Weeknight Rescue // April 2020 // Week 15

Chocolate covered strawberries

I’m hearing a lot about cooking burnout lately, so I hope this week’s meal plan helps. I’ve also got a tip that may provide some relief on nights when cooking dinner just feels like too much. It’s called YOYO: You’re on Your Own. Let your kids, spouse, roommates, and partners fend for themselves. Whether you have a five-year-old who can pour herself a bowl of cereal or a fifty-year-old who can scramble eggs, the cook needs a night off.

Also, I’m doing another QuaranTeen cooking class over on Instagram. Grab your kids or teens or just yourself and join me. We’re making omelets and the video will be up by 2 PM PST.

3-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

This black bean soup is 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 fresh cilantro. Simple cheese quesadillas, cornbread, or these sweet potato “fries” make a suitable side. 

SLOW COOKER POT ROAST WITH VEGETABLES

I’ve been really craving comfort food, so figured this might do the trick. It’s hearty and soul satisfying. The slow cooker does a terrific job with pot roast, but you can also roast it in the oven (instructions for that are in the recipe headnote). 

SPAGHETTI WITH BUTTER, EGG AND CHEESE

Very little is needed to get a delicious plate of this pasta on the table. One pot, a few ingredients, about 15 minutes of your time. Add any salad or veggie side, fresh, frozen, or otherwise.

QUICK HUEVOS RANCHEROS

quick huevos rancheros

Breakfast for dinner might be a nice break from the repertoire. Add any fixings you like to the few basic ingredients, including cooked vegetables, pickled jalapenos, sliced avocado, or shredded cabbage.

FARRO, FENNEL, AND TUNA SALAD

This is an excellent pantry meal built on canned tuna and canned chick peas. Use cannelini beans instead if you prefer. Double it and enjoy leftovers for lunch.

SIMPLE NO-KNEAD WHEAT BREAD

simple no-knead wheat bread

This is a recipe from my book Rise & Shine that we’ve been baking every week or so. There’s nothing like having a fresh loaf on hand and baking it is its own form of therapy.

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

Chocolate covered strawberries

I always pull this recipe out after Easter, since it pairs leftover Easter chocolate (or any chocolate you have on hand) with fresh strawberries. We all need a treat, right?

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