What have you been cooking during the week? Here’s a roundup of what I’ve been making this summer — I’m a big fan of dinners that take less than half an hour to make and pack a punch. Please share your favorite weeknight summer dinners, too!
Asian Flank Steak Skewers with Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Grilled Eggplant. Followed this recipe exactly for the steak, cooked some rice, grilled some eggplant, and made a quick cucumber salad like this one.
Zoodles with Peanut Sauce and Dumplings. (I followed this recipe exactly and pan-fried some Trader Joe’s pork potstickers as a side).
Quick Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup). My all time FAVORITE soup, I love the combination of rich coconut milk, salty fish sauce and tangy lime juice. It’s very, very good, and really hits the spot on a slightly cooler summer night. I followed this recipe.
Burgers and Potato Salad. Because summer, y’all! This is the potato salad recipe I followed (I added a handful of capers and it was delish.
Hoisin Salmon with Rice and Peas. Brushed the salmon with hoisin sauce, a little soy sauce and the juice of half a lime. Grilled it until done, garnished with some cilantro, and served with short grain white rice (I like to add peas, some butter and a tiny splash of soy sauce:).
Pizza on the Grill. Using a ball of dough I picked up at the store, some Trader Joe’s marinara and turkey pepperoni.
Spicy Thai Chicken and Basil with Rice (below). I followed this recipe with only a few tweaks (I used a jalapeño, red onion instead of shallot and 2 teaspoons white sugar) and it’s SO GOOD!
Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Bless you, Trader Joe’s, for always saving the day. This + pickles + hamburger buns + a quick side salad = dinner in 10 minutes with barely any clean up.
Cheesy Tomato Basil Pasta (pictured at the top). You guys. I am NOT above a jar of tomato sauce, and this is kind of a secret recipe of mine: while you boil spaghetti or noodle of your choice, dump some tomato sauce into a saucepan (I always have Trader Joe’s or Rao’s on hand). Add one tablespoon of butter and stir until sauce is heated through and butter is melted. Once pasta is cooked al dente, add it directly with tongs (dragging along some of the starchy pasta water) into the saucepan. Crank the heat and move the pasta around vigorously for a minute or two or until it starts to absorb the sauce. Add a splash of extra pasta water and a generous amount of grated parm (1/2 cup or so — seriously!). Add some torn basil if you’re feeling fancy. Garnish with freshly grated pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and more parm. It tastes like something you’d get at an Italian restaurant!
And 2 dinners I’ll be making this week:
What have you been cooking? Also, please share if you have any Trader Joe’s meal hacks. I lOVE those!