Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes—both from current issues and classics. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those you’ve prepared it for.
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The Plan Monday: Silky Pappardelle with Zucchini Ribbons and Radishes in Browned Butter and Lemon Tuesday: Potato, Poblano and Chorizo Tacos and Orange and Avocado Salsa Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin Studded with Rosemary and Garlic and Skillet Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese Thursday: Chicken and Waffles and Celery-Apple Salad Friday: Glazed Salmon and Couscous and Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Prosciutto Crisps Happy Hour Bonus: Whiskey Sour Punch
Monday: After a weekend spend enjoying burgers, brats, and beer, my belly needs a bit of a rest. We'll take it easy tonight with our Silky Pappardelle with Zucchini Ribbons. Dappled with pops of beautifully blistered cherry tomatoes and fresh strips of green, the pasta dish is a vibrant way to start a sun-filled week. Pair with Radishes in Browned Butter and Lemon to finish off a meal that will fight off the dreary post-holiday Monday blues.
Tuesday: Spice up this Tuesday with Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo Tacos. The Mexican chorizo adds a subtle kick with a lot of flavor, but if you’re feeling something a little more familiar, substitute it with regular American breakfast sausage. Serve with Orange and Avocado Salsa with your veggies or chips of choice!
Wednesday: You’ve made it through half the week! Treat yourself with some comforting Pork Tenderloin Studded with Rosemary and Garlic. Tender and fragrant, this dish will surely find a spot on your regular rotation once you see how easy it is. Serve with Skillet Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese.
Thursday: Take some time-saving shortcuts, and win on flavor with Chicken and Waffles. With a subtle sweetness from the honey and acidic tang of the balsamic vinegar, you’ll enjoy this just as much as the kids will. Especially with the kid-friendly Celery-Apple Salad.
Friday: TGIF! It’s Friday, and you need to celebrate. Reward yourself and your taste buds with Glazed Salmon and Couscous, served alongside a Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Prosciutto Crisps. Use the leftover zucchini for a simple but beautiful crowd-pleaser.
Happy Hour Bonus: The fresh orange juice is the key to the Whiskey Sour Punch. Combine simple syrup, bourbon, and citrus juices with some bubbly club soda for a refreshing addition to your Friday dinner.
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