Cutting chicken breasts into thin cutlets helps them cook quickly on the grill – if you can find pre-sliced cutlets, use them instead and save yourself the prep work. A quick blender sauce with fresh basil and lime is smothered over top for a zesty, spicy kick.
When you cook hulled barley – also called whole-grain barley – in a pressure cooker, you don’t have to soak it beforehand, which cuts down on prep time. It also makes the barley tender and creamy without all the stirring you usually have to do to make risotto on the stove top.
Want to do some easy batch cooking with your Instant Pot? Omit the sweet potatoes and broccoli and double the zesty chicken and barbecue sauce ingredients – the leftovers freeze beautifully.
Called patatas bravas in Spanish, or “fierce potatoes,” these crispy little nuggets of potato are usually deep-fried in olive oil, but they’re equally wonderful roasted in the oven with just a kiss of oil as we’ve done. Serve with romesco, a rich sauce made of roasted peppers and almonds that’s great on any roasted vegetable, and garnish with chopped almonds or a spinkle of smoked paprika.
Roasted stuffed peppers are a mainstay of tapas bars in Spain. In this fresh twist, we skip the oven and fill raw mini bell peppers with creamy sheep’s milk cheese or goat cheese and top with crispy serrano ham bits for a textural feast.
Heating whole, unpitted olives with vinegar, oil, herbs and spices wakes up their flavors and makes them soft and plump. A mix of buttery green Castelvetrano and Kalamata olives is lovely, but you can substitute whatever plain, unmarinated olives you have on hand.
Clams are popular as warm tapas in Spain. Cooked with lots of garlic and sherry, they are always served with crusty bread to sop up the delicious juices. Use a dry or semi-dry sherry, such as Fino, and follow the Spanish maxim: Never cook with a sherry you wouldn’t drink.
These Asian-inspired chicken burgers get a burst of umami flavor from a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce. Serve them on whole-wheat buns, or, for a lighter take, try lettuce leaves. In addition to the grilled pineapple, sliced avocado and grilled onions make tasty toppings.
For an extra dose of flavor, we looked to vadouvan, a mild French-style curry powder that usually contains shallots and garlic. You can find it at specialty spice shops and online, though any mild curry powder will work.
Jicama is a crunchy, mild vegetable that’s common in Mexican cuisine. It looks a little intimidating because of its size and odd shape, but once you peel it, the cool flesh is easy to slice and adds a crisp texture to salads.
This tomato, herb and almond pesto is named for the sunny fishing port of Trapani in western Sicily, where almonds and olive oil figure prominently in the cuisine. The sauce is traditionally served with busiate, a type of thick handmade corkscrew pasta, but we’ve substituted whole-grain quinoa spaghetti for a healthy dose of whole grains.
This salad has a nice bit of heat to it thanks to the fresh chile. Fiery, sweat-inducing capsaicin is found mostly in the white pith (and the seeds that come into contact with the pith), so devein and seed the chile if you want to cut back on spiciness. For added flavor, you can add chopped fresh mint, cilantro or Thai basil to the salad.
Pan-seared tofu pairs beautifully with fresh veggies and teriyaki-style noodles in this quick takeout fake-out. You can substitute whole-grain linguine or brown rice noodles.
Thin chicken cutlets are easy to coat in the hazelnut breading, plus they cook in a flash for time-strapped weeknights. If you can’t find four 4-oz cutlets, buy two 8-oz chicken breasts and cut each horizontally into two thin pieces. Use a rolling pin or the bottom of a saucepan to pound the cutlets to an even thickness – just be sure to cover the chicken with plastic wrap first for easy cleanup.
Need more plant power in your life? This vegan dish featuring carrots, broccoli, ground almonds and the superfood spice turmeric will rev up your metabolism and keep you satisfied for hours.
Rich in fiber and warming Moroccan spices, this flavorful stew makes a hearty meal when combined with a baked potato, cooked grains or a fresh side salad.
Pile these slow cooker pulled chicken sandwiches sky-high with coleslaw, radishes, tomatoes, sour cream or hot sauce – we love eating them open-faced with a knife and fork, but you can also serve them as a regular sandwich. Alternatively, skip the buns entirely and make a Mexican-style bowl by spooning the pulled chicken over brown rice and adding your favorite toppings. If you can’t find fresh Anaheim chiles, broil the tomatillos as directed and add a 16-ounce BPA-free can or jar of diced roasted green chiles to the blender in Step 3.
Make this ahead and have lunch on hand for several days - simply refrigerate salad and dressing separately and combine in the morning or right before eating.
Our fresh take on pesto uses roasted zucchini and toasted sunflower seeds for maximum flavor.
Craving Chinese? This vegetable-packed stir-fry with a speedy five-ingredient sauce can help thwart a costly and unhealthy trip to your local takeout joint.
A staff favorite, our team devoured these cheesy mushrooms with tangy parsley chimichurri. Our advice? Make a double batch!
Pete Evans has taken the classic miso soup and replaced bland tofu with something that will please the whole family – meatballs! Here, he uses chicken, but any ground protein, such as pork, shrimp or beef, will work well. You can even gently poach a fillet of fish if you prefer.
If you have trouble getting your family (or yourself!) to eat fish regularly, these soft, creamy dumplings are a clever way to add it into your weeknight repertoire. To avoid overcooking them, make sure the water returns to a boil between each batch of dumplings, and then set your timer for 3 minutes. If you’re able to find fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, try them in the broth – they add a smoky depth of flavor.
This dish tastes like it’s been simmering on your stove top for hours thanks to our easy technique of roasting the tomatoes, onions and garlic then blending them into the sauce. Many grocery stores sell pre-peeled and chopped butternut squash, which can be a real time-saver when you’re making this for a quick weeknight meal.
A quick and easy dish that will leave your pasta cravings satisfied! Sprinkle with mint and pine nuts for added touch of flavor.
Sherry adds a rich nutty note to this mushroom sauce, which we’ve made extra-creamy by stirring in tangy cream cheese.
Arame seaweed adds a touch of sweetness to these Asian-style meatballs. Serve as an appetizer with the spicy-sweet sauce on the side, or wrap in lettuce leaves and drizzle with the sauce for a light main. Garnish with cilantro and arame for an extra-pretty presentation.
Smoked paprika is a time-strapped cook’s best friend – it instantly lends a smoky flavor and rich aroma to everything it touches. Here, it makes this saucy dish taste like it’s been simmering for hours. Bone-in chicken thighs are often sold with the skin still attached, but it’s easy to remove yourself: Simply grasp the edge of the skin with paper towel and pull it away in one go. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, such as oregano or basil, just before serving.
We’re bringing back the taco bowl with this meatless take on the classic. Tempeh, made from fermented soybeans, has a nutty, mushroom-like taste and is one of our favorite vegetarian substitutes for ground beef. We’ve even cracked the code on a dairy-free chile cheese sauce – who knew hemp, nutritional yeast and chile could taste so good together?
When you get home with your groceries, wash, dry and prep your greens before putting them away in the fridge. This little trick will make you far more likely to toss them up for salads, layer on sandwiches or stir into soups and stews. Be sure to store your greens with a damp cloth or towel in a resealable bag to keep them at their freshest. Use greens in pastas, wraps, sandwiches, stews and soups, or enjoy them raw paired with your favorite Clean Eating salad dressing, like the one in our Easy Garlic Chile Greens.
This tomatillo salsa with lime juice and cumin does double duty as both a topper over the tacos as well as a sauce to simmer the beans in for maximum flavor.
Probiotic-rich kimchi is a superfood thanks to the gut-supporting lactobacilli created during the fermentation process. Try making your own Korean-inspired kimchi at home for pennies on the dollar.
We’ve taken the classic flavors in a bagel & lox sandwich and packed them into a salad with wild smoked salmon, dill, red onion and even toasted bagel chips. To lend a delicious richness to this meal, try adding 3 to 4 oz of crumbled goat cheese.