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Recipes You Love

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By Emily Weinstein

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Emails poured in after last week’s newsletter, in which I asked you to tell me what you’ve been cooking and how you’ve been feeling about it.

Notes arrived from all over — Saudi Arabia, Australia, Sweden. That was amazing. Some of the loudest calls were ones you might expect: You like sheet-pan recipes. There were requests for vegetarian recipes that use less cheese and more beans, though some people want less beans and — I’m reading between the lines here — more cheese. A few readers specifically wrote in to say no more chickpeas. (I do like chickpeas.)

I also received extraordinary notes about cooking for your beloveds, and for yourselves, including an exquisite letter from a reader who ended a long-term relationship, moved into her own apartment and found love again — all during the pandemic! She cooked the whole time. It was a source of serenity, she said.

The recipes below are all inspired by your emails. Please keep them coming:

1. One-Pot Chicken Thighs With Black Beans, Rice and Chiles

This dish addresses two popular requests: It’s cooked in one pot, and kids love it, though you may want to reduce the chiles for them. If that’s not enough, the recipe is by the London food writer Diana Henry, a hero to several NYT Cooking staffers, and to a reader who emailed to say she’s been cooking a lot from Diana’s superb books.

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2. Cheesy Baked Orzo With Marinara

This is a kid-friendly, cheesy vegetarian recipe by Lidey Heuck that contains no beans — though it absolutely could if you wanted to throw in a can of cannellinis. The cheese, however, is nonnegotiable.

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3. Butternut Squash and Green Curry Soup

I would double this soup by Samin Nosrat, stashing some of it in the freezer for later (another popular request). Commenters thrilled to the peanut-coconut-chile topping, a take on the Thai and Laotian snack miang kham. To make the recipe vegan, use vegan fish sauce.

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4. Indian-ish Nachos With Cheddar, Black Beans and Chutney

More than a few readers said they were having nachos for dinner. I support that. This recipe by Priya and Ritu Krishna starts with cheese, black beans, tomatoes and chips, and adds cilantro chutney and tamarind sauce, common elements of Indian chaat. Brilliant, and delicious too.

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5. Sheet-Pan Salmon and Broccoli With Sesame and Ginger

Yes, it’s a sheet-pan recipe. They are easy to love. That’s especially true if you are busy and tired and everyone in your home is on the verge of having a little meltdown because they need dinner. This dish, also by Lidey Heuck, is fast, healthy and really good.

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