Every week, Executive Food Editor Keith Dresser pairs each main dish with a side to give you a complete, satisfying dinner without the guesswork. Look for the game plan section to learn tips on how to streamline your kitchen work so dinner comes together quicker.
Dinner 1: Broiled Shrimp with Couscous Pilaf
Broiled Shrimp Skewers are designed to be served with a sauce (links follow), but it's also fine to simply serve the shrimp with lemon wedges. (If omitting the sauce, broil the shrimp for an extra 15 to 20 seconds.) The additions to Couscous with Shallots, Garlic, and Almonds can be adjusted to suit what you have on hand. Half of a finely chopped onion can be used instead of the shallot. Other nuts can be substituted for the almonds and other tender herbs, such as basil, can be swapped for the parsley.
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Dinner 2: Broccoli and Feta Frittata with Boiled Potatoes
Broccoli and Feta Frittata uses milk and salt to help the eggs stay tender even when cooked to a relatively high temperature. Milk dilutes the egg proteins, making it harder for them to coagulate and turn rubbery. Salt weakens the interactions between the proteins, producing a softer curd. Boiled Potatoes with Butter and Chives calls for red potatoes, but other varieties of small potatoes will also work. We like to use potatoes that are less than 2½ inches in diameter, but if you need to use larger ones, halve them before boiling.
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Dinner 3: Salerno-Style Spaghetti with Bibb and Frisée Salad
Salerno-Style Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Bread Crumbs is a simple dish of garlicky spaghetti topped with a fried egg. We like the texture and richness that both the bread crumbs and egg add to the dish, but either one can be omitted (we don’t recommend omitting both, though). The components in Bibb and Frisée Salad with Grapes and Celery can be swapped out to use what you have in the fridge. Feel free to mix and match the lettuce variety, although we do suggest a mix of greens for the best flavor and texture. Other types of fruit, fresh or dried, can be substituted to add sweetness. And if you don’t like blue cheese, try adding crumbled goat cheese for some richness.