Sara's Weeknight Meals


Based on her book, Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals, Sara and her celebrity-chef friends share their ideas for flavorful, healthy meals with minimal fuss.

All Past Episodes

Found Flavors

26:45 | #810 | TV-G

After a foraging field trip, Sara prepares mugwort soup and asparagus with wildflowers.

Asia Meets America

26:45 | #809 | TV-G

Whole branzino is prepared. Sara adapts a Korean bimbimbap recipe to create an Asian grain bowl.

A Taste of Northern California

26:45 | #808 | TV-G

Sara learns how to make a California roll and cooks peppery vegetarian rice with Grace Young.

Cooks and Books

26:45 | #807 | TV-G

Sara prepares chicken and prunes and shrimp tikka with mango chutney for a potluck dinner.

Mid-East Eats

26:45 | #806 | TV-G

Israeli-American chef Einat Admony makes sinaya. Sara prepares baked chicken thighs with artichokes.

Sabor Puerto Rico

26:45 | #805 | TV-G

Arroz con gandules and a sandwich version of a Puerto Rican classic, picadillo, are prepared.

Paella in Spain

26:46 | #804 | TV-G

Local chef Franck Garanger gathers ingredients for a very special paella in Valencia, Spain.

Costa Brava Tapas

26:45 | #803 | TV-G

Catalonian versions of classic tapas like meatballs with peas and cuttlefish are served.

Amalfi Lemons

26:45 | #802 | TV-G

The Italian lemon aperitif limoncello and a homemade lemon pasta are prepared on the Amalfi Coast.

Tuscan Villa Pasta

26:45 | #801 | TV-G

A spectacular homemade chianti red pasta is filled with local goat cheese and spring asparagus.

Leftovers: Use It or Lose It

26:46 | #710 | TV-G

Leftover spaghetti gets a delicious new life with bacon, eggs and breadcrumbs. Yesterday's roast chicken becomes today's comforting tomato chicken and tortilla soup.

Pasta in a Pan

26:46 | #709 | TV-G

Pork ragu with broken lasagna and pearl couscous with shellfish are prepared.

Personal Pizza

26:46 | #708 | TV-G

Blistered corn and asparagus pesto grilled pizza and veggies with peanut sesame sauce are served.

Fish Around the World

26:46 | #707 | TV-G

Delicious recipes include wild striped bass curry and Greek shrimp, farro and greens.

5 Ingredients Spells Dinner

26:46 | #706 | TV-G

Buffalo chicken rice, scallop, basil and prosciutto kabob, and duck breasts with apricot Schezwan pepper sauce are prepared.

Arkansas Eats

26:46 | #705 | TV-G

Delicious recipes include Arkansas catfish and deep fried rice puppies.

Double Down

26:46 | #704 | TV-G

Recipes include spicy roast pork, banh mi, Peruvian baked chicken thighs, and chicken and tomatillo salsa nachos.


26:46 | #703 | TV-G

Recipes include salad dressing chicken, escarole and bean salad, and black bean scallops and zucchini.

Best Loved Italian Recipes

26:46 | #702 | TV-G

Salt baked pesce per due with braised greens and meatballs with pizza sauce are prepared.

Soul of the South

26:46 | #701 | TV-G

The legendary fried chicken of Martha Lou Gadsden and red beans and rice soup are highlighted.

Jewish Holidays

26:46 | #610 | TV-G

Tasty recipes include braised brisket with flying disks and root vegetable latkes.

Best of Summer

26:46 | #609 | TV-G

Grilled shrimp in lettuce wraps and Agnello scottadito with heirloom tomatoes are served.

Girlpower: Hot Young Female Chefs

26:46 | #608 | TV-G

Great recipes include zucchini and pasta noodles with garlicky yogurt sauce and Kentucky lemonade.

Soul of the South

26:46 | #607 | TV-G

Delicious recipes include Martha Lou's southern fried chicken and red beans and rice soup.

Between The Bread

26:46 | #606 | TV-G

Picadillo sloppy Joes and roasted vegetable and fresh ricotta sandwiches are prepared.

Super Bowls of Soup (Super Bowl Stunt)

26:46 | #605 | TV-G

Sara prepares smoky fish chowder and chicken shrimp, peanut, and cashew stew.

Honey Be Good

26:46 | #604 | TV-G

Great recipes include rosemary honey and Georgia peach chutney burgers and grilled duck breast.

Holiday Sides

26:46 | #603 | TV-G

Root vegetable soup with pita crisps and shredded butternut squash with dates are served.

Fruit and Meat

26:46 | #602 | TV-G

Grilled pork with watermelon cucumber salsa chicken with lemon and capers are prepared.

On The Table In 20

26:46 | #601 | TV-G

Delicious recipes include Indian scrambled eggs with paapadum steak and butter.

Five Ingredient Cookout

26:46 | #520 | TV-G

Sara's scallop, basil, and prosciutto kebabs is served and Texas barbeque brisket is prepared.

Significant Salad

26:46 | #519 | TV-G

Sara's steak, mushroom, and tomato salad and scallop and grapefruit salad are delicious.

One Pan Wonder

26:46 | #518 | TV-G

Guest Ming Tsai prepares coconut lemon chicken soup. Greek shrimp, farro, and greens are served.


26:46 | #517 | TV-G

Guest chef Giuseppe Fanelli prepares a traditional basil pesto, string bean, and potato pasta.

Louisiana Style

26:46 | #516 | TV-G

Sara's easy duck creole and a traditional boil with rice and plenty of spice are showcased.

Chicken Comfort

26:46 | #515 | TV-G

Fried chicken is served. Sara presents a cozy winter chicken chili to warm your bones.

Farm to Table

26:46 | #514 | TV-G

Sara's tea rubbed duck salad with Roquefort and pear dressing hits every note.

Build A Better Burge

26:46 | #513 | TV-G

Sara's turkey spinach burger is a light but succulent version of the American standard.

Upside Down Day

26:46 | #512 | TV-G

Savory waffles benedict and spaghetti with bacon, eggs, and toasted bread crumbs are made.

Sunday Supper

26:46 | #511 | TV-G

A hearty roast duck with a side of duck fat popovers and deviled bones are served.

Shellfish Asian Style

26:46 | #510 | TV-G

Sara prepares a flavorful mussels and bok choy dish with a side of tea pilaf.

Fancy Pasta

26:46 | #509 | TV-G

Spicy greens ravioli is sophisticated enough for your next dinner party and easy to make.

Family Choice

26:46 | #508 | TV-G

Sara makes mini meatloaves baked in a muffin tin that kids love to make themselves. There's also Odd Lots mac and cheese, a homemade dish using leftovers from the fridge.

Meatless Mondays

26:46 | #507 | TV-G

Vegetarian chef Amanda Cohen discusses mushrooms and vegetable storage and makes Mu Shu vegetables.

Take Out Chinese at Home

26:46 | #506 | TV-G

Sara demonstrates how to make traditional Chinese takeout dishes at home faster than driving to pick them up.

Trip to Spain

26:46 | #505 | TV-G

Sara has some great Spanish recipes like pork with olives and fideo and a paella like dish that uses noodles instead of rice.

Sam's Simple Saute

26:46 | #504 | TV-G

Sara's son Sam stops by to cook a fast favorite based on a simple technique - sauteed lemon chicken with capers.

Mid-East Meets West

26:46 | #503 | TV-G

Einat Admony creates a Middle Eastern shepherd's pie and Sara prepares falafel salad.

Fan Fare

26:46 | #502 | TV-G

Sara's kielbasa sandwiches with kim chi and cheddar is a crazy mash up of cultures, but it works deliciously.

Sustainable Surf

26:46 | #501 | TV-G

Chef Hung Huynh prepares grilled shrimp and lettuce wraps and roasted branzino.

Meal in a Pan

26:46 | #413 | TV-G

Sara prepares yellow squash soup and a pearl couscous with shellfish.

Slow Cooker Meals with Michele Scicolone

26:46 | #411 | TV-G

Guest Michele Scicolone prepares pork ragu with broken lasagna and meatball tagine with couscous.

Middle Eastern Mashup

26:46 | #420 | TV-G

Lamb chops with a Turkish pear salsa and herbed lamb and feta burgers are prepared.

The Bird Is The Word

26:46 | #419 | TV-G

Sara makes white bean chicken chili and Angry Chicken, prepared with Top Chef's Dale Talde.

Dinner at 8

26:46 | #418 | TV-G

Sara prepares duck with gingered grape sauce and fabulously interactive Japanese beef fondue.

Stir Fry with Grace Young

26:46 | #417 | TV-G

Recipes include Chinese-Burmese chili chicken and peppery vegetarian rice.

Savory Dinner Pie

26:46 | #416 | TV-G

Sara makes a BLT pie, pizza dough, and a broccoli calzone.

Mom's Day Off

26:46 | #415 | TV-G

Recipes include a cheese sandwich souffle and mini meatloaves, cooked individually in muffin tins.

Italian with Joey Campanaro

26:46 | #414 | TV-G

Chef Joey Campanaro prepares easy salad dressing chicken with escarole and bean salad.

Budget Stretchers

26:46 | #412 | TV-G

Sara shows tricks for using inexpensive ingredients in big ways for inexpensive, but delicious meals.

Leftover Show

26:46 | #410 | TV-G

Embrace leftovers with tomato, chicken, and tortilla soup and brie, bacon, and spaghetti frittata.

Cooking Ahead

26:46 | #409 | TV-G

Braised brisket with "flying discs" and rice with broccoli rabe pesto are prepared.

Not Just for Kids

26:46 | #408 | TV-G

Tasty kid-friendly recipes include beer batter shrimp, pasta pizza, and jiggly orange wedges.

Fish in a Bag

26:46 | #407 | TV-G

A delicious recipe for clam pasta en papillote and simple and juicy salmon in a bag are shared.

15-Minute Sautes

26:46 | #406 | TV-G

Pork saute with a choice of two sauces and spicy blackened fish with a creole rub are showcased.

Just 5 Ingredients

26:46 | #405 | TV-G

Oven fried chicken, salmon with wasabi crust, and duck confit with braised leeks are served.

Vegan with Adam Sobel

26:46 | #404 | TV-G

Korean barbecue tofu tacos and ancho chili black bean potato skins are prepared.

Picnics and Tailgates

26:46 | #403 | TV-G

Homemade beer bread with pulled chicken barbecue and refrigerator pickles are served.

Hot Day, Cool Kitchen

26:46 | #402 | TV-G

Summertime recipes include bruschetta al tonno and Asian chicken salad with carrot ginger sauce.

Mexican Cocina

26:46 | #401 | TV-G

A salute to the spicy flavors of the Southwest includes duck tacos and spicy mushroom enchiladas.

Turkish Home Cooking

26:46 | #310 | TV-G

Sara takes a journey to Turkey and enjoys kebabs, meatballs, pumpkin fritters, and Quince liquor.

Pantry Raid

26:46 | #309 | TV-G

Sara makes linguine with white bean, sun-dried tomato, and olive sauce and surprisingly savory waffles.

Cook Once, Eat Twice

26:46 | #308 | TV-G

Meals include spicy roast pork, pork banh mi sandwiches, sauteed duck breasts, and Peking duck wraps.

A Trip to Brazil W/Leticia Moreinos Schwartz

26:46 | #307 | TV-G

Recipes include salt cod with bacon; onions, eggs, and potatoes; and chicken, shrimp, peanut, and cashew stew.

Remembering Julia

26:46 | #306 | TV-G

Sara pays tribute to her mentor, Julia Child, by cooking broccoli and goat cheese souffleed omelet and chicken cassoulet.

Asian Flavors with Dale Talde

26:46 | #305 | TV-G

Pad Thai with oysters and bacon and chicken spiced like kim chee with potatoes are prepared.

I'm Cheating On You

26:46 | #304 | TV-G

Recipes include baked risotto with red wine, sweet potatoes and duck confit, and wonton ravioli.

Italian, Philly Style with Marc Vetri

26:46 | #303 | TV-G

Sara and chef Marc Vetri prepare two Italian dishes - Sal's Meatballs in pizza sauce and spaghetti in parchment with clams and scallions.

Burgers and Fries

26:46 | #302 | TV-G

Sara prepares Spanish burgers, oven-baked fries, and a comfort food mash-up, meatloaf burgers.

Winter Comfort Food

26:46 | #301 | TV-G

Sara uses winter veggies for her root vegetable latkes paired with smoked fish chowder.

Dinner for Two

26:46 | #220 | TV-G

Recipes include chicken saltimbocca with artichoke sauce, eggs baked in red wine, and a warm chocolate cheesecake.

Latin All-Stars with Maricel Presilla

26:46 | #219 | TV-G

Famed Latin American chef and food historian Maricel Presilla shares her favorite dishes and cooking techniques with Sara. Recipes include zucchini Cuban-style cherry tomato sofrito with almond cacao picada, Mayan turkey stew, and braised pork with greens.

Appetizers for Dinner

26:46 | #218 | TV-G

It's Super Bowl time, and for the big game try appetizers - simple foods you can eat with your hands. Sara's makes Chorizo chicken wings, Asian-style pork sliders, beer batter shrimp, and old fashioned egg creams.

Carnivores Unite!

26:46 | #217 | TV-G

Sara prepares Korean burgers, buttermilk-fried pork chops, and polenta lasagna.

One Pot Asian Meals with Ming Tsai

26:46 | #216 | TV-G

Ming Tsai shares his favorite one-pot meals with an Asian twist. Recipes include lemongrass-coconut chicken soup, black bean scallops and zucchini, and ginger orange duck "cassoulet."

Vegged Out

26:46 | #215 | TV-G

Sara prepares rustic potato and green bean pie, spicy mushroom enchiladas, and Mu Shoo vegetables in pancakes with crunchy cashews and creamy eggs.

Mi Famiglia: Italian Family Style with Giuseppe Fanelli

26:46 | #214 | TV-G

Chef Guiseppe Fanelli shares home-style Italian recipes like Bruschetta al Tonno - a simple and delicious tuna bruschetta. His Agnello Scottadito with heirloom tomato salad mixes tender lamb with the freshness of a homegrown tomato salad.

Sunday Comfort Meals

26:46 | #213 | TV-G

Sara prepares roast chicken stuffed with zucchini and cheese, tender short ribs coated with a kick of mustard, mac and cheese, and a creamsicle dessert.

Gone Fishin' with David Pasternack

26:46 | #212 | TV-G

Seafood expert David Pasternack, from New York's fish temple Esca, shows why he loves food with fins with three favorite recipes: fettuccine with rock shrimp, corn, and jalapeno; grilled Mahi Mahi with panella and chickpeas; and salt-baked pesce per due with braised greens.

Locavore In Napa with Joey Altman

26:46 | #211 | TV-G

Sara travels to a beautiful vineyard in Napa, California, to cook farm fresh meals locally sourced with Bay Area chef Joey Altman. They whip up grilled salmon, arugula and grilled corn salad, and sweet pea and avocado crostini.

Holiday Food Gifts

26:46 | #210 | TV-G

Sara teaches how to make homemade marshmallows with a hot chocolate mix, homemade cheese crackers, and peppermint bark. Also, creative packaging ideas.

Soups On!

26:46 | #209 | TV-G

Sara prepares seafood gazpacho, New Orleans-inspired red beans and rice soup with smoky ham, and sunny squash soup.

Indian Comfort Food with Floyd Cardoz

26:46 | #207 | TV-G

Newly crowned "Top Chef Masters" winner Floyd Cardoz joins Sara to cook the food he grew up with in India. Recipes include wild striped bass curry, chicken pilaf, and beef kebabs.

Thanksgiving 101

26:46 | #208 | TV-G

Sara covers the essentials of how to buy, defrost, brine, roast, and time a turkey in her Top 10 Thanksgiving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

Salad: It's Easy Being Green

26:46 | #206 | TV-G

Recipes include warm steakhouse salad with blue cheese dressing and crunchy falafel salad with garlic dressing.

Sandwich Night

26:46 | #205 | TV-G

Make your own easy beer bread and stuff it with pulled chicken barbecue and pickled cucumbers.

Breakfast for Dinner

26:46 | #204 | TV-G

Indian scrambled eggs on crispy pappadam, BLT and egg pie, and a souffled omelet are served.

Girls at the Grill with Elizabeth Karmel

26:46 | #203 | TV-G

Recipes include chicken paillard with Greek farmer's salad, and blistered corn and asparagus pesto grilled pizza.

Two for One

26:46 | #202 | TV-G

Recipes include grilled lamb chop, herbed lamb and feta burgers, and Peruvian-baked chicken thighs.

High 5 - 5 Ingredient Mains

26:46 | #201 | TV-G

The fewer the ingredients, the faster dinner gets to the table - that's why Sara's rustled up some delicious recipes featuring only 5 ingredients. Recipes include roasted salmon with hot mustard cracker topping, buffalo rice mixes the best tastes of buffalo chicken wings, sauteed duck breasts, and peppery broccoli pasta with feta cheese.


26:46 | #120 | TV-G

Sara enlists a food processor to make pizza dough in exactly six minutes, then uses the dough to prepare Middle Eastern pizza, featuring spicy lamb, and a grilled Southwestern pizza.

Sea Fare

26:46 | #119 | TV-G

Author and chef Jasper White joins Sara to prepare classic Boston baked scrod; steamed black sea bass; and cataplana—steamed clams with garlic, tomatoes, and Portuguese sausage.

Entree Salads

26:46 | #118 | TV-G

Sara makes fried chicken salad; Thai-style steak salad with spicy mint dressing; and ham, potato, and black-eyed pea salad.

Asian Noodle Dishes

26:46 | #117 | TV-G

Cookbook author Corinne Trang joins Sara to make cold soba noodles with shiitake and baby bok choy; pad Thai with shrimp, tofu, and mung beans; and ramen in curry sauce with string beans and ground pork.

Cooking Ahead

26:46 | #116 | TV-G

Sara uses a slow cooker while preparing braised short ribs with oven-baked polenta and a creamy horseradish sauce, plus an easy and elegant duck confit.

From the Sea

26:46 | #115 | TV-G

Sara prepares steamed mussels in curried coconut broth, seared fish topped with a tangy gazpacho vinaigrette, and roasted salmon with warm lentil salad in a light mustard dressing.


26:46 | #114 | TV-G

Chef Andrew Carmellini from the New York City restaurant A Voce joins Sara to prepare chicken leg cacciatore with sweet peppers, fennel and green olives, and grilled swordfish with salsa giallo.

Poultry Dinner

26:46 | #113 | TV-G

Chicken with sausage and hot cherry peppers, lemon chicken, and sautéed duck breasts with gingered grape sauce.

Mexican Made Easy

26:46 | #112 | TV-G

Chef and cookbook author Roberto Santibanz shares simple recipes for adobo-marinated chicken, quesadillas, enchiladas made with fresh corn tortillas and green salsa, and roasted poblanos stuffed with spinach and creamy goat cheese.

Meat Entrees

26:46 | #111 | TV-G

Sara prepares pork tournedos with sage and prosciutto, Korean-style beef with spicy cabbage, and grilled lamb and onion kabobs.

Greek Style

26:46 | #110 | TV-G

Chef Michael Psilakis joins Sara to prepare some easy Greek recipes: braised lamb yiouvetsi, a one-pot stew; yiouvarlakia, a meatball soup with a lemony egg foam; and vegetarian yemista, made up of baked vegetables.

Just Open the Pantry

26:45 | #109 | TV-G

Sara prepares fried rice, linguine with white beans, and quick salmon cakes.


26:46 | #108 | TV-G

Sara prepares portobello burgers, Asian-style turkey burgers, and a favorite from her college days: the DET burger.

Vegetable Plates

26:46 | #107 | TV-G

Sara prepares grilled shiitake, sweet potato, and eggplant kabobs; creamy sesame miso sauce; and giant stuffed mushrooms.

Shop and Serve

26:46 | #106 | TV-G

Sara prepares tasty Buffalo chicken wings, green posole with chicken, and cheatin' jambalaya.

Indian Style

26:45 | #105 | TV-G

Sara's friend Madhur Jaffrey joins her to prepare tender pork vindaloo, hard-boiled eggs masala, and royal chicken cooked in yogurt.

Breakfast for Dinner

26:46 | #104 | TV-G

Egg, Canadian bacon, and cheddar biscuit sandwiches; eggs baked in ham cups with sofrito; and green chile and zucchini quiche.

Soup for Supper

26:46 | #103 | TV-G

Creamy cauliflower soup with spicy chorizo and greens; seared beef in autumn broth with wasabi cream.

The Substantial Sandwich

26:46 | #102 | TV-G

A pressed smoked salmon Reuben, a turkey Reuben, a fried clam sandwich, and Middle Eastern meatball sandwiches.

Pasta for Supper

26:46 | #101 | TV-G

A pasta dish with breakfast sausages, tomatoes, and cream; ricotta gnocchi with sautéed cherry tomato sauce; and quick asparagus lasagna.

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