Weeknight Winners®

These aren’t 30-or-fewer-minute meals, although many of them take no time at all. These are dishes that real cooks make. None of those dump ‘n stir ditties that use 90% store-bought ingredients. Bottom line: They’re just as quick but infinitely more tasty.

A white plate of pan-fried bananas with brandy that have been drizzle with coconut cream with a fork resting on either side.

Pan-Fried Bananas with Brandy

Boozy bananas are lavished with a cheater’s caramel sauce made with butter, brandy, and brown sugar in this outrageously simple riff on a Southern classic. No flambé required.

  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 4
Patty Melt

Classic Patty Melt

A properly made patty melt is truly a magnificent thing. It’s essentially a melding of grilled cheese sandwich and burger with some sautéed onions slipped in for good measure.

  • 35 M
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A wok filled with stir-fried spinach with miso and ginger and a colander with fresh spinach beside the wok.

Stir-Fried Spinach with Miso and Ginger

A fast, easy, and unbelievably enticing way to get your greens. (And a perfect way to use up that container of miso in the back of your fridge.)

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A baked mini quiche for one on a white plate.

Quiche for One

Quiche for one? It sounds a lot more ambitious than it actually is. It’s truly a cinch to make. So go on. Love yourself a little. Or a lot.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A cheesy baked spaghetti casserole in a cast-iron skillet.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

As much of a one-pan wonder as they come. Willpower doesn’t stand a chance against this cheesy baked spaghetti casserole.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A breakfast sandwich with fried egg, kale, and ricotta sandwiched between two toasted English muffin halves.

Breakfast Sandwich

An unconventional riff on the ever-popular breakfast sandwich that’s healthier than most, easy as can be, and satisfying as all get out.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Four portions of roasted beet and quinoa salad served in a radicchio leaves on a white marble board.

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

The epitome of what healthful food ought to be, this salad not only looks stunning but, more importantly, is just as stunning to the palate.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
White pan of 24 orange-red chorizo golf-ball-size meatballs

Chorizo Meatballs

Quite frankly, these remind us why meatballs are a thing of magnificence. It owes its loveliness to chorizo, Cheddar, chili powder, and cilantro.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 16
A child eating a bowl of cooked pasta with red sauce.

Red Sauce ~ Sugo di Pomodoro

“Simple, quick, and delicious.” “Elegant.” “It sure as heck is good.” That’s what folks are saying about this easy weeknight supper.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
An omelet with chanterelles in a metal skillet with two chanterelle mushrooms lying beside the skillet.

Omelet with Chanterelles

Simple yet sophisticated in that way that only the French have with eggs. Lovely at any time of day. Preferably with a glass of white wine at your side.

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  • 20 M
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Two pieces of steak with chile-lime butter on an oval plate with a fork and knife cutting the steak.

Steak with Chile-Lime Butter

Because butter makes everything better. Especially when gilded with a fiesty blend of paprika, ancho, and lime.

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  • 15 M
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  • 0
Four cooked bratwurst and sauerkraut, along with mashed potatoes and grainy mustard in separate dishes beside the skillet containing the bratwurst.

Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

A German classic, perfected–and embellished with the addition of bacon. Simple enough for weeknight cravings as well as lazy weekend entertaining. Beer optional.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A white bowl filled with carrot ginger soup, with a spoon resting inside and a plate of carrots beside it.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Easy, healthy, simple, vegan, and done in an hour. And, most importantly, absolutely scrumptious.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
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