A Spanish-Inspired Weeknight Dinner Planner

This week, take a little inspiration from the Iberian Peninsula, and indulge in some spicy new flavors!
Author:
Publish date:

Monday: Spanish Shrimp Scampi & Pimiento Rice with Peas

Spanish Shrimp Scampi and Pimiento Rice with Peas topped with crushed red pepper

Calling all shrimp scampi fanatics! This recipe has everything you love about the traditional dish, plus a few more exciting ingredients like home sauce, pimiento peppers, and broken spaghetti.

Recipe: Try our Spanish Shrimp Scampi & Pimiento Rice with Peas

Tuesday: Spanish Salad with Chorizo Vinaigrette

spanish salad with chorizo vinaigrette

Bet you've never had a salad like this! Switch out your typical salad ingredients for green olives, shaved manchego cheese, chopped almonds, and cured chorizo. Yum!

Recipe: Try our Spanish Salad with Chorizo Vinaigrette

Wednesday: Spanish Chicken Thighs & Chorizo with Rosemary & Lemon

Spanish Chicken Thighs & Chorizo with Rosemary & Lemon

This saucy, zesty chicken dish is comfort food at it's best. Crumble some chorizo in the pot and add a splash of wine, then mop up all the warm, tangy juices with a piece of crusty bread.

Recipe: Try our Spanish Chicken Thighs & Chorizo with Rosemary & Lemon

Thursday: Spanish Spaghetti

Spanish Spaghetti

The Spaniards' version of spaghetti is a fun ride – if you're an adventurous eater! Create a sauce out of anchovies, piquillo peppers, and garlic, then top with slivered almonds and chopped black olives.

Recipe: Try our Spanish Spaghetti

Friday: Spanish Beef Stew

spanish beef stew

By now you know that no Spanish dish is complete without heap of green olives, so toss a few tablespoons worth into this stew. Add some veggies, and finish it off with a healthy sprinkle of Spanish paprika. ¡Delicioso! 

Recipe: Try our Spanish Beef Stew

Shopping List

For the Spanish shrimp scampi & pimiento rice with peas:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • About 1/3 cup of broken regular or thin spaghetti
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup shelled fresh peas or 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 jar (4 oz.) diced pimiento peppers
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lb. large shrimp
  • 4 spring onions or 2 leeks
  • 4 large cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup sherry or 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Hot sauce (such as Tabasco)

For the Spanish salad with chorizo vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup chopped cured chorizo
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • 2 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 6 oz. mixed greens
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped Marcona almonds
  • 1/2 cup shaved Manchego cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion 

For the Spanish chicken thighs & chorizo with rosemary & lemon:

  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tso. smoked paprika
  • 1 lb. cured chorizo or bulk fresh chorizo
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jar roasted piquillo peppers in water
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups chicken stock
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp. chopped hot pickled red cherry peppers
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • Crusty bread

For the Spanish spaghetti:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 - 8 canned anchovy fillets or 3 tsp. anchovy paste
  • 8 - 10 jarred piquillo peppers or 4 roasted red peppers
  • 1 cup loosely packed pitted black olives
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds

For the Spanish beef stew:

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lb. beef chuck roast
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 1/2 tsp. smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 package yellow rice
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 8 green olives