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    Weeknight Meals

    Weeknight Meals

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    Warm up this winter with this delicious slow-cooker kielbasa.

    This simple sandwich, whose name translates to "bathed bread," is a picnic classic for good reason: unlike traditional sandwich spreads (i.e. mayo), which don't pack well, the vinaigrette dressing gently moistens the crunchy bread and deepens in flavor during travel.

    Chopped cantaloupe, cucumber, and lots of fresh basil keep these Vietnamese pork chops light and fresh for the summer.

    Half a dozen unique ways to serve cantaloupe, including pasta salad with cantaloupe, feta, and dill.

    Fresh fennel adds sweet anise flavor to a base of chewy farro, while shaved beets and sliced radishes provide a satisfying crunch. Sprinkle with freshly chopped chives just before serving.

    Crispy chicken and a flavorful pea-studded rice pilaf will become a new family favorite.

    Serve these cheesy roll-ups filled with black beans, spinach, and corn with a fresh, crisp salad.

    Rosemary Pork Chops with Butternut Squash Puree

    Roasted Cod with Potatoes, Fennel, and Tomatoes

    Creamy Baked Pasta with Kale and Parmesan

    Why serve tacos when you can present these indulgent enchiladas instead? Shredded chicken, corn, and Muenster cheese are tossed with a homemade salsa verde, tucked into 6-inch flour tortillas, then rolled and placed, seam-side down, in a rectangular baking dish. The whole thing is then topped with the remaining sauce and cheese and baked until bubbly and brown.

    This gratin, a dish that’s typically mixed with heavy cream and then topped with cheese and breadcrumbs before baking under a broiler, is the ultimate indulgence. Cheesed-filled ravioli is stirred with heavy cream and pesto, topped with breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and then baked until golden brown and bubbling.

    Yes, you can have chocolate for dinner. Since the days of the Aztecs, dark, rich cocoa has been a key ingredient in the thick, aromatic Mexican sauce known as mole. This version is much simpler than traditional recipes, many of which contain dozens of different chillies and spices—but the results are still delicious. For a memorable taco night, toss the sauce with a shredded rotisserie chicken and serve alongside a tray of tortillas and fixings.

    Passover traditions vary from community to community, and for those with a Sephardic background (whose ancestors came from Spain or the Middle East), rice is a welcome part of Passover meals. These Vietnamese-style rice paper rolls are filled with the same ingredients as a Waldorf salad and are an excellent way to use up leftover roast chicken. They’re also delicious made with lettuce leaves instead of rice paper

    This simple, delicious combination is basically just our favorite salad in sandwich form. Firm, crisp iceberg lettuce holds its shape fantastically when sliced, and the tomato and blue cheese that usually dress the salad are turned into fillings. A drizzle of vinegar takes the place of a regular salad dressing.

    Whipped Ricotta With Pomegranate and Mint: Use a food processor to whip ricotta into a light and airy spread or dip in mere minutes. Then, sprinkle with juicy pomegranate seeds and freshly chopped mint leaves. Served with pita chips or veggies, this appetizer will be a welcome alternative to the standard hummus or onion dip at your next get-together.

    Beet and Ricotta Salata Salad: Top roasted beet wedges with chopped fresh mint, almonds, red wine vinegar, and ricotta salata shavings—a salty, crumbly cheese with a mildly nutty flavor. Finish the delicious side dish (or light lunch) with a drizzle of olive oil. Use Feta or goat cheese, if you can’t find ricotta salata at your local supermarket.

    Meatballs With Apricot Couscous: Once the meatballs are cooked, there's very little work to do—just steam the couscous and apricots and mix in almonds and scallions.

    Red Curry Meatballs: Store-bought red curry paste and coconut milk give instant depth and Thai flavor to this fragrant meal.

    Grilled Shrimp Tacos: Thread shrimp onto pre-soaked wooden skewers, brush with a finger licking garlic butter, and grill alongside lime wedges. Before serving, toss the tortillas on the grill for 30 seconds on each side to add a smoky char. Serve the tacos with cumin-spiced sour cream, shredded cabbage, and tomatillo salsa.

    Meatball Banh Mi: Shredded carrot, sliced radishes, and cilantro add a crisp, fresh crunch to this spicy sandwich.

    Meatballs With Fennel and Polenta: Cooked until they burst, grape tomatoes provide a pop of color and juicy sweetness to this dish.

    Pressed Cuban Sandwiches: Layer sliced ham and pork with Swiss cheese, pickles, and spicy mustard on a Portuguese roll, then warm on the stovetop until piping hot and melted.

    Meatball Pizza With Pesto: Creamy ricotta, pungent pesto, and roasted peppers dress up an anything-but-ordinary meatball pie.