November 28 to December 2: what to cook this week

On the menu this week? From hearty soups to hearty pasta dishes, this selection of five delicious recipes will make dinnertime something the whole family will look forward to.

Monday: Barley and bean soup

As the days get colder, a big bowl of hot, satisfying soup is in order. Vegetarian and high in protein, this dish is packed with lentils, barley, chickpeas and kidney beans. It’s extremely filling and, as a bonus, you also get a healthy dose of greenery from the herbs and spinach.

Tuesday: Warm Chicken Salad with Kale and Honey-Paprika

Warm Chicken Salad with Kale and Honey and Paprika

Even when it’s cold outside, a salad can still hit the mark. Especially with this recipe, where crunchy kale and cucumbers contrast beautifully with warm chicken coated in a sweet, sticky glaze. This will be your new favorite meal salad, we assure you!

Wednesday: Buffalo Pork Tenderloin

Stewed Eggplant and Minced Meat

If you’re the type to enjoy the occasional Buffalo chicken wing, you’ll love this weeknight dish inspired by the classic bite. Instead of chicken, we used pork tenderloin coated in an addictively spicy and tangy sauce. And yes, we didn’t forget the blue cheese sauce!

Thursday: Eggplant Stew and Minced Meat

Buffalo Pork Tenderloin

When you’re looking for recipes to use up that ground beef sitting in the freezer, look no further than this dish. Simmered with Italian tomatoes, onions, eggplant and peppers, this hearty and flavorful meal is perfect for a late fall evening.

Friday: Penne with Mushrooms and Pancetta (Penne Alla Gigi)

Penne with Mushrooms and Pancetta (Penne Alla Gigi)

On the table in just 30 minutes, this pasta dish is not only quick to make but absolutely tasty. After all, the combination of crispy pancetta, meaty mushrooms and a velvety pink sauce will make your mouth water. Be sure to add this recipe to your regular rotation!

Ricardo Larrivee is a Montreal chef, author, television personality, entrepreneur and freelance contributor to the Toronto Star. Her weekly meal plan may sometimes include popular recipes previously published in the Star. Follow RICARDO Cuisine on Facebook or find more recipes on


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