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Our Editors' Go-To Weeknight Dinners

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When it's seven o'clock (or eight, or nine...) on a weeknight, dinner has to meet a certain set of criteria: It has to be quick, it shouldn't require too many ingredients, and it should be simple enough to memorize after you've made it twice.

To meet these requirements, we turn to an equally short set of strategies: Avoid cooking meat (unless its cooking time is 30 minutes or less), when in doubt, turn to eggs, and keep a list of your go-to recipes so you don't have to dig them out every night.

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For this final strategy, we have collections. Here are a few of our editorial teams' weeknight collections to inspire your own (and maybe even dinner tonight!):

Healthy Fast Food by Sarah Jampel

Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings)

Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings) by Sarah Jampel

Cold-Weather Soupe au Pistou

Cold-Weather Soupe au Pistou by Caroline Lange

Velvety Mushroom Soup

Velvety Mushroom Soup by lastnightsdinner

Fully Loaded Vegan Burritos

Fully Loaded Vegan Burritos by Gena Hamshaw

dinner by Caroline Lange

Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale

Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale by Laura

Miso Hummus

Miso Hummus by mrslarkin

Farro Risotto with Sausage, Mushroom, Peas, and a Poached Egg

Farro Risotto with Sausage, Mushroom, Peas, and a Poached... by Erin McDowell

Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta by TheWimpyVegetarian

Breakfast for Dinner by Kristen Miglore

Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast

Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast by aliyaleekong

Poached Egg & Bacon Sandwich

Poached Egg & Bacon Sandwich by pipsplate

Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce

Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce by ieatthepeach

Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness

Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness by Genius Recipes

Go-To Weeknight Recipes by Leslie Stephens

Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale

Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale by Genius Recipes

Spiced Roast Chicken with Za'atar Yogurt

Spiced Roast Chicken with Za'atar Yogurt by BurntCream

Tahini Roasted Broccoli

Tahini Roasted Broccoli by Laurie

Trent Pierce's Miso-Creamed Kale

Trent Pierce's Miso-Creamed Kale by Genius Recipes

Vegetarian Dishes with Lots of Protein by Ali Slagle

Mushroom-Lentil Tacos with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Mushroom-Lentil Tacos with Tahini Yogurt Sauce by Kendra Vaculin

Grilled Peanut Tofu

Grilled Peanut Tofu by enbe

Shakshuka with Grains and Feta

Shakshuka with Grains and Feta by Kendra Vaculin

Roasted Butternut and Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut and Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vi... by Jillian Bernardini

Share your own collections—or tell us you usually make!—in the comments.


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