Alison Kalis & Amani Willett
The Strategy: If Amani helped with the shopping in between the big trips, they could both benefit from meals made with more fresh fruits and vegetables. Because the two are beginner cooks, they should think about dishes that incorporate basic techniques—like grilling, which is quick, simple, and works for meat or seafood, and high-heat roasting, which they can do in bulk on the weekend with any in-season vegetable. A recipe like grilled shrimp with mango salsa is a good starting point: It can be served hot or cold and is good for company, yet it's simple enough to make on nights when they're alone. A side dish of a roasted vegetable salad or basmati rice needs little attention in the kitchen. Amani and Alison can use the leftovers to doctor up a pot of store-bought squash soup later in the week. "The recipes were easy to follow," says Amani after making the shrimp at home. "I can't wait to impress our guests."
Grilled Shrimp with Mango Salsa
Warm Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad
Basmati Rice with Toasted Pine Nuts