Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (March 20 – 26)

Spring officially begins on March 20, and we can’t wait to celebrate with a trip to the farmers market. We’ll be scooping up all the in-season produce we can get our hands on (peas! asparagus! radishes!) to make these seven spring-inspired dinners, which are as easy to prepare as they are to devour. Read on for ideas, which range from a lightning fast one-pan pasta to an Easter-worthy quiche.

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what to cook this week march 20-26: woman buying carrots at outdoor farmers market
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Shopping List

3 avocados
2 heads garlic
6 limes
5 ounces Portobello mushrooms
1 small head Napa cabbage
1 large bulb fennel
10 ounces strawberries
4 leeks
2 stalks celery
30 ounces fresh peas
1 shallot
3 lemons
8 ounces spinach
1½ pounds carrots
1 large onion
16 ounces assorted mushrooms, such as button, shiitake or Portobello
1 pound asparagus
2 bunches flat-leaf parsley
1 bunch cilantro
2 bunches mint
2 bunches chives
1 bunch dill
1 bunch basil
1 bunch rosemary
1 bunch radishes
1 bunch thyme

One 1-pound salmon fillet, about 1 inch thick
4 chicken thighs
6 large eggs

4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Plain Greek yogurt
12 ounces heavy cream
5 ounces goat cheese
1 stick unsalted butter
2 ounces Parmesan cheese
8 ounces fontina cheese
2 ounces Gruyère cheese
3 ounces unsweetened, plain plant-based yogurt

8 flour tortillas
6 ounces pearl couscous
8 ounces dried orecchiette (or another short pasta)
14 ounces Arborio rice

Canned and Packaged Goods
12 slices pickled jalapeño
1 tablespoon capers
8 ounces canned black beans
72 ounces chicken or vegetable broth
One 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts
4 ounces dry white wine
5 ounces frozen peas
One 9-inch pie crust

Pantry Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, kosher salt, soy sauce, freshly ground black pepper, honey, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic salt

Monday: Portobello and Avocado Quesadillas with Magic Green Sauce

This simple vegetarian meal cooks to perfection in a single pan and just 30 minutes. Prep the herbaceous green sauce—bright with pickled jalapeños and capers—ahead to save time before dinner.

Tuesday: Salmon and Fennel Dinner Salad

Complete with pearl couscous, spring strawberries and an herby yogurt dressing. The fresh fennel and lime juice are the ultimate foils for fatty roasted salmon, which packs the salad with protein.

Wednesday: Spring Pea Soup with Mint

Fresh peas don’t need much help to transform into something spectacular. Simply simmer them with aromatics, blend them with fresh herbs, stir in some heavy cream and boom: You’ve made magic. Serve the soup with a crusty baguette for dipping.

Thursday: Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes

Briny canned artichoke hearts meet tangy goat cheese to create the easiest, most unexpected pasta of the season. The key to the creamy sauce is, as always, a generous splash of starchy pasta water.

Friday: One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

Seven ingredients + 30 minutes + 1 sheet pan = the easiest, dinner party-worthy meal you’ll ever cook. Go with multicolored carrots if you can find them for a more vibrant, sophisticated presentation.

Saturday: Joanna Gaines’s Spring Vegetable Risotto

The recipe calls for mushrooms, radishes, peas, spinach and chives, but you can easily use whatever additional veggies you have on hand. Risotto is flexible like that. (Plus, anything tastes good with all that butter, wine and cheese in the mix.)

Sunday: Joanna Gaines’s Asparagus and Fontina Quiche

Who knew asparagus could look so elegant just with the touch of a vegetable peeler? Paper-thin strips of the veggie are laced with two types of cheese and pantry staples to create a main you’ll *definitely* want to bookmark for your next brunch gathering.  

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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...