Easy Weeknight Meals: Part 6

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For part 6 of our series on Easy Weeknight Meals, I’ve asked my good friend Carol to share some of her family of five’s favorite meals they cook on a regular basis. Carol is an amazing cook and I trust every recipe she sends over my way (like the peach caprese salad from a couple weeks ago!). Keep reading for three of her family’s go-to weeknight meals…

1. Teriyaki Stirfry. Carol says, “This is a teriyaki sauce from Cooks Illustrated.  It is my “clean out the fridge” meal.  I use whatever veggies I have on hand…carrots, peppers, onions, cabbage, squash, cauliflower, broccoli,  and then stir fry it with chicken…if I have that on hand…ha!   And once everything is cooked, I add the teriyaki sauce.  I serve it over rice or quinoa…I really love it with quinoa”

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons mirin
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Combine soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and garlic in small saucepan; stir together mirin and cornstarch in small bowl until no lumps remain. Stir mirin mixture into saucepan. Bring sauce to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced to 3/4 cup and forms syrupy glaze, about 4 minutes. Cover to keep warm.

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2. Spice Rubbed Chicken and Veggie Tacos with Chipotle Cream.  Carol says, “This first one is one of my all time favorites!  I don’t usually put the zucchini in, but I do add a red onion.  Also, I normally grill the chicken on the grill and then pan fry the veggies…fajita style.  The chipotle cream is an absolute must!  And I’ve never tried the cilantro slaw because Justin hates cilantro so you can omit that if you’d like”

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3. Butternut Squash Pasta. “My friend makes this AMAZING butternut squash pasta.  I thought it would be perfect as we are going into squash season”

Thanks Carol!

See our whole collection of Easy Weeknight Meals recipes right here

Images: rubbed chicken, stirfry, butternut squash pasta

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