Sunday cooking can be the most satisfying kind. Not only do you get the relaxing benefits of being in the kitchen and making dinner, but you get the peace of mind of knowing that you don’t need to sweat what you’re going to eat for the upcoming week. When you plan ahead, you create options for yourself—which is the best kind of relief that money (and time) can buy.
For most of us, this peace of mind is what we crave going into a hectic work week. Make these recipes over your weekend and get pumped for the week ahead. You’ll thank yourself on Wednesday, when you just can’t deal:
Knowing how to make Patricia Wells' Green Lentil Salad is a great skill to have up your sleeve. Not only do these lentils make a lovely salad, but you can set some plain lentils aside before they get dressed to stir into soup, or grind them with walnuts for these fabulous tacos.
To make your day of cooking just a bit simpler, we've written your grocery list for you:
From the refrigerated and dairy cases:
1 cup whole milk 4 tablespoons crème fraîche 6 tablespoons miso paste, preferably red (aka Miso)
From the produce department:
1 large head cauliflower (1 1/2 to 2 pounds) 1 medium onion 2 pounds small carrots 1 orange 1 lemon 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 avocado 2 cups mixed baby sprouts
From the dry goods, bulk, and international aisles:
1 pound French de Puy lentils 2 cloves 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds 1/4 teaspoon Yuzu Kosho White pepper 1 teaspoon sake 1 teaspoon mirin
From the meat counter:
2 pounds flat iron steak
We're assuming that you have a healthy supply of kosher salt, pepper, vegetable oil, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, dark brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and sugar. If you don't, add them to your list.
Fifth photo by Sarah Shatz, all others by James Ransom
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).