Make weeknight dinner fast and easy. Here's a main course recipe and three suggestions for rounding it out into a complete meal. Find out how to effortlessly dress up starters, sides, and desserts to fit the meal's main course.

By Fraya Berg

Sweet peppers and Italian seasoning make this juicy steak a great dinner. When you add a Bean Bruschetta, Creamy-Cheesey Polenta, and Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, you have an authentic Italian meal. This dinner is a pantry lover's dream: beans, polenta, and a jar of Alfredo sauce are all easy to keep in your cupboard.

The Menu

  • Pepper Steak (see recipe below)
  • Bean Bruschetta
  • Alfredo Polenta
  • Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Vinegar

Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak recipe

Bean Bruschetta

Toast slices of crusty bread. Puree rinsed and drained white beans in a food processor with minced garlic, and drizzle in olive oil until beans are creamy. Season to taste. Spread bean puree on toast.

Alfredo Polenta

Slice prepared, cooked polenta in 1/2-inch-thick slices and place in a greased baking dish. Pour on prepared Alfredo sauce and heat until hot. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and broil for 1 minute, or just until cheese melts.

Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Vinegar

Cook broccoli rabe in boiling salted water for 1 minute, then drain. Saute in olive oil in a large skillet until tender, about 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in a dash of red wine vinegar and season to taste.

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