Warm weather means lots of prime produce for summer cooking, but it also means hotter kitchens. Get dinner done in a flash with these fresh weeknight meals that come together in 25 minutes or less.

Monday: Crispy Corn Chip Chicken & Rice

Crispy Corn Chip Chicken and Rice
Credit: Photography by Caitlin Bensel

Basic chicken and rice dinners get an upgrade thanks to a corn chip coating, salsa verde, and fresh avocado. Serve the crispy chicken with a package of yellow rice for a 20-minute, Spanish-inspired dish. 

Tuesday: One-Pot Zucchini & Basil Pasta

zuchini basil pasta
Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

Add some summer to your bowl of pasta with fresh zucchini, basil, and lemon zest! The 20-minute prep time is great, but the single cooking pot is even better. 

Wednesday: Steak Sandwiches with Blue Cheese & Watercress

Steak Sandwiches with Blue Cheese & Watercress
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Sandwiches are one of our favorite simple meals any time of year, but this one gets a nice hit of freshness thanks to red onion and watercress.

Thursday: Greek Shrimp & Grits

Greek Shrimp and Grits
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

Shrimp and grits might seem like more of a cozy, cool-weather dish, but this 25-minute, Greek-inspired twist with oregano, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta will have you on the summer grits train in no time. 

Recipe: Try our Greek Shrimp & Grits

Friday: 3 Minute Buffalo Soldier Quesadilla

rachs 3 minute buffalo soldier quesadilla
Credit: Photography by Nicole Franzen

On Friday nights, you just want good food fast. That's where Rach's new 3 Minute Meal comes in. Rotisserie chicken, a mix of spice sand sauces, and plenty of cheese gives you this quick, flavorful dinner in under 5 minutes. 

Ingredient List

For the crispy corn chip chicken & rice: 

  • 4 cups corn chips
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz. each)
  • 2 cups salsa verde (from one 16-oz. jar)
  • 1 avocado—pitted
  • 1 package (8 oz.) yellow rice
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

For the zucchini & basil pasta: 

  • 3 tbsp. drained capers
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 12 oz. capellini (angel-hair) pasta
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 anchovies
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • thinly sliced fresh basil and lemon zest, for garnish

For the steak sandwiches: 

  • 1 flank steak (about 1 1/4 lb.)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup crumbled mild blue cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
  • 4 ciabatta rolls
  • 2 cups watercress
  • sliced red onion

For the Greek shrimp & grits: 

  • 4 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, plus more for garnish
  • 2 pt. cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb. peeled, deveined large shrimp, with tails on
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 package (5 oz.) baby spinach
  • 3 cups cooked polenta
  • 6 oz. feta, crumbled

For the Buffalo soldier quesadillas: 

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2-inch-long piece fresh ginger
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. to 1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. jerk seasoning (or to taste)
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 3/4 to 1 cup shredded or chopped rotisserie chicken
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large (10-inch) flour tortilla
  • 3/4 cup shredded pepper Jack or Monterey Jack
  • Sliced pickled jalapeños
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)

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