Everyday Food: One cool week of meals

07/09/2014 12:00 AM

07/07/2014 3:28 PM

Hot spells call for lighter, easier weeknight dinners. Make a robust salad the main event and take your flavor cues from Asia, Italy or Mexico.

Go shopping with this list. It has all you need for five easy weeknight dinners.

Produce

• 1 small red onion
• 5 scallions
• 2 pints cherry tomatoes or 5 medium tomatoes
• 1 English cucumber
• 5 ounces baby arugula
• 1 large head romaine lettuce
• 1 1/2 pounds green beans
• 1 pound asparagus
• 1 large bunch basil
• 1 large bunch parsley
• 1 large ripe mango
• 1 lime
• 1 large lemon

Staples

• Extra-virgin olive oil
• Vinegars: red-wine, rice
• Chili powder
• Honey
• Soy sauce
• 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas
• Sugar

Meat/poultry/fish

• 2 boneless pork loin chops (1 pound total)
• 2 ounces sliced salami
• 1 rotisserie chicken
• 1 pound frozen large shrimp (peeled and deveined)

Dairy

• 4 ounces fresh mozzarella
• 2 1/2 ounces feta

Miscellaneous

• Pitted green olives
• Jarred roasted red peppers
• 3/4 pound short twisted pasta
• 3/4 pound soba noodles
• 2/3 cup converted long-grain white rice
• Toasted sesame oil

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