Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (September 25 – October 1)

Hot take: Fall is the best time of year to grill outdoors—and summer does not have dibs on the barbecue. The way we see it, it isn’t as hot outside but it’s still warm enough to dine alfresco (bye-bye, bugs). Plus, there’s tons of seasonal produce hitting the farmers market and grocery store, just begging to be charred to tasty perfection. To prove our point, we’ve rounded up seven simple, delicious dinners to cook this week that call for firing up the coals. Thank us later.

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Shopping List

1 lemon
11 garlic cloves
12 ounces green beans
One 1-inch piece ginger
2 large zucchini
2 red onions
2 limes
1 yellow onion
1 jalapeño
1 large bunch broccoli rabe or broccolini (about 12 ounces)
1 bulb fennel
1½ pounds baby potatoes
1 bunch cilantro
2 bunches basil
1 bunch mint
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch parsley

12 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
6 to 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage
One 3- to 4-pound whole chicken

4 ounces shredded, low-moisture mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
12 ounces buttermilk

6 burger buns
1 pound rice noodles

Canned and Packaged Goods
6 ounces roasted red peppers
3 ounces natural almond butter
One 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu
Roasted almonds, for serving
Sesame seeds, for serving
Two 15-ounce cans black beans
2 ounces breadcrumbs
6 ounces coconut milk
8 ounces pizza dough
5 ounces pizza or marinara sauce

Pantry Ingredients: whole-grain mustard, honey, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar, tomato paste, flaky sea salt, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, mayonnaise, yellow curry paste

Monday: Honey-Mustard Grilled Chicken with Foil Packet Green Beans

Cooking dinner in a foil packet = no dirty dishes to wash. In case you need more convincing, this satiating main only requires eight ingredients, and that’s including salt and pepper.

Tuesday: Crispy Tofu Steaks with Broccoli Rabe and Romesco

With a bit of oil, you can easily grill these plant-based “steaks” instead of pan-frying them. Be sure to press the moisture out of the tofu for at least 30 minutes before grilling it; it’s key for getting the crispy exterior you crave.

Wednesday: Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

Substitute parchment for foil and this simple, grillable dinner is within reach. Honey in the sesame-ginger marinade will caramelize just right atop the salmon. (This recipe is also a great way to use up summer’s last zucchini.)

Thursday: Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Griddled Onions

Vegetarians rejoice: These meatless patties are shockingly moist, tender and flavorful, a far cry from the hockey puck-like veggie burgers of your past. A dollop of guacamole makes them even more indulgent (but we wouldn’t blame you for adding spicy mayo, too).

Friday: Grilled Curried Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are prime for grilling because they’re nearly impossible to overcook. Plus, you’ll be basting them in a five-ingredient curry sauce as they grill, so they’re bound to turn out super juicy.

Saturday: Crispy Cast Iron Skillet Pizza with Fennel, Sausage and Garlic

Pop your cast iron skillet on the grill grates—it can totally handle the heat. The easy store-bought dough is sure to bake to crispy perfection on the outside yet remain pillowy and soft in the middle. Serve with Caesar salad, Italian wedding soup or dressed arugula

Sunday: Skillet Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Potatoes

You’re only six ingredients away from your most impressive outdoor dinner of the year. It does require some forethought, since the chicken needs to brine in tenderizing buttermilk for at least four hours, but we promise the results will be well worth the wait.

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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...