You Absolutely Must Make These 7 Exciting Dinners


By Cooking Panda

We don’t ever want you to stress when pondering the age old question, “What should I make for dinner tonight?” Dinner should always be a source of excitement, and we’re here to make it easy for you. As a sign of our undying friendship, we rounded up seven solid recipes that, yes, you should absolutely make for dinner this week. You’re welcome.

1. Avocado Stuffed with Spicy Shrimp

Want a super quick dinner? Stuff an avocado half with shrimp and mango. It’s that simple! If you want to go a little more elaborate, you can totally bake or grill the avocado half first for next-level deliciousness.

2. Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta

A quick vegetarian meal that is super healthy but tastes incredibly decadent.

3. Slow Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks

Lamb shanks are affordable and so tender and delicious when braised. But traditional braising methods can require a lot of time and attention, so keep it simple and use a slow cooker instead.

4. Steak in Whiskey Mushroom Sauce

Got some inexpensive whiskey that you just haven’t been able to finish? Turn it into an excellent steak sauce. If you’re on a budget or steak isn’t your thing, you can swap it out for ground beef patties, chicken, tofu… whatever you’re in the mood for. This is a pretty versatile sauce.

5. Ramen Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Peas

This is not a drill, and we’re not joking. This recipe is not only cheap and way easier to make than traditional gnocchi, but it’s also adapted from world-renowned chef David Chang. The ramen noodles give it that extra classy zing, and the vegetables will make you feel like you aren’t dying on the inside when you eat this. But forget about all that, because it’s super delicious.

6. Vietnamese Loaded Fries

Ok, this isn’t exactly the healthiest of dinners either, but it’s totally worth it. If you need more veggies to justify eating (delicious) loaded fries as a meal, dump some shredded cabbage and quick pickled carrots and daikon on top. There. Better?

7. Wild Arugula Salad with Pears

If you’re going to have a salad for dinner (perhaps to atone for the ramen gnocchi or Vietnamese fries?), you might as well make it with arugula, hazelnuts and pears. If you need more protein, top it with any kind of sliced pork, chicken or your veggie protein of choice. Use leftovers, or cook your protein in this tangy, savory raspberry sauce.

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7 Satisfying Dinners You Can Make This Week


By Cooking Panda

1. One-Pot Creamy French Onion Pasta Bake

If you can’t make up your mind whether you want French onion soup or pasta, look no further. This savory, creamy dish will definitely satisfy you.

2. Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

This healthy, sweet-savory dish is perfect for the coming spring and summer months.

3. Bacon and Brussels Sprout “Pizzas”

Sourdough bread takes the place of pizza crust for a super easy but flavorful and delicious way to eat your vegetables.

4. Skillet Mac and Cheese (Pizza Style)

Pizza and mac and cheese in one dish is the ultimate comfort food. Kids and adults alike will go crazy for this.

5. Blackened Salmon Burgers With Herbed Cream Cheese

Make these any time you need a quick meal that will impress. They are seriously delicious but take less than 30 minutes to make.

6. Thai Spring Rolls with Cashew Dipping Sauce

As the weather heats up, you might find yourself craving fresh, light and healthy food. If you don’t have cashew butter lying around, you can never go wrong with peanut butter. Add a couple drops of fish sauce to your dipping mixture for a major umami boost.

7. Hawaiian Chicken Fajitas

Make these ahead and you’ll really score – not only will the fajitas marinate longer for a huge flavor punch, but you’ll be able to cook them in no time on a busy night.

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