Every parent knows that school nights can be hectic and challenging. Between sports practices, piano lessons, and homework, it’s easy for dinner to become an afterthought. School Night is the solution for inspiration and expert advice, with more than 50 recipes for delicious, nourishing, quick, and easy dinners for your family any night of the week.
Kate McMillan, caterer, chef, and mother of three, knows firsthand how chaotic school nights can be—which is why she’s created this foolproof guide for weeknight cooking. In these pages, you’ll learn tips and tricks to serve simple and healthy dinners to keep your family well nourished on busy nights. From meatless Monday to quick and easy desserts, there’s something for everyone in School Night.
Meatless Monday Strict vegetarians and cheeseburger-lovers alike will these fantastic meatless recipes like bruschetta with herbed goat cheese and grilled vegetables and cheesy polenta with roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts. Sheet Tray Dinners These one-sheet wonders like a lemony roasted shrimp with broccoli rabe, a classic meatloaf with rosemary roasted carrots and parsnips or fish puttanesca en papillote with zucchini, will have everyone at the table asking for seconds. Make Ahead Prepare these delicious recipes when you have a free second and serve up anytime. Dishes like chicken, Gruyere and spinach turnovers and Moroccan lamb meatballs with spiced tomato sauce have never tasted so good. Breakfast for Dinner Gone are the days of cold cereal and from-the-box pancake mix! Try your hand at everything from a Croque Madame to a vegetable-thyme hash with fried egg. 6 Ingredients and Under Flavorful meals made easy. A skirt steak with avocado and tomato, mussels marinara and more - each requiring six ingredients (or less) that you’re likely to have in your pantry. Hearty Salads Trying to get your kids to eat more greens while avoiding a bland dish? Inventive and flavorful salads like poached salmon Nicoise and Vietnamese slaw with lemongrass shrimp and crushed peanuts will surely do the trick! Speedy Desserts Often times, getting dinner on the table is too big of an effort to even think about dessert. A speedy route to dessert bliss runs through recipes like nutella & mini marshmallow panini and chocolate pudding with strawberry dippers.
These family-friendly recipes emphasize fresh ingredients, great flavors, and nutritious meals that are achievable on even the busiest of nights.
This tart looks impressive, but really it comes together quickly and easily. Vary it by using other toppings, such as roasted fennel, tomatoes, and black olives or zucchini, feta, and thyme. The tart can be made a day ahead, refrigerated, and served at room temperature or rewarmed gently in a 350°F (180°C) oven. Cut it into smaller squares for a terrific party appetizer.
3 tablespoons olive oil 2 small red onions, halved and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 small bunch Swiss chard, stemmed and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces All-purpose flour for rolling 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of a 17 oz/ 530 g package), thawed 1⁄4 lb (125 g) Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Warm 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and season with salt and pepper. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the onions turn a deep brown, about 10 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the onions to a bowl.
Return the pan to medium-high heat; do not wipe the pan clean. Warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and add the chard. Season with salt and pepper and sauté, tossing the chard to coat in the oil, just until beginning to wilt, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the onions, toss to combine, and let cool.
On a floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry into a 10-by-14-inch (25-by-35-cm) rectangle. Fold over 1 inch (2.5 cm) of each side of the dough to create a border. Fold the dough gently in half and center it over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently unfold the dough onto the baking sheet.
Prick the dough all over with the tines of a fork. Distribute the chard and onion mixture evenly around the tart and top with the cheese, leaving the borders uncovered. Brush the borders of the tart with the egg. Bake until golden brown, 22–25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut into squares and serve.