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May Dang

Junior Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

As you know, we’ve been working on something exciting: our very first cookbook! Anyone Can Cook will be published with Prestel in Spring 2021—you can preorder it here. The cookbook is for brand new or seasoned home cooks looking to infuse fresh ideas into their weeknight cooking routine, which is why this month, to celebrate its release, we’ll focus on all the different ways to tackle dinner throughout the week, and share tips and tricks from our chefs and editors. All month long, you’ll get exclusive sneak peeks into Anyone Can Cook, plus plenty of new, satisfying, and versatile recipe ideas to rely on the whole week through.

Are you sensing a pattern here? Because I sure am. It’s 2020 and although this year has brought me a lot of mystery (I am seeing 20s everywhere!) nothing is as mysterious as the noises my stomach makes the second I come home from work. If you have felt this way before, you will agree with me that sometimes the thought of standing in the kitchen and cooking for two hours just isn’t that appealing. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love cooking and the concept of developing intense flavors through slow and long processes, like stewing or roasting. But sometimes I just really want to whip up something easy, fast, and super delicious.

Time can play an essential role in cooking, but it doesn’t have to: Here are 20 recipes that bring a lot of flavor to the table in just a little time.

Tuna steak with cucumber guacamole

Tuna steak with cucumber guacamole

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5-ingredient pasta with red pepper pesto

5-ingredient pasta with red pepper pesto

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Shakshuka bowl

Shakshuka bowl

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Palak paneer

Palak paneer

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Zoodle salad with tahini dressing

Zoodle salad with tahini dressing

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Spicy cheese-stuffed naan

Spicy cheese-stuffed naan

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Chinese eggplant with spicy garlic sauce

Chinese eggplant with spicy garlic sauce

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Chicken tikka sandwich

Chicken tikka sandwich

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Vegetarian tacos with lime-yogurt dip

Vegetarian tacos with lime-yogurt dip

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Gnocchi with peas and Parmesan

Gnocchi with peas and Parmesan

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Classic spaghetti carbonara

Classic spaghetti carbonara

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Marinated shrimp with mango salsa

Marinated shrimp with mango salsa

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Refined chickpea salad

Refined chickpea salad

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Endive, burrata, and beet salad with candied walnuts

Endive, burrata, and beet salad with candied walnuts

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5-ingredient classic BLT (Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich)

5-ingredient classic BLT (Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich)

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Orecchiette with green beans and pistachio pesto

Orecchiette with green beans and pistachio pesto

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5-ingredient kimchi grilled cheese and simple salad

5-ingredient kimchi grilled cheese and simple salad

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Chinese cold noodles

Chinese cold noodles

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5-ingredient stir-fried udon noodles with spinach and beef

5-ingredient stir-fried udon noodles with spinach and beef

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Herby French omelette

Herby French omelette

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What is your favorite go-to quick recipe for a weeknight dinner? Let us know in the comments, or upload it to Kitchen Stories for the whole community to enjoy.

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