3 Dinner-party-worthy recipes

by Wanda

1. Moroccan Chicken Thigh Sheet Pan Dinner

This Moroccan-inspired sheet pan dinner is packed with bold sweet and savory flavors and palate-pleasing textures. This is perfect for quick weeknight dinners or laid-back dinner parties. Ras el hanout is a North African seasoning available in specialty grocery stores, or if you'd like to make your own, there are many recipes available online.


1 lemon, zested and juiced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ teaspoons ras el hanout

½ teaspoon salt

4 (6 ounce) bone-in chicken thighs with skin

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

1 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 (14 ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained

1 teaspoon ras el hanout

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup pomegranate seeds

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped



Per Serving: 648 calories; protein 33.2g; carbohydrates 52.6g; fat 35.4g; cholesterol 105.8mg; sodium 1539.9mg.

2. Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

Make ordinary salmon extra special by topping it with a pistachio crust. You can have it on the table in under 30 minutes for a quick weeknight meal or a dinner party for guests. Serve with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.


¼ cup crushed pistachios

2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon butter, melted

4 (6 ounce) fillets salmon with skin, center cut

salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

4 lemon wedges


Cook's Notes:

Salmon filets that are 1- to 1 1/4-inch thick work best.

Use a mini food processor to quickly chop pistachios; alternately, you can use a resealable plastic bag and a meat mallet to crush the nuts.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 459 calories; protein 36.2g; carbohydrates 6.8g; fat 32g; cholesterol 107.9mg; sodium 322.3mg. 

3. Vegetarian Lasagna 

Vegetarian Lasagna

A delicious alternative to traditional lasagna. Great for a dinner party, even when entertaining non-vegetarians! For vegans, omit the cheeses!


1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (16 ounce) package instant lasagna noodles

1 bunch fresh spinach, washed and chopped

2 large carrots, shredded

2 large zucchini, diced

2 summer squash, diced

1 large eggplant, diced

1 large head broccoli, cut into florets

2 teaspoons dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (Optional)

1 cup ricotta cheese (Optional)


Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 329 calories; protein 17.2g; carbohydrates 53.3g; fat 7.2g; cholesterol 18.1mg; sodium 395.4mg.