan meal is ready in half an hour.

Thursday: Wild Alaska Salmon And Smashed Cucumber Grain Bowls

Story of our weeknights: We want a meal that’s healthy but more than a leafy green salad. Something that begs for a second helping but lends itself to leftovers. And finally, a meal that doesn’t take more than an hour to make. Ta-da!

Friday: Spicy Corn Carbonara

Imagine a plate of pasta that’s lusciously creamy, but not heavy. Sound like a contradiction? When you try this perfectly satisfying Spicy Corn Carbonara, you'll see what we mean. (And did we mention it's ready in under an hour?)

Saturday: Sweet And Sour Pork Skewers With Pineapple

Celebrate Independence Day with a cookout in the backyard. Pair these sweet and sour beauties with a frozen cantaloupe cocktail and strawberry shortcake skewers for dessert.

Sunday: Grilled Flatbread Pizza With Artichoke, Ricotta And Lemon

Jump-started with store-bought flatbread, it’s the crispest thin-crust pizza you’ll ever taste—no kneading necessary.

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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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