October 30 to November 3, 2023: What to Cook This Week

On this super busy week punctuated with Halloween and the beginning of November, prioritize simplicity and speed of execution. On the menu: a vegetarian dish sprinkled with pumpkin seeds, lemony pasta and speedy sheet-pan meals.

Monday: Caramelized Tofu with Pumpkin Seeds

For this meatless Monday meal, hit a home run with a vegetarian recipe that uses the seeds of the pumpkin you emptied and carved out into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween. Use a blend of broth, maple syrup and vinegar to caramelize the tofu, then serve it with basmati rice or a side of mushroom orzo. A dish that’s ready in no time, perfect for a dizzying weeknight.

Tuesday: Sheet-Pan Shrimp, Black Beans and Chorizo

A sheet-pan seafood meal ready to serve in less than 30 minutes; that’s your winning dish on a Halloween night when both kids and parents are in a hurry to get dinner out of the way and go trick or treating.

Wednesday: Lemon and Artichoke Linguine

Recover from the previous night by choosing a hearty all-in-one dish that’s super easy to make. For this recipe, cook the linguine in broth seasoned with lemon zest, adding the juice towards the end of the cooking time along with chives, pancetta and artichoke hearts. Divide the pasta between bowls and top it with croutons and roasted lemon wedges.

Thursday: Red Curry Salmon with Peanuts

Store-bought red curry paste is one of the basic ingredients of this recipe. Mix it with lemon and brown sugar, then set aside a portion of the mixture to make the accompanying sauce, which also includes mayonnaise and peanuts. Use the rest of it to cook the salmon on a baking sheet with bell peppers. Marinated cucumbers complete this tasty, colourful dish that’s so simple to make.

Friday: Beef Burritos

A great way of satisfying kids (and yourself at the same time with an express dinner) is to serve burritos. Make these with a spicy mixture of beef, bell pepper and black beans that everyone can then garnish to their own taste. With rice, corn kernels, salsa and cheese, you’ve got everything you need to make this Tex-Mex meal a real triumph.

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