What to cook this week: Oct. 3 to 7

From a hearty vegetarian soup to a fresh fish dish, the five recipes featured here are meal suggestions the whole family is sure to ask for all season long. Check out what’s for dinner this week.

Monday: Pork Roast with Lemon and Garlic

Pork Roast with Lemon and Garlic

Fall equals comfort and what could be more inviting than an aromatic roast at the center of the dinner table? Don’t let this fancy-looking dish fool you; while it takes slightly longer than a usual weeknight dish, it can be ready in a reasonable length of time.

Tuesday: Chicken Drumsticks with Tomatoes and Lentils

Place chicken drumsticks, seasonal cubed butternut squash, tomatoes and lentils in a Dutch oven and let simmer for an hour. You’re then left with a warm and comforting meal that goes great with bread, or served over pasta or rice.

Wednesday: Seared Trout and Zucchini Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

This fish and vegetable dish is simple and delicious. The texture of the pumpkin seeds adds a satisfying crunch. And with a peppy mayonnaise that adds just enough zing, this recipe will become a fast favourite.

Thursday: Pasta and Chickpea Ragu

This hearty, comforting dish is made with chicken broth (or for a vegetarian version, opt for vegetable broth), chickpeas, potatoes and short pasta. The soup should have a thick texture, similar to that of a purée or stew. Garnish with grated cheese and dig right in.

Friday: Curried Cabbage Noodles with Sautéed Beef

Curried Cabbage Noodles with Sautéed Beef

Put more vegetables on your plate by replacing pasta with cabbage noodles. Just cut a cabbage in half and slice it into thin strips. Once it’s coated with a mixture of curry, soy sauce and honey, you’ll truly be blown away by how amazing it tastes.

Ricardo Larrivée is a Montreal-based chef, author, TV personality, entrepreneur and freelance contributor to the Toronto Star. His weekly meal plan can sometimes include popular recipes previously published in the Star. Follow RICARDO Cuisine on Facebook or find more recipes on ricardocuisine. com


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