Welcome to our 33rd week of Weeknight Rescue (how did that happen?). I’ve got three dinner recipes in store along with a healthy dip to get more veggies into everyone and a lunch idea to break up the school lunch doldrums. Find the shopping list at the bottom of the page.

PARMESAN PANKO CHICKEN TENDERS

Parmesan Panko chicken tenders

Boxed chicken tenders are an easy fix in a pinch, but nothing beats homemade. These are done with panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan. I like to serve them with a generous arugula salad tossed with cherry tomatoes (I know, not in season yet, but I can’t wait until summer). Toss with equal parts balsamic vinegar and lemon juice, olive oil, a pinch of salt and a bit of Parmesan if you have extra. 

CHILI-TOPPED SWEET POTATOES
Chili topped sweet potatoes
The mild heat of this black bean chili is a tasty match served over tender roasted sweet potatoes. Break up the work of this dish by making the chili ahead of time. When you’re ready to serve, roast up a batch of sweet potatoes and you’re good to go. If you have it, add a spoonful of sour cream on top.  

PROSCIUTTO ARUGULA LAVASH PIZZAEasy Lavash pizza

One of the easiest (and first) recipes on the blog and it still remains a personal favorite that I make whenever I have a pizza craving. Any vegetable side will do here, but I’m partial to this Brussels Sprouts Salad, which makes an excellent leftover if you don’t manage to eat it all. 


SHORTCUT SWEET POTATO HUMMUS

Sweet Potato Hummus

If you make the Chili-Topped Sweet Potatoes, roast an extra one to blend into a creamy dip that relies on prepared hummus for the recipe. It’s great as an afternoon snack or packed into lunches along with crunchy vegetables for dipping. 

 

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LUNCH BOX BAGEL KABOBS

Bagel kabobs

By April, packing lunches can start to feel like a slog. Mix up your sandwich routine by making these bagel kabobs instead. You can do any combination that suits you, but several ideas are included in the recipe (and on the shopping list below).