5 Global Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Dream of setting sail to a different part of the globe every night this week with these international-inspired meals.
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Monday: Mediterranean Seafood Stew

mediterranean seafood stew

White fish, fennel, potatoes, and crushed tomatoes come together to make this hearty dinner.

Recipe: Try our Mediterranean Seafood Stew

Tuesday: Pork Tacos with Sriracha Crema & Green Salsa

Pork Tacos with Sriracha Crema & Green Salsa

Mexican done right! Homemade salsa and crema sauce make these flavor-packed tacos taste like the real deal.

Recipe: Try our Pork Tacos with Sriracha Cream & Green Salsa

Wednesday: Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Skirt Steak

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This easy, Asian-inspired dish is guaranteed to satisfy all your noodle cravings!

Recipe: Try our Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Skirt Steak

Thursday: Chicken Schnitzel with "Schn'apple," Fennel & Onions

Chicken Schnitzel with Schn'apple," Fennel & Onions

Rach takes schnitzel to the next level.

Recipe: Try our Chicken Schnitzel with "Schn'apple," Fennel & Onions

Friday: Rachael Ray's Lasagna Soup

three bowls of lasagna soup

You're going to want to make this Italian-American recipe on repeat all winter long.

Recipe: Try Rach's Lasagna Soup

Shopping list:

For the mediterranean seafood stew:

  • 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 large bulbs fennel
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound yukon gold potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless firm white fish

For the pork tacos with Sriracha crema and green salsa:

  • 6 tomatillos or, when in season, 2 large unripe green tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup (a small handful) fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeño or Serrano chiles
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tbsp.)
  • A few leaves fresh mint
  • About 1 tsp. light agave syrup or honey
  • Salt
  • 1 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 1-inch-piece ginger
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 2 tbsp. sriracha
  • About 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. canola or olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground pork
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. (about 1/3 palmful) oregano, preferably Mexican
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or water
  • 12 small (5- to 6-inch) soft corn tortillas
  • Crumbled queso asadero or queso fresco (optional)
  • Chopped little gem or iceberg lettuce
  • Pickled jalapeño or sport pepper slices

For the soba noodle salad with sesame skirt steak:

  • 1 skirt steak (1 lb.)
  • 1 cup store-bought sesame vinaigrette (such as Annie’s Shiitake Sesame Vinaigrette)
  • 8 oz. soba noodles
  • 1 lb. asparagus
  • 3 radishes
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds (white and/or black)

For the chicken schnitzel with "schn'apple," fennel & onions:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz. each)
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • About 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups dried breadcrumbs
  • About 1/4 tsp. ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • Safflower or other frying oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples
  • 1 bulb fennel—plus 1/2 handful of fennel fronds
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions
  • 1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) apple schnapps or apple brandy
  • 1/2 handful of fresh dill
  • Lemon wedges

For Rach's lasagna soup:

  • Salt
  • 8 oz. lasagna noodles with curly edges
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 12 oz. ground beef (80% lean)
  • 12 oz. sweet Italian sausages with fennel or bulk sausage
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp. (about 1/3 palmful) dried oregano
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 qt. chicken stock
  • 1 can (28 oz.) whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 cups passata (uncooked tomato puree) or tomato puree
  • A few leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup heavy cream, crème fraîche, or mascarpone cheese
  • Finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

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