Our secret to meal-planning for the week? Choosing recipes based on how much time you’re able to (or willing to) spend on dinner.
When weeknights are busy, the secret to no-stress dinner success is allotting a realistic amount of time to cook each night. Whether you’ve got just 15 minutes to spare or a full hour, we’ve got the recipes for you!
Easy Chicken Piccata
With just one pan and fully cooked chicken in 15 minutes, this is our weeknight savior when we’re pressed for time.
Broiled Salmon with Mustard Glaze
This recipe is like magic: full of flavor, super nutritious, and cooks from start to finish in only 7 minutes.
Penne with Corn and Spicy Sausage
For a pasta dish this good that serves up to 6, 30 minutes is a small sacrifice. Spicy sausage and sweet corn together make this super-creamy penne a huge favorite among Team Giada. If you’re serving this to little ones, feel free to omit Calabrian Chile paste.
20 Minute Meatballs
Give yourself 10 minutes to spare with these super-quick meatballs. Some crusty bread or a quick salad completes the meal!
Italian Chicken & Rice
Some good things just have to take time, and this dish is a testament to that. The flavors that develop in this classic recipe are so delicious and comforting: this is one you might just have to carve out that extra time for.
Nonna Luna’s Rice
Another classic rice dish in Giada’s family, you need that little bit of extra time to make this one perfect. Creamy, lemony and tender shrimp sit on a bed of perfectly fluffy and buttery rice, making this a favorite among kids and adults alike.
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