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 about an hour 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 


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Ease into the week with an easy meal of Sheet Pan Honey-Soy Salmon Dinner. Salmon is marinated in an umami-rich, Asian-inspired sauce before being roasted to flaky, melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Paired with creamy roasted butternut squash and earthy Brussels sprouts, this sheet pan dinner hits all the flavor notes of sweet and deeply savory.


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Whether you're skipping the holiday, or celebrating at home, this Pan-Seared Shrimp with Rosemary Spaghetti Squash is perfect for Valentine's Day. Impressive enough for a date night in, but fast enough to cook for the whole family, it's a sure to please meal that's packed with veggies. If you're not a fan of spaghetti squash, easily replace it with other vegetable-based noodles like spiralized zucchini or sweet potato. 


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Celebrate making it through hump day by serving breakfast for dinner with Texas Barbecue Hash. Here we've added a Southern spin with a make-shift barbecue sauce. Don't miss out on the fried egg—it really makes the hash.


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Chicken Fingers and Green Beans with Tahini Sauce show that chicken fingers aren't just for kids. Savory-sweet and addictive, the tahini-tomato dipping sauce offers a palate intrigue adults will love but enough flavor familiarity to keep it kid-approved. Pair with crisp, broiled green beans for a fun side.


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Let your dinner cook up while you're out and about with our Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon, and Potato Soup. It's hearty enough for soup season, yet brothy and veggie-packed so that it doesn't feel too heavy. Pair it with a slaw or kale side salad and crusty whole-grain bread for a light, satisfying dinner.

Dessert Bonus

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Chocolate Quinoa Covered Strawberries is proof that we’re totally into sneaking toasted quinoa into our desserts for an interesting contrast of textures. Just the right size for two people, it's the perfect Valentine's Day (or everyday) treat.