Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (March 4 – 10)

Have you tried *white* chili?

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We kinda can’t believe it, but the official start of spring is just a few weeks away. While we’re excited for warmer days (and all that seasonal produce), we want to give winter the delicious sendoff it deserves. This week, we’re cooking seven cold-weather dinners that kept us cozy and satisfied through the last dreary days. We’re talking winter veggie gratin, white turkey chili and everything in between.

73 Hearty Winter Dinner Ideas That Take 1 Hour or Less

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Shopping List

2 yellow onions
11 garlic cloves
1 large white onion
1 avocado
3 celery stalks
1 large head broccoli
One 1-inch piece ginger
6 carrots
3 large parsnips
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 small butternut squash
1 sweet onion
8 ounces pearl or cippolini onions
1 quart cremini mushrooms
3 bunches kale
1 bunch basil
2 bunches scallions
2 bunches thyme
1 bunch rosemary
2 bunches parsley

1 pound Italian sausage (sweet or hot)
1 pound ground turkey
1 pound ground pork
1 pound New York strip steak
1 egg
5 slices bacon
3 pounds beef chuck

8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
1 stick unsalted butter
8 ounces whole milk
6 ounces shredded Gruyère cheese

3 slices sourdough bread
Rice or noodles, for serving

Canned and Packaged Goods
12 ounces tomato sauce
1 pound gnocchi (fresh or shelf-stable, not dried)
32 ounces chicken broth
One 15-ounce can corn kernels
One 15-ounce can white beans
Vegan butter
20 ounces plain, unsweetened almond milk
3 ounces cashews
Vegan cream, for serving
10 dried red Thai chiles
16 ounces beef broth
10 ounces red wine

Pantry Ingredients: kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, tomato paste, crushed red pepper flakes, extra-virgin olive oil, ground cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, nutritional yeast, ground ginger, garlic powder, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), rice vinegar, honey, sesame seeds, cornstarch, baking soda, rice wine, vegetarian oyster sauce, sugar, ground Sichuan peppercorns, nonstick spray, all-purpose flour, bay leaf, caraway seeds

Monday: Skillet Gnocchi Bake with Sausage and Kale

Kid-friendly? Check. Cooked in a single pan? Check. Ready to serve in less than an hour? You bet. Swap in ground beef, chicken or turkey if you’d prefer (or collard greens, Swiss chard or spinach for kale), but the Italian sausage provides lots of built-in flavor.

Tuesday: White Turkey Chili with Avocado

Put down the canned tomatoes and step away from the kidney beans. This lighter spin on old-school chili is just as comforting, but way more unexpected, thanks to lean ground turkey standing in for beef. Finish your bowl with diced avocado, cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if you feel so inclined.

Wednesday: Cheesy Broccoli Soup with Caraway Croutons

Fun fact: This Panera copycat is made with nutritional yeast and cashews instead of dairy (but you’d never know it, since its texture is so decadent). The soup is crowned with a drizzle of caraway-infused oil and caraway croutons, but it’ll be just as satisfying sans-frills if you’re feeling lazy.

Thursday: Warm Ginger-Scallion Pork & Kale Salad

PSA: Stop torturing yourself with kale raw. With a bit of TLC (aka a zingy, tenderizing dressing and a brief sauté), the hardy green turns slightly wilted, delightfully tender and deeply flavorful. Garnish each plate with toasted sesame seeds for extra crunch.

Friday: Scallion Beef Stir Fry (Cong Bao Niurou)

This foolproof weeknight meal will teach you a few hacks for cooking better beef. The meat is briefly frozen before being sliced against the grain and marinated in a tenderizing mixture of baking soda, corn starch and rice vinegar.

Saturday: Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin

No hate to white potatoes, but this gratin stars parsnips, sweet potatoes and butternut squash as a welcome update. Better yet, instead of being sliced paper-thin, they’re all spiralized to give the bake a unique appearance and texture. Don’t let the veggies mislead you: It’s still loaded with plenty of ooey-gooey cheese.

Sunday: Cheater’s Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Julia Child would be so proud of you for mastering this French staple, which essentially tastes like an edible bear hug. Our simplified take on the O.G. includes essentials like beef chuck, pearl onions, carrots, cremini mushrooms and red wine. Go the extra mile by doling it out atop mashed potatoes.

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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...