What to cook this week, June 13, 2022 — TODAY

With the official start of summer fast approaching in T-minus eight days (but who’s counting?), it’s understandable if taking a vacation from the kitchen is high on your summer bucket list. School is almost out (if it hasn’t already), the weather is showing off, and calendars are filling up with activities. But unless you’re going on an extended getaway, hiring a personal chef, or planning to order three times a day for the next three months, a complete kitchen break probably isn’t in the cards.

Fear not: we’ve identified three simple steps that will help you take a load off your shoulders (both mentally and physically) in the kitchen. First things first, take the guesswork out of meal planning by following this simple guide on what to cook this week. See below for smart weeknight dinners, recipes for the whole family, easy vegetarian meals, plus an easy pasta recipe you’ll want to turn to again and again. Second, resolve to do fewer dishes by relying on sheet pan dinners that will make cleanup a breeze. Third: Make sure to save room for dessert and give yourself a pat on the back in the form of something sweet. (This week’s treat is gluten-free!)

For added ease, all of these recipes can be purchased through Walmart. Instead of setting foot in a grocery store, simply add ingredients to your virtual shopping cart and schedule pickup or delivery. And if you’re a Walmart+ member, orders of $35 and up qualify for free delivery.

What to cook this week

Herb Rigatoni with Toasted Pine Nuts and Dates

Courtesy Elena Besser

Whip up a quick weeknight pesto with whatever herbs you have on hand (think: basil, mint, dill, parsley, or chives) and toss with your family’s favorite pasta shape. We recommend rigatoni because it’s great for soaking up all the delicious sauce.

Honey Chili Chicken Skillet with Corn, Zucchini, and Peppers

Casey Barber/Stories of Good Food LLC

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: A one-pan dinner is the key to quick and easy dinner, and even quicker and easier cleanup. This Ancho Chile Spiced Chicken dish is packed with veggies and flavor and just might become your favorite weeknight dinner this summer.

Brazilian-style kale

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Developed by award-winning culinary historian, cookbook author, and journalist Dr. Jessica B. Harris, this recipe comes together in a fraction of the time traditional Southern preparation takes. That means you can enjoy these Garlic Sprouts on a busy weeknight!

Grilled Greek shrimp with asparagus, tomatoes and olives

Casey Barber/Stories of Good Food LLC

Say hello to this week’s second skillet dinner, a Mediterranean delight! Grill asparagus, tomatoes, olives, and relishes while you prep the shrimp with an herb blend of oregano and mint. When the vegetables are almost done, add the shrimp to the pan and grill to finish. Sprinkle with salty feta cheese to finish and enjoy.

Crunchy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies

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These crispy, crunchy gluten-free oatmeal cookies were adapted from Fannie Merritt Farmer’s “Boston Cooking School Cookbook.” The secret ingredient that takes them to the next level? A pinch of lemon extract.


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