Weeknight BBQ Chicken

This is an easy weeknight dinner and it is “finger lickin’ good!” The sweet and tangy BBQ sauce here comes from a recipe that Chef Alex Guarnaschelli attributes to her mom. Make a whole batch of this BBQ sauce and keep it in your fridge for lots of other meals, like wings, or burgers. If you don’t have time to make this BBQ sauce, you can always use one of your favorites.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

I am always in search of the best wings and these slow BBQ cooker wings are unexpectedly delicious and crispy! The cook for a number of hours in the slow cooker, which makes them incredibly tender on the inside, and then you grill them for 5 minutes on each side and when they come off, coat them in a pungent BBQ sauce. They come have tons of flavor with an amazingly crunchy exterior. Eat these at your superbowl party or any weeknight! (Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, Slow Cooker)

Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage

Stuffed Cabbage rolls are a family favorite for special occasion holidays, but who has time on a weeknight to roll out each cabbage roll? My mother, who worked full time and had to get dinner on the table, used to make unstuffed cabbage for us to satisfy our desire to have this delicious meal more frequently. This meal has all of the essential ingredients and flavors of stuffed cabbage – a sweet and tangy sauce, rice, beef, raisins -yet you can put this recipe together in no time, and work while it cooks!

Veggie Burgers

I have been in search of a really delicious (and easy to make) veggie burger for a long time, and so far, this is the one. It has great smoky flavor, a nice variety of vegetables and best of all, it bakes in the oven or on the stovetop, so there’s no grilling involved. I like to make extra and freeze them on a parchment lined sheet tray. Once frozen, you can put them in a ziplock bag and rewarm for another dinner down the line.

Homestyle Meatloaf

When I was growing up, I never liked meatloaf. Then I married a guy who loves meatloaf – and as luck would have it, my mother in law pointed me to a recipe that became the starting point for my reimagined meatloaf. Now, I’m now a meatloaf lover too. This one has loads of veggies, all ground up to look like meat. They mix into the meat seamlessly and add amazing flavor – and of course veggie goodness. Topped with a sweet glaze, even your kids will love this one… To round it out, you can go traditional and serve it with mashed potatoes and a green salad – or you can try my salt and vinegar smashed potatoes. Note: This recipe makes two meatloaves – if you don’t finish them both, you can make mealoaf sandwiches for lunch or put one in the freezer! To freeze, just wrap the meatloaf tightly in parchment and then foil, once it has cooled completely.