Classic Box Menu 8/5 to 8/11

We all have a soft spot for the sticky-sweet chicken that’s a staple of takeout dinners. But it’s not exactly a meal for any night of the week—until now. We’re swapping out the heavy glaze for a fresh burst of ginger and a swirl of honey and soy sauce. Served with tender snow peas on a bed of jasmine rice, it’ll give you a good reason to toss the phone number for your delivery joint.


Cooking time
30 min


Difficulty level
Level 1


There’s no question that this is a burger lover’s burger. But what really makes it special is the beef, provided by master purveyor Pat LaFrieda. Made with a custom short rib blend from American raised and grazed Black Angus cattle, it’s chopped, rather than ground, to give it a coarse, meaty texture. All it needs to shine is some simple but satisfying toppings. Here, that’s balsamic caramelized onions and a garlicky aioli.


Cooking time
30 min


Difficulty level
Level 1


Lemon is an ingredient that’s humble yet mighty, often overlooked as an accent despite its transformative sour power. This dish would be much plainer without it, which is why it’s worth giving the citrus a special mention. Its juice perks up the sauce that’s drizzled over the pork and adds extra character to the potatoes and zucchini. Plus, it has a sunshine-y blast of vitamin C.


Cooking time
30 min


Difficulty level
Level 1


Barbecue chicken is all about the sauce. Otherwise, it would just be a plain piece of meat. So you better have a good one to slather on. Our approach is to keep it simple, but with a little bit of intrigue. That’s why we’re adding chipotle to the mix for smokiness and a hint of spice. And with a pesto-dressed veggie pasta salad on the side, there will be no shortage of flavorful items on your plate.


Cooking time
30 min


Difficulty level
Level 1


Thai cuisine may be known for its heat, but it also features more mild recipes that focus on herbs and aromatics. Our spin on a traditional meat and herb stir-fry puts mint and ginger front and center. The pair showers the veggies and pork in bright and cheerful flavors that leap off the plate. * Your bell pepper may be orange, yellow, or red. No matter what the color, it will still be delicious! *


Cooking time
30 min


Difficulty level
Level 1


Think of gremolata as pesto’s more rustic cousin. It features some of the same ingredients—herbs, almonds, and a good glug of olive oil—but it’s chopped by hand for a coarser texture and given a squeeze of lemon for additional tang. When drizzled onto strip steak, it provides a vivid contrast to the richness of the meat. Plus, it melds effortlessly into the creamy cauliflower mash and heirloom tomatoes on the side.


Cooking time
40 min


Difficulty level
Level 1


You haven’t had sweet potatoes like this before, trust us. This recipe takes them into new territory by combining the mashed tubers with crumbles of spiced chorizo, creamy black beans, and melty cheese. They’re then shaped into thick patties that get crisped in the pan. With a few spoonfuls of chunky tomato salsa on top and a dollop of lime sour cream, they’re comforting, hearty, and satisfying at any time of day.


Cooking time
35 min


Difficulty level
Level 2


Put down the phone: this pizza night is all about creating a masterful pie on your own terms. You’ll practice topping the base with layers of tomato sauce, cheese, and sausage. And because a little bit of green is always a plus, there are slices of zucchini and fresh oregano, too. They all work together to create a peak pizza masterpiece of supreme toastiness and meltiness.


Cooking time
30 min


Difficulty level
Level 1