After publishing our preliminary “Week of Meals” collection again in March, we wished to listen to from you, our readers, earlier than transferring ahead with it to see if this was one thing you wished regularly. Suffice it to say, the suggestions we acquired was a convincing “MORE, PLEASE!” So, we’re right here to ship. Whereas sooner or later we might have the flexibility to do that collection extra usually, for now, we’re going to make it a month-to-month recurrence. You possibly can look ahead to new “Week of Meals” recipes the primary Sunday of every month. Every will likely be dropped at you by SoCal cooks, meals bloggers, cookbook authors and cooks of all stripes, with the intent to indicate you ways they get dinner on the desk rapidly and simply with out sacrificing taste.

Our subsequent installment of recipes comes from meals blogger and creator Jonathan Melendez. His recipes use ingenious mash-ups and enjoyable spins on classics to present you dishes which can be new and approachable and, better of all, actually, actually tasty.

He makes use of frozen inexperienced peas to bump up the dietary worth and shiny shade of pan-fried falafels served with a lemony couscous and herby yogurt sauce. Retailer-bought taco seasoning — an all-in-one workhorse — flavors flat iron steak, grilled to perfection and served with a guacamole that eats like a salad due to massive chunks of avocado, crimson onion and tomatoes. And Spanish chorizo and shrimp taste a quicker-than-takeout fried rice that provides you all of the crispy bits you need from conventional paella however in a fraction of the time.

Niçoise salad’s basic elements, utilizing high-quality canned tuna, get tossed in a tart mustard French dressing and strewn throughout heat baked potatoes for a filling weeknight dinner that’s prepared as soon as the potatoes come out of the oven. And eventually, black beans and mushrooms — you possibly can even toss in any straggling veggies in your crisper drawer — come collectively in a straightforward quesadilla served with a home made avocado crema. All of the recipes make nice use of a small grocery record and prevent time on the finish of the day when all you need is a scrumptious meal in your plate with minimal effort.

If you happen to’d wish to be taught extra about Week of Meals — find out how to store and cook dinner for your loved ones for a complete week with out breaking the financial institution — I will likely be educating a digital cooking class at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Might 12. I’ll be speaking about how I strategy and plan for cooking for the week and can deal with a easy recipe throughout the class. And, after all, I’ll be answering questions from contributors.

The category is among the Los Angeles Instances’ “We Can Train You That” collection and tickets ($10 for subscribers; $20 for basic public) could be bought at Eventbrite.com.

Black Bean and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado Crema

Canned black beans and sliced cremini mushrooms make up the majority of those quesadillas, however be at liberty so as to add any greens or different chopped-and-cooked veggies to the combination to make use of up something about to go dangerous in your fridge on the finish of the week.
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Prepare dinner time: 25 minutes.

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Paella Fried Rice

Because it’s drier, leftover cooked rice fries up crisp and makes the perfect fried rice. Cured chorizo, shrimp and candy paprika give this one a paella-like taste, however you additionally use linguiça or one other cured sausage to present it that attribute smoky taste.
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Prepare dinner time: half-hour.

Paella fried rice by Jonathan Melendez.

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Niçoise Salad Baked Potatoes

Select the highest-quality canned tuna you could find for the salad on this dish. The salad itself is a superb template for different greens and meats to pile on a baked potato, so use what you have got. Boil the eggs when you’re making breakfast within the morning so that they’re ready and chilled in dinner time.
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Prepare dinner time: 1 hour.

Nicoise Salad Baked Potatoes by Jonathan Melendez.

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Pea Falafel with Couscous

Frozen inexperienced peas are simple weeknight dinner stalwart and, right here, they assist bulk out chickpeas and put extra greens, together with parsley and mint, into these pan-fried falafel patties. Use cashew or coconut yogurt for the sauce to make the meal vegan.
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Prepare dinner time: 50 minutes.

Pea falafel with couscous by Jonathan Melendez.

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Grilled Steak with Chunky Guacamole Salad

Grilled steak is a deal with, however when marinated in flavor-packed taco seasoning and sliced, it’s an important indulgence for a weeknight meal. The guacamole salad comes collectively very quickly and couldn’t be less complicated. You possibly can both make it whereas the steak is marinating or resting so that you don’t waste a minute of time.
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Prepare dinner time: 1 hour.

Grilled steak with guacamole salad by Jonathan Melendez.

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