Make It a Meal: 5 Midwinter Weeknight Dinner Ideas
What's for dinner tonight? Try one of these menus! If you've run out of dinner ideas (it happens to everyone), you might appreciate a little help in the meal planning department. To give you a hand, we've paired five main dishes with easy side and dessert ideas along with wine and beer suggestions. All you have to do is plug and play.
Menu #1 Churrascaria-Style Picanha
Churrascarias are Brazilian-style barbeque restaurants, and picanha is one of their specialties. It's beef cut from a top sirloin cap, or coulotte. This version is a breeze to make.
Wine pick: Clos de los Siete Malbec or other Malbec-based red blend
Menu #2 Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs
Menu #3 Better-Than-Olive-Garden Alfredo
"Whether it's chicken Alfredo or fettuccine Alfredo, the Alfredo sauce has always had my heart. This is a simple and basic recipe for Italian starters. Enjoy!" —str0ngwarri0r
Wine pick: Maison Champy Macon Villages Blanc or similar full-bodied white wine.
Menu #4 Italian Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna with Béchamel
The béchamel sauce adds something special to this lasagna. Part-skim ricotta and mozzarella and low-fat milk cut the fat, but it's still wonderfully rich.
Wine pick: Masseria Li Veli Orion Primitivo or other acidic Italian red wine.
Menu #5 Lime-Marinated Baked Salmon
"The fresh lime juice and mustard add a nice tang to this moist and flaky grilled salmon. I came up with this marinade after tasting something similar at a friend's house and it is now one of our favorite ways to do fish. You may also use other firm fish steaks instead of salmon; halibut, tuna and swordfish all work well." —whodunitrdr
Cider pick: Eden Specialty Ciders Peak Bloom Harvest Cider or other off-dry cider.