Anchovy, Tomato & Hard-Boiled Egg Sandwich on Rye

On those occasions when you’re left to your own devices for dinner, and you don’t particularly want to spend too much time cooking, but you also want a dinner that’s satisfying, this sandwich from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express is just the thing. (It helps if, like me, you’re part otter, and love pungent fish that comes in tins.) Preparation time: The amount of time it takes to boil an egg.

Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye
Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye

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Garlic Shrimp Tacos with White Sauce

Garlic shrimp tacos are so easy, so delicious, and so fast. They’re one of our go-to dinners during the summer. They barely heat up the kitchen and they’re so so good. Plus, we seem to have an influx of bay shrimp from our seafood CSA right now, so they’re a great way to enjoy the little pink sea critters.

Shrimp Tacos with White Sauce
Shrimp Tacos with White Sauce

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Steamed Spinach with Sweet Tofu Dressing

This slightly sweet, rich dressing over spinach is one of my favorite recipes from my grandma’s kitchen. It’s so simple, yet so elegant, and the clean flavors of spinach come bursting through the nutty flavors of the tofu. This is another dish that’s supremely easy and deliciously rewarding.

Spinach & Tofu Dressing
Spinach & Tofu Dressing

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Snow Pea Egg Drop Soup

Once you have the ingredients on hand, this soup is ridiculously quick and easy to make. The clean, clear hon dashi broth makes a perfect base for the rich threads of egg and the sweet, slightly crunchy snow peas. For the best experience, drink it from a warm bowl cupped in your hands.

Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup

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Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chili Tofu with Ramen Noodles and Broth

Sweet and spicy tofu makes this hot, brothy soup from Sunset magazine an extra special weeknight dinner. Easy, vegetarian, healthy and delicious. How could you NOT love this bowl of soup?

Spicy Udon Noodles with Spinach and Tofu
Spicy Udon Noodles with Spinach and Tofu

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White Bean and Garlic Shrimp Bowl of Stew

This easy little one-pot stew from Bon Appetit is full of good protein and amazing, smoky taste. Perfect for a weeknight dinner after a cold run and a long day at work.

White Bean and Garlic Shrimp Stew
White Bean and Garlic Shrimp Stew

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Post-Thanksgiving, you may be craving something simple and warming. We went for a cold stroll to pick out a Christmas tree, and came home to warm up with this one-pot soup from Sunset magazine, before putting up the ornaments.

Favorite Tortilla Soup
Favorite Tortilla Soup

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