November 15 to 19, 2021: Fancy But Simple Recipes to Make at Home

If you’re under the impression that you can’t have fancy-looking meals at home—on a busy weeknight, no less!—think again. The five recipes below not only look like they came out of a busy restaurant kitchen, they taste like it, too.

Monday: Quinoa Risotto with Peas and Mushrooms (Quinotto)

“Risotto” is a word that may scare home cooks, usually reserving the fancy creamy concoction for when they head out to a chic Italian restaurant. But risotto, while it takes finesse, is deceptively easy to make, and this version that substitutes rice with quinoa is absolutely delicious.

Tuesday: Hearty Swiss Chard, Orzo, Mushroom and Pancetta Soup

Orzo, cremini mushrooms and pancetta can be ingredients that you don’t tend to use on an everyday basis. If you’re the sort to use them in more refined dishes, we are here to prove that you can still enjoy a lavish meal on a Tuesday night!

Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Cauliflower

We can’t really add to what the photo below already shows: Perfectly cooked pork, beautifully caramelized cauliflower and a drizzle of balsamic-based vinaigrette, all on a bed of arugula. The presentation alone makes this recipe restaurant-worthy.

Thursday: Pho Salad

Salads often seem like they taste (and look!) best when they’re served in a restaurant. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This gorgeous salad, with all the flavours of a beef pho soup, is easy to make and will be on the table in just 35 minutes.

Friday: Coquille St. Jacques Gnocchi

Where are we, at a high-end French restaurant? No, we’re in your dining room! Grab some frozen broccoli, fresh scallops and store-bought gnocchi and you’ve got a weeknight skillet version of the classic appetizer.