These 15 new fast weeknight mains were built entirely from one master list, our new fridge, freezer, and pantry essentials. The sheer variety of mains will amaze you, as will the versatility of everyday ingredients that transform again and again in unexpected ways. Use the list as a shopping guide, scaling items up or down depending on your menu plan. Armed with your new essential ingredients and these family-friendly recipes, you can skip daily shopping trips, avoid food waste, and eat deliciously all week long.
Lemon-Garlic Shrimp with Radish and Green Bean Quinoa
Frozen shrimp thaw and cook in minutes, a worthy weeknight staple. Our Lemon-Garlic Shrimp with Radish and Green Bean Quinoa adds lemon garlic butter to the sautéed shrimp. Blushing pink sautéed radishes are a lovely addition to the quinoa side. A play on a Korean classic, Quinoa Bibimbop Bowls, uses many of the same ingredients for a completely different sweet and spicy one-dish meal.
The New Essentials:
Haricots Verts - The snap bean’s slender French cousin cooks in a couple of minutes for an easy side or crisp-tender stir-in for many dishes.
Radishes - Raw is fine, but pickled, sautéed, or roasted is divine. You’ll wonder how you ever did without them.
Quinoa - Move over, spuds and rice. This quick-cooking, protein-packed grain is the new everyday starch in your pantry.
Red Onion - Pungent enough to hold its own, sturdy enough to add great crunch, and pretty enough to showcase.