We’re only a few weeks away from fall, and let’s be honest: We can barely wait. So we’re setting the mood with easy, tasty early fall dinners (bring on the butternut squash and soup). Here’s what to cook every night this week (grocery list included).
2½ pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (mix of thighs and legs)
One 4½-pound whole chicken
8 ounces bacon
2 pounds Italian sausage
12 ounces Brussels sprouts
2 medium-to-large butternut squash
3 ears corn (about 1½ cups kernels)
1 red bell pepper
1 head broccoli
2 pounds baby potatoes
9 garlic cloves
2 yellow onions
1 large bunch lacinato kale
1 bunch broccoli rabe
2 stalks celery
1 bunch fresh thyme
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 bunch fresh chives
1 bunch fresh basil
1 small bunch fresh rosemary
1 small bunch fresh oregano
1 small bunch fresh tarragon
16 ounces store-bought fresh gnocchi
1 store-bought 12-inch pizza crust
Kosher salt, black pepper, olive oil, vegetable oil, soy sauce, paprika, garlic powder, dried thyme, crushed red-pepper flakes, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, 12 ounces bucatini pasta, one 15-ounce can chickpeas, dried apricots, 36 ounces low-sodium chicken stock
Monday: Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash
Mondays call for one-and-done dinners with minimal cleanup. Psst: Roast that other butternut squash tonight—it’ll come in handy later in the week.
Tuesday: Butternut Squash Carbonara
Aren’t you glad you prepped that extra squash? It’s going to save you about 30 minutes of cooking time in tonight’s creamy pasta dinner.
Wednesday: Market Corn Chowder with Summer Savory
Remember when you stashed away fresh corn in the freezer? This soup is why. You can use fresh thyme in place of the summer savory if you can’t find it, and since you’re using baby potatoes later in the week, you can use them here, too.
Thursday: Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots
Behold, proof that kale salad doesn’t have to be boring, wilty or sad at all. Can’t find persimmons? Swap in some leftover butternut squash…or better yet, apples.
Friday: Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Thirty-minute gnocchi? Yes, please. We have better things to do than spend our Friday night in the kitchen (and by that we mean, we plan on eating this hearty meal in front of Netflix).
Saturday: Cheater’s Spicy Sausage Pizza with Burrata
Today, you’re either watching football or pretending to watch football while actually scrolling through Instagram. That calls for homemade pizza, right? This one has all the good stuff: melty burrata, spicy sausage and tons of green veggies.
Sunday: Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes
This bird is beautiful…and entirely hands-off to make. Ina and Jeffrey Garten would be so proud.