Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. We are still at home, and we are still cooking. Let’s acknowledge that it can be a slog. I’ve found that it helps a little when I make a recipe that brings with it some kind of small revelation or a beat of joy: a tip acquired, textures I wouldn’t have thought to pair, a flavor I haven’t thought about in a while.
So here are five dinners that might do that for you, whether it’s a good shortcut for risotto, a recipe that honors ranch dressing, or the best pasta dish to cook while you can still buy great corn.
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Here are five dishes for the week:
Making risotto the traditional way is wonderful if you have time and want to slip away from the world by standing at the stove, endlessly stirring; it is less wonderful when dinner just needs to be done. And so I appreciate Kay Chun for eliminating the stirring in this pleasingly green recipe. I will be making it pronto.
This recipe by Melissa Clark is a play on shrimp scampi, and it delivers the same pleasures (juicy shrimp, buttery sauce) with more complex flavors. It also delivers delicious burst cherry tomatoes. Serve with rice or bread.
Eggplant can be very bad or very good, depending on how well it is cooked. Roasting it until it’s golden and adding it to a tomatoey lentil stew, by Yewande Komolafe, is an example of the very good. The lemon at the end is essential, so do not skip.