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.

  • Chicken with Mushroom Stuffing (see recipe below)
  • Salad with Cranberries
  • Green Beans with Almonds
  • Pecan-Maple Pudding

This easy meal will remind you of a Thanksgiving feast: Chicken with Mushroom Stuffing, cranberries in the salad, a green bean dish, and Maple-Pecan Pudding. It's so easy you can have it any night of the year. Just have dried cranberries, toasted almonds, and the fixings for the pudding on hand. They are so easy to keep in the pantry, you can make these side dishes with any hearty main course.

Chicken with Mushroom Stuffing

Salad with Cranberries

Any green salad tossed with a sweet dressing like raspberry vinaigrette will taste like a holiday treat when tossed with a handful of dried cranberries.

Green Beans with Almonds

Cook fresh or frozen green beans, drain and drizzle with a tiny bit of butter. Season to taste, then garnish with toasted slivered or sliced almonds.

Pecan-Maple Pudding

Top vanilla pudding with maple syrup and chopped pecans.


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