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I don’t know about you, but at this hectic time in the holiday season, I am all about low-lift, comforting dinners. This week I’m leaning on dinners that keep my time in the kitchen at a minimum — specifically around of 20 minutes. And there’s more! The bonus of quick-cooking meals like these is that they also happen to come with short ingredient lists and require limited prep work. Here’s what I’m making.
Monday: Tomato Tortellini Soup
Nothing beats starting the week with a pasta and soup mashup. This weeknight soup is a breeze to pull together and hits the table in just 20 minutes. While the recipe calls for cheese tortellini, any fresh or frozen tortellini gets the job done. Round out dinner with a chunk of crusty bread for dipping.
Get the recipe: Tomato Tortellini Soup
Once I learned how quick and easy it is to make chicken piccata at home, it became a regular in my meal plan roster. I plan to round out dinner with a side of cauliflower rice to soak up all the punchy sauce.
Get the recipe: Chicken Piccata
Wednesday: Cheesy Vegetable Melts
These ultra-comforting sandwiches are my answer for a mid-week crisper clean-out — plus, grilled cheese is always a good idea. What I really love about these veggie melts is that you can pull them together with whatever veggies, bread, and cheese you have, and they get made in the oven all at the same time.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Vegetable Melts
Thursday: Trader Joe’s Crispy Sweet Potato Gnocchi
No need to boil a pot of water tonight! Dinner is as simple as tossing the gnocchi and sliced chicken sausage on a sheet pan, sliding it into a hot oven, then tossing it with some pesto before serving. While dinner cooks, I’ll toss together a green salad to round out the meal.
Get the recipe: Trader Joe’s Crispy Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Friday: Chile-Lime Salmon Tacos
Cooking the salmon under the broiler means these tacos hit the table fast. To keep prep to a minimum, I plan to start with a bag of pre-shredded cabbage. There’s just enough time to mash the avocado, chop the cilantro, and warm the tortillas while the fish cooks, then everyone can assemble their own tacos. I plan to round out dinner with a paloma and tortilla chips.
Get the recipe: Chile-Lime Salmon Tacos
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