Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh SalsaWe're all for getting dinner on the table fast and for using convenience products (judiciously). But we're sure you can do that and cook from a recipe, too, with just a little advance planning and strategic shopping. Why try new recipes? They can help you learn about new foods, find out about ingredients you've never used and discover easy substitutions for making foods you know and love healthier. Even cooks who are whipping up dinner every day sans recipe can learn a trick or two taking a new recipe for a spin.
Consider these quick weeknight recipes:
TUESDAY: Canned beans turn into sophisticated Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa in just 25 minutes of active time.
WEDNESDAY: Learn how to cut 22 grams of fat (compared with a typical version) with our take on Chicken Piccata with Pasta & Mushrooms.
THURSDAY: Get familiar with Caldo Tlalpeño, a garlicky Mexican soup often served across the border in El Paso, Texas, but easy to replicate in just 40 minutes wherever your kitchen may be.
FRIDAY: Discover how spicy chorizo (or if you can't find it, just kielbasa) makes mild cod sing in Baked Cod with Chorizo & White Beans.
Try some new recipes this week and become a better, healthier cook while keeping those at your dinner table happy.
By Carolyn Malcoun
When associate editor Carolyn Malcoun came to Vermont to attend New England Culinary Institute, she knew she didn't want to work in a restaurant but knew that she wanted to do something in the food industry. Luckily she discovered EatingWell, where she's able to combine her love of food and writing.
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