Simple Weeknight Favorites: More Than 200 No-Fuss, Foolproof Meals by America's Test Kitchen Editors

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  • Quick black bean soup

    • bethihearyoucalling on July 23, 2013

      Used white onion. Lots of flavor delivered quickly, as promised. I would purée a smaller portion than called for here.

  • Italian Cobb salad

    • jenmacgregor18 on March 15, 2019

      Took some liberties: subbed bacon for pancetta and red bell pepper for cherry tomatoes. I didn't put blue cheese in dressing. (H doesn't like blue- so I put asiago in hers). Olive oil & lemon vinaigrette. This went over well with the girls. Keeper.

  • Cilantro rice

    • twoyolks on February 09, 2015

      The recommended cooking times left me with slightly undercooked rice.

  • Roasted broccoli

    • twoyolks on September 16, 2013

      I cooked the broccoli for longer than in the recipe but it was still undercooked. I think a owner temperature for a longer time would yield a better result.

  • Chicken and Mexican green rice skillet supper

    • averythingcooks on January 15, 2020

      So I found a can of green enchilada sauce in my over flowing pantry (and I'm honestly not sure why I ever bought it in the 1st place) and that lead me here. I made it as directed except used one diced jalapeño (no poblanos , cubanelles etc in either of my small town grocery stores) and parsley in place of cilantro. The verdict?? This is REALLY good with moist & tender chicken and creamy rice . I'll will now be sure there IS a can of the green stuff on hand for a relatively quick weeknight dinner.

  • Country captain chicken

    • averythingcooks on March 11, 2019

      I have made the long , slow & complex Lee brothers country captain (from BF's Showdown) and it was absolutely delicious .....but today I tried this "quicker" version and it was also REALLY good! Small changes - my store cupboard curry powder is HOT so I started with 1 tablespoon then added a palmful of home made garam masala and a small can of coconut milk for the simmer. To up the heat part way through, I added my mango pineapple hot sauce ( for its lovely fruity heat) and finished with green onions and a handful of peas. I made Chrissy Teigan's skillet naans/ flatbreads to dip / scoop husband doesn't much care for rice ( whaaaa??) Just a lovely Monday night dinner that will be repeated :)

  • Thai coconut curry soup with chicken

    • averythingcooks on March 15, 2019

      Other than some necessary veg substitutions based on fridge contents, I followed this pretty closely cutting it by half. I will admit that poaching the chicken breast with fish sauce in the water did create a fairly "funky" smell in the kitchen - not sure I would do that again. The soup itself with the green curry paste and coconut milk is nice - I cut carrots along with yellow and orange peppers into matchsticks and used frozen peas in place of the sweet potatoes and snap peas called for.

  • Spicy chicken and corn chowder

    • averythingcooks on March 15, 2019

      This makes a really creamy and delicious corn chowder. The fresh corn in combo with the creamed corn is lovely. I had added minced garlic in with the onions before I realized it wasn't actually part of the recipe - habit I guess! I also added some chopped Peppadew hot peppers for a pop of red and some extra heat. A definite repeat.

    • ldholakia on March 22, 2017

      Very, very good -- followed the recipe exactly and was delighted with the depth of flavor given it was so quick and easy. Spicy enough to please those looking for a bit of a kick without being overwhelming.

  • Beef, green bean, and scallion stir-fry

    • averythingcooks on October 21, 2019

      Is it weird to review a stir fry recipe that highlights green beans when you substituted an equivalent weight of match stick yellow and red peppers? Maybe, but this was a quick and tasty dinner with that change made based on personal tastes. I also stirred some fresh noodles into the skillet after the sauce was added. My red pepper flakes are very fresh and they certainly made their presence known so if you are not a heat lover tread lightly at first....maybe start with half.

  • Steak sandwiches with onion jam and wasabi mayo

    • averythingcooks on October 11, 2020

      I took out one nice strip loin to make 2 sandwiches. The keys here are the onion jam & the wasabi mayo....neither is fancy or complicated but they were perfect condiments with the grilled & thinly sliced steaks. An added bonus is that I have wasabi powder and haven't actually used it yet :) With the addition of some grilled peppers, these sandwiches were delicious served on toasted ciabatta buns with a side of coleslaw.

  • Pork chops with creamy roasted poblanos

    • Jfbeaner on March 02, 2019

      bone-in center cut chops

  • Quick white wine-braised chicken and potatoes

    • dc151 on May 03, 2021

      I really loved this one, quick, straightforward. I accidentally got vanilla creme fraiche, but it still turned out ok. Also, I forgot the potatoes in the microwave. I served it over naan, it really tasted quite like a lighter version of a chicken pot pie. Will definitely make again!

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  • ISBN 10 1936493063
  • ISBN 13 9781936493067
  • Published Mar 01 2011
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher America's Test Kitchen
  • Imprint America's Test Kitchen

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