Weeknight Rescue//2022//Week 11

Linguine alfredo on a dark plate with a fork, parmesan, and pecans

Everyone may not agree, but I find cooking to be one of the most relaxing ways to get out of my head and wind down. This week’s menu provides plenty of ideas that I hope will get you into the kitchen, including a chocolate chip cookies boosted with nourishing goodies. Enjoy!

TURMERIC BRAISED CHICKEN IN YOGURT

This recipe comes by way of my friend, Humaira, who is from Afghanistan and can cook like a boss. Even if this dish is new to you, the recipe is fairly straightforward and the result is one delicious chicken dish. Serve with brown basmati rice or other favorite grain, a salad and/or sautéed leafy greens. 

THREE-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

A three-ingredient black bean soup? That’s about as quick as it comes as far as getting dinner on the table. I like to set up a little toppings bar and include favorite fixings, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, crumbled bacon, and/or fresh cilantro. Simple cheese quesadillas or these sweet potato “fries” make a suitable side. 

BROTHY TORTELLINI WITH SAUSAGE AND KALE

bowls of brothy pasta with Parmesan

This dish is new to the blog and lands somewhere between a pasta and a soup. It’s satisfying and nourishing, with everything you need for a balanced supper right in one bowl. Do up some garlic bread on the side if you’re in the mood.

Turkey Taco Salad with Cumin Lime Dressing

Close up of a chopped taco salad with avocado, ground meat, radishes, and limes

This crunchy chopped salad tossed with old-school turkey taco meat more than qualifies as a “half the plate” meal. If you want to make this vegetarian, swap in Beyond Meat or use black beans instead. Top with crumbled tortilla chips and you’ve got a main dish meal on your hands. Finish with a plate of chilled citrus for dessert.

“ALMOST VEGAN” LINGUINE WITH CAULIFLOWER PECAN ALFREDO

Linguine alfredo on a dark plate with a fork, parmesan, and pecans

Pasta with cream sauce, only no cream. That luscious texture comes instead from a combo of cauliflower blended with pecans and finished with a shower of Parmesan. If you’re a skeptic, check out how I make this over on Instagram.

APPLE CINNAMON DUTCH BABIES

Apple Cinnamon Puffy Pancakes

Who doesn’t love a Dutch Baby? These ones are wholesome, easy to make, and fun to watch rise. Serve with a maple syrup drizzle and fresh fruit on the side.

HEALTHIER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

healthier chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet with glasses of milk

Now that Girl Scout season is coming to a close, it’s time to get back to baking homemade. These cookies are a makeover of the classic Toll House eecipe. They’re everything that’s good about America’s most famous cookie, only boosted with oats, nuts, and whole grain flour (plus a little less sugar).

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