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35 Genius Weeknight Dinners for Fall (and Beyond)

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There are so many ways to make the anxious newness of school nights and waning summer days go more smoothly—and get yourself some bonus Not Sad Desk Lunches out of it, too. Here are 35 glorious, worknight- and schoolnight-friendly dinner recipes from Genius Recipes land—from crispy fried chicken (without frying chicken) to lemony pasta that practically makes its own sauce. Tuck them away in your Trapper Keeper, and give yourself an A.

Jamie Oliver’s Tender & Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes & Basil
Jamie Oliver’s Tender & Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes & Basil
J. Kenji López-Alt’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi-ish With Garlic and Lemon
J. Kenji López-Alt’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi-ish With Garlic and Lemon
Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese
Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese
Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta
Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta
Melissa Clark's Crispy Salt & Pepper Pork
Melissa Clark's Crispy Salt & Pepper Pork
J. Kenji López-Alt's Butter-Basted, Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Steaks Recipe
J. Kenji López-Alt's Butter-Basted, Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Steaks Recipe
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Danny Bowien's World Championship Pesto
Danny Bowien's World Championship Pesto
Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta
Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta
Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese
Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese
Grace Young's Stir-Fried Garlic Eggplant with Pork
Grace Young's Stir-Fried Garlic Eggplant with Pork
Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers
The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Maria Speck's Shortcut Polenta
Maria Speck's Shortcut Polenta
Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup
Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup
A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon
A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon
Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style
Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style
Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)
Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)
Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon
Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon
Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
The Splendid Table's Pasta with Two Broccolis and Raisin-Pine Nut Sauce
The Splendid Table's Pasta with Two Broccolis and Raisin-Pine Nut Sauce
Peter Miller's Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil
Peter Miller's Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil
Cesare Casella's Pontormo Salad with Pancetta and Egg

Cesare Casella's Pontormo Salad with Pancetta and Egg by Genius Recipes

Rao's Meatballs

Rao's Meatballs by Genius Recipes

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini
Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini
Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice by Genius Recipes

Deborah Madison's Potato and Green Chile Stew

Deborah Madison's Potato and Green Chile Stew by Genius Recipes

Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta
Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta
Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream, and Five Cheeses

Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream, and Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes

James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry

James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry by Genius Recipes

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