Even with the best-laid plans, cooking during these unprecedented times can be a challenge. So we've put together three recipe pairings, each with an entree and a side, that call for ingredients you may already have on hand. But if you don't have a particular ingredient or the supermarket is out of stock, don't worry; we've also provided ideas for subsitutions.
Dinner 1: Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Sautéed Corn
Game Plan: Start by skewering the shrimp (step 1). Prep the ingredients for the corn and the sauce for the shrimp while the grill heats. Sauté the corn right before grilling the shrimp.
Grilled Shrimp Skewers are designed to be served with a sauce (links follow), but it's also fine to simply serve them with lemon wedges. (If omitting the sauce, grill the shrimp for an extra 15 to 20 seconds.) Larger shrimp (16 to 20 per pound) and smaller shrimp (26 to 30 per pound) can be used, but the cooking times will need to be adjusted to suit the size. Sautéed Corn with Cherry Tomatoes, Ricotta Salata, and Basil has a rich, toasted flavor. If ricotta salata is unavailable, try feta or queso fresco. Parsley, chives, or cilantro make good substitutes for the basil.
Dinner 2: Teriyaki Tofu and Sautéed Snow Peas
Game Plan: Prep and bake the tofu. Sauté the snow peas 5 minutes before the tofu is done.
Teriyaki Tofu starts with from-scratch teriyaki sauce made with soy sauce, sugar, mirin, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch. If you don’t have mirin, 1 tablespoon of white wine or sake mixed with 1 teaspoon of sugar can be substituted. Firm tofu can be used instead of extra-firm. Adding a little sugar to Sautéed Snow Peas with Ginger, Garlic, and Scallion helps to bump up the peas' natural flavor. To keep the pods crisp, we limit the cooking time: Two minutes is just right.
Dinner 3: Skillet-Roasted Chicken and Succotash
Game Plan: Prepare the chicken through step 3. While the chicken roasts, prep the ingredients for the succotash. While the chicken rests for 5 minutes, cook the succotash. When the succotash is done, finish the chicken.
Skillet-Roasted Chicken in Lemon Sauce calls for a mix of chicken parts, but all white or dark meat will work just fine. We like the color and flavor that the combination of fresh parsley and oregano add to the sauce, but the parsley can be omitted and ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano can be used. Large butter beans add a hearty texture to Modern Succotash, but other types of canned beans, like cannellini or pinto, are good substitutes. Cilantro or basil can stand in for the parsley.