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Weeknight Meals

Weeknight Meals

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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.

Glazed Meatballs: Glaze the meatballs with a sweet and tangy sauce made from currant jelly and allspice.

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    Mau Soch

    We use grape jelly and mild chili sauce

Cheesy Baked Meatballs: You can serve these saucy meatballs with bread on the side or load them onto a toasted hoagie roll for a cheesy meatball sub.

Pasta With Spinach and Meatballs: Toss the pasta with a savory mixture of buttery mushrooms, baby spinach, meatballs, and grated pecorino.

The whole family can make their own individual pizza pies, complete with their favorite toppings, using these step-by-step instructions.

Scallops in Parchment: This meal couldn’t be easier—just combine scallops, tomatoes, white beans, and sliced fennel in a parchment packet and bake for 15 minutes.

Poached Scallops With Leeks and Carrots: Cook the scallops gently in a mixture of white wine and water for tender, flavorful results.

Scallops With Sweet Cucumber and Mango Salsa: Serve seared scallops with a refreshing side of chopped cucumber, mango, ginger, and lime juice.

Moroccan Chicken With Kale and Roasted Squash

Seared Scallops With Fennel and Cherry Tomatoes: To get a nice sear on your scallops, make sure that they are very dry—and that the oil is very hot—before you add them to the skillet.

Stuffed Chicken With Roasted Broccoli and Potatoes

Thai Pork and Noodle Soup

Vegetarians and meat-lovers alike will fall for these vegetable-driven dishes.