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The Best Weeknight Dinners Of 2016

For Bon Appetit, by Bon Appetit.

Weeknight dinner can be a drag, especially when you're staring at an empty fridge and the same pantry ingredients that have been taking up space in there all year. But not when these 20 recipes are around. Our favorite weeknight dinner recipes of 2016 shake everything up, and give us the strength to make it to Friday.

If you don’t want to invest in a sizzle platter, you can also make this recipe using a rimmed baking sheet.

Spicy, mouth-tingling, porky: Those are the words you’ll be using to describe this tofu recipe.

The power trio of butter, kimchi, and gochujang produces an umami ballad so beautiful in this udon recipe, you’ll want to play it over and over again.

The traditional stuffed pork roast is so delicious but so laborious. This chicken has all the same garlicky, herby flavors — not to mention lots of crispy bacon bits — and it’s optimized for a weeknight meal.

Oh yes, there will be brown butter.

As you’re crisping the rice for this chicken salad recipe, the leeks and carrots may look very dark. Don’t be scared or angry at us; the veggies aren’t burnt, they’re just deeply caramelized and will add lots of flavor to the final dish.

Scallops: so meaty and delicious and yet so easy to overcook. That’s why we sear these on only one side, preserving the meltingly tender, near-raw texture on the other end.

These are extra saucy and a little sweet like the original SpaghettiOs, but with grown-up flavors all around.

This pesto pasta recipe is the solution for any leftover hardy green, lettuce, or herb you don’t know what to do with. Cleaning out your fridge has never been so rewarding!

Teriyaki gets an image makeover in this classic dish without losing its sweet and salty glaze.

There's a time for a 20-ingredient, four-hour curry, and it's not 5 p.m. on Tuesday. This shortcut version yields a hearty crowd-pleaser.

A single pan leads to many wonders: crackly-skinned chicken, hardy escarole, and a touch of smoky bacon.

"Curry" rhymes with "hurry" for a reason. A few shortcut ingredients yield a gently spiced, deep-flavored sauce that’s ready in under an hour.

We took the traditional Jamaican jerk spice and…simplified it. Before you call the authenticity police, give it a try on roast chicken legs.

You don’t need hours to simmer tomato sauce. This recipe shows you how to make an excellent one in 30 minutes, with 5 ingredients, in 1 pan, with very little effort.

The genius of this pasta recipe is in the contrast of the textures and flavors.

These quick-cooking lamb chops make dinner feel instantly fancy.

Not a big fan of chorizo? This chili recipe can also be made with chicken, turkey, or Italian sweet or spicy sausage.

This aromatic Vietnamese-inspired dish calls for pounding the chicken breasts to a uniform thinness, which eliminates any dryness.

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