3 Easy Weekday Dinner Recipes (Part 1)
This post written by guest blogger—Emily Stoffel
In my house, we aim to have a home-cooked meal on the table 4 to 5 nights a week, but I’m not ready to commit a second career to churning out dinners. Ok, well I am – in fact, it’s kind of my dream, but it’s not a practical reality for everyone. Enter the following easy supper ideas: hearty mains designed to please with minimal prep time involved. Check back Saturday and Sunday for the second and third recipes.
- 1 large bunch kale, pulled from stems
- ¼ cup raw almonds, sliced or roughly chopped + extra
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries +plus extra
- good olive oil
- ½ lb whole wheat penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
- ¼ cup reserved pasta water
- Preheat oven to 400F. Toss kale generously with olive oil until well coated; sprinkle with salt. Arrange on a rimmed baking pan and roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until kale becomes fragrant and toasted in spots.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions. When kale is roasted, add to food processor with almonds, garlic, and cranberries. Pulse until combined and roughly chopped, then stream in olive oil with processor running until mixture becomes a thick paste. Salt to taste.
- Toss hot pasta with kale pesto, adding reserved pasta water as needed to thin pesto. Top with additional cranberries and almonds.
This recipe is the epitome of simple. Ten minutes in the oven is all the time it takes for the kale to take on a robust, nutty flavor that’s a perfect transition to the slightly cooler weather. With the addition of almonds and cranberries, it’s pesto-goes-Pacific Northwest.
What do you think of this recipe? Let us know in the comments below and check back tomorrow for the second recipe in our series.
Emily Stoffel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Chris, and their three bikes. In addition to attempted kitchen wizardry, her passions include renewable fuel marketing, chatting with Mama and planning elaborate vacations that sometimes work out. Follow Emily’s (nearly) daily adventures in food, love and life at www.ThePigandQuill.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/ThePigandQuill and on Twitter: @ThePigandQuill.