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 that dinner comes together quicker.
Dinner 1: Grilled Pork Kebabs with Carrot and Radish Slaw
Grilled Pork Kebabs with Barbecue Glaze calls for pork tenderloin, but other boneless cuts of pork such as chops or country-style ribs can also be used. Bottled barbecue sauce can be substituted for the barbecue glaze; you will need about ¼ cup. Carrot, Radish, and Asian Pear Slaw is a fresh, crunchy accompaniment to the kebabs. A sweet-tart apple such as Fuji or Gala makes a good stand-in for the Asian pear. We like the oniony bite of scallion greens, but cilantro or parsley will also work.
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Dinner 2: Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Steamed Rice
We like to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Sung Choy Bao), but boneless, skinless breasts can also be used. Water chestnuts add crispness, but they can be omitted. If you leave them out, we suggest adding another stalk of celery. Other varieties of mushrooms can be used in place of the shiitakes. Steamed White Rice starts with rinsing the grains to remove some of their surface starch. Briefly boiling the rice in water before lowering the heat provides enough agitation to release the remaining starch, resulting in just the right amount of stickiness.
Fish SpatulasThese flexible, thin spatulas are adept at flipping more than just fish.
Dinner 3: Sautéed White Fish Fillets and Spinach Salad
Sautéed White Fish Fillets will work with virtually any type of white fish, as long as the fillets measure ¼ to 1 inch thick. Don’t skip the salt and 5-minute rest; it will create a sticky surface for a light flour coating to adhere to. For our Spinach Salad with Carrot, Orange, and Sesame, we shave carrots thin with a vegetable peeler so that they don't collect at the bottom of the bowl and then add fresh orange segments for bright, clean flavor and textural appeal. If you don't have spinach on hand, any type of tender lettuce can be swapped in.