Butternut Squash and Pear Sauté

This sweet and savory dish with accents of pecan and goat cheese is a lovely accompaniment for pork or poultry. Add leftover turkey or chorizo to make a hash for breakfast or a quick and tasty supper.

Vegetarian Paella

Spain’s famous paella layers on the flavors, so keep it simple with the side dishes. A tapas-style selection of olives, chewy bread and Spanish cheeses along with a crisp green salad dressed in a vinegar or lemon vinaigrette work well.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is Italian for “hunter’s chicken,” and it’s a classic, simple way to prepare poultry. This version has added vegetables and makes use of inexpensive leg pieces, which stew to tender perfection in the slow-cooker. Serving the flavorful sauce over brown rice stretches the meat, and makes use of every drop of chicken-y goodness.