Brighten Up the Table With a Rainbow Weeknight Dinner Planner

Eat your way through all the colors of the rainbow this week, ROY-G-BIV style! Start with a savory red dish on Monday, and eventually close out the week with a pinkish-purple dinner Friday night. The best part? All five of these meals taste as good as they look!
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Monday: Cherry Tomato Chicken

Cherry Tomato Chicken

Juicy, red, burst tomatoes amp up the flavor in any dish, but spooning them over chicken cooked in wine, garlic, and butter makes for a truly satisfying meal. Hellooo spring comfort food!

Recipe: Try our Cherry Tomato Chicken

Tuesday: Rachael Ray's Quick Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

pumpkin mac and cheese topped with chives

You know that notion that mac & cheese is for kids? Forget that – this decadent, creamy, pasta is a dish the whole family will be begging for all year long. And you gotta love that bright orange hue!

Recipe: Try Rach's Quick Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Wednesday: Sunny Gazpacho

sunny gazpacho

This irresistible yellow gazpacho is a mid-week pick-me-up if there ever was one! It's hard not to love a soup so fresh, bright, and appetizing – plus, it'll keep you cool as warmer weather creeps in.

Recipe: Try our Sunny Gazpacho

Thursday: Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese with Baby Kale Salad

brussels sprouts grilled cheese baby kale salad

This delectable dinner is as green as it gets! Chomp on a sammie and salad combo stuffed with spouts, apples, kale, shallots, fontina cheese, and a slew of gourmet toppings and condiments. Yum!

Recipe: Try our Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese with Baby Kale Salad

Friday: Petite Filets with Spicy Pink Creme Fraiche & Shoestring Mushrooms

Petite Filets with Spicy Pink Créme Fraîche & Shoestring Mushrooms

Technically pink isn't part of the ROY-G-BIV color scheme, but it's not that far off from violet, and it's too tasty not to include! Once you whip up that flavor-packed creme, you'll want to top everything with a fresh dollop.

Recipe: Try our Petite Filets with Spicy Pink Creme Fraiche & Shoestring Mushrooms

Shopping List

For the cherry tomato chicken:

  • 6 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasst
  • 3 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. butter

For Rach's quick pumpkin mac & cheese:

  • Salt
  • 1 lb. macaroni, medium pasta shells, or elbow pasta
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 4 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) pure pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • White pepper and a little freshly grated nutmeg to taste
  • About 3 cups freshly grated yellow cheddar
  • 2 oz. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Finely chopped chives

For the Sunny Gazpacho:

  • 2 pounds yellow tomatoes
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 ribs celery with leaves

For the Brussels sprouts grilled cheese with baby kale salad:

  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 1 shallot
  • 8 slices whole-grain bread
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups grated fontina
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

For the petite filets with spicy pink creme fraiche & shoestring mushrooms:

  • 3/4 pound maitake (hen-of-the-woods) mushrooms
  • 3 large shallots
  • 3 tbsp. sherry
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 petite flilets or filets mignon
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. prepared red horseradish
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce