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 Salmon and Cucumber-Dill Salad
Our method for Grilled Salmon can be applied to other firm-fleshed fish of a similar thickness, including snapper, halibut, sea bass, or grouper. If grilling one of these fish, shoot for an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Cucumber-Dill Salad calls for English cucumbers, but regular cucumbers will work just fine; peel and seed them before salting. Parsley can be substituted for the dill.
Recipe for charcoal-grilled salmon fillet
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Dinner 2: Moroccan-Style Turkey Meatballs and Couscous
We like 93- or 85-percent lean turkey in Moroccan-Style Turkey Meatballs, but ground chicken with a similar fat content will also work. We don’t recommend using 99-percent lean ground poultry. We prefer to add individual spices, but 1 tablespoon of garam masala can stand in for the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The pilaf method allows Couscous with Shallots, Garlic, and Almonds to cook up fluffy and separate. Half of a minced onion can be substituted for the shallots, and feel free to try a different nut—almonds and pistachios are good options.
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Dinner 3: Pasta with Beans and Chard with Green Leaf and Radicchio Salad
Pasta with Beans, Chard, and Rosemary calls for two types of beans—cannellini and pinto—but other varieties of white beans can be substituted. Bacon can be used in place of pancetta. Spinach can be swapped for Swiss chard, but we suggest using mature spinach rather than baby spinach. Our Green Leaf and Radicchio Salad with Grapefruit and Fennel combines soft, mineral-y green leaf lettuce with bitter, crunchy radicchio. Other types of lettuces and greens can be used; we suggest a mix of mild and bitter choices for balanced flavor. Thinly sliced celery can stand in for the fennel.
Printable Shopping Lists: Pasta with Beans, Chard, and Rosemary and Green Leaf and Radicchio Salad with Grapefruit and Fennel