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 cast iron skillet filled with cooked sweet potato cornbread topped with two pats of butter, resting on a old blue wooden chair with a dish of butter beside it.

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising and stunning (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic that everyone is swearing is the best cornbread they’ve ever had. But you best experience it for yourself.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
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A whole peeled pear in an opened piece of parchment with star anise and cardamom in a blue baking dish.

Pear Parcels with Star Anise

Infused with spice, suffused with booze, and wrapped oh so neatly, this last course makes quite the lovely gift for guests to unwrap.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A layer of toasted, spiced pumpkin seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

“Super easy.” “Quite addictive.” “Divine.” That’s what folks are saying about these surprisingly seductive spiced pepitas.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
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
  • 0
A fig and prosciutto flatbread on a sheet of parchment with a chunk torn out of it.

Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread

An inspired melding of sweet figs, salt cured ham, and savory, tangy goat cheese atop crisp flat bread or pizza dough. We can think of nothing else we’d like more with a glass of wine.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
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
  • 35 M
  • 9
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
  • 4
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