It’s week 9 of Weeknight Rescue, which means we’re firmly into fall. Here’s what’s on tap: a burger with a secret ingredient, a creamy soup that couldn’t be easier to make, and my old-school recipe for spaghetti and clams. Plus, a lentil salad to round out your week and a fun Halloween kitchen craft. Find the printable shopping list at the bottom of the page.

P.S. I’m teaching another Batch Cooking class at the San Francisco Cooking School on November 4. If you are in the Bay Area, join me!

BETTER-FOR-YOU BURGERS

Better BurgersIf you think burgers are a weekend-only indulgence, think again. These are a blend of ground beef and mushrooms, which means they’re lower in calories and saturated fat than standard burgers. Don’t worry if you have mushroom-phobic people in your house, they just add juiciness and good nutrition, but don’t scream, “fungi”. Make a batch of these Thick Cut Roasted Sweet Potatoes to serve on the side. 

GENIUS BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Easy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

The easiest ever butternut squash soup! It’s creamy, thanks to the squash and coconut milk, which add flavor and richness. Most importantly, no peeling or chopping required. You roast the squash whole and scoop out the tender insides once cooked. You can even do the roasting in advance and finish things off the next day. Make a double batch to pack for lunches or freeze for next time. Want dessert?  This Italian Apple Cake is a winner and leftovers are fair game for breakfast the next day. 

WEEKNIGHT SPAGHETTI AND CLAMSSpaghetti and Clams with canned clams

This is comfort food. It’s the spaghetti and clams I grew up on, which means it’s not fancy (just six ingredients) and uses canned clams rather than fresh ones (FYI, clams fall in the “sustainable” category of seafood).  Serve with a salad or my favorite quick and easy Skillet Kale. 

FRENCH LENTIL SALAD
French Lentil Salad

This is a very good recipe for batch cooking, since it holds up well for several days. Make it and store in a container in the fridge. Pull it out when you need a simple supper (maybe with an egg on the side), a snack, or to pack up for lunches on the go.   

BOONANA GHOST POPShealthy halloween treats for kids

A healthier Halloween treat that’s just three ingredients: Bananas, dunked in vanilla yogurt with mini chocolate chip eyes. Make it with or for your kids or do up a whole stash of them for a Halloween party.