Weeknight-friendly dishes aimed to lift your cooking spirits!
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What to Cook This Week

I am in Connecticut for a brief moment and looking out the window at the autumn leaves doing their thing: actually falling. 
Like everyone, I have a mix of thoughts and emotions and concerns as we head into the cold weather. And into the holiday season. And into the election (vote, vote, vote). And into month . . . 9? Good grief. 
Cooking and feeding our people has never ever been so important. But I know we are all suffering from cooking fatigue. Sometimes you have to think of it like exercise—you might not be all that excited to do it, you might not enjoy the process all that much while you do it, but afterward you usually feel pretty terrific. And never sorry you did it. (Or, almost never—that one time with the acorn squash casserole, not so much.)
I hope you had a happy Halloween! Was there any trick-or-treating in your world? I assumed there would be in our apartment building per usual, but then it turns out, no, there was not. I kind of wish someone had told me that before I bought the bag of 200 wrapped mini candies. Which was open. On the counter. Getting diminished by the day. This year’s assortment: Kit Kats, Whoppers (my dad’s favorite), Heath Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and for some reason Hershey’s Cookies 'N' Cream bars. I know I shouldn’t have had so many but they are so SMALL! I made up some little bags of candy and left them in the lobby for the kiddos in the building. A nice thing that also saved myself and my husband from total destruction.
OK, starting next week, I will be aflutter with Thanksgiving recipes, but for this week, one last smattering of weeknight-friendly dishes, aimed to lift your cooking spirits and make dinner happen in a reasonable amount of time (or at least a small amount of hands-on time).

So simple, it's almost not a recipe. This is the very definition of fast and easy. Also a very good reason to keep a bag of frozen shrimp around.

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Vegetable quesadillas are a very helpful addition to the weekday repertoire. A great way to use up leftover vegetables, and super versatile. Appetizers, snacks, lunch, and—with a salad—dinner.

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This chicken dish is simple, lush, and total comfort food at its best. Even better: dinner in 30 minutes. 

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A one-sheet supper is one of the most accessible ways to make dinner. Once that tray is in the oven you are free to yell at one of your children to set the table, plus there is minimal clean up.

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We all need inspiration for changing up our salads, and this combo with Parmesan curls and fresh tarragon is pretty and sophisticated.

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